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Let Us Now Have National Debate Over Whether Rick Santorum Said N-Word

Such a filthy mouth.

It is now a fact of wiener face Rick Santorum’s life that every time he chews up his tongue during a speech and a few errant syllables sneak out, people will assume he was trying to stop himself from saying something racist mid-way through a word. This is Rick Santorum’s punishment from Jesus, for vanity, for usurping the Lord’s superpowers and claiming the invention of a new species, “the blah people.” Thus thirty million humans saw a video of Rick Santorum battling with a word that sounds like it starts with “N” and then immediately rushed to email your Wonkette with the news that it was THAT N-word. Let’s all carefully watch the video and have an opinion, shall we?

Verdict: you are all high. That does not sound like the N-word. This does not make him any less of a psychopath. [YouTube]

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187 comments

  1. Barb

    I've watched this 4 times already this morning. I hate Rick. He didn't say it. If you are hellbent on thinking that he said it, I could see where you would hear it.

      1. Barb

        Jeff woke me up with a kiss and said, "Rebecca tweeted…"
        I thought I heard it the first time and then I had to go back and listen again. Then I got Jeff to vote on it. Do you have an opinion on this Chill?

        1. Chill-A-Sketch

          I woke up with my baby daughter slapping me in the face; and there she was, looking at me with a big smile. Regarding the video, I don't think he said it nor meant to say it, I'm afraid. He's still an asshole regardless.

          Btw, If you click on the YouTube link, it says it's track by the shitty emo band "My Chemical Romance." Hilarious.

    1. actor212

      He was expressing his support for Nikki Haley, the embattled governor of South Carolina who was racistly investigated by the IRS accused of cheating on her taxes by white liberals.

    2. Fare la Volpe

      I bet it was knobgobbler. Ricky was just telling a story about his boyhood back on the farm.

    3. MegPasadena

      Considering his complaint about blah people taking government handouts, it wouldn't be a stretch for him to call Hopey a government n-word. But since he checked himself in time, we will never know what he was about to say.

    4. Iam_Who_Iam

      "anti-war government Nazi". Eureka, I think this is the most likely scenario, how did we not guess this sooner? No, it does not make sense, which I submit as proof that this is what he was about to say.

    1. Redhead

      Yeah, I'm not sure I hear it here, but I very much believe he uses that word in private/when there's not a mic in his face.

    2. snoopyfan2010

      What people think you are most likely to do is a good indicator of the image you try to present. My guess is he has done a very good job of presenting himself as the type of person who would say that word in public. So any backlash he gets from it, guilty or not, he brought on himself.

  2. BornInATrailer

    Now who can argue with that? I think we're all indebted to Frothy Johnson for clearly stating what needed to be said. I'm particulary glad that these lovely Teabaggers were here today to hear that speech. Not only was it authentic campaign gibberish, it expressed rhetoric regularly seen in this day and age.

    1. Tundra Grifter

      Ten months on the campaign trail and he doesn't yet have a coherent stump speech. He stands up in front of the audience and rocks like a six-year-old who really, really, really has to pee.

      He said something about in the future we'll just have do what "…every other great power that decided to become a social welfare state has done and which [sic] is to abandon America's mission…" [sick]

      Leaving aside for a moment the missing long roster of the empires that made that switch, what other nation on the face of this earth has undertaken America's mission – whether it elected to later abandon it or not?

      This simply makes no sense at all. Realizing he's dying up there, he stretches for an applause line with the same grace and charm Wayne Newton had when he didn't get a standing ovation at the end of his Vegas act. He's start singing "God Bless America."

  3. MadBrahms

    "Goverment n-" doesn't leave a ton of options, and the Offensive One doesn't fit well at all. But man, Santorum might want to try out those Teleprompterez!@!#@, given his stuttering.

  4. Goonemeritus

    If a Republican had used that hateful word he would be leading in the primary not holding a distant second so without watching the video I’m assuming he didn’t.

  5. MaxNeanderthal

    I started to watch the clip, then saw how slow the scroll bar was moving…oh, sheeit, I really cannot wade through the mountain of fecal stew pouring from that shitheads mouth to get to the relevant bit. Anyway, who the fuck cares whether he SAID it, everyone, including hermits living in the Takla Makan desert, know bloody well that he thinks it every waking minute…

      1. SorosBot

        Cutting spending, along with not cutting any military spending and making sure that America can rule the world.

  6. SorosBot

    This is burying the lead; at the beginning, Santorum says he opposes pulling out – he really is serious about getting rid of all forms of contraception, even natural ones.

    1. Ruhe

      I agree about the burying but not about the lead. The real lead is that in America a man who runs as a champion of Christianity can begin his critique of an opponent by noting that the opponent "wanted to pull out", i.e., wanted to end the war. The Bible is full of some vile, stupid shit but I don't recall Jesus actually advocating for endless war.

        1. Fare la Volpe

          And rape! Papa Yahweh sure loved him some rape. Looks like the GOP really is God's Own Party.

  7. SayItWithWookies

    Shit, I don't have to hear Rick Santorum say the n-word — every damn thing he says is already so offensive to sense, science, fiscal responsibility, cultural and religious diversity and a liberal democracy that were he to say something more racist, stupid and narrow-minded than he already has, it wouldn't make much of a difference.

  8. OC_Surf_Serf

    Jebus Christ, people!! When you are around so many white folks all the time, Nigga is just going to slip into the conversation…

    1. Baconzgood

      I know. I mean how can you NOT say things like "chinks", "kikes", "wet backs", and "filthy degos"?

  9. Tundra Grifter

    Macaca?

    Meanwhile, it is a punishment from Hell that Li'l Ricky and Ole Newt have to keep going through the motions. They hate (r)Money that much. And they need to keep raising money faster than they spent it to avoid a huge campaign debt.

    You can count on the fact that both these guys are stalling all their venders – who generally demand cash up from a political campaign, because it can just fold up and fade away and no one is responsible for the residual debts (yes, I'm talking about you, Alan Keyes, who still as near as I can figure still owes money from his vanity Presidential bid).

    So they are doomed to wander from event to event, pathetic mendicants with their hats in their hands and holes in their pockets and their shoes.

    The stench of desperation is greater than a low-rent bar at Saturday night closing time.

    1. Jus_Wonderin

      "The stench of desperation is greater than a low-rent bar at Saturday night closing time."

      Is this stench worse than the stench of stalking the parking lot after closing time?

    2. Doktor StrangeZoom

      Meanwhile, it is a punishment from Hell that Li'l Ricky and Ole Newt have to keep going through the motions. They hate (r)Money that much.

      Was that an Ugolino and Ruggieri reference? (Ed Abbey once wrote about not bothering to chop up an iceberg lettuce while on a camping trip, so he just sat and gnawed at it. "Call me Ugolino.")

          1. not that Dewey

            Doktor.

            (no chocolate, per se, but I have some Kroger-brand Chunky Nutella Substitute and graham crackers.)

          2. not that Dewey

            Okay, fine. We took little Suzie to see Arc Attack last night, or "the robot mans with lightning", as she described it. She got to wear foam earplugs for the first time. They used that lame joke as an introduction to this song. They had a TARDIS-shaped Faraday cage on the stage, and invited various audience members to stand in it while being pummeled with lightning. The music in general was interesting, with shades of "math rock" — possibly the most irritating music genre name ever invented, but maybe in this case it was appropriate.

            Today is the rededication ceremony at the VLA. It's being renamed "The Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array", in honor of Karl Jansky, the Bell Labs engineer who accidentally detected radio emmissions from the center of the Milky Way in 1931. We were told to expect "news media and congressional staffers" in attendance. I can't wait.

          3. Doktor StrangeZoom

            Ooh, fun! I've seen some of their stuff on the webz, and yes, they are Excellent Nerds (and why hasn't Weird Al done a Laurie Anderson parody with that title, huh?) I bet Suzie might also enjoy some of the stuff on The Kid Should See This, a collection of odd, nifty, gee-whiz videos from around the web–excellent dad-kid viewing for many ages. Now that I think about it, I think I first saw Arc Attack there…or maybe on Pharyngula.

            And wow–real live staffers? The thrills! Sounds like the hook for a subplot on The West Wing…then again, considering that Kid Zoom and I have been watching the DVDs semi-obsessively (with an interruption while waiting for a friend to unearth her Season 3 box set), pretty much everything looks like a subplot on The West Wing to me. And pretty much everything looks like Skyrim to Kid Zoom…

          4. user-of-owls

            The "The Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array" sounds like something that would fall on Lemony Snicket's head.

          5. not that Dewey

            And, like her predecessor, totally misses the point. Fukui-san, like all good commenters, actually literally increases the actual, literal monetary value of this site. The site could certainly find a way to give back. I don't know what secret magic inside baseball thing she thinks she knows about the monetization of websites, but if it's anything like Outbrain, it ain't much.

          6. not that Dewey

            She can dish it out, but she can't take it. Example:

            Why do you feel the need to come in and touch just about every thing I say. You give away the obvious punch lines and you feel the need to try to improve it….Feel free to speak to me at any time, seriously. Just don't go and shit on what I say, please.

            I think I have a new hero in actor212.

            Speaking of Heroes of the Revolution, BarackMyWorld should be awarded the Order of Kenin, Fearless Subversion, for this gem.

          7. user-of-owls

            Ha ha.
            HA HA HA.

            I'm pretty sure I was indignant at the time, having obviously missed the quotes. Very nicely done, that sneaky bastard.

            Oh christ. I just read today's pile of manure and am livid that something as simple and decent as this gesture is now bilious. The latest outrage: the new landlord can't afford the untold millions a single post of solidarity would generate. Oh, but we can't do Paypal either. I really can't fucking believe this. I imagine for their next escapade they'll send me a case of gin.

          8. not that Dewey

            Extemporanus proposed using the Wonkette Store to do it, which is a fairly reasonable suggestion, doesn't bankrupt hungry teenagers and doesn't violate "anonymity". He's so smart.

            DRINK UP, JOHNNY!

          9. not that Dewey

            send me a case of gin

            Who do they think they are? The Dean of Graduate Studies?

          10. user-of-owls

            I ever tell you about the monstrosity that is my chair? The woman is abominable in every last regard. One of her multitude of pulchritude is the very good impression she gives of a functional illiterate. Among my underground cell her emails are legendary. The best yet was a forward (it's always a forward…with flashing red flags) of some undergraduate opportunity, which she asked us to share with our, "undereducated students." One of the other insurgents wrote back to us, "Ok, now she's just fucking with us."

            Women in positions of power over me have been making my life miserable of late. Las Esposas del Infierno.

          11. not that Dewey

            Of the senior leadership at my organization, the chief scientist, chief of operations, lead commissioning scientist, and program manager are all women. It doesn't have to be a problem.

            Does your department rotate the chair through the various faculty? We do 3-year terms, so everyone gets to feel the burn. At my father's school, they also rotate on a 3-year term, and he's been chair for 5 years now!

          12. not that Dewey

            I have a response to Ms Beria that I prepared last night, but didn't post. Shall I do it, or would you prefer to respond? Would you like to proofread it first?

          13. not that Dewey

            Okay; I said it (go look) I didn't wait for your response.

            I don't want to live in a Wonkette where some bullshit like Barb says goes unchallenged. You (not you, Owls, the Royal You) can keep your Erikjay and your unfunny posts your asskissing and your party line and your "YOU GUYS".

            And, more to the point, I don't want to live in a Wonkette without you (yes, you). It just ain't no fun.

          14. user-of-owls

            Hang on, amigo. Please don't disappear yet. This comment made me rethink things. I have a responsibility to you, and you to me. And us to others, and them to us. It's not right that our W has been taken from us and been befouled. But as deeply angry as that makes me, the thought of just walking away from a place that played a part in saving my life is…what? Unacceptable I guess. I just don't want to let the venomous cunts 'win.' Not yet anyway. I'm going to try out a strategy of only commenting on non-owner posts, Jim and the like. We'll see, but at least we can still play with words and just try to ignore the poisonous assholes in our place. So, chin up laddie, tally ho and all that rubbish. It is not healthy to let them make us as wound up as we are. Fuck 'em. Right? ;)

          15. not that Dewey

            I'm in if you're in. I wasn't exactly welcomed here when I first showed up. And they're not exactly doing me any favors by allowing me to comment here. I do it because it's fun (when it is fun); I do it because I've developed a sense of camaraderie with (particularly) you and Dok, and a couple dozen others.

            I don't want to log in here and get a headache every day. It was funny for a minute (ha ha! it's just like Soviet Russia!) They're not going to allow us any latitude to object to the New Order. Jim Newell is always funny. As are Liz and Lady Boyd. I agree — (and I think I proposed this before) drop in, make some wisecracks, and get out. It's the only model that can work at this point.

            At the risk of sounding sappy, my relationship to you is too important to me to allow it to be thrown away in some weird blog civil war. We've invested too much of ourselves into this, and you're right. It shouldn't be dictated by the whims of some blog owner (what is the mean length of ownership around here? 5 years? We can do better than that.)

            As long as it's still funny. I have to insist on that. I will not negotiate without preconditions. : )

      1. Tundra Grifter

        DSZ:

        You give me too much credit! I had to go look that one up. Well, them up.

        I did read The Inferno in high school, but didn't recall those two gentlemen in it. I did think it was rather tight to put Odysseus in the deeper circle of Hell – especailly since we'd read The Illiad and all thought he was a pretty good guy.

  10. DetectiveGrey

    The whole hot, frothy mess just kind of oozed itself in one ear and out the other for me.

  11. Barb

    Rick gave a foreign policy speech at the Jelly Belly factory yesterday. I wonder if they named a flavor after him. Candy Ass?

  12. Lucidamente1

    "Anti-war Government-nik?" Some kind of brain fart between "peacenik" and "government handout freak."

  13. pinkocommi

    Santorum: "It is a DARKER world. This RACE is about who we are."

    He may not have said the n-word, but he definitely thought it.

  14. Jus_Wonderin

    OT: The NegaMillions is at a all time world record. WHEN I win, I am buying a few islands, anywhere there are not conservatives, and you are all welcome to join me.

    1. tessiee

      I just bought a ticket this afternoon for the first time EVAH.
      Where are you going to buy *your* house, J_W?

      1. Jus_Wonderin

        I hear there will be a moon colony soon. First crater to the left, and all the way to all the junk we left up there in the '60's.

      2. DahBoner

        Well, my chance of winning is almost the same as yours, but the only difference is that I didn't buy a ticket…

  15. FakaktaSouth

    Anti war government negotiator? Did he stumble because he almost said something about how Pres O WORKED with PEOPLE??? This does not fit in with the HE's TRYING TO TAKE ALL OUR FREEDOMS (hell no you can't) narrative. He probably woulda just said the other one.

    1. BlueStateLibel

      I actually think you're right and he was going to say negotiator. I still don't get how being anti-war is so "terrible." The Catholic Church that he's always going on about it is anti-war, and it's also against the death penalty, no exceptions. Never hear a peep about that from hypocrite Santorum of course.

  16. Ruhe

    Can't you just hear the wise old voice of Newt Gingrich chiding Rick about his rhetorical skills?
    "Now son, I could give ten speeches in a row and whistle every Klansman in the state to attention and never get anywhere near using that word. You need some practice."

  17. smitallica

    To me, it sounded like he said "Someone needs to punch me in the fucking face really, really hard." But everything this asshole says sounds like that to me.

  18. FakaktaSouth

    I left this running on my computer speakers as I was walking around getting dressed and whatnot – I wasn't even listening to the actual words and I still had to come turn it off. How do these people become public speakers when their voices are so GRATING? He sounds like he is trying to poop the whole time he is talking. Stop grunting and WHINING AND saying ridiculous nonsense. It's all too much.

  19. Redhead

    I watched that whole damn thing and it is one frothy mess, that's for sure… maybe it's because I started to tune his nasally self-important voice out after five seconds (for my own self preservation), but which part of that was supposed to be "n*gg*r?"

  20. randcoolcatdaddy

    He was about to comment on the impact of global climate change on endangered species, particularly the nauga.

  21. glamourdammerung

    I am sorry, but it sure sounds like he caught himself from saying it.

    Which is really terrifying simply because it means that we finally found a Republican that wanted to be President that was even more stupid than reality television host Sarah Palin.

  22. elviouslyqueer

    I made it through about 20 seconds. Did I miss the part when Sandman hooks him and drags him offstage?

    1. tessiee

      I'm borrowing here, but it's been observed that the suffix -nik originally got attached to words like "beat" and "peace" to ever-so-subtly suggest that the people in question were dupeniks of Moscow.

  23. sailingthestyx

    Good Lord, at least tell us when in the video we're supposed to listen…how could a caring, reasonable person make anyone have to listen to that load of blather? I already don't like the jackass…don't make me listen to him…

  24. Mojopo

    Government negater? Government negligee?

    "…comes in here, hatin' the government, wearin' that see-through nighty…" Blah!

    1. meatpuppet2

      NIG and NEG are not all that close not even as a tongue twister. In other words, I think you are reachin.

  25. An_Outhouse

    I heard him say "Slut!" then something, something, "Fauz paux". I din't know Ricky knew French.

  26. natoslug

    No fucking clue which 'n' word he was trying for, but his obsession with "Vladimir" makes me question his grasp of current events. A good conservative knows our current enemies are the liberals, Chinese and Muslin terrists. And reason.

  27. clblabin

    Do we really need to spend so much time parsing these guys' words? They're super-racist and bad at hiding it, but I doubt Frothface was about the drop an N-bomb out of nowhere in the middle of a big speech.

    1. Iam_Who_Iam

      I don't think that's where he was going either but it is convenient that he seems to get most tongue tied on words that start with blah and nih. Wrap 'em all up and we're not too far from him saying "Some of my best friends are blah, nih… um, on welfare."

  28. undeadgoat

    GUYS. I figured it out! He said "governmentnik," because he looked at the word "peacenik" and thought that "-nik" meant "a person who is a communist and also for something." Then some people thought he was somehow starting to say "government n*gger" and then caught himself, because he realized that maybe explicit racism is cool beans in the south but not for winning in Janesville. But really HOW would that even make any sense? When I heard "accidentally almost said" I thought people meant "in a candid moment that happened to be caught on camera."

    1. undeadgoat

      Also tons of people are complaining about how long the video is when literally two seconds in is the "offending" material. So OBVIOUSLY it's not that bad. I hate social media sometimes.

    2. Rotundo_

      There are plenty of racist bubbas in J'ville, and they would similarly catch themselves on the first syllable. I got a robo call from Hank Williams Junior stumping for the Rickster yesterday. It was everything I would have expected from Ol' Bocephus: I had to hold the reciever about 6 inches away from my head 'cause Jr. must be going deaf or likes to yell into the phone, and he didn't sound like the sharpest tool in Nashvilles bin. To a redneck, it would have been transformative.

  29. meatpuppet2

    How many other words start with "N-I-G". Ok, now if you managed to find one let's try make it fit the context. Ok if you managed to twist yourself into some kind of pretzel to get this far then tell me….why did he act all flustered and stammering IMMEDIATELY after he let it slip?

    I definitely vote yes…yes he did say that.

    1. finallyhappy

      YES, I agree. No discussion, no snark. Why does anyone here think he wouldn't say it? I am sure he thinks it all the time

  30. sheanam

    That was a definite 'nig' I heard there, loud and clear. Not really reaching for any interpretations, I just clearly heard him say something that started with N and ended with G before he quickly stopped himself, stumbled, panicked, and started talking about something else.

    Now really. How many other words are there that start with 'nig'? And if it was nothing bad, then surely he wouldn't have nervously fumbled around and immediately changed the topic like that?

  31. National_Turkey

    So if we have the 'blah' people now, isn't it about time we did some equality and stop this insensitive talk of Messicans? Ladies and Gentlemen, I hereby propose the 'meh' people.

  32. Doktor StrangeZoom

    Oh, for heaven's sake.

    It's NIPPLES!

    No wonder he didn't dare finish saying what was really on his mind.

  33. Doktor StrangeZoom

    If it hadn't come in the middle of a bunch of Big Gummint boilerplate, I suppose he could have been saying "nickle-and-dimed to death" or some variant thereof…

  34. redarmyzombie

    Ni…Nicaragua? Narcotics? Nincompoop? Nebuchadnezzar? Niculacosa-okay, now I'm starting to just make things up here.

  35. redarmyzombie

    Oh wait, now I know! He meant to say Shub-Niggurath, the Black Goat of the Woods! Now it makes PERFECT sense!!!

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