SANTORUM’S GAY PROBLEM: Does Matt Drudge Love Mitt Romney?

IS DRUDGE ‘CAUGHT IN A BAD ROMANCE’ WITH WILLARD MILTON ROMNEY?

Rick Santorum has alleged that Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report, the news aggregation site with a conservative tilt, is in the tank for Mitt Romney. And by the looks and sound of the video above Romney certainly has love for Drudge.  Santorum alleged this, rather passionately, when he was interviewed on Bill Cunningham’s talk radio show on 700AM WLW in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Cunningham asked Santorum whether he had hung up on another radio show host on same station, 700AM WLW, during a contentious interview the day before.

“It’s on The Drudge Report that you hung up on Scott Sloan,” Cunningham told Santorum.

“That’s baloney,” Santorum said. “I was driving and we lost the call and I called him back two minutes later and we finished the conversation. Drudge, again showing for Romney, gets the facts wrong.

The Huffington Post outlined Drudge’s pro-Romney bias:

Drudge’s supportive stance toward Romney — the site rarely highlights negative stories about the former Massachusetts governor and has conspicuously gone after Santorum and Newt Gingrich — started drawing attention last year.

“Matt Drudge has done more for Romney than Romney’s super PAC in my estimation,” Republican operative John Feehery told HuffPost’s Sam Stein on Friday.

But Santorum’s comment was the first time that one of Romney’s opponents in the race openly called Drudge out for a pro-Romney bias

Republican ‘Rick Santorum’s a champion of traditional American values’ and has even been called ‘the next George Washington’. It is now rather clear that ‘Romney’s Drudge Report connection pays off’ for Romney the candidate.  But why Matt Drudge? Why would  the self described conservative and populist turn against Rick Santorum in favor of Mitt Romney? Santorum is a consistent conservative with the support of the Republican party’s base. In contrast Multiple Choice Mitt has  the consistency of a ‘well oiled weather vane’ and is widely distrusted by that same conservative base. Romney is widely seen as a hollow man with NO CORE principles or values, motivated only by political expediency.  One of the most trusted conservatives in the land, Marc Levin has even gone on record stating “I am Scared to Death if Mitt Romney Gets the Nomination.”

Drudge Report is largely perceived as simply a conservative news source, but even that label is not entirely accurate.  Touting his campaign’s message of “Faith, Family, and Freedom,” Rick Santorum postures himself as a strongly pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-Israel, pro-family, pro-faith conservative.  It is worth considering that the manner in which Santorum has articulated aspects of this traditionalist conservative agenda has been interpreted and widely attacked as bigoted and anti-gay; even while those who finesse around issues like marital equality get a free pass.  That progressive media remains  against Santorum is thus not a surprise. With  Drudge, is it a populist angle or something more? Is it personal?  Does Drudge not find persuasive the answers given by  Santorum in his interview below with Fox News babe, Megyn Kelly:

Rick Santorum and  leading syndicated sex columnist and gay activistDan Savage have an opposing world view represented by the fallout from a a rather unfortunate interview given by then Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum on issues pertaining to the right to privacy and sexuality. Santorum stated to the AP in 2003: “In every society, the definition of marriage has not ever to my knowledge included homosexuality. That’s not to pick on homosexuality. It’s not, you know, man on child, man on dog, or whatever the case may be.  It is one thing.” Santorum has since tried to explain those remarks by stating that he did not equate them but excluded them.

Santorum was notoriously targeted for character assassination by Dan Savage, in a manner that one commentator has referred to as ‘Savage hate from Savage Love.’ Since 2003, Savage has waged a relentless cyber bullying campaign against Santorum giving the current Presidential aspirant and then Pennsylvania Senator a Google problem, redefining his surname as a byproduct of gay anal sex.  As NPR noted recently, Santorum’s ‘Google problem’ has endured, even while some have called out Savage for his hypocrisy .  Others have raised strong objections and articulated persuasive arguments against Savage’s credibility and his methods (see:  For The Record:  Santorum vs. Savage).  While Savage’s tactics have made him more famous and celebrated, it arguably has only deepened the chasm between the faith based community and the gay community and may result in a backlash. As postulated by one commentator, “There’d certainly be a lot less evidence that gay activists are hateful, disgusting subversives, for one thing.”  What I would say to Savage is that the snarky and dehumanizing tactics employed by you Sir may have promoted your own relative fame as a an outspoken sex columnist but ultimately it may have the affect of alienating those who stand with you and arming those who stand against you.  It is certainly not clear whether this type of debate advances the interests of greater understanding between the LGBT community and the faith based community.  Savage may think that irrelevant but its worth contemplating whether different tactics may sooner result in a reduction of tensions between those communities. Nevertheless, for his willingness, desire or focus on discussing traditional American values, Santorum has become a ‘media punching bag’.  For example, in the recent debate over contraception, according to Mark America:

[The media] portrayed Rick Santorum unfairly as wanting to impose his personal views on contraception on the rest of the nation, but this is a bold-faced lie.  He actually went out of his way to say that he wouldn’t impose his values through law, but instead that it is proper to raise the issue as a matter for national discussion.  For this, we should throw him under the bus?

It is certainly worth pointing out, if a significant mainstream media outlet has an undisclosed tilt or bias towards one party or a particular candidate in an election cycle. That progressive media remains biased against Santorum is not a surprise.  Yet, it does not take a brain surgeon or Media Matters to help discern that there has been a bit of cohesion in the mainstream media, both on the left and on the right that has played to elevate and stabilize Mitt Romney’s standing with voters while undermining and marginalizing Mitt Romney’s primary competitors, including Santorum, Gingrich and Ron Paul.  The GOP Primary is in effect being ‘handicapped’ for the Mormon Madoff. As the candidate of the Anglo-America Eastern establishmentWall Street, the media illuminati and the RNC establishment, Romney has the wind at his back, not because of his genuine steady earnest nature, a  compelling persona, integrity, character and authenticity but actually despite a glaring lack of all those things, because the ‘hollow man’, has in effect been pre-selected. Don’t count on the mainstream media to cover or expose how they have helped to handicap or rig his candidacy, one which goes against the Zeitgeist.

ROMNEY’S ‘BAIT & SWITCH’ TACTICS WITH LGBT COMMUNITY

The Manchurian Mormon RobotMitt Romney is the beneficiary of a double standard on social issues relative to Santorum. Politicians like Romney who finesse around issues like marital equality, rather duplicitously even, get a free pass.   Romney likewise has pretty much avoided questioning on his leadership role in what really goes on behind the Mormon Curtain of the Utah based LDS Mormon Cult and aspects of business and gubernatorial experience in Massachusetts. Neither Drudge or Savage have subjected Romney to the same wrath as Santorum despite Mitt’s blatant duping of the LGBT Community in Massachusetts with similar ‘bait and switch’ tactics that the Mormon Madoff employed at Bain Capital. Guess misrepresentation of material facts or fraud is in essence the ‘Bain Way’. Mitt’s word has never been has bond. Romney’s carefully nuanced position on gay rights is politically expedient and depends on whether he is running the U.S. Senate,  governor of Massachusetts or seeking the Republican nomination for President. Romney is a self-entitled a-hole who does not need to subject himself to actual real interviews regularly like actual Presidential candidates Instead, surrogates who help gloss over his neverendling lies suffice,whereas his severely underfunded opponents because of their need to gain exposure have to make themselves available and when they do so they get asked repeatedly about controversial subjects designed to marginalize their standing with voters.

IS MATT DRUDGE JUST ANOTHER ROMNEY RENTBOY?

Is Matt Drudge a ‘free bitch baby’? For years, there have been rumors about Matt Drudge, the man called America’s most influential journalist, more powerful than Facebook or Twitter,  being gay, but there is no evidence of him being openly homosexual.  The raw story or hints of it are on NNDB, Gawker and elsewhere on the internet, with many who know him taking it as a point of fact.  He has even made Out Magazines’s Power List of gays.  Drudge is also, however, now very much a part of the media or Republican establishment, even despite his quirky reputation. According to wikipedia he considers himself a conservative with a populist/libertarian streak, one even willing to openly criticize ABC and Disney’s corporate activities, in a rather bitchy fashion no less. ”I guess I was a bad Mouseketeer and peeked under Snow White’s dress,” Drudge joked after being dismissed by ABC. Would love to know what the bad Mouseketeer thinks about allegations that Walt Disney was a gay pedophile.  Both Santorum and Romney seem like tall, healthy, rugged, specimens, but I would argue that CEO Romney might edge out Santorum in a gay fantasy, that is assuming Drudge has one.

The gay community will not be fertile ground for the Santorum candidacy. This is true even though as pointed out in ‘Sex, Lies and Rick Santorum’ by William McGurn in the Wall Street Journal, Santorum is being judged by a double standard relative to other politicians including President Obama and Multiple Choice Mitt. I do not suspect that is any surprise to Rick Santorum. Gay people don’t just vote, however, some run powerful media enterprises. Many influential journalists are publicly or privately members of the LGBT community. Included are even influential Republicans like Ken Mehlman who continues to apologize for his role in the Bush administration opposing equal right and marital equality. Mehlman now sees opposing marital equality as the losing side of the debate, politically speaking.  In terms of demographics, if you go with the 1 in 10 theory about the homosexual or queer population, it seems almost 2 in 10 in the mainstream media and probably more like 3 in 10 in the blogosphere, at least in certain fashionably elite circles. Hence Santorum’s positions endanger him in the digital age, not just in the blue states but even in the red states where one is more readily able to find stories on the internet with a Romney bias than those with a Santorum bias.

If Drudge is gay, perhaps he feels more comfortable with Romney’s mixed messages and double talk which seems anti-gay, because beneath the surface is a history of a man who was actually quite pro-gay before he decided to seek the Republican nomination for President. When running for Senate against Ted Kennedy, Romney in an interview with the Boston Globe and a subsequent interview with Bay Windows, stated he would be a better friend of the gay community than a Democrat.  The headline in Bay Windows in August 1994 actually read: Romney: I’ll be better than Ted for gay rights.  As reported recently in Think Progress, In Private Meeting With Gay Leaders, Romney Compared LGBT Equality To Father’s Fight For ‘Civil Rights’. As stated therein:

In The Real Romney, out today, Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman chart Mitt Romney’s devolution from embracing equal rights for gays and lesbians in 1994 and 2002 to falling in line with the anti-gay bigotry of religious social conservatives in order to win the GOP presidential nomination at the end of his term as governor. Romney’s shift betrayed his LGBT allies in the state — including gay groups who endorsed his campaigns — and frustrated those who saw Romney’s support for equal rights as an extension of his father’s strong embrace of civil rights for African Americans. It’s a parallel Romney himself made in private meetings with gay and lesbian groups, only to abandon the comparison when the time came to swoon Christian Evangelicals.

And then there is this video which might make the LGBT community throw up.

Given the foregoing, one would think that Romney would be the target of indignation in the LGBT community, even more  so than Santorum.  Romney’s hypocrisy with regards to the LGBT agenda may be more acceptable ultimately to Drudge, who might willingly accept that Romney is playing the necessary politics with ‘a wink and a nod’ to both sides.  So in the end,  Drudge thinks maybe there is a chance with Romney, that once he becomes President, he may “flip” for him. Or maybe there is some undisclosed quid pro quo?   Romney must  also know that behind the Mormon Curtain and inside the closet, among the garment-wearers, are many gay Mormons.  Then again perhaps some of those who should be wearing magic underwear, might actually  be wearing not so magic lingerie.

Is Matt Drudge gay? I do not know but then again, Drudge knows something too, otherwise what is the basis for the magical love connection between a man who once professed to love the gays with one long rumored to be gay?  In terms of this bad romance between Romney and Drudge I have only two questions. Is Matt Drudge  ‘a free bitch baby’, one who wants it bad or is it simply a matter of taste?  And secondly, who is the top and who is the bottom? As to the latter, I suspect that it is the American voter. As to the former, only time will tell whether there is some quid pro quo for Romney’s ‘rentboy’.  Men of means usually pay for their man servants, don’t they?  No wonder  Santorum find himself on the outside of this bad romance.

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