The typical headline today says that Rick Santorum now "regrets" saying he wanted to “throw up” the first time he read JFK's 1960 Greater Houston Ministerial Association speech affirming his belief in the “absolute” wall between church and state. For example:
Santorum regrets 'throw up' response to Kennedy speechOkay, journalists, huddle up for a moment:
By Daniel Strauss - 02/28/12 11:43 AM ET
Rick Santorum regrets saying that he wanted to "throw up" in response to watching a video clip of President John F. Kennedy's 1960 speech about the separation of church and state.
"I wish I had that particular line back," Santorum said Tuesday on Laura Ingraham's radio show.
First, it's not that Santorum regrets having the strongest possible objections to Kennedy's position; it's just that he regrets that it's now going viral, to his disadvantage. This is a non-denial denial of the “sorry if I offended anyone” genre.
And, second, you know he doesn't regret saying it, because (as Steve at No More Mister Nice Blog helpfully tallies up), Santorum said pretty much the exact same damned thing (minus the part about blowing chunks) in 2011.
And in 2010.
And a second time in 2010.
And as far back as 2002.
Santorum is totally behind the church (specifically his church) dictating public policy. He's just sorry everyone's making a BFD out of it now.