Sez Santorum: Welcome To The Stupid Party, Gov. Walker!

Yesterday, Scott Walker got into the GOP presidential race.

Today, Scott Walker got the first official blast of idiocy from one of the second-tier candidates in that race.

Rick Santorum took a swipe at Scott Walker on Monday, suggesting that because Walker’s wife is not outspoken against same-sex marriage, the Wisconsin governor would make a weak Republican candidate on the issue.

“Spouses matter,” Santorum said in an interview with the Daily Caller Monday. “When your spouse is not in-sync with you — particularly on cultural issues, moral issues — [you] tend not to be as active on those issues.”

Santorum’s came in response to recent comments from Wisconsin’s first lady in an interview with The Washington Post.

Tonette Walker told the paper that her husband’s response to the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision — calling for a constitutional amendment allowing states to define marriage how they see fit — was a hard one for her family, since both of the couple’s sons are in favor of allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry.

“Our sons were very disappointed,” she said. “I was torn. I have children who are very passionate [in favor of same-sex marriage], and Scott was on his side very passionate.”

Let’s count all the ways Rick Santorum is an idiot for making this statement.

First, the general reaction to something like this by virtually every voter is going to be revulsion, because it’s a fairly bald-faced attack on the wife of a candidate. We all know that’s not what you do. Tonette Walker might not be the greatest social conservative on earth, but she’s not going to make policy. That’s Scott Walker’s job, should he get elected.

Does anybody have a problem with Scott Walker’s record as governor of Wisconsin on social issues? Is his record that of a squish on those issues? If so, we’re not aware of same.

But if his wife were governor, her record might not be all that great. Good thing she’s not.

Oh, but Tonette might influence Scott if he was president and therefore we’d have gay marriage…which we already have. Because Scott Walker is a wimp who’s controlled by his wife. Despite the fact he took a position against gay marriage publicly, that’s how much she controls him.

And then there’s the matter of throwing stones from a glass house. Which Santorum is doing, as POLITICO gleefully points out…

Santorum and his own wife didn’t always agree on social issues.

Karen Santorum, whom the former Pennsylvania senator married in 1990, is a fervently pro-life Republican who wrote a book “Letters to Gabriel” about her miscarriage in 1997.

But Newsweek reported during the 2012 Republican primary campaign that Mrs. Santorum lived with an obstetrician and abortion provider to whom she was not married through much of her twenties. Tom Allen, the doctor with whom Karen Santorum cohabitated, was 40 years older than her and, in fact, helped deliver her in 1960.

“Karen had no problems with what I did for a living,” Allen, now deceased, told Newsweek at the time.

Good job bringing up the spouses and social issues, Rick. Now you look like a hypocrite AND your wife looks like a gold-digger and a baby-killer.

Smart. Bet it was a big surprise to see POLITICO bring that back up again, right?

People love hypocrisy. Boy, they just can’t get enough of it. Funny how politicians keep forgetting that fact.

Oh, and then there’s this. What’s Santorum’s number one problem as a presidential candidate, again? That’s right – he’s a culture warrior and nothing else. Nobody takes him seriously outside of his appeal to all the churchy people. So what does he do? He launches an attack on Scott Walker not on the fact he’s been all over the place on immigration, which is the issue giving Donald Trump all the lift and likely blowing Santorum right out of the campaign for lack of oxygen, but on gay marriage. Because if there’s an issue out there people aren’t more tired of and despondent about than gay marriage we don’t know what it is.

Hey, you can’t complain about being typecast if you’re the one typecasting yourself, right?

This is a guy who has almost nothing of interest to say outside of the cultural issues and before he decides to launch ANOTHER long-shot presidential campaign his day job is running a film production company – and that’s not enough for him.

Talk about Not Ready For Prime Time. Could we please just have an end to waste-of-time candidacies like Santorum’s before they dirty up the actual serious contenders?

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