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Romney Backer Santorum: 'You Can Kill Things and Still Like Them'

In a CNN interview, Santorum suggests that killing Big Bird is just like killing something 'because you want to eat them.'
 
 
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Asked for his take on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's pledge to kill Big Bird during Wednesday night's debate, former rival and now backer Rick Santorum served up a man-on-Muppet moment. Interviewed by CNN's Piers Morgan about Romney's pledge to end federal funding for PBS, which airs Sesame Street (where Big Bird resides), Santorum replied, according to the Washington Post's Rachel Weiner (video at the bottom of this article):

 
“I’ve voted to kill Big Bird in the past,” Romney’s ex-primary rival said. “I have a record there that I have to disclose. That doesn’t mean I don’t like Big Bird. You can kill things and still like them, maybe to eat them, I don’t know. That’s probably that. Can we — can we go back on that one?”
 
Hmmm... Not sure what roast Muppet would taste like, but I can't imagine it would be all that good. Of course, the slain joy of children across America -- yum!
 
Santorum's comments no doubt have Romney yearning for the good old days, when Santorum was his weirdo opponent rather than his weirdo pal.
 
Just last month, at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., Santorum basically told a room full of right-wingers that only dumb people could appreciate them. "We will never have the elite smart people on our side, because they believe they should have the power to tell you what to do," told the crowd.
 
Then there was his February speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., from which I reported:
Santorum proved to conservatives that he’s no effete intellectual, and he’s not just another regular guy, either. He’s a regular, stupid guy who’s not afraid to say out loud what other regular, stupid guys are quite certain of: that when you see two things happening at the same, then one must have caused the other.
What I was snarking about there was Santorum's claim that high energy use -- even wasteful energy use -- causes a higher standard of living. The case he was trying to make is that energy conservation and sustainable energy would somehow lower America's standard of living. He based his claim on research that shows that developed nations have higher energy use than poor ones.
 
It's all of a piece in Santorumlandia, where stupid is good, and things that most deem to be good are necessarily bad  -- things like contraception, for instance, which Santorum claimed in 2006 speech was "harmful to women" and "harmful to society."
 
Alas, none of these quite holds a candle to Santorum's infamous " man on dog" comment, when he told an AP reporter that same-sex marriage would lead to beastiality. 
 
To review:
 
Muppets must die.
 
Birth control must end.
 
Global warming must continue.
 
And stupidity, my friends, is a virtue.
 
 
 
 

Adele M. Stan is a journalist based in Washington, D.C., who specializes in covering the intersection of religion and politics. She is RH Reality Check's senior Washington correspondent.

 
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