I saw Dan Savage speak last night and said hello to him on all y’all’s behalf. He spoke mostly about his “It Gets Better” project, and the Q & A focused, for the most part, on that same theme. But at the very end, a friend of mine raised his hand and said “Please define Santorum, and use it in a sentence,” and Dan performed remarkably well in his response.
So I thought it was funny, this morning, to see this piece on Roll Call:
Rick Santorum has a Google problem.
The former Pennsylvania Senator might be well-known on Capitol Hill, but his name more regularly produces blank stares in places like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, if recent polling is any guide. The likely Republican presidential candidate knows he needs to expand his name identification.
Santorum can only hope voters don’t turn to Google, the world’s most popular Internet search engine, to learn more about him.
Try it for yourself: Enter “Rick Santorum” into Google. In a fraction of a second you’ll have hundreds of thousands of results. But two of the top four cite a graphic definition for a sexual neologism. In this case, the neologism is a reference to anal sex.
This, of course, is no accident.
Santorum himself sounded slightly defeated when asked about it recently.
“It’s one guy. You know who it is. The Internet allows for this type of vulgarity to circulate. It’s unfortunate that we have someone who obviously has some issues. But he has an opportunity to speak,” Santorum told Roll Call.
Awwww, he is still so butt hurt about it that he’s trying to pass Dan off as a person with “some issues.” Yeah, Dan and I and Wayne and all other smart, funny, self-respecting gay people have “some issues” with Rick Santorum’s willfully miseducated pig ignorance and bigotry, and we continue to enjoy the fact that “Santorum” no longer simply means “dumb hick from Pennsylvania,” but indeed so, so much more.
[h/t Andrew Sullivan]