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Rick Santorum insists his campaign is about something more than his morals vs. yours. Yet today the Republican presidential candidate lands here in the

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Rick Santorum Campaign Credo: Elect Me and You Can Live Whatever Life I Impose on You

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Rick Santorum insists his campaign is about something more than his morals vs. yours. Yet today the Republican presidential candidate lands here in the real Washington and goes directly to the state capitol, where the governor is about to sign into law a bill allowing same-sex marriage, and Santorum's first meeting will be with the people who oppose it.

The economy, war, education? They'll have to wait. His priority is about other people's private lives. As Clint Eastwood said of gay weddings, "I don't give a fuck about who wants to get married to anybody else!" Opponents "go on and on with all this bullshit about 'sanctity' -- don't give me that sanctity crap! Just give everybody the chance to have the life they want."

Santorum's conservative Republican version is to give everyone the chance to live the life he wants.

Even Eastwood's right-wing cop Dirty Harry had a more egalitarian view than Santorum. When some of his fellow sharpshooting cops were thought to be gay, Harry Callahan observed: "Tell you something. If the rest of you could shoot like them, I wouldn't care if the whole damn department was queer."

Santorum believes gay marriages will "destabilize" society, and if elected would annul those that have already taken place. In Iowa, according to thinkprogress.org, Santorum frequently compared same-sex relationships to such inanimate objects as trees, basketballs, beer, and paper towels. He blamed the economic crisis on gay people, and said religious believers have a constitutional right to discriminate against gays.

Just yesterday, you could see Santorum on national television serving up some of the bullshit Eastwood talked about. NBC's David Gregory thought the Tea Partier's socially conservative agenda "defined" Santorum's campaign, which the grinning candidate denied. "I understand the media wants to focus on those issues," he said, but he's been talking about a lot of other things.

Right, such as Don't Ask, Don't Tell, a topic on which his homophobia runs rampant: Gay soldiers disrupt the military because "they're in close quarters, they live with people, they obviously shower with people," he says. Take it from there.

You're left with the feeling that, like many homophobes, Santorum is perhaps worried about the temptations of such a shower. Eastwood said something about that too: "It's what people know about themselves inside that makes 'em afraid."

 
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