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Rick Santorum owns up to his long running ‘Google problem’

By Sahil Kapur
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 10:50 EDT
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Former GOP Sen. Rick Santorum (PA) has a problem: he’s eying a run for president, but his name recognition is weak. And Google, as it turns out, isn’t really helping his brand image.

Enter “Rick Santorum” into a Google search and you should get over half a million results. But two out of the top four are references to a sexual neologism coined as a tribute to Santorum’s past denunciations of homosexuality.

The neologism? Anal sex.

It was created in 2003 by the openly gay sex columnist Dan Savage after Santorum, then a member of the Republican leadership, made controversial remarks likening homosexuality to “incest” and “adultery.” He told The Associated Press that acceptance of gay sex could “undermine the fabric of our society” and lead to “man on child, man on dog” relations.

In response, Savage created the website SpreadingSantorum.com, asking readers to offer definitions for the word “Santorum,” from which a winner would later be determined by a vote. It went viral.

The winning definition — hide the kids — was “the frothy mixture of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex.” It lives on in Google searches, and gained so much attention it has since become a leading search item for the former Republican senator’s name.

“The Internet allows for this type of vulgarity to circulate,” a “slightly defeated” Santorum told Roll Call, which reported on his Google problem Wednesday. “It’s unfortunate that we have someone who obviously has some issues. But he has an opportunity to speak.”

He lamented that he wasn’t able to do anything about the problem as it would constitute an infringement of First Amendment rights.

The issue was profiled by Stephanie Mencimer at Mother Jones last fall, who more bluntly called it “Rick Santorum’s Anal Sex Problem.”

Santorum served 12 years in the Senate between 1995 and 2007 and, before that, four years in the House. He’s a contributor to the Fox News Channel and regularly appears at conservative events, leading to widespread rumors that he may run for president in 2012.

 
 
 
 
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  • ProgressiveInNewYork

    LOLROFL

  • Anonymous

    I’ll be President before this asshole will.

  • Anonymous

    Hard to pull that size 12 foot out of your mouth huh Ricky-poop (pun intended).

  • Anonymous

    Santorum’s problems go beyond those with Google. His problem is wide ranging and includes the following as the Republican member of the Senate planning to introduce police-state- style “thought control” legislation designed to prohibit criticism of Israel on American college campus.

    The third-ranking Republican member of the U.S. Senate, conservative Rick Santorum (Pa.), plans to introduce so-called “ideological diversity” legislation that would cut federal funding for thousands of American colleges and universities if those institutions are found to be permitting professors, students and student organizations to openly criticize Israel, which Santorum considers to be an act of “anti-Semitism.”

    Reads like he and Congresswoman Bachmann are under some spell.

  • Anonymous

    Give up Rick. The people have spoken. Long live the internet!

  • http://twitter.com/Rteefact Rteefact

    Man on dog Rick…..LOL.

  • dlindem

    Google is the least of santorum’s many problems.

  • Anonymous

    I have an even better sexual neologism that explains why Rick Santorum is unelectable: “nut job”

  • Anonymous

    This bastard is sooooo ugly. Who let this little Nazi out of his cage?

  • Anonymous

    A number of years ago his wife gave birth to a still-born son, which is sad. He then brought the body home and, along with his wife and children, slept in the same bed as the dead baby until the burial. That is downright creepy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q7G2NHLD62L3CDU7VHFZ4QPVQM Unknown

    God I feel sorry for any child growing up in that household, not only are forced to handle corpses but just the shame of knowing that your father is Rick Santorum. It’s just too horrible to imagine

    P.S is it just me or does Rick Santorum always look like he’s horrible constipated.

  • http://vegastearoom.blogspot.com/ chandler_in_lasvegas

    When you piss of teh gays don’t be surprised when you get covered in “fecal matter”.
    Mr Santorum deserves his eponym.

  • antiM

    duplicate post… sorry.

  • antiM

    google image search is not as fun, though there are some humorous ones!
    he looks like a cult leader.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, well, Rick–that’s what happens to sanctimonious ASSHOLES…

  • Kazr

    And he would have intimate knowledge of that “frothy mixture” having been an asshole most if not all of his adult and political life.

  • Anonymous

    The “neologism” wouldn’t have caught on if somehow it didn’t ring true.

  • Anonymous

    Cripes! Why do these idiot republicans like santorum and macaca allen, tancredo, newt and the rest of the use to be’s keep coming back! Can’t they ever take the hint that mentally challenged people should not be in politics? You got voted out because you are too stupid to be making important decisions for the rest of the country! Please take your backassward ideas back to podunk and just be quiet. There are a few adults in Washington who might be able to make better decisions with out you.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YNTQQZRMPLT7RZJH77NSY6CZBE OzTones

    Shouldn’t there be a C in defeated?

  • Anonymous

    I Vote he bows out Now before I lambaste him.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CYEBXURVRXNIPB3GEDIEAESQ3A Clive

    Santorum: “It’s unfortunate that we have someone who obviously has some issues.”

    The person who has “some issues” is the one who believes that allowing consensual same-sex adult relationships will lead to sex between adults and children and/or animals. Santorum’s mind must be a strange, Boschian place.

  • Phil E. Drifter

    He doesn’t stand a chance. Put him in a box with palin and ship them to India, tell them there’s a surprise there waiting for them. Then revoke their citizenship.

  • Phil E. Drifter

    He brought the wife and kids into it when they appeared on stage for a photo op for his failed, what, 2k8 campaign? I’m glad he’s gone but his successor sucks too.

  • Phil E. Drifter

    [citation needed]

  • Anonymous
  • cannotvote

    Look up Sanatorium – you’ll get many more results, ya prick!
    He’d be just wasting his money and everybodies time, anyway – perhaps he should go learn how to fellate himself and join the porn industry – Ron Jeremy has a better chance of being president than this fool, friggin’ maroon!

  • CozmicSeer

    Santorum belongs in a Sanatorium for therapy, and I mean lots and lots of therapy. If he’s lucky, they may find him of sound mind(enough to be in public anyway) when he reaches 80 or so years. Still, I’d feel safer if they continued to keep an eye on him.

  • Jaimie11

    We may have to grant him a point on that one. Have you googled ‘bestiality in Sweden’, the most sexually open country on earth?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/YVBA25ZZJYN5C44WGILY6P4X34 Raven

    LOL What a douchebag!

  • Anonymous

    You’d probly be better at it too.

  • Anonymous

    “slept in the same bed as the corpse [...]” <— Fixed it for ya.

  • Anonymous

    On the whole, Indians don’t really like people who shoot animals. Especially big, beautiful, herbivorous animals. I predict immediate justice for Sarah (no, not the violent kind. They’ll probably make her live in one of those temples they’ve built to solve the stray dog problem – keep the “lady dogs” and the “boy dogs” separated in separate temples and feed and care for them till they pass on. Moosilla scrubbing dog shit. I’d pay to see that.)

  • enorceht

    this proves that things come full circle and then bites you on your a$$ … lol

  • Anonymous

    Is there anyone out there running for the Republican nomination who is NOT on the payroll of Rupert Murdoch? Rick Santorum, F-PA, Sarah Palin, F-AK, Newt Gingrich, F-McLean (guy’s from Pennsylvania, runs his marketing scam from Virginia, if he’s spent more than ten days in Georgia in the last ten years, it’s news to many). Why even bother with the “R” designation? At this point, it’s the Democrats vs. the Fox commentators. Rupert Murdoch may be ineligible for the presidency, but he sure seems to want to pull the next right-wing nominee’s strings.

  • DesertSun59

    Mr. Santorum did this to HIMSELF. He has ONLY himself to blame for his poor excuse as a human being, too.

  • Anonymous

    He is one scary right-winger…

  • Anonymous

    This makes me smile. Thanks Dan!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Muriel-Crabcock/100003480064195 Muriel Crabcock

    I have been aware of Santorum’s anal sex problem for years and wholeheartedly support it. Actually, he is nastier than Dan Savage’s definition.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580380351 Potter Dee

    What did India ever do to you?

    Just drop the box out of the plane over the ocean and let them swim

  • Anonymous

    Perhaps this is also an interesting insight into Google’s page ranking priorities.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    This negative association may turn people off to anal sex. Anal Sex = Rick Santorum going through your mind…..

  • Anonymous

    He wants a 12″ something else somewhere else.

  • Gnat K. Coal

    Ricky’s too busy masturbating to the thought of “man on dog sex” [his words, not mine] to effectively campaign for the Oval Office.

    He’s too much minded of his OVAL ORIFICE to dedicate the necessary THRUST and RHYTHM of the campaign trail.

  • Anonymous

    That would be some more of none of my business. LOL!

  • VJBinCT

    beat me to it. good show. Gives my current favorite label for the GOP, ‘BananaRepublicans’, additional meaning with greater depth.

  • VJBinCT

    Do a high colonic irrigation instead. A lamb is way too large.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TX6B3NVBJVOXKYHMJ2JWPG67UU Tobie's Husband

    It’s a shame that our political system allows nutjobs like this to circulate. The GOP is now full of brownshirts. Spanktorum is on the fringe of the fringes. I don’t think he has a chance. Seeing how long he was in office, though, gives me pause.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXTnYCg8v8o Bamboo_Harvester

    That site is an Institution a Beacon of Humanity !

    BTFW ~ RAW , No coverage of the MADISON WI protest ?

    …. Get on the Fucking Ball !

  • Anonymous

    No amount of appearances on Greta is going to fix this one.

  • Guest

    “It’s unfortunate that we have someone who obviously has some issues. But he has an opportunity to speak.”

    Dan Savage has issues?! No no no..I think YOU, Mr. Frothy lube, have problems. Serves you right too, you homophobe. Good luck with that nomination!

  • antiM

    would like to hear more about the Madison protest too, please… if you take requests! : )

  • Guest

    Oh man, the “dead baby sex” must have been off the hook that night! Wonder if they got any santorum stains on the sheets?

  • Anonymous

    I would have thought Rick Santorum could only have an “anal sex problem” if he has anal sex!
    Does Rick have anal sex?

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang
  • Anonymous

    I think Santorum’s ignorant comments about gays and incest, bestiality, etc. are at least as vulgar as the definition of his last name.

    If you don’t pitch it, they can’t swing at it. _Casey Stengle

  • Anonymous

    “It’s unfortunate that we have someone who obviously has some issues. But he has an opportunity to speak.”

    Don’t be so hard on yourself Rick.

    BTW – this is yet another example of why you shouldn’t pick a fight with someone who buys ink (or electrons) by the barrel. You went looking for this trouble and you found it.

  • Anonymous

    Because, to paraphrase Hemingway- The Scum Also Rises.

  • Guest

    Easy to pull up Santorum. Just type in “fetus in a jar on his desk” and it will probably come up.

    “Upon their son’s death, Rick and Karen Santorum opted not to bring his body to a funeral home. Instead, they bundled him in a blanket and drove him to Karen’s parents’ home in Pittsburgh. There, they spent several hours kissing and cuddling Gabriel with his three siblings, ages 6, 4 and 1 1/2. They took photos, sang lullabies in his ear and held a private Mass. ”

    “”That’s my little guy,” Santorum says, pointing to the photo of Gabriel, in which his tiny physique is framed by his father’s hand. The senator often speaks of his late son in the present tense. It is a rare instance in which he talks softly. ”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A61804-2005Apr17?language=printer

  • Kazr

    What frickin planet are you from? Bestiality in Sweden? If you had read the AP interview of this slime bag you’d understand he is completely against the right of privacy emanating from Griswold v Connecticut. He chose to equate those participating in clearly illegal behavior like incest and bestiality with homosexuals as a justification for sodomy laws. He openly expresses his support of legislating his from of government’s interest in determining what behavior is permissible regardless as to whether it is legal, private or consensual. This is one sick repressed puppy who’ll never be a credible national candidate for anything.

  • Jaimie11

    Are you in a bad mood today? Gee, I should have put little smilies on my comment. It was meant in good humor. The little smilies somehow seem trite. But I guess I should get over that. In the land of the grim,
    little smilies are essential appendages.

  • https://twitter.com/DrMatthew Dr. Matt

    My asshole would be president before Santorum.

  • Jaimie11

    And further more you little pisser – how did you get out of my comment that I support this guy. Damn you people are backwards! You’re as sick the far right christian war mongers. You should all go off somewhere and kill each other.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    It’s now 3 out of the top 4. And yes, one of the links is to this story. Way to go, Raw Story!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    I cannot think of a more accurate metaphor for Santorum than: neologism. Even though I had never heard of the word before reading this article.

  • Helen Wheels

    You reap what you sow, Mr. Sanitorium.

  • Anonymous

    I guess the Republicans are a little late circulating their memo about Barbra Streisand.

    You’d think that after 8 years he’d get a clue.

    Oh I forgot, he’s a Republican, Never mind.

  • Helen Wheels

    I think another problem he might have is that he brought home his wife’s miscarried fetus so the family could fondle it together. That is some sick shit right there.

  • Lincoln Paradox

    Fetal necrophilia? Really? That’s where you decided to take the rhetoric today?

  • Anonymous

    If my name meant something that disgusting I’d change it.

  • Anonymous

    This is THE single funniest thing I have ever heard. Every time I think of it I start laughing again. This idiot won’t have a chance to become president (I hope) because he’s such a joke. He would be a funny man if he weren’t so ugly and hateful. He’s getting what he truly deserves and I am grateful to Dan Savage for such a brilliant idea. I hope this definition follows Rick Santorum everywhere until and if he changes his thinking. Fat Chance!

  • http://www.republithugs.com gfm975

    Wow, it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving neanderthal… Santorum is a total butthead.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    use it in a sentence!….”the prisoner threw santorum all over the guard”…

  • Anonymous

    Hate the new format

  • Anonymous

    Of course the filthy substance they want to attach to Mr. Santorum has nothing to do with him, but it tells me more about homosexuals than I ever wanted to know. Although I am politically independent, I have almost always voted D, sometimes third-party, but now, as long as I remember this I will be very strongly disinclined to vote for any politician who supports homosexual interests.

  • Anonymous

    I believe you that you’re a D. Really I do.

    Oh, you meant “Democrat”. Nevermind.

  • Anonymous

    Who doesn’t love Dan Savage?

    Besides Rick Anal Flotsam, I mean.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    DS is great.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    You need to grow up, if your delicate sensibilities are so easily offended. Just another dirty bigot.

  • Anonymous

    You got that right!

  • Anonymous

    Homosexuals cast upon a decent man their own filth and destroyed the career of this senator and otherwise presidential hopeful based on nothing but their own hatred for anyone critical of their perverse lifestyle. I refuse to vote for anyone who supports the agenda of people who would do something as heinous as that.

  • Anonymous

    So tell the truth: how many guys have you blown in men’s rooms this week? Is it more than 6?

  • Anonymous

    You’re ok with the “dead baby” thing? Just wanted to check before I type what I’d really like to type.

  • Anonymous

    That sounds very barbara-bushish.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    You are as dumb as you are bigoted. Santorum brought this on himself, with his dirty anti-gay rants. He chose to single out gay people for his nasty, self-righteous phony Christian crap. He did it for years, and to further his own political career, before the gay community spoke up to put this indecent bastard in his place. Whatever negative happens to him is well deserved. And when you speak of filth, fool, look in your own mind first. There is plenty of that in residence.

  • Anonymous

    Santorum got exactly what he deserved. You play with the bull, you get the horns.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6VIII2XPU4HUPLANTLEJGSYN7A jARED

    Here’s a tip, Rick.

    If you don’t want to be associated with anal sex, don’t act like an asshole.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6VIII2XPU4HUPLANTLEJGSYN7A jARED

    Deciding who to vote for because of a blogger makes me disinclined to think you have matured past the age of 12.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Actually…thats the best definition of Santorum I’ve ever heard…bar none. He is a little frothy…and definitely slippery yet fecal. Seriously…that touches all the bases you need to know about Rick to understand him.

  • Wyrdless

    Well when you insult someone they insult you back. He had the misfortune of insulting MILLIONS of people, what do you think is going to happen?

    Perverse lifestyle? are you being hurt by them? How do you know what happens and if it is perverse? who gives a damn what people do behind closed doors? Why do you care anyway?

    Don’t you have something better to do than fantasize about gay sex?

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    And what a special brood they are…
    http://tiny.cc/xv5gy

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Arf arf

  • http://twitter.com/mrtarre Mariano Tarré

    Jaja. Santorum: The frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex.
    Saw this on Colbert and had to google it. Funny as hell.

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