Santorum’s ‘Google Problem’: Meet The Virgins

Buzzfeed has a fantastic post up documenting the reactions of 25 people who have never Googled ‘Santorum’.

It is very funny, but more seriously some appear to be changing their opinion of Santorum prompted by Google — which is kind of the definition of ‘Santorum’s Google Problem’!

Just to rehash. Eight years ago, Rick compared loving same-sex relationships to child rape and bestiality. Dan Savage asked for a redefinition of his name, published the frothy result and the InterWebs then took over. The Market Spoke.

Apparently when Rick says gay sex = child rape it is ‘free speech’, and when anyone criticizes him its ‘anti-religious bigotry’ and when the reaction shifts to a successful ‘Google bomb,’ it’s definitely anti-religious bigotry.

And Google’s problem. And Bing’s.

But Danny Sullivan, a well-known Google and search engine expert, posted a technical explanation yesterday about how — basically — the senator’s campaign has serially failed to get its InterWeb act together and only has itself to blame.

In a postscript to his blog post Sullivan notes how the campaign then (badly) followed his free advice …

Doh! Facepalm!

Santorum’s Wicked Witch of the East (Seattle), Dan Savage, points out today in The Guardian that ‘Rick Santorum’s homophobic frothing’ may have paid off in Iowa but in the end is losing the GOP votes.

“The GOP has doubled down on homophobia in an attempt to appease its increasingly elderly, marginalised and out-of-touch base. Betting on homophobia may pay off politically in the short run (ask Rick Santorum), but it is a losing bet for the GOP in the long run – one that will cost them at the ballot box this November,” Savage predicts.

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Image: Screengrab from @danielamgonz


Deanna J.
Deanna J6 years ago

Thank goodness people are realizing what a bad decision he is. Even if it is only because of the Internet's definition of "santorum". But for real, ask anyone from PA if they support him. Only a very few will say they do.

Cody Lupardus
Cody Lupardus6 years ago

Sad that Santorum even is important enough to make it on an article.

Julia Tawyea'
Julia Tawyea'6 years ago

I live in Pennsylvania and have been since 1981.. This man is an idiot not worth anyone's time.. Was funny that Barnie Frank was just on "Charlie Rose" and said that Santorum is a cruel man.. Barnie was really being light on him, that's for sure..

Jane Barton
Jane Barton6 years ago

Child rape, bestiality and gay sex? Is that all these Republicans can think about?? What's with them, can't they hire a prostitute and get a load off their minds? They are obviously not getting any and can't THINK.

Douglas S.
Douglas S6 years ago


Maitreya L6 years ago

Santorum is likely just flavor of the month, even by GOP standards he's a loser and extremist. I doubt he has any chance of winning.

trina firey
Trina D. firey6 years ago

I hope this guy loses.

Thomas M.
Thomas M.6 years ago

He really should change his name, being a homophobe and all.
But at least he didn't kill 5 hookers.

Gina P.
Regina P6 years ago

He's homophobic and now showing he's elderphobic by wanting to cut Social Security. I think he only approves of himself and his clones!

Sandy Erickson
Sandy Erickson6 years ago