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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Slipping in Some More Santorum

“Ok, I know that I’ve focused recently on the President, but I don’t want you to think that he’s the only one in Washington that issues with the truth. Here’s a few doozies from Sen. Rick Santorum. First I just want to make sure that you all remember who Little Ricky is. He’s the guy who said these choice little tidbits..”

"If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual (gay) sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything,"
-Senator Rick Santorum, April 2003

"In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That's not to pick on homosexuality. It's not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be."
-Senator Rick Santorum, April 2003

“He then followed that up by trying to say that he really didn’t mean what he said.”

“Again, my discussion with the Associated Press was about the Supreme Court privacy case, the constitutional right to privacy in general, and in context of the impact on the family. I am a firm believer that all are equal under the Constitution. My comments should not be misconstrued in any way as a statement on individual lifestyles.”
-Senator Rick Santorum, (R) Penn, April 22, 2003

“He went on to conflate the gay marriage issue with terrorism.”

"I would argue that the future of our country hangs in the balance because the future of marriage hangs in the balance. Isn't that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage?"
-Senator Rick Santorum, July 14, 2004

“Then last year he was looking for ways to punish those who were forced to endure Hurricane Katrina.”

"You have people who don't heed those warnings and then put people at risk as a result of not heeding those warnings. There may be a need to look at tougher penalties on those who decide to ride it out and understand that there are consequences to not leaving."
-Senator Rick Santorum, September 5, 2005

“Meanwhile, back at the ranch..”

"The $10 million we have secured is critical to ensure that the people of northeastern Pennsylvania will never lose their homes again due to devastating floods. The floods in 1996 and Hurricane Agnes in 1972 have forced the people of the Wyoming Valley to rebuild their lives, homes and families not once but twice. The funding to build new levees and floodwalls, modify closure structures and relocate utilities offers reassurance to the people of the Wyoming Valley that they will never again have to endure the hardship of flood devastation."
-Senator Rick Santorum, Press Release, July 17, 2003

“Which finally brings us up to this week. It seems that Sen. Santorum has been one of the people running the ‘K-Street Project’ devised by Tom DeLay. The project is a way that the Republican leadership has been trying to exclusively tie lobbyists to the Republican party by refusing to grant them access if they hire Democrats. Little Ricky seems a bit.. tense.. over being associated with it now.”

“As Republican Conference chairman, Santorum was in position to orchestrate the GOP’s domination of K Street. At his side from the start, at least two reports state, was Abramoff, who attended the first meeting Santorum hosted.

Both The National Journal, in May 2001, and Roll Call, in March 2001, reported Abramoff was among a group of K Street power brokers invited to meet with Santorum and other lawmakers that March.
Both reports described it, and subsequent meetings, as an informational dialogue about policy and legislative initiatives that included talk about job placement for Republican loyalists. The National Journal report quotes one Santorum aide as saying the meetings are meant ‘to develop relationships with folks downtown who generally share our objectives legislatively and who can help us communicate our issues.’”
-Lebanon (PA) Daily News, January 14, 2006

“With Democrats comparing his ties to lobbyists with ‘organized crime,’ Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., yesterday swung back, saying the Democratic criticism amounted to libel and unequivocally denying that he helped shape the GOP's controversial ‘K Street Project.’
Since he became the Senate's third-ranking Republican in 2001, Mr. Santorum has held weekly meetings with top Republican lobbyists at which he discusses, among other matters, job openings at Washington lobbying firms.
But, in interviews with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he has said those discussions -- which he previously referred to as ‘the K Street meetings’ -- are merely to ensure Republicans are putting forward good candidates for the jobs.
Mr. Santorum flatly denied yesterday that the meetings were an integral part of the ‘K Street Project.’
Though publications such as The Washington Post, Roll Call and Washington Monthly have all reported that Mr. Santorum's meetings were a central part of Mr. Norquist's ‘K Street Project’ strategy, Mr. Santorum said yesterday that his meetings were a separate initiative.
-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 26, 2006

“Mr. Santorum, do you know Grover Norquist?”

‘I didn't even know what Grover Norquist was up to,’ Mr. Santorum said last night. ‘Why would I object to something that I thought was a description of our coalition's outreach, which we do to a whole variety of different groups.’"
-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 26, 2006

''I had absolutely nothing to do — never met, never talked, never coordinated, never did anything — with Grover Norquist and the quote K Street Project,''
-Senator Rick Santorum, January 25, 2006

“Really? Remember, you will deny Grover Norquist one more time before the cock crows..”

“AMERICAblog's spies on the Hill tell us that at 4:34pm Eastern today (gotta love their precision) Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) ‘totally blew his top, totally lost control’ while getting off the underground train that connects the US Capitol building and the Dirksen Senate Office Builing.

It seems a reporter approached Santorum just as he got off the train and asked Santorum something to the effect of: ‘Can you tell me about the 'K Street Project?’
Santorum's response?
He started screaming, according to our source. ‘It's just a meeting!’, Santorum reportedly yelled (again, in public, right near the Senate cafeteria where lots of folks are gathered). ‘What Harry Reid said Wednesday [when he announed the Democrats' ethics reform package] is a total lie!’"
-AMERICAblog, January 25, 2006

“Odd.. It certainly seems like you had something to do with it.. I don’t recall you denying it when these news reports came out.”

“Grover Norquist, a conservative activist, has appeared before the group and sought help with an effort to push lobbying firms and trade associations to hire more Republicans.
The so-called K-Street Project got the attention of the Senate Ethics Committee, which is concerned that the project could be used to deny access to Democrats.
‘He [Santorum] has gotten me in to talk to all those guys,’ Norquist said.”
-Philadelphia Enquirer, August 12, 2002

“Come on Ricky.. Give us a Quote to go out on..”

“One of my political heroes, the eighteenth-century British statesman William Wilberforce, argued that hypocrisy can often be a social good.”
-Rick Santorum, It Takes a Family


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Google "santorum" -- item 1.

12:43 PM  

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