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Rick Santorum Longs For Days Of Racial Uniters Like Jesse Helms, Jerry Falwell

This is what happens when there's too much airtime for froth to fill.
Rick Santorum Longs For Days Of Racial Uniters Like Jesse Helms, Jerry Falwell
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Perhaps Uncle Frothy is looking to take his place in the revered halls of race-baiters and Confederate heroes or something. Or maybe the drugs have gotten to him.

Please do not be drinking anything when you listen to this:

Right Wing Watch:

Santorum mentioned that he had recently been invited to speak at Liberty University, which led him into a tangent on how much he admires the school’s founder, the late Rev. Jerry Falwell. Although “how the press treated Rev. Falwell was not necessarily positive,” Santorum said, he found Falwell to be “completely gracious, warm [and] affirming.”

This made Santorum think of the late Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina, who he said exhibited “probably the starkest contrast of what the press used to portray and what the reality was.”“There was no one nicer than Jesse Helms,” Santorum said. “I mean, I don’t think a single Democrat would tell you that on a personal level, there was anybody that was more gentlemanly, more kind than Jesse.” (He might want to check with Carol Mosely-Braun on that.)

He added that the “breakup of any kind of cooperation” in government is happening because people like President Obama are failing to be gentlemen like Jesse Helms:

Oh, yes. Those were the days. Jesse Helms is rotting in hell with his Liberty University pal Falwell, I'm sure. A 1995 Mother Jones profile sums Helms up nicely:

His agenda is driven by a lifelong opposition to democracy and diversity. In his first months as Foreign Relations chair, Helms called for tougher sanctions against Cuba, accused Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide of unleashing "vigilance committees," and moved to gut support for developing nations. On the home front, he introduced a bill to eliminate all affirmative action programs, which he denounced as "reverse discrimination at the hands of ruthless bureaucrats."

You should read that whole article. It's great insight into the people who call themselves "tea party" types.

[h/t Little Green Footballs]


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