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SANTORUM WILL LIKELY HAVE TO ANSWER TO SATAN FOR COMMENTS ABOUT SATAN
February 22 2012
Washington, D.C. – As is the case in any election, skeletons have started to come out of the closet for the many, many candidates in the Republican race. Some, like Herman Cain, have already been undone by their past while others, like Newt Gingrich,
appear on their way out at least partially as a result of those misdeeds. Now it’s time for Rick Santorum to step forward and face or be felled by his skeletons, a process which has already started.
For the most part there seemed to be little in Santorum’s past that could really be used against him. He has no secret mistresses, no deep corruption in terms of pay offs or fraud, at least nothing more than any other politician. He has had some oddities to be sure, such as the story about his wife sleeping with her miscarried baby, but in many ways they fit with his persona. However a new story from Santorum’s past may be the beginning of his undoing, even though he has remained tough against criticism.
At issue is a speech Santorum gave in 2008 where he stated that the United States was under imminent threat from Satan. Not Iran, not terrorists, but Satan, a statement which has drawn a great deal of ridicule even from fellow Republicans and will likely become an issue going forward, not only with the electorate, but also with the Dark Lord Himself who will likely not be pleased that his plans have been so publicly revealed.
“This is a spiritual war. And the father of lies has his sights on what you would think the father of lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country — the United States of America," Santorum said in a 2008 speech at Ave Maria University in Florida. "If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age?”
Already high profile Republicans such as Chris Christie have derided Santorum, making it clear that one way or the other this will be an issue for voters.
Satan has thus far made no statement, though if he does indeed exist it is likely that he is fuming mad at having his plans on display for everyone to see.
“When you look at a candidate you have to look at them as a whole, not just their policies but also their person. That is why so many candidates have fallen away already and this, frankly, may be a little more than even the most religious of voters will be willing to take and could end his run here and now,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “He was already seen as a bit of a religious loon and that will only be amplified now. That will lose him some voters and many delegates who will quite intelligently realize that the whole Satan thing won’t play in the general election in quite the same way.”
Santorum did not, in the statement or in any defence of the speech, say exactly what he would do about the rise of Satan if he were President.
“He has tried to play to the whole thing off but something like this will only amplify what people already believed about him and that, frankly, isn’t a good thing. They were willing to put up with some of eccentricities but if he has gone over and become a full-on religious nut votes will evaporate,” continued Kinsey. “Even his supporters may start to fall away, likely concerned, and rightly so, that if Satan does come to Earth and he is President, the country will have a giant red target painted on it. The worst thing in any battle is to anger your opponent, especially a powerful one, and that may well be what he has done with Satan and voters need to take that into consideration.”
Santorum has said that the statements were part of a joke, but it is believed unlikely that voters or Satan are laughing very much about it.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent