Rick Santorum has previously made many outrageous remarks, but his comments reached the absurd level on Saturday and Sunday. The first assault Santorum made was on Paul Ryan during a speech on Saturday. He made his second hit on G. Terry Madonna on Sunday while on a Fox News broadcast.
Santorum clearly respects Congressman Paul Ryan. Just in the past week while campaigning in Wisconsin, Santorum applauded Ryan’s budget plan, visited Ryan’s birthplace and spoke very highly of Ryan while giving his speech.
However on Friday, after Ryan’s advisers contacted the Santorum camp as a courtesy to inform them Paul Ryan would be endorsing Mitt Romney, Santorum’s tone was completely different.
On Saturday, it became very clear that Santorum was unhappy with Ryan's endorsement when his endearing reference of Ryan being ‘a great Wisconsinite’ had changed. During Santorum’s speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition he referred to Ryan as ‘some other Wisconsinite’, as he talked about Ryan’s tax reform plans.
Next on Sunday, Santorum was a guest on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. Wallace asked Santorum how he felt about the latest Franklin & Marshall College Pennsylvania polls which show him and Romney in a virtual dead heat.
Santorum responded to Chris Wallace by calling G. Terry Madonna, “A Political Hack.” Madonna is a very well respected nonpartisan political science professor and who is also the director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College.
In a phone interview, Madonna responded to Santorum’s personal assault saying,
“Santorum is “entitled to his own opinions; he’s not entitled to his own facts.”
“Number one, I’ve never polled for any party or any candidate in the 21 years that I’ve been polling, first at Millersville University and now at Franklin & Marshall College,” Madonna said. “Number two, as I said in a tweet, I had Santorum winning in ’94 and 2000. He won. . . . I had him losing in ’06 to [Sen. Robert P.] Casey, which he did. In 2010, I did a bunch of congressional races in our state; I did now-Senator [Patrick J.] Toomey and Gov. [Tom] Corbett, had Republicans winning in all those races. They won in all of them, in every poll that I did in 2010.”
“So this ‘Democratic hack’ — me — shows all these Republicans winning?” Madonna said. “I don’t understand that.”Madonna also tweeted out his frustration after the incident:
Rick Santorum's recent comments are a very clear indication that he will voice personal frustration of his failing GOP race standings by belittling others for his own solace.