Rick Santorum hurls barnyard phrase at NYT reporter

On his Twitter account last night, New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny sent out the following message:

I ask Santorum if Romney is “worst Republican” to run. He says: “Quit distorting my words It’s [bovine excrement].” He says he was talking health care.

Here’s the video of the exchange:

Don’t feel bad for Santorum. By 1 a.m. this morning, according to Politico, his campaign had sent out this fund-raiser:

”Earlier today, while campaigning in Wisconsin, I criticized Romney and Obama for their outrageous healthcare legislation. Predictably, I was aggressively attacked by a New York Times reporter all too ready to defend the two of them, and all too ready to distort my words.

“Let me assure you, I didn’t back down, and I didn’t let him bully me. I think it is high time that conservatives find the courage to expose the liberal press for what they are, a defender and enabler of Romney’s and Obama’s liberal agendas.”

As far as word usage and evangelicals are concerned – the church of my youth once had a preacher who drew a fairly liberal line on the topic. He wouldn’t say “damn,” which is a curse. Nor would he say, “Jesus H. Christ.” Which would have been taking a name in vain.

But the scatological was fair game, he judged. And came very close on a couple of occasions, to hurling Santorum’s phraseology from the pulpit.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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33 comments Add your comment

DannyX

March 26th, 2012
10:39 am

Rick Santorum could use an oral contraceptive.

Tom

March 26th, 2012
10:43 am

Still waiting for someone to ask Rick if he thinks condoms should be mandatory in the porn industry.

Tiberius

March 26th, 2012
10:44 am

Santorum is losing it. He was pretty nuts to begin with, but the thought of losing to someone who he believes isn’t a God-fearing Christian just rankles him.

ByteMe

March 26th, 2012
10:48 am

So Santorum is upset because everyone took his “You might as well vote for Obama instead of Romney” comment to mean… you know… we might as well vote for Obama instead of Romney. So now he wants it to mean something obscure about health care and we’re supposed to take his word for it?

jebbery

March 26th, 2012
10:50 am

I’m not a Santorum fan…but I think if this was Obama yelling at a reporter, everyone would be applauding him for defending himself in public.

liberalefty

March 26th, 2012
10:55 am

the pious christian gets his feelings hurt so he lashes out like a child…sad indeed

Aquagirl

March 26th, 2012
10:57 am

Love the crazy eyes. Nice touch, Mr. Santorum.

Mark

March 26th, 2012
10:57 am

@ jebbery

March 26th, 2012
10:50 am

First of all the President doesn’t have to lose his cool and yell at reporters to get his point across. Give me a freakin break!

No Longer Republican

March 26th, 2012
11:01 am

Yes I want this angry white man as my next president…NOT. He has been in this game long enough and he knows exactly what he is saying and what he is doing. The fact that he used this a fundraiser just a couple of hours later makes me know that he carried on this interaction for a purpose…just so he could stand up to the big bad liberal media and get some money out of it. What a joke.

ralph

March 26th, 2012
11:05 am

Santorum belongs in a Sanatorium!

jebbery

March 26th, 2012
11:06 am

@Mark you are right, it’s unlikely that Obama would lose his cool. But you missed the point. What I said was “if” Obama yelled at a reporter, everyone, except perhaps conservatives, would think it was great.

Marlboro Man

March 26th, 2012
11:13 am

At the end of the election, he will be seen as not knowing when he lost.

Hillbilly D

March 26th, 2012
11:26 am

Talking to reporters day after day would be enough to make anybody cuss. The reporter here was trying to lead him to a specific answer, which reporters do every day, to candidates on both sides.

Tiberius

March 26th, 2012
11:37 am

I find it laughable that Santorum goes off on a reporter for allegedly distorting his words, just after he gives a speech distorting Romney’s words.

Santorum is simply pathological.

td

March 26th, 2012
11:42 am

Virginia

March 26th, 2012
11:49 am

Poor Rick, always the victim! Yawn.

Look before I leap...

March 26th, 2012
12:08 pm

I can’t excoriate Santorum here.
I have played poker with ministers and priests.
They don’t say “dammit” or “JC” but they sure can turn a room blue with f and s bombs.

However, when running for President, it is a good idea to remember that anything and everything you say, especially if it is said in anger, is gonna get some airplay.

The adage holds true, never get into an argument with someone who buys ink by the barrel.

Bernie

March 26th, 2012
12:23 pm

Ya Gotta Love those Christians and Rick thinks he has the MORAL Character to be PRESUDENT. PLEASE!

Bernie

March 26th, 2012
12:29 pm

What we are all witnessing in RIck Santorum is America’s version of “Adolph Hitler” in the making. We all will be watching the History channel, one day in the not so distant future asking ourselves just how exactly did we allow this to happen to us. I can assure many German people asked themselves the same question. It can happen AGAIN! this time they will come for all people who are not supportive of their version of the Christian faith.

PatDowns

March 26th, 2012
12:37 pm

So your childhood preacher wouldn’t have a problem with describing a certain AJC journalist as a lazy, lard-a$$ liberal hack.

honested

March 26th, 2012
12:52 pm

It is great that mr. sans-scrotum has used the proper term to describe his entire nutcase campaign to defile a reporter.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 26th, 2012
1:01 pm

ABR.

I’m not voting for Obama, but if you vote for Romney over Obama, you’re getting what you vote for. Just like Georgia is learning. I mean, its not like, deep down, they didn’t know who the Republicans work for, and KEEP working for.

Watch the Ron Paul folks complain but mostly stay with and vote Republican too. Fun times.

Look before I leap...

March 26th, 2012
1:03 pm

This makes for a few minutes of grins and giggles over the water cooler but will have no impact in the long term.
Santorum is a footnote, nothing more.

Newtewt.

March 26th, 2012
2:09 pm

Santorum needs a thesauraus. How ’bout “Turkey feathers,” “Fudge,” “Frimmin’ on the Jim-Jam, Fripping at the Krotz!”……

Jezel

March 26th, 2012
2:13 pm

Santorum does not need the news media to make him look bad…he is fully capable of doing that on his on.

Until today’s GOP rids itself of the haters, the self righteous, the mean spirited rhetoric,and the bigots…the party is doomed. The Tea Party is a small minority as is the moral majority. The value system of these groups is destroying the GOP and is creating a division in this country. A division that was once healed.

Will a real Republican please step up and get this party in line.

Mark

March 26th, 2012
3:27 pm

Enter your comments here

Mark

March 26th, 2012
3:27 pm

Whoops, looks like his halo is slipping. He’s been looking pretty testy and grinchy lately, but what do you expect from a hypocritical, foul mouthed, closeted political failure whose ‘campaign’ is not going as well as the voices in his head told him it would.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 26th, 2012
5:14 pm

Santorum is a Santorum.

Look before I leap...

March 26th, 2012
5:23 pm

“What we are all witnessing in RIck Santorum is America’s version of “Adolph Hitler” in the making.”

I don’t think Santorum is evil, just misguided.
I also don’t think Santorum is nearly as charismatic or intelligent as Hitler was.

They do share on trait though, both of them think(thought) they are(were) smarter than their generals.

Redstateneck

March 26th, 2012
5:32 pm

Senator Santorum has blown any chance of running again. He’s gone nuts. Its too little too late. Why does he stay around. I’m embarrassed for him.

Aaron Burr V Mexico

March 26th, 2012
6:01 pm

@Look – Hitler wasn’t that bright. He was at best about as clever as W (and no, frothing psychopaths, I am not comparing W to Hitler in terms of body count, only intelligence.) I cite the Battle of London and the Eastern Front as an example. (Well, OK, saying ‘we’re going to war’ against all logic and reason might be another thing that they have in common, but Bush didn’t do the holocaust.) They are equally dull however.

And, quite frankly, even though Obama is ALSO most definitely not a Hitler, they do share about the same level of Charisma. While JFK was able to rally more of the US behind him, IMHO (and this is just me) if Obama were WHITE, he’d actually have historians saying his speech making ability exceeds that of JFK.

Not sure I can say the same about his writers though.

ravine

March 26th, 2012
6:40 pm

I imagine that the previous writers also laugh and giggle along with Bull S. Mahr.

Look before I leap...

March 26th, 2012
7:36 pm

“While JFK was able to rally more of the US behind him”

Rally? Perhaps. It did not start off that way.

JFK RMN
Popular Vote% 49.7% 49.6%
Electoral Votes 303 219

BHO JM
Popular Vote % 52.9% 45.7%
Electoral Vote 365 173

Obama had considerably more popular and electoral support entering office than JFK did.
However JFK enjoyed overall better ratings throughout his Presidency than Obama has.
But JFK had a better economy, employment numbers, GDP growth and he drastically cut taxes.