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September 23, 2011 - 12:25 pm

In what was among the worst moments of the Orlando GOP debate, former Sen. Rick Santorum said the following on the subject of the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

“I would say, any type of sexual activity has absolutely no place in the military and the fact that they’re making a point to include it as a provision, within the military, that we are going to recognize a group of people and give them a special privilege, and remove Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell tries to inject social policy into the military. The military’s job is to do one thing and that is to defend our country. We need to give the military, which is all volunteer, the ability to do so in a way that is most effective in protecting our men and women in uniform and I believe this undermines that ability.”

This wasn’t a misstatement on Santorum’s part. In the re-direct from Megyn Kelly on what a President Santorum would do, he doubled down.

“We would move forward in conformity with what was happening in the past. Which was, sex is not an issue. It should not be an issue, leave it alone, keep it to yourself whether you’re heterosexual or homosexual.”

The derp is strong with this one. Does Rick Santorum not know that there are thousands upon thousands of military members who are married? That that has been the case, well, pretty much forever. Santorum’s policy as described would ban military members from being married, at all, to anyone. No families, no kids, no way. Because once you get married, you’re not keeping things to yourself. You’re out of the closet as a flaming heterosexual, at least.

Santorum’s answer here is obviously very poorly thought through, which leads me to my message to all of the candidates: Step up your game. You’re running for the job of leading the free world. We live in very serious times and these debates are unworthy of the moment. Most of your performances have been unworthy of the times. The current president is a policy disaster and a stuttering failure and our future demands that one of you replace him, but he will have the press at his back. Boneheaded, poorly thought out statements like the one above can come out of Obama’s mouth and do him no harm at all, but every Republican will be held accountable for every word they have ever said. So keep that in mind and step it up.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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