Monday, February 27, 2012

Randi Rhodes: Rick Gets Sick

Rick Santorum has been saying that seeing John F Kennedy’s classic 1960 address on the role of religion in public life made him want to “throw up.” Wow. This is a guy who evidently isn’t nauseated by cuddling a dead fetus. Rick, I think there may be something wrong with your gag reflex. You should go see a gastroenterologist. Here’s the JFK line Rick found so sickening: “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.” Sorry, Rick, but for most people, that statement actually has a calming effect on the stomach. They should read it to people who get carsick instead of giving them Dramamine. Yesterday, Rick Santorum doubled down on his comments about throwing up. (How do you double down on throwing up? Isn’t that the dry heaves?) Rick said “To say that people of faith have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw up.” Rick, JFK didn’t say people of faith had no role in the public square. He was just reassuring people that he wouldn’t allow the public square to become St. Peter’s Square.

Rick also says that President Obama is a “snob” for wanting every American child to be able to go to college. Uh, Rick, snobbery is about keeping people down, not trying to give them a hand up. For the record, Rick Santorum has three college degrees, including an MBA and a law degree. But he doesn’t want you getting that kind of education... because he’s no snob.

Mitt Romney went to the Dayton 500 NASCAR race this weekend to prove he’s just a regular guy... which is usually the type of situation where he proves the exact opposite. Sure enough, Mitt said “I have some great friends who are NASCAR team owners.” Oh, Mitt! Just give it up! You should go around everywhere in a top hat and tails, asking people to pass the Grey Poupon. Mitt is really good at reminding people that he is just one of the guys… if by “guys” you mean the Koch brothers.

An the big Oscar winner last night was “The Artist,” a black and white, silent movie. This is one time in Hollywood that everyone probably won’t be rushing out to imitate success. Too bad—I think that about half the movies I see every year would be better it they were silent.

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