Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Ramblin' Rick Santorum

Santorum is getting a new round of attention for his "napkin/paper towel" comparison to marriage as he heads to PA for fund-raising gigs.

Ramblin' Rick Santorum

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer;s editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Boss, I know you like to be kept up to date on your favorite presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

BE: You're gonna tell something bad about him, aren't you?

JB: All I do is report the news.

BE: Go ahead. Report. Just be fair & balanced.

JB: Well, there's been some attention paid to a recent Santorum statement that comparing gay marriage to marriage is like comparing a napkin to a paper towel.

BE: Yeah, I can see that.

JB: You can if you look here. He was in Iowa earlier this month and did a riff on napkins and paper towels, basically saying you can CALL a napkin a paper towel but it's still a napkin. He punched up his argument with that ole catchphrase, "it is what it is."

BE: Can't argue that.

JB: Then he said you can CALL marriage something else such as marriage is something between 5, 10 or 20 people or between fathers and daughters, but that doesn't change the character of what it is, noting such argument is "from the metaphysical."

BE: Oh boy. Where is he in the polls these days?

JB: On the move. He bumped up from 10th to 9th among announced or potential GOP candidates, according to an average of national polling maintained by the realclearpolitics.com website. He's at 2.1%, ahead of Hunstman at 2%.

BE: I told you! He's making his run!

JB: And coming to a fundraiser near you soon. Politico reports this week that Rick will be in Philly and Montgomery County Monday to start a home-state swing of money-gathering.

BE: The fight goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die!

JB: Yeah, see, I think Ted Kennedy said that.

BE: Rick's bipartisan.

JB: Grrrrr.

 

 

 

 

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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John Baer has been covering politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. The National Journal in 2002 called Baer one of the country's top 10 political journalists outside Washington, saying Baer has, "the ability to take the skin off a politician without making it hurt too much." E-mail John at baerj@phillynews.com.

John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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