February 22, 2012

Let's See Where This Goes

So earlier this month in a radio interview, Rick Santorum was asked whether he considered gay and lesbian couples with children a family. His response, rather surprisingly, was "Yes, of course it's a family." (You can watch the full interview here). I have no idea what this means for American politics.

Though Santorum is still far from the most progressive presidential candidate, he has apparently had quite a come-to-Jesus moment recently. Will this new position have any effect on his other political opinions? Will this bold move change the conservative political landscape? Was it just a political farce in an attempt to gain more centrist primary votes? I have no idea. What I do know is that this affirming comment, coming from one of the most vehement opponents of lgbt citizens, offers a glimmer of hope to the lgbt community that even the most conservative politicians might soon be changing their views.

It's still too early to tell whether or not this is the start of a radical change of opinion by Santorum or if it will affect the rest of conservative politics, but this was definitely out of character for Santorum. I am very interested to see how this comment will shape the rest of the conservative nomination. Let's see where this goes.


  1. I think that he might consider it maybe a family because it fits his loose blueprint of family, but I'd be hesitant to say that he's turning around on same-sex marriage just because Santorum is great a rallying the ultra-socially conservative republicans around him and if he shows himself to be wavering on abortion or same sex marriage etc. he could potentially lose that base.

    I feel like it's too late to redeem himself with the moderates even, but this might be him trying to make himself more of an electable candidate instead of the best thing that has happened to republican-related jokes in awhile.

  2. you would almost think that a family with no need for birth control or abortion would be near and dear to his heart. . . as long as they're not interested in in vitro fertilization

  3. I think Santorum has finally realized that he can't even win the Republican primary with just his Evangelical endorsements and is looking for ways to pitch a bigger tent. Or he might be looking ahead to the possibility of what his previous views would look like under national scrutiny. Either way, with Santorum being Santorum I have a hard time believing this isn't a calculated move. A positive calculated move, yes, but a calculated move nonetheless. Too early to tell if it would mean anything in regard to policy changes he would make but this is indeed farther than many Republican office candidates have been willing to go on the issue.

  4. I have very large doubts that this would translate into a policy shift with any practical import. You can still bet that all of his policy choices will be anti-anythingbutSantorumCatholic.