Wednesday, October 12, 2005

One For Miss Templeton

Apparently Rick Santorum felt he hadn’t been getting enough negative publicity lately.

Two days ago, the following piece appeared on the conservative NewsMax site:

"Fundraiser for Senator Rick Santorum at U2 Concert

On Sunday, October 16, a unique political event will take place.

At a concert of the legendary rock group U2, Senator Rick Santorum will hold a fund-raising event for one night only.

The thousand-dollar-a-seat fund-raiser has been put together by Sean and Ana Wolfington, and it will take place at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia in support of Santorum's reelection.

U2 front man Bono is no stranger to Washington, D.C. He has come often to the nation's capital to network with politicians on behalf of his many causes.

Santorum met Bono earlier this year, having been introduced by John Kasich, the former congressman from Ohio and host of Fox News Channel's "Heartland."

So what does the Irish rocker have in common with the conservative senator?

As in the case of Santorum, Bono's religious convictions inform his activities.

The U2 leader shared some of his faith perspectives with the author of the book "Bono in Conversation." He said, "It's a mind-blowing concept that the God who created the Universe might be looking for company, a real relationship with people."

Santorum told "Christianity Today" that "faith is a source of morality; it's a source of virtue; it's a source of reason. It's a tremendous influence on my worldview."

Wolfington puts it this way: "It's truly appropriate for U2, a band with a purpose, to be involved in a fund-raiser with Senator Rick Santorum, a politician with a purpose. Both men are passionate about what they believe and their faith is very important to them.”

Sure makes it sound like Rick and Bono hit it off, doesn’t it? As the story made the rounds of the blogosphere, there were a few who found it difficult to swallow the notion of U2 aiding and abetting the creepiest man in American politics.

Yesterday, the folks at Santorum Exposed posted:

"We thought it seemed odd that U2 would put on a concert in a 19,000 seat arena as a political fundraiser for anyone, much less Rick Santorum. And we were right.


“It is not uncommon for politicians, from both parties, to organize events at all kinds of music concerts. If any such events take place at a u2 concert, it is without the involvement or knowledge of Data, U2 or Bono. U2 concerts are categorically not fundraisers for any politician - they are rock concerts for U2 fans."

So, it seems like Rick has access to a luxury box that he is using during the U2 concert for a $1,000-a-head fundraiser. That's just a little bit different than U2 "teaming up" with Rick Santorum. Perhaps someone close to Rick misrepresented the situation to”

This reminds me somehow of the Hare Krishnas who used to chase me down the street clutching copies of Back To Godhead as they cried, “You like The Beatles, right? Well, George Harrison is really into us! Got any money?”

It's getting nearly impossible to make fun of Rick Santorum anymore. He insists on doing all the heavy lifting himself.

(Thanks also to Crooks And Liars and The Democratic Daily)


Blogger Miss Templeton said...

Goodness! I was just reading a variation of this story over at Simon's No Rock&Roll Fun!

Well, thank you for the lovely surprise!

Tell the Countess I'm reading A Drink With Shane MacGowan written, lovingly, by Victoria Clark. ( the time, lovingly)

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