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It is given to few politicians to have their name enter the language as a noun.  Rick Santorum is one of those few.  I doubt however he is happy with the neologism that graces his surname.

Santorum is an old fashioned hell and brimstone politician whose main planks are those of being anti gay marriage, (and just plain anti gay) as well as being staunchly anti abortion and pro life.  He’s been squeezing this crap out for years.

This anti gay position was so trenchant, and roused such ire in the gay community that they sought to damn his name for good.  Dan Savage, a gay activist, dreamed up the noun and the world was revolted.   I don’t know if they have succeeded but the term has caught on.

A word of warning!  If you feel the need to Google Santorum’s name to discover its new meaning be sure that you have a broad mind and a strong stomach.  Never one to support censorship it’s sufficient to say that given the choice I do not intend to reveal more here.  It’s not appropriate.  It’s not nice. And please don’t look it up if you are easily offended.   And it’s following Ricky like um, er,……a messy bad smell.  Put it this way – once learned no one sees Ricky quite the same way again.

It’s not his fault.  He had nothing to do with it – beyond offending the people who dreamed it up that is.  But if he is going to shake this monkey off his back then he needs to play the game like a pro.

Ricky sees himself as a contender in the 2012 Presidential race.  Although I think he has seen himself as less the President, more a number two.  And sure enough he was there at that GOP shindig CPAC  the other day.  But Ricky put in a flabby, limp performance, mostly retreads of the stuff he has done before.  Just when something new and sparkling was needed, something delivered with verve and style, Santorum limped on with all the life of a ventriloquists dummy spouting the old tired failed nostrums.  It was a performance that went down – and was carried out on a stretcher.

Some in the GOP feel they need a Ronnie Reagan figure to bring them together.  Ricky thinks it is him.  In that he is dead wrong.

Dan Savage killed him off years ago.

Copyright David Macadam 2011

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