He Went There

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 …”

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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, atheistsliberals, 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?


  1. I don’t want that to be what he almost said. I want it to be anything other than that. I want to think that, as a politician within reach of the Presidency, one would be much more careful with his latent prejudice. But I can’t, for the life of me, think of any other word he could have been saying. It makes me sad. Your usage of word “bloviating” though, makes up for it. 🙂

    • Brooklyn Dame says

      It makes me sad, too…and angry as hell. I’m angry that he’d think it, then say it — and I’m even more angry that this isn’t bad for his campaign. It seems to galvanise his base even more.

  2. Um, no question in my mind that he is capable of uttering such. I do love your explanation of it “ITE” sounds about right. I have experienced it in my personal life: I have had people say, in casual conversation, something that is blatantly racist, They are in the moment comfortable and forget that YOU are one of THEM. It happens, trust me. I want people to stop with already with not owning up to the reality of racism. The denial of it is as shameful as the proliferation of it in the first place. Great Post Madam!

  3. When the Repubs use black people as there ‘raison d’etre’ for fixing our society’s ills is when I just close out the rest of the conversation and I’m not absorbing any more info from them. What makes them think that I’m gonna give them the vote when they continuously use blacks as pawns in this game of ‘who’s gonna win the White House?’

  4. Rich Abete says

    Just when you think he’s as repellent as he can get… Why hasn’t the broader media (MSM) picked this up?!?

    • I don’t know, Rich. It makes me furious that they haven’t. I will continue to tweet that YouTube link to Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell – and hope that one of them has the courage to report it. It NEEDS to be reported.


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