Rick Santorum, like the folks at Scrutator before they outed themselves as spoofs, often does and says the embarrassing stuff that most rightwingers are smart enough to keep to themselves. Take the popular tactic of smearing the scapegoat du jour as traitors who should be hung by the neck until dead, dead, dead. Most Republicans, Bush and Cheney and Ken Mehlman and Karl Rove for example, play coy games with the term ‘aid and comfort’ as if it just popped into their head out of nowhere. Gosh, offering ‘aid and comfort’ to the enemy doesn’t mean anything specific right? It does? And the punishment is what? Oops, my bad.
Santorum, bless his darkened soul, serves it up straight:
PHILADELPHIA – The disruption of an alleged terrorist plot to blow up airliners shows the importance of intelligence-gathering and the need to pursue the “traitors” who recently leaked information about classified government programs, U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said Friday.
[…] News organizations, he said, should take a “much more responsible approach” in dealing with such leaks.
“If leaking this information is traitorous, then publishing it is also complicit with that activity,” Santorum said.
Santorum acknowledged that he did not know whether techniques such as the warrantless surveillance program were involved in heading off the alleged terrorist plan to smuggle explosive components onto passenger airliners.
Dean Esmay and Michael Reagan must be so proud. Pay special attention to that last part – Santorum makes an awfully convenient argument from ignorance when we already know that in fact the British authorities wrapped up this program entirely within the letter of the law, warrants and all. Our PA readers probably owe it to the confused Senator to phone his office and let him know that. I’m sure that Senator hang-’em-high will be relieved to hear it.
SusanG has more. God willing Santorum will lose his race and fade into obscurity before his violent scapegoating inspires some less-than-hinged follower to do more than shout at the radio.