and another possible GOP candidate adds to the froth…

So let’s see… we have exploratory committees / campaign paperwork filed for Mitt Romney (boring), Michele Bachmann (scary), Newt Gingrich (SRSLY?!?1!), Tim Pawlenty (*singsong* I have a bridge for yooouuu!), and a couple other relative unknowns (eg Herman Cain).

Interestingly, for all the hype Mike Huckabee hasn’t actually filed yet, and Palin still seems to be flirting with the idea. Lots of people are tossing newly minted birtherist Donald Trump (Fred Thompson, I say) but we won’t know anything until after May 22nd when The Apprentice finishes its run. (That’s it. Entertainment TeeVee trumps politics; imminent collapse of the American World Empire is predicted.) And some darlings of the right like Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and General Petraeus have firmly declined to run this time around.

So now we have Rick Santorum. No, really, google him up. (If you’re not aware of the back story, start here at Mother Jones, go on to Crooks and Liars and finish up at The Atlantic Wire. It’s even got its own Wiki entry: Santorum. Whew!) Here’s the really gorgeous part. Check this out: Santorum’s Running. You gotta love the fact no one seems to have search Santorum‘s contacts database to clear out, shall we say, unsympathetic elements. Wow, it gets better, doesn’t it? No, I mean it: Santorum’s Slogan Stolen From Gay Poet (I reproduced the poem below).

Even Slate has been getting in on the pun fun… (love the headline).

This kind of segues into what I find most fascinating about this whole thing, the concept of a Google bomb, and how particularly enduring this one is. As Dan Savage said,

What works so well about santorum is that a smart Savage Love reader linked Senator Santorum’s vaguely clinical-sounding name with something distinctly scatological, an anal-sex-induced bodily fluid that had previously lacked a really good name. ‘Santorum’ sounds like it could be what that frothy mix of lube and fecal matter has always been called, and that’s why it’s caught on.

One interesting thing about this one is its staying power, even through Google’s several modifications — intended to return better or more nuanced results. I mean, 2003 is the Mesozoic Age of the Internet.

For more entertainment, follow MJ’s slideshow here: The Santorum Variations and this amusing animation: Culture → Cartoons, Politics, Tech Rick Santorum’s Google Problem. I’d embed them if I could 🙂

Lest you think the poor politician has no recourse whatsoever, Savage is on record as stating that he will take the site down upon a five million donation to Freedom to Marry. Sounds eminently fair to me.

Spread the love! Be sure to link the site in anytime you mention Santorum.

Poem from Langston Hughes:

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O, I’m the man who sailed those early seas
In search of what I meant to be my home—
For I’m the one who left dark Ireland’s shore,
And Poland’s plain, and England’s grassy lea,
And torn from Black Africa’s strand I came
To build a “homeland of the free.”

The free?

Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we’ve dreamed
And all the songs we’ve sung
And all the hopes we’ve held
And all the flags we’ve hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay—
Except the dream that’s almost dead today.

O, let America be America again—
The land that never has been yet—
And yet must be—the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME—

Full version here: Let America Be America Again

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