Monday, March 12, 2012

Catch of the Day

I'm not sure whether I should give this one to BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski, who posted the clip, or to the Dutch TV correspondent doing the interview, but here's a wonderful clip of what happens when your candidate just makes stuff up. In this case, it's Rick Santorum, who has concocted (or, more likely, is repeating) fantasies about the Netherlands and euthanasia.

As I've mentioned before, I'm a big fan of all press secretaries, thanks to my long-ago past as one of them. So I'm not being sarcastic at all when I say that I feel for Santorum's Alice Stewart, who valiantly stays on message, repeating no matter how many times it takes that Santorum is simply pro-life, end of story, instead of actually answering the reporter's questions. That's her job! It's not as if there's a good answer available to her...I mean a good reality-based answer. I'm sure, too, that for virtually all potential Santorum voters in the remaining primaries, the essential truth of his euthanasia story would easily outweigh what anyone from the Netherlands has to say about the non-existence of the anti-euthanasia bracelets that the candidate has talked about.

Anyway, it's a very fun clip, and: Nice catch!


  1. this is astounding! Why isn't it getting national airplay??

    1. 1) Everybody knows that Santorum has no chance, so why bother?

      2) Calling attention to this would make it obvious that Santorum has no chance, thereby taking away the media's ability to pretend that there is still a race going on.

      1 + 2 = ignore it and focus on the fake horserace. Reporters can't do math anyway. If they did, they would have picked a real major in college.

  2. I think it's interesting that in the Dutch subtitles, the English expression 'pro-life' is left untranslated.


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