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Rick Santorum hates ship captains, or African-Americans, or can’t talk

Written By: Bob - Jan• 05•12

Ace has a bit up about it.

I happen to be in the same position as Mr. of Spades. I’m inclined to think that Rick Perry is the best GOP candidate, and therefore, I’d be as tickled by Santorum’s downfall as anyone in my position would be if he made the gaffe CBS accuses him of making.

While campaigning in Sioux City, Iowa Sunday, GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said if elected he plans to cut regulations and entitlements and he doesn’t want to “make black people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money.”

I’ve been kind of hard of hearing since my teens, and I’ve unconsciously become something of a minor “lip-aided hearer” over the years, watching people’s mouths if I’m having a bit of a time understanding what they are saying. I’ll defer to professional lip-readers if they disagree, but I think Ace is right in that Santorum mumbles a nonsense word “bligh,” not black. The most overt clue is the shape of his mouth.

When you say “black” the “ck” you project outward with your lips. I’ve watched the video repeatedly, and Santorum’s lips don’t project outward, his mouth opens wider as he makes the “i” sound. Watch it yourself.

Captain Bligh. Rick Santorum doesn't like him.

It makes absolutely no sense to say “make bligh people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money,” and so CBS – convinced to their liberal core that all Republicans are secret Klansmen – were more than happy to go racial, as it fit their narrative. But it didn’t happen.

Like most humans, Rick Santorum occasionally mangles a word here or there, and this time he didn’t in front of some opportunistic media bigots who chose to claim an innocent nonsense word that dribbled out as he was speaking extemporaneously was a sign of the racial oppression he plans for African-Americans.

To the best my slightly-more-educated-than-average eyes and ears can tell, Santorum said “bligh.” It would be convenient as it would be for me to agree with the racists at CBS News that he said black, but I can’t stand to see a man libeled for something he didn’t say, even if I think he is a social con trainwreck of a candidate.

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3 Comments

  1. Tim says:

    If he basically said “bligh,” then it would seem to me that he jumped the gun on saying the word “lives.” The brain can get ahead of the mouth and political candidates have to do lots of mile-a-minute talking and thinking. I’m proceeding under the assumption that Santorum was starting to say the word “lives” before “people’s” and he caught himself. There’s no earthly way that he meant to say “black.”

    And for what it’s worth, I’m not a Santorum supporter. His perspective on gay rights is wrong, among other faults. But I’d rather see him criticized for actual shortcomings, rather than media-fabricated ones.

  2. Kathryn in Alaska says:

    Just listened. He absolutely did NOT say “black” people.

  3. McThag says:

    I think he might have started to say ‘black’ but caught himself. That would be an oops!

    But he didn’t actually say it, and CBS may have well as inserted ‘niggers’ there for all the accuracy it has.