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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Voters in the Granite State will reject Rick Santorum and his hard-line, right-wing social views next Tuesday, says James Hormel — the first openly gay U.S. Ambassador, named by President Bill Clinton to head the American embassy in Luxembourg in 1998, over the fierce objections of Santorum and other Republican Senators who were powerless to stop the recess appointment.

Hormel, a meatpacking heir who grew up in a solidly Republican family, is the author of Fit to Serve, a recently published memoir of the public and private struggles that led to his pathbreaking appointment. Santorum, a committed opponent of gay rights in all forms, once denounced Hormel’s appointment as “a complete insult to Catholics,” and therefore an insult to the Catholic majority in Luxembourg. “It’s like nominating someone who is anti-Jewish for the ambassadorship to Israel.” As Hormel explains in his book, Santorum’s warning proved utterly false, and he was welcomed by Luxembourg’s people, politicians, and monarchy.

  • jwozniak

    I’m a Catholic (Byzantine Rite). I’ve lived in Pennsylvania my entire life. My late dad, my grandparents, and most of my uncles were coal miners (real ones!). And I can’t stand Rick or any of the crap he stands for. For Catholics in my neck of the woods, foundational tenets of our faith are a rejection of bigotry, care for the poor, honesty, and, and, well, Rick is opposed to all of these things. Calls then fascism (my older male relatives are or were WWII vets). Or Marxism. And the ass doesn’t have a clue of what he’s talking about. We have long memories. Rick will tank here, too.

  • Richie T

    The 1st amendment;
    Technically; It’s not “separation of church and state”.
    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”
    The Government cannot support any particular religion, or deny any religion. Any decision that’s influenced in any way, by any religious belief, is a violation.
    “Abridge” is old English for limit

    ….Women to be equal;
    It took 42 years for the 19th Amendment to be ratified. August 18, 1920.
    “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”
    If they actually vote him in as their Candidate for President, The Democrats should start celebrating their victory as soon as it happens.

  • jussmartenuf

    Anti Gay sentiment is simply hatred, regardless of how it is packaged. It is highly unfortunate that so many continue to support those who foster the ignorance that Gay lifestyles is a cognitive choice rather than the genetic predisposition that it is. More and more people are awakening to the truth yet the main barrier to understanding comes from those righteous and sanctimonious souls who remove a sound bite from the Bible and use it as their banner of ignorance. Everybody, and i mean everybody, understands the Old Testament of the Bible is filled with metaphors and fables. Only those unwilling to accept the truth, due to their personal ego problems, perpetuate the evil that is also contained in the good book.

  • pipewriter

    As far as Santorum’s co-victory in Iowa goes; it only highlights the loss of that State’s bellwether status as a predictor of anything to come. Except, perhaps, little Ricky’s new talk show due out in the Fall! It worked for Huckaby.

  • jussmartenuf

    In this time of enlightenment and individual liberty, I find it most queer that a presidential candidate should be so obsessed with the sexual preferences of his fellow citizens. The subjugation of one segment of our society, due to a religious prejudice, as a political agenda is indeed queer, don’t you think?

  • BradGrady

    As a former Pa. Resident.. while he was a Pa. represenative to the US SENATE. I can say.. I “DIDN’T care for his rigid positions then and they are more RIGID NOW” And his rabid.. anti GLBT.. aura.. well.. I’ll just say… that it sends a..”NOT AGAIN, NOT ANOTHER ONE!” thought running through my mind.

  • JohnOO7

    Iowa was a hollow “victory” for any GOP candidate. Only 129 thousand voters out of 2 million cast ballots. This says much about the lack luster candidates. A great deal of money spent by the candidates and media recording bicker this, whine that, my opponent is incapable, or the policy is all wrong seldom saying why. No wonder voters fall away given so much negativity. Now we have a vendetta thrown in the match. Skip the time limited polls, vendettas as these are not what is best for America.

    Could the media please identify the presidential candidate positions on the top issues, their plan, and expected short and long term results to be used as performance metrics. I am surprised news organizations don’t ask important views for side by side candidate comparison. This is what counts for voters.

  • CurtisSmay

    You really can see a world of harm when people listen and pay attention to speeches made by liars and propaganda peddlers.Republicans seem to fit that bill to a tee.

  • demopatti

    I have to say, Santorum scares me (if he were to become president). He’s way out there on his thinking. I have a relative that is a Jehova’s Witness. We all know they have extreme views..well this person even tells me it is not up to us to judge a person’s sexual preference…that is up to them and their creator!! I think most of the GOP candidates would try to reverse many if not all of the progress made on behalf of gays in every state.

  • Terminology

    I have a problem with the terminology used in describing levels in the economy. Everyone uses them from politicians to the local news anchor. High, Middle, and Lower CLASS is insulting and wrong. Income should be substituted for Class. I’ve known many families with low income who faitly oozed class. By the same token, many high income people have 0 class. Does anyone out there agree with me? Then there’s the reference to being gay as a “lifestyle”. No, a lifestyle is how you play the cards God and/or your upbringing have dealt to you. Orientation is the proper word to me. Is being gay a choice? That makes no sense. I always ask the avowedly straight bigots like Santorum and Romney…”i suppose you remember the day you went for a walk in the woods, sat on a rock and debated … hmmm should I be gay or straight, and after deliberation CHOSE to be straight. Of course not. And neither do our gay neighbors CHOOSE their orientation. Again, please let eme know if anyone out there agrees or disagrees with my feelings on these two proints of terminology. Thanks!

  • Terminology

    To me, he is equally as sinister and scary as the terrorist movement. Think of the havoc he could create in four years … especially with a majority of congress in his pocket!

  • merman

    A higher percentage of Santorum’s political funding comes from lobbyists than any other candidate for the Office of the President of the USA. In 2006 Pennsylvania voters threw Santorum out of office as Senator in part after it was revealed “do as I say, not as I do” Santorum was implicated in a number of ethics violations related to the K-Street Project with convicted Lobbyists Jack Abramoff and PAC Slush Fund cohort Tom Delay. PA voters were also made aware that Santorum and his family had been living for years in Leesburg Virginia while claiming to represent Pennsylvania votes.

    While claiming to serve the State of PA as Senator, Santorum led a political effort in Washington to pass the agenda of corporate lobbyists in exchange for them delivering the bulk of their clients’ campaign contributions to Republicans. He held weekly, closed-door meetings with top lobbyists to engage in crass, quid pro quo corruption.

    He continues to live the life of a lobbyist and live high off the hog of Republican PAC money – essentially legal bribes and kickbacks from extreme right wing corporate Republican CEOs – while attacking medicare, and supporting House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s agenda to reduce and eliminate every tax credit or deduction afforded to the middle class by claiming its needed to balance the federal budget while giving away more tax breaks tax credits and creating new tax loopholes for the corporate america he is on the take from.

    Even if a person agrees with Santorum’s hate of blacks, gays, jews, latinos, women, and every minority on the face of the earth, would any person really want the top hypocrit corporate puppet lobbyist in the USA to lead the USA as President?

  • demopatti

    I so agree with Terminoly. Class is a nasty word when you think about it. I too have known wealthy people with ZERO class. And, to merman, SO TRUE. He is one of the people we want OUT of Washingon, not into the white house!!!

  • mll

    I hate to say it merman, a bunch of idiots in Iowa did just that!

  • 1olderbutwiser1

    Starting now, on ABC, the debate that shows all the hopefuls. Only Paul will not be changing his positions on anything, all the other are blowing in the wind. It’s 9:00 EST.

  • dpaano

    Thank you, National Memo, for deleting the two comments mentioned above…they were definitely off-topic and pornographic. Not what we want to read on this website.