What then should we give Rick Santorum, who worked so hard this year to grasp the much-coveted
Backlash Award? First he blamed the problems of families on "radical feminists" and then he opposed "artificial birth
control" as harmful to women and encouraging sex out of marriage. We send Rick to remedial sex ed class to learn that you
don't have to be single or female to use birth control.
Correcting another false Santorum statement:
Portraying the Republican Party as the victim of an unfair media, he asserted that "more Republicans, by
the way, voted for the Voting Rights Act, voted for the Civil Rights Act, than Democrats did."
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 passed the House with 217 Democratic and 111 Republican votes. In the Senate,
the tally was 49 Democratic and 30 Republican votes. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed with 152 Democratic and 138 Republican
votes in the House, and 46 Democratic and 27 Republican votes in the Senate. So on neither act and in neither chamber
did more Republicans vote for passage than Democrats. Stephen J. Ferenchick
Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum's office acknowledged yesterday that it cannot locate public statements
of the senator questioning the Iraq war, despite the senator's claim last week that he has publicly expressed his concerns.
But Santorum said that doesn't mean he hasn't made the comments. In an interview
last week, he said he had publicly and privately raised questions about efforts to contain the insurgency and to limit Baathist
involvement in the new Iraqi government. He made his remarks in response to a charge by his leading Democratic challenger,
Robert P. Casey Jr., that Santorum has failed to "ask the tough questions" about Iraq. Robert L.
Traynham, Santorum's spokesman, said a search of Nexis, a news database, and the office's press clippings had not turned up
any account of those comments. He noted, however, that the office's records are incomplete because the office is unable to
record everything the senator says. "I do a lot of interviews on TV, on radio, with print reporters
who don't happen to write everything I say," Santorum said yesterday. "The fact that it hasn't turned up in print doesn't
mean I haven't said it."
The priority now is less to save Jessica
Lynch (or Iraqi democracy) than to save Rick Santorum and every other endangered Republican facing voters
in November 2006. Frank Rich
The Republican Party says it still has a zero-tolerance policy for tampering with voters even as it pays
the legal bills for a former Bush campaign official charged with conspiring to thwart Democrats from voting in New Hampshire.
The Republican Conference has urged GOP senators to focus on job growth
during the first week of the recess — in particular to hold events highlighting new
jobs that are expected to be created by the passage of the energy and transportation bills. For the second
week of the recess, senators have been told to focus on healthcare, specifically the Medicare prescription-drug
benefits that senior citizens will begin receiving in January because of GOP-enacted legislation and the GOP leadership’s
healthcare agenda. During the third week, senators will communicate the need to “save and strengthen”
Social Security. The fourth week will be devoted to the Bush administration’s war
on terrorism. In the fifth week, to coincide with students’ return to schools, lawmakers are
expected to inform voters that “Republicans will develop a lifelong approach to education, training
and research that prepares all Americans for jobs of the future, promotes access to college and ensures accountability of
Earlier Santorum view Some evolution opponents are trying to use Bush's
No Child Left Behind law, saying it creates an opening for states to set new teaching standards. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.),
a Christian who draws on Discovery Institute material, drafted language accompanying the law that said students should be
exposed to "the full range of scientific views that exist." "Anyone who expresses anything other
than the dominant worldview is shunned and booted from the academy," Santorum said in an interview. "My reading of the science
is there's a legitimate debate. My feeling is let the debate be had." Mar 14, 2005
Kennedy was quoted in the Globe in April 2002 as saying, ''I urge the cardinal and
the church to reflect on the situation and to take the necessary steps to heal the wounds of the victims and the church to
allow all of us to move forward." A December 2002 article in the Globe quoted Kerry on his reaction to Cardinal Bernard F.
Law's resignation as Boston's archbishop, saying: ''While obviously a difficult decision for his eminence, I believe this
is the right decision to begin a healing process in the church long overdue."
'The senators from Massachusetts did nothing. They spoke nothing. They sat by and let
this happen." - Santorum