Thursday, May 19, 2011
Bigger than "Macaca"?
While much of the political punditry of this country is focused on the meltdown of the candidacy of Newt Gingrich just days after he declared his candidacy, Gingrich's faux pas may have already been exceeded. Indeed, Rick Santorum's recent blunder may have exceeded the previous record holder for grievous career-ending gaffes. Santorum may have exceeded even George Allen's "Macaca" blunder when he told Hugh Hewitt that John McCain doesn't understand how torture works. John McCain, a highly decorated Vietnam War veteran who underwent five years of torture and abuse at the hands of his North Vietnamese captors doesn't understand torture--that's what Santorum said.
Democrats and Republicans argue about "Macaca." Was it a real issue? Was Allen taken out of context? Was it overblown?
Something tells me that there isn't going to be the same kind of debate regarding Santorum's smear of McCain. McCain is a legitimate American hero. Santorum is pond scum. Santorum is refusing to apologize to McCain.
Santorum is done--you can stick a fork in him. That, at least, is something Democrats and Republicans can agree on.