Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Howard Dean Syndrome

There's a point in virtually every election where a candidate has everything going for them and inevitably ruins it by losing their mind. Look at Howard Dean. Smart guy, good ideas but unelectable for a lot of other reasons but mostly this:

The same might be said for Rick Santorum. He's a front runner, he's came in first in a few states. But as Dean's law dictates one candidate has to start saying insanely unelectable things at some point.

Case in point, this recent quote:

“It’s so funny that this party that criticizes the right for being anti-science, but when it comes to the management of the Earth, they are the anti-science ones!"

Disregarding any stance you have on global warming, Santorum appears to imply the Republican party ruling over Earth. They might have won big in the 2010 election but I don't think that big. Also, ranting incoherently is not a big selling point toward getting a position entitling you to enough nuclear weapons to kill virtually every person on the planet (and probably space).

Also, for your consideration I offer this:

“There are no Palestinians. All the people who live in the West Bank are Israelis. There are no Palestinians. This is Israeli land.”

This is a good quote if you want to get the votes of people in Israel. And maybe, with Santorum seeing the Republican party extending across the globe he really thinks they might have an extra 20-25 electoral votes waiting for him. However, this is a terribly bad quote if you know anything of history. A great many Israelies were sent to the West Bank and Israel after the second world war. Now, maybe God said let there be land after the British protectorate ended and there never were Muslims living in the West Bank. And maybe the state of Israel existed in its modern form in the bizarre sweater-vest wearing dimension Santorum is from but I highly doubt it.

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