Likely GOP Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum On His ‘Google Problem’

santorum021611Nearly a decade later, sex columnist Dan Savage’s innovative and wildly successful “Google-bombing” continues to haunt politician Rick Santorum, and will likely influence the approaching 2012 presidential race, writes Roll Call:

The former Pennsylvania Senator might be well-known on Capitol Hill, but his name more regularly produces blank stares in places like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, if recent polling is any guide. The likely Republican presidential candidate knows he needs to expand his name identification.

Santorum can only hope voters don’t turn to Google, the world’s most popular Internet search engine, to learn more about him.

Try it for yourself: Enter “Rick Santorum” into Google. In a fraction of a second you’ll have hundreds of thousands of results. But two of the top four cite a graphic definition for a sexual neologism. In this case, the neologism is a reference to anal sex. This, of course, is no accident.

Santorum himself sounded slightly defeated when asked about it recently. “It’s one guy. You know who it is. The Internet allows for this type of vulgarity to circulate. It’s unfortunate that we have someone who obviously has some issues. But he has an opportunity to speak,” Santorum told Roll Call.

Santorum’s Google problem began in 2003, when gay sex-advice columnist Dan Savage sought to mock Santorum’s comments on homosexuality. Then the third-most-powerful Republican in the Senate, Santorum told the Associated Press that April that gay sex could “undermine the fabric of our society.” The interview touched on a Supreme Court case related to sexual privacy, and Santorum compared homosexual acts to allowing for “man on child, man on dog” relationships.

24 Comments on "Likely GOP Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum On His ‘Google Problem’"

  1. Hadrian999 | Mar 3, 2011 at 7:34 pm |

    modern tech is making it harder for pol’s to talk out of both sides of their mouth and get away with it

  2. Hadrian999 | Mar 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm |

    modern tech is making it harder for pol’s to talk out of both sides of their mouth and get away with it

  3. Anonymous | Mar 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm |

    Santorum insults thousands of people by comparing their lives to having sex with dogs, and then gets upset when people won’t let him live it down. Cry me a river, Rick. Or better yet, get the hell out of politics already.

  4. Santorum insults thousands of people by comparing their lives to having sex with dogs, and then gets upset when people won’t let him live it down. Cry me a river, Rick. Or better yet, get the hell out of politics already.

  5. Anonymous | Mar 3, 2011 at 7:58 pm |

    my favore santorum bash, and i want to quite rachel maddow but i cannot be sure:
    “Rick, the P is Silent, Santorum”

  6. Anonymous | Mar 3, 2011 at 3:58 pm |

    my favore santorum bash, and i want to quite rachel maddow but i cannot be sure:
    “Rick, the P is Silent, Santorum”

  7. Another definition for Mr. Santorum should be the equivalence of being someone’s bitch in prison. You gonna be my Santorum or don’t drop the Santorum in the shower or you’re going to get Santorumed, then make’m clean up the Santorum when their done.

  8. Another definition for Mr. Santorum should be the equivalence of being someone’s bitch in prison. You gonna be my Santorum or don’t drop the Santorum in the shower or you’re going to get Santorumed, then make’m clean up the Santorum when their done.

  9. Don’t forget, don’t go to http://WWW.SANTORUM.COM, that would be bad, http://WWW.SANTORUM.COM is a mean site that makes Rick look like bad. Every-time someone goes to http://WWW.SANTORUM.COM they learn that Santorum is a frothy mix of lube nd fecal matter left over from butt sex. So remember, don’t go to http://WWW.SANTORUM.COM and tell your friends not to go to http://WWW.SANTORUM.COM!!!

  10. Don’t forget, don’t go to http://www.spreadingsantorum.com/, that would be bad, http://www.spreadingsantorum.com/ is a mean site that makes Rick look like bad. Every-time someone goes to http://www.spreadingsantorum.com/ they learn that Santorum is a frothy mix of lube and fecal matter left over from butt sex. So remember, don’t go to http://www.spreadingsantorum.com/ and tell your friends not to go to http://www.spreadingsantorum.com/!!!

  11. I don’t agree with this Santorum quack, but it’s pretty effed up that when you do Google this guy’s name, you get this derogatory definition. Poor taste on Dan Savage’s part.

  12. I don’t agree with this Santorum quack, but it’s pretty effed up that when you do Google this guy’s name, you get this derogatory definition. Poor taste on Dan Savage’s part.

  13. Nano_Thermite_911 | Mar 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm |

    Ron Paul 2012

  14. Nano_Thermite_911 | Mar 4, 2011 at 9:43 am |

    Ron Paul 2012

  15. Bud Bundy | Mar 5, 2011 at 4:10 am |

    Ok, how does this google bomb thing work?

    We need to google bomb Sarah Palin. Say she worships Satan, regularly scrifices orphans, tortures small animals, regularly makes treks to the astral planes for coitus with abominations from the 27th dimension. and shes an alien space lizard.

    Lets get on this!

  16. Bud Bundy | Mar 5, 2011 at 12:10 am |

    Ok, how does this google bomb thing work?

    We need to google bomb Sarah Palin. Say she worships Satan, regularly scrifices orphans, tortures small animals, regularly makes treks to the astral planes for coitus with abominations from the 27th dimension. and shes an alien space lizard.

    Lets get on this!

  17. More interestingly, my Google Chrome ‘most visited’ page suddenly, as of today, ceases to list Disinfo. It works normally for other sites…but disinfo only appears in the History of sites visited…it isn’t auto-referred and displayed on the new tab like it has been for the last year or so.

    Is this a discrete form of censorship at play? I’ll have to test this with other sites and see if the problem is unique and specific to this circumstance.

  18. There has never been a better description of Santorum…anywhere…than the one the google bomb has provided us.

  19. Yeah, his problem is when you google ‘crazy wingnut”, Santorum’s name is at the top of the list.

  20. Yeah, his problem is when you google ‘crazy wingnut”, Santorum’s name is at the top of the list.

  21. Anonymous | Mar 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm |

    Why so butt-hurt, Santorum?

  22. ThirdSection | Mar 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm |

    Why so butt-hurt, Santorum?

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