Tuesday, January 24, 2006


Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Jesusland) has issued a bold call, asking all true patriots to stand up and make the noblest sacrifice for this country in its hour of need:
...we have brave men and women who are willing to step forward because they know what's at stake. They're willing to sacrifice their lives for this great country. What I'm asking all of you tonight is not to put on a uniform. Put on a bumper sticker. Is it that much to ask? Is it that much to ask to step up and serve your country.
As both of our regular readers will attest, I tend to mock people whose support for our troops is limited to slapping a two-dollar, made-in-China, magnetic ribbon onto their SUVs. It is literally the least you can do if you support the war. I mean, the damn thing's magnetic, so you're not even risking your car's paint job, much less risking your own life and limb in support of Operation Awesome Kickass.

But in all that mocking, I never thought I'd see what I've seen here: a Republican politician insisting that bumper sticker politics really does involve a noble sacrifice, one comparable to the sacrifice our troops are making on the battlefield. (And making that sacrifice, we should remember, as Republican politicians like Santorum keep cutting military pay, health benefits, housing, education and equipment.)

I have to give Santorum credit. I didn't think he could find a way to surpass some of his past stupidities, but this one marks a new low.

(Hat tip to Atrios.)

Update: I didn't realize this from reading the truncated quote, but the bumper stickers that Santorum is equating with "serving the country" aren't the "Support the Troops" ones. They're "Support Santorum" ones. That definitely makes this the stupidest thing he's ever said, and that's saying quite a lot.


Studiodave said...

Jesusland - I will steal and use as my own.

Otto Man said...

Go ahead. I already stole it from somewhere else.

Tokyo Joe said...

Ever since I was able to actually afford my own car (as opposed to borrowing the parents'), I've never been a big fan of bumper stickers. I think it's because I have no desire to see the outside of my car look like the inside of my high school locker.

Thrillhous said...

Ha! Stickerhawks! I'm stealing that one.

Actually, given the low level of approval Santorum gets from Pennsylvanians, you really might be risking your life (or your car's paint finish) by putting on a sticker w/ his name on it.

Mr Furious said...

"Stickerhawks" is awesome. Did you make that up? If so, you deserve to be rich and famous for the play that will get. That is the kind of thing that can (should) catch on and follow Santorum all the way through his defeat.

I'm stealing it and spreading it.

Mr Furious said...

Video of Mr. Frothy Ass Leakage making his plea.

Otto Man said...

As far as I know, I did in fact coin the term "stickerhawks."

Please send me a quarter every time you speak, write or read the word. Including now.