As we listened to the racist code words coming from the Republican presidential candidates, the “food stamp president,” the “gangsta president,” the “Chicago thug” president, my friends and I joked about setting up a pool to pick the date when one of the Republican presidential candidates would slip up and actually use the N-word.
As the weeks have gone by, the Republican candidates have been dropping like flies, leaving the field smaller and smaller. Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain dropped out. That left only 3.5 contenders for that dubious place in the Hall of Shame: (Ron Paul is still here!), Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich.
I always figured it was going to be either Newt or Rick; both of them spewed some pretty ugly racist crap during their campaign swings through the South, but only Rick Santorum skated right up to the edge when he said, “I don’t want to make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.” Of course, afterwards, he claimed that he said “blah people,” but I think we all know better. Yeah, we all have to watch out for those dangerous blah people.
Well, we now have a winner in the pool: March 27, 2012. At a campaign event in Janesville, Wisconsin, Rick Santorum was in full oratorical flight when he said this: “We know the candidate Barack Obama, what he was like – the anti-war government nig …”
Now, I’ve already been called “insane” and “delusional” for telling people what I think Rick Santorum said. Santorum was in his element, bloviating in front of an adoring crowd of his supporters (the Republicans don’t let anyone else into their campaign events), the folks who would gladly snap up any rotten red meat he could toss out – bashing Obamacare, socialism, atheists, liberals, illegal immigrants, slutty women on birth control, lazy slackers on unemployment or those “blah people” who are out to take nice white folks’ tax money to buy their bigscreen TVs – so he was very comfortable.
What he forgot is what happens when you get carried away by your own brilliance in a comfortable environment – that’s when you experience the dreaded phenomenon of the “ITE” (Involuntary Truth Emission).
Rick Santorum experienced an ITE on the night of March 27. He called the president a “government nig—” and was barely able to stop himself before that second fatal campaign-ending syllable fell from his mouth. He managed to execute a clumsy pivot to this: “America was a source for division around the world, that what we were doing was wrong.”
I know what I think he said. What do you think he said?