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Rick Santorum Takes Off His Bikini Top

Get a fucking jobBecause you asked for it (not one of you did), here’s a hot sex photo of Rick Santorum wearing dangerously tan bathing trunks, in Puerto Rico. Ha ha ha, look at him… enjoying himself. This complicates the situation, no? Now everyone go out and get a Chinese iPadHD3 today and load this Santorum .jpg on it and head to your favorite San Diego sidewalk. The angel of fappery will guide you from there. [Joe My God via Buzzfeed]

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346 comments

      1. Negropolis

        Newt gets all of the fat jokes, but I've always thought Santorum was just as out-of-shape with an odd shape, himself. At the shoulder and up, he looks like a normal guy, but then things get really trick south of there. I'd almost call it the skinny-fat physique like some guys have, but Santorum doesn't look skinny where he needs to be to be called skinny-fat.

          1. Lascauxcaveman

            Well, with that longish neck he has, I'm just gonna aim for the throat. But that 's just me.

    1. Callyson

      Ricky, por favor, ponga una camisa. Y dejar de ser un idiota y un pendejo, también, demasiado.

    2. FROTHY

      Boricuas everywhere are laughing their asses off today about how badly this dumbass motherfucker tanked in their town. Hopefully, the Catholic Church's stranglehold on that country has just been loosened by X degrees.

      1. user-of-owls

        Now you've got me wondering what Jose would end up bringing if Santo actually tried to say that in Spanish.

    1. C_R_Eature

      Evil: God isn't interested in technology. He cares nothing for the microchip or the silicon revolution. Look how he spends his time, forty-three species of parrots! Nipples for men!

      Robert: Slugs.

      Evil: Slugs! HE created slugs! They can't hear. They can't speak. They can't operate machinery. Are we not in the hands of a lunatic?

  1. Callyson

    Jesus, and I was just going to take a masturbation break. Never mind, I think I'll go clean the toilet instead…

    1. Chichikovovich

      Give me a hint. Are you going to change your screen name to "Oedipus"?

      "Odin x 2" maybe?

      1. Lascauxcaveman

        Oh man, that is so street.

        Next he be rockin' a fixie down to the local dive bar and hoisting a few PBRs with his bros.

        1. Tundra Grifter

          Dude – I grew up in the Mid-West, and they ought to pour all that PBR back into the horse.

          1. flamingpdog

            Dude, do you know how many poor canaries are systematically hydrated and then drained every year to make Coors?

  2. SorosBot

    Considering how pale he is here (though not quite as pale as me), I hope he's wearing SPX100 sunblock.

    …actually, no; this is Rick Santorum, and having had several horrific sunburns when I was young and stupid I wish one of those on him.

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      Well, that's not exactly death or skullfucking, but don't you want to run that one past Mom before you post it? Seems kinda mean to me.

      1. Loaded_Pants

        Those sweater vests have got to GO.
        You're welcome, Santorum campaign. Send the check to:
        Loaded Pants
        PO Box 69
        Richmond, VA 23220

          1. flamingpdog

            Are we allowed to kill boners on teh Wonkette? Our new overlords certainly have established that THEY can!

          2. Loaded_Pants

            I know Santorum doesn't have Romney's money. But you'd think he could afford a few nice bespoke suits. But maybe that would be too elitist.

          3. FROTHY

            Both he and his wife look like Salvation Army reject bins. As a Certified Old Slob, I don't as a rule run other people down for looking like ragbags, but when you're asking Teh Peeplz for a job (like POTUS), would it kill the cheap motherfucker to spend a few dollars to look at least OK? Obama buys his clothes off the rack, but clearly he has taste and style, even if he does get his shoes endlessly resoled till they fall off. It doesn't take a shitload of money to exercise a little care, you know, find a nice linen shirt at a thrift shop, buy a gently used pair of slacks or a nice jacket to pull an outfit together. Yeesh. The fucker could use the Gay Men's Basic Course in Dressing Well On A Budget.

          4. Biff

            I'm rather slobbish myself, but when I went for job interviews, and face it, that's exactly what campaigning is, I dressed to impress. Even though the job required more coveralls than suits, you gotta try to fool them into giving you the chance.

  3. weej_bain

    Looks like more foam at the pool than on the beach in the distance. Below his head and under his feet all that frothy foam blowing out every which way is just obscene.

  4. MUHAMMED_PBUH

    And here I thought that Rick Santorum believed that federal obscenity laws should be "vigorously enforced."

      1. Lascauxcaveman

        While ofttimes there is an overlap between obscenity and pornography, this ain't one of those times.

        What we're looking at here is in no way pornographic.

  5. PhilippePetain

    His campaign strategy is now complete: smack some fear into the ladies then bring them back with some sexy sexy shirtlessness. Silly things never stood a chance.

    1. FROTHY

      Woulda been a WHOLE fucking lot more successful if he'd kept his fucking shirt on, dood. I can't look at that sluggy, saggy fat little pot without wanting to puke. Stud Of Teh Year he is most certainly NAWT.

  6. MissTaken

    Of course Santorum would be the typical white douchebag who lounges next to the pool despite the lovely beach being right on the other side of the hedge.

    1. Rotundo_

      I know! Azure blue sea, and well groomed beach (the resorts always rake first thing in the morning and as needed) and he basks. You know when he goes out to dinner tonight it will be steak and potatoes and lights out at 10:00PM. Meanwhile people who want to see something really neat are out in small boats in water that glows with bioluminescent life, or lying back beneath the mosquito netting listening to the coquis peep, or at least sitting out on some balcony overlooking the sea sipping something cool and wonderful. He may have money, but he doesn't know how to live.

      1. Nothingisamiss

        Oh, Rotundo_….to be there right now. Paradise is lost on this fucker who thinks paradise is in his future.

      1. Loaded_Pants

        I was looking forward to a very good night loving up on the hubby-bubby but this pic has ruined my mood (thanks a bunch Joe Jervis).

        1. FROTHY

          (Hands Teh Loaded a bottle of brain bleach)

          Use it in good health, buddy. The hubby probly needs some sweet manlove from his favourite stud. And yeah, give him a hug for me too, why not?

    1. SorosBot

      It does look like he just has a weird little line of chest hair, extending all the way from just under his neck to the bottom of his stomach; sort of a strange, larger above-the-belt version of a landing strip.

        1. SorosBot

          So you don't want me to manscape my chest hair into a thin line like that? I was thinking of it.

  7. MissTaken

    I sure hope the resort hurried and hosed off the lounge chair before anyone else used it. It's a bitch to clean up once you let the Santorum dry.

  8. PuckStopsHere

    Careful there, Ricky. You'll get a sunburn. Or, worse, you'll turn too brown. And then you'll have some 'splainin to do to The Base.

      1. FROTHY

        Nothing like a double handful of sweet, firm, womanflesh to hold on to. You know, while attending to one's daily tasks, and stuff.

    1. DarwinianDemon

      Yeah, good point. I thought people werent allowed to have show anuses on a public beach

  9. JackDempsey1

    I can't believe he's got his right hand on the neighboring lounge chair when he knows full well that someone's supple buttocks has been there some time in the past week. That's the spoon and fork hand!
    Do they have soap and water in PR?

    1. vtxmcrider

      He's hoping to swipe a taste of the sweat from that hot latino stud who was sitting there a moment ago.

  10. iburl

    It's always hotter when they speak spanish or english or whatever the hell those portos speak.

    1. horsedreamer_1

      As an Italian-American, I must jump to Ricky's defense, here, & suggest, "Dago libel!"

    1. FROTHY

      Why d'you think he's sunning at the POOL instead of on the beach?

      'S OK, I'm sure the waitperson managed to sneak a gob of cum into his drink.

  11. DarwinianDemon

    When the bible says god made man in his image, I hope the man they are referring to isn't Rick Santorum

  12. Extemporanus

    The best thing about him sporting those beige bathing trunks is that if you blur your eyes just a little bit, you can see exactly what Rick Santorum looked like when he conceived each of his kids.

    (Wait a sec…are we sure that he's even wearing trunks?!)

    1. SorosBot

      Wait, that doesn't look at all like he's wearing a suit on the Senate floor while his wife is back home getting special favors from the pool boy.

      1. Extemporanus

        I always had a hard time making out those annoying Magic Eye posters too, until I stumbled upon a helpful little trick:

        Run full speed face first right fucking into it.

    2. flamingpdog

      I picture him more like Soros did on the Senate floor – wearing a suit while conceiving his kids. But not on the Senate floor. And certainly not on the Capitol steps!

  13. Gleem McShineys

    "Lost and found? Yes, someone left a huge white dildo on the lounge in the corner. Please have someone pick it up before a child sees it and is traumatized forever."

    1. Extemporanus

      "Senator Santorum, white courtesy dildo. Senator Rick Santorum, white courtesy dildo."

  14. ElPinche

    Look at him. All relaxing, enjoying the sun. There's probably mexicans [sic] having sex just yards away .. while America BURNS.

    1. FakaktaSouth

      Oh wow like Kip Winger's teeth on Beavis and Butthead! Oh god am I old? I'm old. I hate when I do that.

        1. FakaktaSouth

          I swear I was only in to MTV and Beavis. But now I totally have that song stuck in my head. So I was aware. Dang.

          1. imissopus

            Since we're among anonymous friends, I'll admit that because of MTV I went through a brief hair-metal phase around the age of thirteen or fourteen and actually owned at least one Winger album that I can recall. People try on different identities at that age, and as I was a scrawny kid with an untamed Jew-fro, why not pretend I could be a tall musician with good teeth? Everyone else was into the Smiths (too affected and depressing) or the Cure (even more makeup than your average hair-metal band,) so it seemed like a good idea at the time.

          2. FakaktaSouth

            I loved Guns and Roses, but I escaped Winger, Ratt and the like. I was pretending to be a neo-hippie into everything 60s type worship in the 80s mostly, along with REM and the occasional whatever was on the top ten video countdown, a la Motley Crue's Home Sweet Home (had I known what Tommy was packing behind that drum kit I may have been more supportive…) Duran Duran, Pat Benatar. Good lord. The 80s were weird on so many levels.

          3. emmelemm

            Hah! My first name is Margaret. "Emm" is for my initial. I'm still you, though.

            PS Is your avatar Jaime Pressley?

          4. FakaktaSouth

            Yes, JP, but my love and alter-ego Joy, specifically. My mom's name is Margaret. Nice.

        1. FROTHY

          I KNOW you're younger than me, dood. By the time Beavis and Butthead came around, I was too busy working 14-hour days to even THINK about watching TV.

    2. flamingpdog

      Put him next to the 50-year-old Michael Jackson and Jacko would look brown again in comparison.

    1. FROTHY

      Jesus would have had a better bod, also too. Those desert-dwellers don't get to build up too much water-fat. See, e.g., Dune.

          1. FROTHY

            You and pdog are SO going straight to hell.

            Me and Fare will bring marshmallows and toasting forks with extra-long handles.

    1. anniegetyerfun

      Well, thinking about that for just a moment, I can testify that my breakfast is now "outie". Thanks.

  15. Extemporanus

    Someone seriously should Photoshop this Rick pic with one of the Palin poolside pics so that it looks like the two of 'em are just cold dry humpin' the flippin' heck outta each other.

    I'd do it, but I've already maxed out my suicide trigger allotment for the month.

      1. Extemporanus

        OMGROTFLMFAOBTWBFDIMHO!!

        I am literally doubled-over in explosive diarrhea right now, you fucking hero!

  16. savethispatient

    Sure looks like it's true what Rick has been saying: he has been working tirelessly on a shoestring budget.

  17. coolhandnuke

    How that 200 lb vanilla floater made it from the pool to the lounge chair defies physics and a few waste water treatment codes.

  18. FakaktaSouth

    Welp. He at least gets what he wants over here. My hoo-hah has shut down, packed up and moved away. Thanks. Thanks a lot Rick.

    1. Barrelhse

      Rick, you fucking, fucking asshole. Thanks, motherfucker. He just wants to totally RUIN it for everybody.

    2. Fare la Volpe

      All part of his plan. Now you won't go out and do anything whorish, like actually enjoy yourself.

    3. flamingpdog

      ♫ Wonkette ladies sing this song, "Hoo Hah, Hoo Hah".
      Ricky's landing strip five miles long, "Oh, da Hoo Hah, Nay". ♫

    1. Bonzos_Bed_Time

      Really? I would have thought that would make you straighter than Marcus ever could. Unless your a girl gay. In which case, yeah, might as well give up on men.

        1. Negropolis

          Oh, boy. "girl gay" is not one I'd ever heard despite it being such an obvious term. You should never let me play with such snarky fire.

    2. FROTHY

      As in "I will NEVAH EVAH under no fucking conditions EVAH allow that thing within one mile of my pussy"?

      Because I'm now sporting an innie myself, yaknow.

      1. BigSkullF*ckingDog

        I would like to make it clear to all of the wonkette that I am NOT a gay man sporting wood for santorum. Again NOT A MAN WITH A THING FOR GROSS CATHOLIC CLOSET CASES! Not that there's anything wrong with that.

        Wait, what am I saying? There most certainly is something wrong with that.

        1. Bonzos_Bed_Time

          I sooooo apologize for ever causing this confusion and besmirching your good name.

        2. FROTHY

          Srsly, hon, no human being with a heart would EVER accuse you of sporting wood for that fuckless fuck. Not even girl wood.

          1. ThundercatHo

            Speaking as a straight woman, I have been trying to imagine a set of circumstances that would make me have sex with this guy or any repugnant man. I suppose if my family were being held at gunpoint but only if I wasn't PMSing that day.

  19. Goonemeritus

    Well for Pennsylvania he's kind of buff but lets face it on average Pennsylvanians are an ugly bunch .

  20. dadanarchist

    "Here you go, sluts," [takes off shirt, rubs nipples] "I've got your birth control right here." – Rick Santorum

    1. FakaktaSouth

      It's the kind of projectile vomiting that you can actually feel independently of your body or choice. It's like, I am going to throw up, whether I mean to or not, and then you get the shakes. That's how what you said feels. I bet his skin is waxy and cold and always a little clammy.

      1. C_R_Eature

        I understand completely. It enrages me that he's been photographed so close to the beach.

        This shall not stand.

    1. Negropolis

      Yeah, Rick, the probem isn't so much your ugly exterior, but that it is coupled with an ugly interior.

      1. Loaded_Pants

        The reason Santorum didn't make the primary ballot here is because he heard our squirrels were very aggressive.

        1. C_R_Eature

          Yeah, those guys are from Haledon, NJ, were locally big in the mid-late 80's & disbanded. They're touring again, mostly north NJ and NYC. Excellent live, very tight with a very enthused following. Can you hear the Lou Reed influence? They do a cover of What Goes On that kicks ass.

    1. Jukesgrrl

      Thanks so much! I have a special memory of Bruce at the late, lamented Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, 1975. He told a long and poignant story about how much his father hated him practicing the guitar as a kid in Freehold and how angry he would get at his Dad … which segued into a blistering performance of this song. I grew up with Burdon's version but Bruce's replaced it in my head for good that night. So great to see them together.

      1. Blueb4sunrise

        You're welcome. I was in hated Cleveland at the time, we liked to claim that doing gigs there kept the band alive until he charted nationally. Probably true of that Cleve, Pitt, Buff, circuit.

        In case you haven't seen it yet…..Bruce did the keynote. It's kinda strained in spots but it don't matter. Go directly to 20:00 for WGGOTP solo.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWVp7NBp9XU

        1. Jukesgrrl

          Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce!Thanks so much.WOW.Maybe THE master class in rock 'n roll.I guess I didn't know how MUCH Bruce loved the Animals until now. The part about James Brown was priceless, too.Thanks again.

  21. rocktonsam

    COVER THE TITS and GTFO!

    you just know this dork wears black socks and sandals on the beach just like Raygun did

  22. PuglyDoRight

    Just look at the fine hunk of man meat, provocatively stroking his own hair with a sensual grin on his face…just kidding. I'd rather see Charlie Rangel's swimsuit photo than this marshmallow.

  23. C_R_Eature

    Look, People. I just can't stand looking at this grotesque pallid sphincter ape any more. It 's Friday night and there's clearly not enough Alcohol,Tobacco and Firearms in the mix.

    I think that a visit to the Doctor is in order.

    1. vtxmcrider

      Actually it's just another stillborn fetus for another threesome tonight. They really miss those good old days.

    1. Extemporanus

      Alt-Text: user-of-towels

      (Speaking of which, how the flock are ya? I tried rousting you on Tuesday as promised, but you were apparently still in orbit. Thanks for swoopin' through, boo!)

  24. valthemus

    Now I understand why Santorum hates the gays so much. Pear-shaped men have a hard time picking up guys in the clubs and face a lot of rejection. Maybe if Neil Patrick Harris gives him a blow job he'll drop out of the race and go away for good.

  25. DarwinianDemon

    I hope we have another post this weekend. All these republican dildos have descended on my state like a plague of locusts and I need booze and lulz to get through it

  26. C_R_Eature

    This Newell post is a lot like that one song the band reserves for 2 in the morning when they're trying to get the last drunks to go home.

    1. littlebigdaddy

      Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? I think not–Wonketteers are made of sterner stuff.

    1. flamingpdog

      Speaking of Megs, I think our beloved Hunter S. Thompson is spinning in this grave (or his rocket nose cone, or whatever) about now.

      PLAYBOY: What’s up with your Hunter S. Thompson obsession? Wouldn’t he have hated your conservative views?

      MCCAIN: I love, love, love Hunter. I read Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail in high school and loved his take on politics. I love the way he wrote with such disregard for authority and the status quo. I’ve been considering getting his quote “Buy the ticket, take the ride” tattooed on my body, but I haven’t decided. I told my friend, and she said it sounds really sexual, so we’ll see. But trust me, Hunter and I would have been fast friends. He was on Late Night With Conan O’Brien once and he was drinking whiskey and shooting guns. I appreciate both those things. We would have understood each other.

      1. C_R_Eature

        Sacrilege.
        "But trust me, Hunter and I would have been fast friends."
        No. No you wouldn't Honey. One thing HST did not suffer gladly was a Fool.

          1. flamingpdog

            HST might have befriended her if she had tattooed another one of his quotes on her daddy's ass: "Who does vote for these dishonest shitheads?"

          2. C_R_Eature

            Or, perhaps this one: "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile-…"
            -The Great Shark Hunt

          3. C_R_Eature

            If they had ever met, Meg's Tits would have gotten her in the door, but her mouth would have ushered her out.

      2. FROTHY

        Jezus. Look, I don't mind LOOKING at this dumb shiksa, but when she starts spouting this kinda shit, I'm sorry. Hunter Thompson would've fucked her in the ass and bukkake'd her for a finish and then written a totally gross and disrespectful account of it. And wiped his dick on her hair, too.

        SHUT UP, Megs. You're for LOOKING AT. If I want to LISTEN TO a woman, I pick Michelle Obama, Rachel Maddow, or any other person with boobs AND brains. Fuck me!

  27. flamingpdog

    Newell, could you please trade this picture with the one in your previous blog post? Easier on the eyes, dude.

    1. weej_bain

      Yes Suds, it appears that Dame Peggyton Noonanshire's attnys have talked to Newell and Layne in the past about the 'three highballs for breakfast' jokes. Do you think our new Editrix knows about this? If not, perhaps we could gin-up some new comment threads and links?

    2. BarackMyWorld

      Here's the original Noonan article, for those who can't get past the pay wall on the WSJ site:

      America's Real War on Women
      Some men think they can get away with vulgarity because they're on the 'correct' side on social issues; others tire of being bullied by the language police.

      By PEGGY NOONAN

      There is a war against women. It is something comparatively new in our national life, and we have to start noticing it.

      It is not a "Republican war on women." It has nothing to do with White House attempts to paint conservative efforts to protect religious liberty as a war against women's rights to contraceptives. That is a mischievous fiction, and the president's polls this week suggest it isn't working. Good.

      But the real war is against women in American public life, in politics and media most obviously, but in other spheres as well. In this war, leaders who are women are publicly demeaned and diminished based on the fact that they are women. They are the object of sexual slurs, and insulted in sexual terms. The words used are vulgar, and are meant to tear down and embarrass.

      Every woman in American public life knows of it. They talk about it in private. They've all experienced it.

      Here are some of the words that have been hurled the past few years at public figures who are female: "slut," "whore," "prostitute," "bimbo." You know the other, coarser words that have been used. But the point is, these are not private insults. They are said in public. This is something new in American political life, that women can be spoken of this way.

      Eleanor Roosevelt was probably the most controversial first lady ever, but no one ever felt they could speak of her in these terms in public. Dorothy Thompson may have been the most controversial commentator of the 20th century, but no one felt free to take to the airwaves, to go on the radio, and oppose her in such a low and vulgar way.

      But you don't have to go back 60 and 70 years to see how much things have changed. Twenty years ago the discourse was higher.

    3. BarackMyWorld

      (continued)
      All this has devolved into a political argument about who's worse, the right or the left. I don't think that's the most important question, but since it's on the table the answer is the left. We all know about Bill Maher, David Letterman, Ed Schultz. A liberal radio host a while back accused the Republican lieutenant governor of Wisconsin of performing "fellatio on all the talk show hosts in Milwaukee."

      Two nonconservative columnists recently nailed it. Karen Tumulty in the Washington Post wrote that what Rush Limbaugh said two weeks ago—Sandra Fluke was a "slut" and a "prostitute" who owed the public videotapes of her having sex—was bad indeed, but "Some of the more blatantly sexist attacks I have personally felt have come from the left."

      Prize pig is left-wing journalist Matt Taibbi who becomes emotional and can't control himself when writing about women. Here he is on a conservative media figure: "When I read her stuff, I imagine her narrating her text . . . with [male genitals] in her mouth." Democrat Kirsten Powers, in brave pieces in the Daily Beast, called out "the army of swine on the left." Keith Olbermann, who still exists, attacked her for defending Mr. Limbaugh, which she hadn't done. He took to Twitter. One of his followers called her "just another brainless plastic doll Fox puts on camera to appease the horned up 60-year-old white dudes at home." Ms. Powers wryly notes, "Don't forget: liberals are the feminists, it's the GOP who hates women."

      Why would the left be worse? Let me be harsh. Some left-wing men think they can talk like this because they're on the correct side on social issues such as abortion. Their attitude: "I backed you on the abortions you want so much, I opposed a ban on partial birth. Hell, I'll let you kill kids at any point until they're 15, I'm cool. And that means I can call women in public life t – - – s, right? Because, you know, I think of them that way."

      On the right it can be bad too, in different ways. Some conservatives resent or have doubts about the idea of full equality but know they can't say it—no one wants to be caught doing that. For years they've felt bullied by the feminazis, by the language police. So they attack women in public life with a particular surliness, and claim it as proof of how liberated they are. "Hey, you wanted to be equal, I'll show you equal: this is how we play in the leagues, baby."

      But to see this only through a left-right prism is to miss the problem. The problem is the coarsening of discourse in public life.

      Let me put forward one possible theory for why this is happening. Just one, because there would be many.

      This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Year of the Woman, declared by someone in 1992 to mark and encourage the entrance of so many women into American politics.

      At the exact same moment something else was happening in our public life, and it had equal or greater impact on our culture—the rise of the Internet.

      Suddenly, by the mid 1990s, there was a new public place of complete freedom. Suddenly everyone—in blog posts, on personal websites, on news sites, in comment threads—had an equal voice and was operating on an equal field. The Internet became—this is America, we have a certain DNA—a bit of a Wild West. It was exciting and invigorating, a new frontier, but it held dangers, too, and darkness.

      When anyone can say anything, anyone will. When the guy in the basement having his third Grey Goose finally got a telephone line on AOL, he found out he could take his Id out for a ride. He could log on, indulge his angers, and because it was anonymous he never had to stand by his words, or defend them. He never had to be embarrassed in front of his kids.

      The Internet is a breakthrough in human freedom. But over the past 20 years it has had a certain leveling effect. It hypes the cheap and glitzy, it reduces the worthiness of a thought to the number of clicks it gets.

      It has helped set a new cultural tone. It is not a higher one than we've enjoyed in the past.

    4. BarackMyWorld


      Our comics and commentators went with the flow, but it only flows downward. And now you have to worry about young men of 20 and 30, who grew up in the age of the Internet and modern media, and learned the rules of political discourse there. Which suggests the future may be even rougher rhetorically.

      If there is a bright side to the Limbaugh fracas maybe it is to put a spotlight on the need to clean up our act.

      It would have been good if President Obama had discussed this in his news conference, instead of dodging a question about misogyny on the left. He called Sandra Fluke, he explained, because he wants public life to be safe for his daughters, if they choose to enter it. He would have made a braver, truer, more meaningful statement if he'd noted that Bill Maher has become so rich on sexism he had a million dollars to give to Mr. Obama's re-election campaign. And now, so as to discourage the bad treatment of women, Mr. Obama is handing it back.

      That would have made an impression. That could have been a step forward.

  28. Chichikovovich

    [Following on the Suds link to Noonan above.] Even by Noonan's standards that is an over-the-top piece of Little Lady Fauntleroy opining right there:

    "Yes there is a war on women. It has nothing to do with impeding access to contraception, or blocking funds to organizations that supply fundamental preventative health care for poor women, or forcing women to be physically penetrated as the cost of having an *early* abortion and stating "What's the problem? You already had something up there and you had no complaints then, haw haw!" It has nothing to do with the fact that these unwanted physical violations that in fact provide no information that isn't already available from a textbook of embryology, and which women have absolutely no right to refuse, are justified on the basis of simultaneously patronizing and Orwellian pronouncements about "giving women all the information they need to make an informed decision". It has nothing to do with state legislators with no expertise requiring physicians to tell women about purported connections between abortion and breast cancer, and other misinformation rejected by every reputable medical body but kept alive only in anti-abortion propaganda. It has nothing to do with legislation classifying single motherhood as a kind of child abuse. It has nothing to do with legislation aiming to make it legal for employers to ask their employees about whether the employees use birth control and permitting the employers to fire the employees if the answers aren't to the employer's liking. And it has nothing to do with the fact that these pieces of legislation cropping up in state legislatures across the country are virtually identical, even in the use of identical language throughout entire sections, and feature identical rhetoric by their defenders, making it evident that the bills are written in a central clearing house and then sent around. "

    "Furthermore, it has nothing to do with flatly lying about the testimony of a woman who at no point mentioned her own sexual activities or even indicated that she herself had any need or any difficulty obtaining birth control, transforming her testimony into the completely fabricated ravings of a sex-mad nymphomaniac demanding (by some bizarre connection left unexplained) that Rush Limbaugh pay for her birth control so that she could have "so much sex it was surprising that she could walk". Nor does the war have anything to do with the fact that these total fabrications were spewed out in the course of a relentless three day, three-hours a day, unbroken barrage that added in addition that the woman would only have sex if money was paid, and that she should post videos of her sexual activities on the internet, among other sewage. "

    "No, the war on women is a war of vulgar language. The above mentioned ravings used the word "slut" and the word "prostitute", and that is simply going too far. But in this war, the left is much worse. Poorly brought up potty-mouths, every one of them. Why just look at what this crass Matt Taibbi person said about me. "

    [Commenter's note - What Taibbi wrote was pretty sleazy and disgusting, not to mention pointless and sophomoric. I'm not disagreeing with Noonan for a second on that part.]

    1. anniegetyerfun

      I love Peggy Noonan so much. I love her in the same way that I love Boobs McCain. I just want to take both of them out to a spa, and have champagne, and while we're getting our nails done, I could address just how misguided both of them are, even though I'm sure that they meant well.

      And I would call Noonan "Aunt Peg" and McCain "Megs." It would be fun.

    2. BarackMyWorld

      "But in this war, the left is much worse. Poorly brought up potty-mouths, every one of them."

      I didn't know this was a contest.

      edit: Is the above an actual quote from someone or an original paraphrasing? If it is yours originally, then well done. Way more insightful than the Hamilton Nolan piece cited above.

    3. imissopus

      I just read her actual column and just, wow. There is so much wrong with it I wanted to punch something. Thankfully you were here to write the response. Mine would have been something like "Hey Pegs, when is your family accepting reality and turning off the respirator?"

      1. Lascauxcaveman

        For those who don't want to read the whole thing, here's Peg in a nutshell:

        "It's *much* worse to say disrespectful things about women than it is to strip away their civil liberties, and The Left is slightly more inclined to say disrespectful things about women."

  29. anniegetyerfun

    The candidate continued, "I apologize to all of us, because I'm sure it's not a pretty sight."

    Oh. Well, that sort of ruins the fun for me.

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