Carol Platt Liebau: Santorum Closing the Gap

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Santorum Closing the Gap

According to this piece, Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum is closing the gap with Democratic challenger Bob Casey. This may come as a shock to the liberals who have been gloating at the prospect of taking out one of the Senate's most outspoken conservatives, but it's worth noting that Rick Santorum has never gone into any of his races ahead in the polls, but has nonetheless gone on to win. Once again, could it be that the liberals' triumphalism has been a bit premature?

11 Comments:

Blogger Editor said...

The republicans are hitting the ball out of the park.

Santorum Staffers Faked Signatures

More than 69,000 of the pproximately 100,000 signatures gathered by Santorum staffers and JSM, Inc., a private company hired by the Greens with Republican money, are fraudulent.

Sen. Allen's Remarks Spark Ire

During a campaign speech Friday in Breaks, Virginia, near the Kentucky border, Allen singled out Sidarth and said ..."Lets give a welcome to Macaca, here. Welcome to America and the real world of Virginia," said Allen, who then began talking about the "war on terror."

Macaca is a monkey. Sidarth was the only dark colored person in the crowd. Some are speculating that Alen is pandering to Bush's base by using ethnic hate speeches.

6:42 PM  
Blogger Ruth Anne Adams said...

Editor: Carol has gone on record long ago as not being impressed by Senator Allen. No traction with her there I'd wager.

7:52 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

I wasn't really addressing Carol. So what's with the picture? You or your child? The picture looks like a Wisconsonite.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

You can talk after you post YOUR picture eddy-boy. On the other hand, please don't.

I find it typical that you jump on the Allen story. Reason one: it's off topic. Reason two: libs love to play the race card. These days, accusations of racism are not about true offense, but more for smearing the accused. Libs don't care about racism and bigotry since most of their welfare policies assume the minority is incapable of helping themselves. No. They just want to smear a conservative and this is just another way.

I don't give a flying rat's ass about racial epithets and slurs. Boo-freakin-hoo! My feelins is hoit! Get over it. What kind of ninny blubbers over words? Racism will never go away as long as people fret over words. Words are used to get another's goat and whining about being called some name is spineless crybaby crap. Grow up. Get some sack and just focus on actions. Ignore the rhetoric and it will lose it's punch. I offer the "f" word as a case in point. 50 yrs ago you'd still make some women faint at it's utterance. Now, it only annoys at the worst. It's all crass and low class, but hey, some people are crass and low class. Big freakin' deal. There's more important things afoot in the world. Don't waste my time with this lightweight stuff.

8:19 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

Damn! I think I broke my soapbox!

8:20 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

Marhsall you are quite the church elder. LOL

8:45 PM  
Blogger Lord Just Mandier said...

I try to stay out of the spats between people on blogs as I have better things to do with my time but reading the comment Marshall Art made just gave me cause to get up from my chair and walk around a bit.

If words are so unimportant why is the word marriage such a sacred thing for you?

It must be nice to be a White Man in America Marshall. Such power was once reserved only for the landed aristocracy of Europe to carry such hubris on such tiny shoulders.

What Senator Allen did may or may not be interpreted as being a slur, I personally feel that it was but that too is irrelevant. What is of import is the audience to which he was talking. All white at a public park near the Kentucky-Virginia border. He was talking to people who are as White as one can get, as insular as one can get and likely as xenophobic as one can get. In the modern age this is the recipe for racism, or as I would like to name it tribal primacy.

Of course you as a White man cannot see any "offense" in being called a name. But let me call your wife or your daughter a whore in your presence and you would be quick to set me right. And surely this is a bad example because the slur would not demean your entire race or threaten you in any way as Sidath surely was surrounded by those unlike himself and forced to acknoeledge that point by an elected official.

One has to take into account that language was used to demean an entire people in America with such force that the dmamage remains and can be felt in your own words.

See how you mock the feelings of minorities: "Boo-freakin-hoo! My feelins is hoit! Get over it. What kind of ninny blubbers over words?"

Do I detect a slap in the face attempt at ebonics there Marshall? Very sad, indeed.

As hated as the Irish were when they first came to America, as cruelly as Jews have been treated in the USA all of them were offered a path to assimilation even as Sidarth's parents were. Where is the path to assimilation for blacks? The reason for these people being so quick to point out the merest slight is because they have suffered at the hands of men like you aloof and dumbed by privilege, sir for so many dark generations.

And yes the currently overused slang euphemism for sexual relations is overused today. But it's power can be seen in that if I use that word in my comment you and all the other conservative thinkers in the forum will zoom in on me as if I had taken a dump in the Oval Office.

When an educated man of privilege like Senator Allen speaks he should choose his words better even if what is in his heart is hateful.

Now go ahead and pick out one thing in my post to harp on instead of being rational and taking my comments for what they are just my opinion thrown into the ring for all to see.

And on topic: Santorum would have done better by running in his home state of Virginia!

L.J.M, P.-DJN, LPS.

7:48 AM  
Blogger The Flomblog said...

LJM
I disagree, somewhat what you said. I am Jewish. was raised in a non-english speaking home. I have never tried to "fit in". I remember a conversation once where a black man was asked "If you could blend in, would you?" his answer is unimportant, the question is.

My background is one of those things that define me. I am neither proud, nor ashamed, it is me. I know many black people. the successful ones do not use it as a badge or an excuse, just a facet of who they are.

As an educator, I find ebonics self destructive. In order to succeed in our society one must be able to communicate. Using a dialect that is self-degrading is not going to help a young person earn a decent, middle class existance.

Marshal is right.

9:08 AM  
Blogger eLarson said...

And now, a presentation of Bob Caseys views on important issues:



.
Thank you.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Editor said...

I couldn't disagree more with Marshall. Racial slurs are an expression of hatred and an inferior intellect and there should be zero tolerance for this coming from a public official.

But of course the right-wingers here will give the republicans a free pass on anything and go nuts if the Dems did anything remotely similar.

http://www.bobcasey.com/issues/

2:34 PM  
Blogger Marshall Art said...

I DON'T give anyone a pass for using such slurs. My point is in regard to the one against whom it was used. Obviously one who uses such language needs to adjust their thinking. The appropriate word now is, DUH!

But most people who cry racism are doing it for reasons a bit short of true racism. And it has impacted society, particularly the wussy libs, in a negative way, inhibiting strong, positive action to make sure no cry babies are offended. Leaders on the right are particularly slowed by protecting themselves against false charges of racism.

Back when I was a kid in high school, I ran with a crew of many nationalities. A couple of Poles, a few Italians, a Mexican/Japanese, Mexican, Puerto Rican, German, French and several mutts. We flung slang at each other constantly, even using words like spick, nip, hebe, dago, etc as nicknames. We found it hilarious and even more so at the thought that anyone would ever get really pissed if called by any of these names. A couple of the crew turned out to be real bigots (they aren't anymore) and they were chastised for their stupidity, but we knew the difference between calling someone a silly name and true hate. It's too freakin' obvious. And it's too freakin' pathetic that in this day and age, intelligent people can't see the difference. I take that back. They DO know the difference and are just playin' games.

I also take issue with the notion that all white people are automatically well off, or of privelege. I'm only second generation American and my grandparents busted ass with menial jobs. They took heat for their ancestry, they shook it off and did what they had to. I'm sure they didn't like it, but somehow, they never suffered any bleeding as a result. They didn't play the blame game for their situation. They just handled it.

Yes LJM, it was a bad example. Call my wife or daughter a whore, I'm in your face. Call me a whore, I'll laugh in your face. Call my friend a spic, nip, kike, I'm in your face. Not because of the word, but the intent behind it. I know the difference, it's all so freakin' obvious. Call me a polack, I'll just laugh. In fact, you could call me worse as long as you don't get physical. So what? BTW, the marriage example really misses the point, so I won't go there.

The bottom line is this: the problem of racism is a bit of a two way street. Of course the bigot is wrong. Once again, DUH! Of course the arbitrary public use of slang by an official is stupid. DUH! times two. But the recipient is also accountable in that screaming about racism at the drop of a hat is reprehensible and it is insulting to all those who have truly suffered from it. This type of thing comes from the left with alarming regularity and if YOU are black, I would think you'd take offense at libs using it just for political purposes rather than a true regard for your feelings, which should be strong enough to handle it. The worst example of this was the crap over Trent Lott's comments at a private party. He took heat for suggesting that the person being honored at the party would've made a good president (Strom Thurmond? I forget). He was making nice at an old guy's birthday, not suggesting his open bigotry in the old days was acceptable, but the libs played that hand for all they could and Lott stepped down from his speaker position. That's what I have a problem with and I find it contemptable. Does that clear it up for you?

7:06 PM  

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