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Daily Santorum 3/22/11

Published by Daniel Malloy on .

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Western Pennsylvania's own presidential hopeful was actually in Western Pennsylvania over the weekend, perhaps taking in some heart-pounding hoops after a frantic travel schedule last week that saw him hit all three of his favorite states: Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. But Rick Santorum still found the time to weigh in on the news of the day -- America's participation in coalition airstrikes on Libya. President Barack Obama has taken all sorts of criticism for this for all sorts of reasons (see Sen. Pat Toomey, below), and Santorum is more than willing to attack Obama's foreign policy. His take to Politico on Libya: Obama dithered for too long.

“We have some responsibility to move forward,” he said. “It’s going to take a lot more investment of time and energy because we didn’t act in a timely fashion. ... I’m hesitant at this point to say that this was the right thing to do.

"This administration has handled this about as badly as you can," Santorum added. “The president put us in a very difficult situation. I won’t say untenable. His indecisiveness… [means] more time, more resources, more personnel… [toward] an effort that ultimately might not be successful."

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Santorum said that action made more sense 12 days ago because it looked like “a little nudge and a push” from the United States could tip the scale for the rebels.

There's no real good segue from a North African bombing campaign to scatology. So ... Time magazine interviewed Dan Savage, the brains behind Santorum's Google Problem, on the subject of bullying of homosexual teens. Savage has started a project called It Gets Better where celebrities can post videos telling LGBT youngsters that they won't always feel so ostracized. Savage told Time he wishes Santorum or other conservatives would contribute to the project, because everyone can get behind not wanting teens to commit suicide. That led to some oblique discussion of the Google Problem:

Time: It seems unlikely that Santorum will participate. Because of you, if one Googles Santorum, a very inappropriate definition is the first hit.

Savage: Rick Santorum has said insanely offensive things about gay and lesbian couples. He was a two-term sitting U.S. Senator with a lot of power, and my readers and I are a bunch of jackasses without a lot of power. We made a joke at his expense, and now he [plays] the victim, which is all Republicans seem capable of doing these days.

The Schedule: No public events have been revealed this week for Senator Rick.

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