Romney Robocalls SC Voters Using Santorum’s 2008 Endorsement

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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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121 comments

  1. Barb

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

          1. chicken_thief

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

  2. orygoon

    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.

  3. Allmighty_Manos

    "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.

  4. MzNicky

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

  5. freakishlywrong

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

  6. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    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.

  7. donner_froh

    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.

    1. anniegetyerfun

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

  8. savethispatient

    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.

    1. freakishlywrong

      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.

  9. Oblios_Cap

    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".

  10. flamingpdog

    "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?

  11. MissTaken

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

    1. Fare la Volpe

      Now that is sick.

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

  12. DaRooster

    "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.

  13. SorosBot

    "“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?

      1. Gleem_McShineys

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

    1. PsycWench

      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".

  14. Callyson

    “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…

  15. BaldarTFlagass

    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?

  16. Schmannnity

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

  17. joshleefolsom

    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.

  18. jus_wonderin

    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.

  19. bumfug

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

  20. Local_Mojo

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

  21. MinAgain

    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.

    1. jus_wonderin

      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.

  22. Trannysurprise

    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?

  23. SpiderCrab

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

    That is why I quit reefer.

    1. jus_wonderin

      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.

  24. SorosBot

    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.

  25. kissawookiee

    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.

  26. Guppy

    "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!

  27. SenileAgitation

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

  28. SayItWithWookies

    “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.

  29. BarackMyWorld

    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.

  30. Mumbletypeg

    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.

  31. Barb

    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.

  32. mrblifil

    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.

  33. ElPinche

    "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)

  34. DahBoner

    Santorum’s 2008 endorsement of Romney as the Republican candidate

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

  35. Indiepalin

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

  36. owhatever

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

  37. mavenmaven

    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…

  38. Gleem_McShineys

    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.

  39. Negropolis

    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.

  40. Negropolis

    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."

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