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Don’t Google Santorum

January 5, 2012

This post is completely out of character for this blog, but here it is anyway.

Rick Santorum’s rise to top contender status among the Republican presidential candidates has added much needed hilarity to the otherwise humorless primary season, as naive Republicans Google the candidate and discover one of the best public practical jokes ever.

The Santorum resurgence has produced headlines like this one in Mother Jones: Rick Santorum’s Anal Sex Problem. The article explains:

Santorum’s problem got its start back in 2003, when the then-senator from Pennsylvania compared homosexuality to bestiality and pedophilia, saying the “definition of marriage” has never included “man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be.” The ensuing controversy prompted syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage, who’s gay, to start a contest, soliciting reader suggestions for slang terms to “memorialize the scandal.” The winner came up with the “frothy mixture”* idea, Savage launched a website, and a meme was born. Even though mainstream news outlets would never link to it, Savage’s site rose in the Google rankings, thanks in part to bloggers who posted Santorum-related news on the site or linked to it from their blogs. Eventually it eclipsed Santorum’s own campaign site in search results; some observers even suggested it may have contributed to Santorum’s crushing 18-point defeat in his 2006 campaign against Bob Casey.

Santorum’s statement about Google’s refusal to remove the site is also hilarious:

“I suspect if something was up there like that about Joe Biden, they’d get rid of it,” Santorum said. “If you’re a responsible business, you don’t let things like that happen in your business that have an impact on the country.”

I don’t think this joke will keep any leotard for voting for him, but I can’t stop laughing.

Just to make sure Dan Savage’s site, spreadingsantorum.com stays in the top three hits on Google, I’m going to link to it. And you should too after you read it.

* Santorum – a neologism for “the frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex.”

(I was laughing hysterically for the past hour going through this stuff, until I just found out Occupy Oakland has been raided again. 40-50 cops swooped in to arrest 7-12 people who were standing around talking in Oscar Grant / Frank Ogawa Plaza. Really not funny since there was another man killed in Oakland today while cops were wasting time and money attacking people peacefully exercising their first amendment rights.)

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