Sunday, January 01, 2012

Meet the Press interviews Santorum, who is rapidly gaining credibility as a socially conservative GOP candidate

New Years Day, “Meet the Press” on NBC aired a 1:1 between David Gregory and GOP candidate Rick Santorum.



Santorum is gaining credibility, and, among the more socially conservative candidates, is the most likely to get the nomination.  Bachmann is too eratic, and Rommey is holding fast as a moderate (keeping religion out), and Ron Paul “MD” still talks like a libertarian, whatever his alleged ties to the Constitution Party.
Santorum tried to defend vigorously an anti-gay-marriage constitutional amendment before the Senate in the summer or 2004.

Santorum would be more likely (than Romney) to undo the repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell” or even reinstitute an absolute ban on gays in the military with “asking”.

Santorum’s social conservatism comes closer to my concerns, about how it is willing to intrude upon the lives of those who are “different” and make those lives subservient to majoritarian concerns about keeping extended families loyal and together.  This is closer to how part of the evangelical community regards homosexuality.

Santorum is reported by AlterNet as favoring letting states ban contraception! (link) -- he speaks of violating things in the sexual realm "as things are supposed to be". 

After the how, NBC had a half-hour “Press Extended” and other candidates are interviewed briefly about Iowa.  Bachmann seems to be toning down her rhetoric, saying marriage is between a man and a woman and that traditional families should raise children (against gay adoption, maybe) but now says she has “respect for all people as individuals”.  

On the supplementary half hour, Newt Gingrich admitted that he had trouble dealing with "real people" with "real feelings" or something like that. So do I.

2012 is still going to be a critical year for those who are "different". 

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