Sancta Santorum (II)

From our Frying Pan into the Fire desk:

Rick Santorum’s campaign just can’t stop digging that hole. Not bad enough he accused Barack Obama of imposing a phony theology on America – now a spokeswoman has accused Obama of pursuing “radical Islamic policies.”

From the CBS News Political Hotsheet:

Rick Santorum’s new presidential campaign spokeswoman, Alice Stewart, retracted her comment Monday that compared President Obama’s policies to “radical Islamic policies.”

Stewart said shortly after her MSNBC appearance that said she had misspoken, according to a tweeted message by interviewer Andrea Mitchell. The verbal gaffe followed several comments from Santorum himself that have dogged the campaign in recent days.

The comment by Stewart, who was hired onto Santorum’s campaign last week after working on Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann’s presidential bid, came during an exchange with Mitchell as the journalist sought to clarify a remark by Santorum over the weekend that the president’s “theology” was not based on the Bible.

It’s easy to look at these statements – and Santorum’s whole “whose side is Obama on?” leitmotif – and dismiss the former Pennsylvania senator as Casey Jones of the Crazy Train. But there might be method to his madness, as this Politico piece suggests:

During a panel discussion on MSNBC on Monday after Stewart’s slip of the tongue, The Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut said she thought Stewart would apologize for the comment, but that it may not stop conspiracy theorists from grabbing onto her statement.

“I expect we’re going to hear more from Alice Stewart apologizing about those remarks. But there will be conspiracy theorists thinking it was some kind of message she was trying to get out or it was really on the mind of the Santorum campaign when they are talking about President Obama,” Kornblut said.

Never underestimate the power of the grassy knoll.

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One Response to Sancta Santorum (II)

  1. Spokeswoman for Michele Bachmann is a job qualification? Is there any wonder she said something crazy on MSNBC?

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