MITT 9000 CALLING  2:14 pm January 17, 2012

Romney Robocalls SC Voters Using Santorum’s 2008 Endorsement

by Liz Colville

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He’s not gone yet, but Rick Santorum will arguably be carried out of this campaign kicking and screaming by Mitt Romney, the tyrannical stepfather of the 2012 race, who’s just launched robocalls to South Carolina voters that feature audio of Santorum’s 2008 endorsement of Romney as the Republican candidate. On a scale of one to disgusting, does this move rank higher than Santorum yelling at people who can’t even vote? It’s close. But Santorum points out that this ploy could easily confuse voters into thinking that Santorum isn’t even running anymore and that he’s endorsing Romney in the here and now.

The Santorum audio appears as follows:

If you’re a conservative, there really is only one place to go right now. I would even argue farther than that. If you’re a Republican, if you’re a Republican in the broadest sense, there is only one place to go right now, and that’s Mitt Romney.

Santorum’s response is hilarious. He calls the move “dirty politics,” which it most certainly is, but then he says, “I expect that from Barack Obama. I don’t ever expect it from a Republican.”

“Ever.” “Republican.”

As for Romney’s camp, not even a former diplomat and recent turncoat with no influence on this race could convince him to abandon pursuits like this one and act like an adult. Romney is a total, amoral creep, and that’s the platform he’s running on. Deal. “We were very pleased to have Sen. Santorum’s endorsement of Gov. Romney last campaign and his advocacy of Gov. Romney as ‘the candidate who will stand up for the conservative principles that we hold dear,’” said Romney spokesperson Ryan Williams Tuesday.

Santorum says the calls are “smarmy…we can do better than this, folks.”

Yes we can. [LA Times]

 
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Barb January 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm

No, "dirty politics" would be a robocall of Santorum's dying daughter, calling to ask, "has anyone seen my daddy?"

Sue4466 January 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Didn't the Republicans use that against Grover Cleveland?

Fare la Volpe January 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm

"Hey, Ma? Where's my Pa?"
"Gone to the White House, ha ha ha!"

Barb January 17, 2012 at 2:24 pm

"to take away the food stamps of the blah, blah, blah"

chicken_thief January 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm

And make sure that there is no men on men or men on dog action going on in this great nation.

IncenseDebate January 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Nice. We see few references to Grover Cleveland these days.

GhostBuggy January 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

You just gave away the Next Big Idea from American Crossroads!

smitallica January 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Or claiming that the duly elected president was, say, born in another country.

RavenRant January 17, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Not to mention the Antichrist, also, too.

mrblifil January 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm

"Sorry honey, he has a full slate of kissing fetuses to attend to today. You're time will come in heaven before your true father!"

anniegetyerfun January 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm

"You mean, God?"
"No, sweetie, Dr. Tom Allen."

ifthethunderdontgetya January 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Santorum says the calls are “smarmy…we can do better than this, folks.

That's right. Stephen Colbert.

Accept no substitutes.
~

veritass January 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I wish the Mayor of Philadelphia would make calls for both of them.

Chillwillard January 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm

"Listen, motherfuckers: stop being such whiny assholes, alright? My boy Obama is gonna kick your asses in November anyway!"

orygoon January 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm

If R's are going to play hard, yes, it would be swell if they would do it in a good way. Like, for example, Jon Huntsman agreeing to endorse The Other Mormon only if HE would promise to break up the big banks. (I would almost have voted for Huntsman if he got the nomination and I thought he was serious about this.)

Nice to spend a few seconds in my head in la-la land.

Allmighty_Manos January 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm

"Santorum says the calls are “smarmy…we can do better than this, folks.”"

He has a point. This dirty trick involves no attempt to inflame hard-core racists or theocratic nuts. South Carolina Republicans deserve better.

Sue4466 January 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

And we know Republicans are capable of better.

MzNicky January 17, 2012 at 2:19 pm

One is torn between the options of laughing hysterically or crying from having laughed so hysterically.

Mahousu January 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

if you’re a Republican in the broadest sense …

FAT4ROMNEY 2012!

chicken_thief January 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Christie endorse?!

Limeylizzie January 17, 2012 at 3:06 pm

That made me snort very loudly, thanks.

Lionel[redacted]Esq January 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

The problem with Santorum is that once it leaves a stain, it is there forever.

freakishlywrong January 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I'd use Santorum's stupid, cunty sweater vest against him, or, his hateful wingnutty policies. One or the other.

ThundercatHo January 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm

You can't have dirty politics without some Santorum.

Gleem_McShineys January 17, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Dirty Sanchez, either.

Lionel[redacted]Esq January 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm

A four year old Santorum endorsement is surely the way Romney can get the other two-thirds of the Republican party to stop hating him.

DaRooster January 17, 2012 at 2:24 pm

"I expect that from Blah people…"

lefty74 January 17, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Neither one is equal to a skid mark on Obama's jock.

donner_froh January 17, 2012 at 2:24 pm

It is kind of strange but still gratifying to see the dregs of the GOP arrange themselves in a circular firing squad. It is usually the Democrats who do that.

GOPCrusher January 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Give them time. It's still early.

anniegetyerfun January 17, 2012 at 5:11 pm

The important thing to remember is that a circular firing squad is circle jerk taken a step too far.

jus_wonderin January 17, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I called him smarmy yesterday. Do I get royalties?

actor212 January 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm

They should have made the call come from the dead fetus in the salad container.

Now THAT'S comedy!

savethispatient January 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm

What I want to know is, why did Santorum endorse anybody in 2008? Who cared what Santorum thought four years ago? He'd been out of office for two years already. The endorsement would have got Romney as many votes in 2008 as the Huntsman endorsement does in SC this week.

freakishlywrong January 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm

The endorsement would have got Romney as many votes in 2008 as the Huntsman endorsement does in SC this week.

Or, quite honestly, the inevitable Santorum endorsement next week.

GOPCrusher January 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm

McCain/Palin 08!

Oblios_Cap January 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm

If everybody would just start referring to Romney by his real name, he would be out of the election.

Nobody would vote for "Willard Romney".

anniegetyerfun January 17, 2012 at 5:12 pm

I dunno. Saxby Chambliss has been going strong for YEARS.

DaRooster January 17, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Santorum… the dirtiest politicker.

slowhansolo January 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Ricky's daughter is already crying. Again. He'd be better off running that goddamned doll in his place.

Generation[redacted] January 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm

"Stop crying and hold up the fetus jar so the cameras can see!"

chicken_thief January 17, 2012 at 2:49 pm

At which point a sad and somewhat confused Santorum attempts to hoist his wife's vag up….

flamingpdog January 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

"Many flames burn out in politics, our Dad's has just been ignited. What an incredible journey for our family. Thanks for all the support!" – Huntsman daughters

Dad's just been ignited? Did someone light a match next to his fake smile while he was speaking?

Fare la Volpe January 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm

As Shelly would say, "That's some real choot-zpah there."

MissTaken January 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I wonder if Rick has his own little doll with its own little matching sweater vest like his daughter has.

Fare la Volpe January 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Now that is sick.

He dresses up the fetus in matching sweater vests, but a doll? You've got a sick mind, lady.

DaRooster January 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm

"But Santorum points out that this ploy could easily confuse voters into thinking that Santorum isn’t even running anymore and that he’s endorsing Romney in the here and now."

Wow… figure that out all by yourself? Friggin' genius I tell ya.

ShaveTheWhales January 17, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Hey, that's why he's got the high-paid staff.

SorosBot January 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm

"“I expect that from Barack Obama. I don’t ever expect it from a Republican.” "

Has Santorum been asleep his whole life? Because I most certainly would not expect that from Barack Obama but would expect that of any Republican, they always, always, always fight dirty. Remember the robocalls about John McCain's black daughter in South Carolina in 2000?

slowhansolo January 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Don't tell anyone, but I heard the fetus in the jar is black.

Gleem_McShineys January 17, 2012 at 5:48 pm

"Would it surprise you, voter of South Carolina, to find out that Rick Santorum's dead fetus in a jar was… (ominous music) blah?"

PsycWench January 17, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I do remember those calls. I also remember George Allen when he was governor of Virginia referring to "kicking the Democrat's soft teeth down their whiny throats".

LiveToServeYa January 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm

'Smarmtorum'. That word just pooped into my head. Uh, I mean 'popped'.

Callyson January 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm

“I expect that from Barack Obama."
Um, Ricky, if you had endorsed Obama in 2008 I think the last thing Barack would want to do is remind anyone of that…

Radiotherapy January 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm

And then Newt said, "KIll your enemies…"
*wild applause*

Goonemeritus January 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm

This is the kind of behavior that makes certain little girls cry.

MzNicky January 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Like John Boneher?

Limeylizzie January 17, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Damn i have such a crush on your dog.

MzNicky January 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm

She's a silly thing. Spoilt rotten besides.

Limeylizzie January 17, 2012 at 3:37 pm

No wonder I like her, we are from the same egg.

Chillwillard January 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Voters still can't tell if it's a "Robocall" or Mitt himself.

GOPCrusher January 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Open the pod doors, Mitt.
I can't do that Dave.

not that Dewey January 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm

There's only one way to settle this. Chris Christie needs to go on a hunger strike.

chicken_thief January 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Whoa. Then he might get irritable…

starfanglednut January 17, 2012 at 3:12 pm

But it would take years before anyone noticed.

Rosie_Scenario January 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm

FIVE AND A HALF YEARS. At least.

BaldarTFlagass January 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Is Santorum's voice so unique that one could tell that it was truly him on a phone call? I mean, does he sound like James Earl Jones or Robert Mitchum or someone like that?

Radiotherapy January 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm

He sounds like Santorum, ewww.

Negropolis January 18, 2012 at 3:12 am

Haven't you heard him whine? You can't explain it.

Schmannnity January 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Didn't Santorum father an out-of-wedlock Black child? Oh, I forgot, that was McCain. Thanks, George W!

joshleefolsom January 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm

If these are the same ethics with which Romney made all those millions in business, then he must have really screwed a bunch of poor motherfuckers. Frankly, though, I think that is actually how millions are made.

elviouslyqueer January 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Last one out of the clown car wins!

jus_wonderin January 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Does this stuff hold up in court? Can my ex come back after all these years and say "You said you loved me forever"?

Yeah, sure, that was before I got to know the alien lizard crazybot loon that you were hiding from me.

hagajim January 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm

So now even Mittens is using Santorum….ewwwww!

bumfug January 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Mitt just accused Rick of getting himself "all in a froth over something that really wasn't that shitty".

Local_Mojo January 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, "I'm from Bain Capitol and I'm here to help."

MinAgain January 17, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I don’t ever expect it from a Republican.”

Didn't the Romney campaign do something similar with a clip of Obama quoting McCain? Which means that Rick Santorum is considerably more stupid than we had previously imagined.

If that's even possible.

jus_wonderin January 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm

That thing that Mitt did bugged the shit out of me. And then more shit was bugged when Mitt complained about the editing of his "fire people" comments.

BaldarTFlagass January 17, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Not stupid, just disingenuous.

elviouslyqueer January 17, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Not just impossible, Min. Inconceivable!

IncenseDebate January 17, 2012 at 2:45 pm

It's not like it's the first time Santorum has been tricky dicked by someone.

Trannysurprise January 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Would you be more or less likely to vote for Mr. Santorum if you knew he kept a decades old dead fetus in a jar dressed up in a matching sweater vest while holding a little tiny bible?

jus_wonderin January 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Less. And that fetus hasn't decided to jumping the race yet, right? Cuz that would be cool.

starfanglednut January 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Santorum's stillborn child/Barbara Bush's jar fetus 2012!

Ouch, I just made myself a little ill.

Trannysurprise January 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Gabriel/Jarbra 2012!

Negropolis January 18, 2012 at 3:13 am

It would also be adorable.

ShaveTheWhales January 17, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Not sure. Is it micro-KJV?

SpiderCrab January 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm

In an alternate reality that photo at page top is the "First Family".

That is why I quit reefer.

jus_wonderin January 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I hear ya. I ended my tinkering with Multi-Dimensional Interplexing when I realized I could put this reality in peril. And, I needed the basement space for the Time Dilation device. I had it stored to close to the hot water heater.

SorosBot January 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm

The thing is, that is a really underhanded dirty trick and I'd feel sorry for the victim, but it's Rick Santorum. That horrible, woman-and-gay-hating piece of shit who wants to control everyone else's sex lives in the name of morality, which is actually one of the most evil and immoral policies anyone can support, ain't getting any sympathy from me, the sick fuck.

kissawookiee January 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Santorum can't deny that he did say those words, in that order, which makes them fair game for Mittens, forever.

Now we can expect all the candidates in the next debate to give their answers in the form of "Reagan America jobs the not and Iran values when because USA also," just to be on the safe side.

Baconzgood January 17, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I don't like when people quote what I have said in the past either too also.

Sharkey January 17, 2012 at 4:10 pm

BLOOD LIBEL!

Guppy January 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm

"I would even argue farther than that. If you’re a Republican, if you’re a Republican in the broadest sense"

"Republican" is a (very narrow) subset of "conservative," not the other way around.

Jesus hates math!

SenileAgitation January 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Yes, Rick, yet you boast about Terri Schiavo's endorsement? I mean, she's been dead for some time.

SayItWithWookies January 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

“I expect that from Barack Obama. I don’t ever expect it from a Republican.”

Nixon, Haldeman, Liddy, Lee Atwater, Karl Rove and the entire staff of FOX Criminal Enterprises are astonished — astonished — that such scurrilous subterfuge is taking place.

BarackMyWorld January 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I can't wait for the Gingrich SuperPAC to release a robocall with an Obama impersonator endorsing Romney, or Huntsman's actual endorsement of Romney.

Mumbletypeg January 17, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Taken at face value, the words "If you're a conservative you have only one place to go" sounds pretty defeatist for an endorsement. Instead of survival of the fittest candidate as the last one standing, this echoes more like when you've reached the last remaining mystery-chocolates in that Russell Stover assortment. All that's left are the rejected ones and the whole thing is so rummaged-through and maligned you can no longer tell from their location-guide printed on the inside what to expect in/from these lingering, worked-over remnants.

Radiotherapy January 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Raspberry Santorum Nougat?

Mumbletypeg January 17, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Russell Stover Whiteman's Sampler.

Barb January 17, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Yes, put the kids to work in a place where the wood shop has power tools, there are harsh chemicals, some schools have pools, gas ovens in the cafeterias……
Nothing bad can happen and no one will get sued. Kinda hard to unwrap a fresh urinal cake and place it when your kid has no fingers after cleaning up the metal shop.

LesBontemps January 17, 2012 at 3:01 pm

"Romney robocall" is redundant.

mrblifil January 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Funny how no matter the conflict between Repubs, Obama is always invoked as the example of criminal arch-villainy. It's almost like it was planned that way. It's as if my wife and I were arguing and rather than questioning the wisdom of my need to buy stupid shit from the Apple Store she just said: "you are more profligate than that gay hetero black white muslim Rev. Wright-loving infanticiding crackhead food stamper Obama." And she'd be right.

ElPinche January 17, 2012 at 3:09 pm

"I like Rick, he's like a son to me. In fact, I own Ricky. I'll soon own his wife's vagina, too. Cuz that's how me and Moroni roll my niggaz. "

-Mitt Romney on Santorum ( Jan 17,2012, SC)

DahBoner January 17, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Santorum’s 2008 endorsement of Romney as the Republican candidate

With Santorum, the truth always comes out in the end, my friends…

Indiepalin January 17, 2012 at 3:16 pm

The real Judas here is Gov. Christie for endorsing Romney in exchange for thirty pieces of pizza.

Negropolis January 18, 2012 at 3:17 am

And Cain's pizza, no less.

starfanglednut January 17, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I for one am loving this. By the time these doofuses get through with each other, none of them will be remotely electable. They're doing our dirty work for us.

owhatever January 17, 2012 at 3:38 pm

Our name is the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and we endorse Mitt Romney, and so should you Baptists and other heathens in South Carolina.

Oblios_Cap January 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm

What the Hell is Newt Romney up to now?

mavenmaven January 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Of course, we'd expect that from Obama, after all, it was that Democrat, Richard "Tricky Dicky" Nixon that was famous for dirty tricks during election campaigns, breaking into the Tea Party Headquarters at Watergate…

Maman January 17, 2012 at 3:55 pm

The response is simple Rick. Get audio of Mitt endorsing McCain/Palin. Easy-peasy.

ttommyunger January 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm

I do luvs me a good cunt-fight.

RavenRant January 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm

"I'm a shameless liar," is a winning message for Republican politicians?

BZ1 January 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Santorum gushes again… (and other variations on the same theme)

Gleem_McShineys January 17, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Santorum, Seething, Seeks to Squelch Statements in Romney Robocall

Thedongsofwar January 17, 2012 at 5:39 pm

That's pretty clever. If only Mitt could use his powers for less evil.

Gleem_McShineys January 17, 2012 at 6:19 pm

When a guy whose last name the internet turned into synonym for "assfuck juice" complains about dirty politics, its about time to recalibrate the Whiny Pussometer.

Negropolis January 18, 2012 at 3:01 am

the tyrannical stepfather of the 2012 race

As surely Newt is a strict school marm, that is one of the best descriptions I've seen of Romney's role in this race.

Negropolis January 18, 2012 at 3:05 am

there is only one place to go right now, and that’s Mitt Romney.

Wow, talking about damning with faint praise. lol It's essentially "get in this fucking lifeboat, now! Because the ship is sinking."

Negropolis January 18, 2012 at 3:14 am

Look what y'all gon made him do. Now Mitt has had to cut a bitch.

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