Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Conservative comapassion in action
Capitol Buzz just ran this. It's Rick Santorum on a Pittsburgh television station suggesting that the survivors of Hurricane Katrina be fined for their suffering.
I mean, you have people who don't heed those warnings and then put people at risk as a result of not heeding those warnings. There may be a need to look at tougher penalties on those who decide to ride it out and understand that there are consequences to not leaving.

I can't even get outraged at something like this. My first reaction is to be amazed that anyone this stupid and self-destructive is still allowed out in public without a caretaker. Santorum shows all of the humanity and sense of a fourteen year-old freeper (and the freepers are all fourteen years old, in mind if not in body). When he hears someone say something outrageous or viscious (in this case the meme that the poor are to blame for staying in the city when the storm hit), instead of turning away in disgust, like any sane person would, he feels compelled to jump into the conversation and one-up the vileness. Teenaged boys mouth off this way to impress each other, mature job-holding grown-ups do not. This is by no means his first demonstration of this kind of behavior.

I guess this means he was serious when he said he didn't want to be president. Looks like he doesn't want to be a senator any longer either.

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