• Rick Santorum Thinks Ron Paul Is So Old

    Sometimes Rick Santorum feels lonely.Here's an interesting tactic, if you're Rick Santorum, the latest runner-up-runner-up in Iowa: Switch from attacking the real frontrunner's record to taking potshots at his age, then say you were joking, then slip in another reminder that Ron Paul is ancient.

    Yesterday Santorum appeared on Fox News to backtrack a comment he made earlier, while also backing it up…

    "Well I did that in a joking way," Santorum said, when asked if he thought age was "relevant" in a presidential race.

    "Because people have said, you know, Ron Paul will get to Washington, D.C. and he'll become president, he'll get the presidential brief and, you know, he'll see how dangerous the world is and he'll change," Santorum said, referencing Paul's hands-off philosophy on foreign policy. "My comment was, you know, how many 78-year-old men do you know change their opinions?" (Paul is actually only 76.)

    Santorum conceded it was a "flippant joke," but remarked that the Texas congressman has been pretty consistent in his policies during his tenure as a politician — a point Paul has often made himself.

    "Ron Paul's been saying this for 30 years, this isn't anything new," Santorum said.

    And that, folks, is how mean girling is done. Thirty years ago, Rick Santorum was just a gleam in Dan Savage's eye, and Ron Paul was- what, starting his fifteenth term in Congress?

    At any rate, the impact of this little tiff on next week's caucuses will be approximately Ron Paul's age minus 76. The congressman from Texas may be elderly, but Rick Santorum is Rick Santorumy, and it's pretty clear which is more damaging to one's mental faculties.

    Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Primaries, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul

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