Occupiers Mic-Check Santorum as His Surge Continues--Then Are Tasered

 As Rick Santorum stretches his legs as the new presumptive GOP front-runner, he's starting to take the heat from the invigorated Lef.

Here are the latest polling numbers from Pew:

Rick Santorum’s support among Tea Party Republicans and white evangelicals is surging, and he now has pulled into a virtual tie with Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. In polling conducted Feb. 8-12, 30% of Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters favor Santorum while 28% favor Romney. As recently as a month ago, Romney held a 31% to 14% advantage over Santorum among all GOP voters.
Santorum is now the clear favorite of Republican and GOP-leaning voters who agree with the Tea Party, as well as white evangelical Republicans. Currently, 42% of Tea Party Republican voters favor Santorum, compared with just 23% who back Romney. Santorum holds an almost identical advantage among white evangelical Republican voters (41% to 23%).

There's no posturing towards the center to accompany this surge for Santorum, though--he's remained as extremist as ever. The Advocate reports that Santorum waded right into Washington State, hwich has just legalized marriage equality: " During his swing through the state that President Obama carried in 2008 with 57.5% of the vote, Santorum met with a group of conservative religious leaders in a closed-door meeting to push for repeal of the marriage law, which is scheduled to go into effect June 7. "

Meanwhile, protesters continue to dog the candidate due to his insane social views.

He even got mic-checked repeatedly throughout his speech in Olympia, which has an active Occupy chapter in what people are calling one of the most "raucous" political gatherings in the state in over a decade. Santorum called his supporters "The Real Washington."

Police ended up dragging two of the protesters outside and tasering them. Watch this disturbing video of their removal below--a local news report is here.


Watch another below, courtesy of Politico

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at February 14, 2012, 6:10am

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