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February 28, 2012

Nice To See We Agree On Something!

And by "we" I mean me and Scaife's braintrust.

As I've written before, they're surprisingly critical of our Rick.  Ostensibly it has to do with Rick's then support of Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey in 2004 - and they're not alone in their conservative disdain of Rick.  But given the vitriol on their part, I suspect it's something deeper.  But it's just an evidence free gut feeling, if you will.

Which brings me back to today's criticism of Rick by Scaife's braintrust.  When they get something right, they should be congratulated.  CONGRATULATIONS TO SCAIFE'S BRAINTRUST!  THEY GOT ONE RIGHT.

Let's go take a look at the editorial:
What really should make Republicans throw up is Rick Santorum's misrepresentation of history.

The former U.S. senator of Pennsylvania and GOP candidate for president is defending statements made last October that he "almost threw up" when reading John F. Kennedy's 1960 address on the role of religion in public life.
While "Kennedy makes Santorum vomit" meme does come from October, the story goes back a little further than that.  Here's what I wrote in March of 2011.  That piece was about how, paradoxically, Rick wants more faith in politics - only no Islam in politics.

Back to the Trib - where they actually fact check Rick Santorum:
Mr. Santorum, also a Catholic, says he does not agree with such an "absolutist doctrine." But he distills JFK's words to an essence not found in the original mash:

"(P)eople of faith have no role in the public square?"

That's not what Kennedy said, meant or even intimated. JFK's succinctly stated point was that no "ecclesiastical source" would be allowed to impose its will on the general populace through the president.

It's the difference between a democratic republic whose Bill of Rights affirms everyone's freedom of religion (and, yes, freedom from religion) and a policy-setting and obedience-demanding theocracy. It's a difference that, sadly and tragically, Rick Santorum cannot divine.
There's nothing in there I can disagree with.  And it makes me glad that the braintrust isn't completely crazie (they just got teh crazie when it comes to voter "fraud" or climate change or any number of other things).

But when dayvoe agrees with Scaife's braintrust, it's a day to remember.

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