Bil Browning

Santorum's 'Google Problem'

Filed By Bil Browning | February 16, 2011 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Media, Politics
Tags: Dan Savage, fecal matter, Google problem, Rick Santorum

It must be rough being a candidate for President after your name has been turned into a sexual reference. Witness former Senator Rick Santorum's "Google problem." After Dan Savage named "the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the There is NOTHING awesomer than a grumpy poop.byproduct of anal sex" after the famously anti-gay politician, it's the first thing that pops up in every Google search of his name.

...what's to be done about an internet prank from 2003 now that it's 2011. I have to say, as far as malicious internet pranks go, Savage's was a pretty effective one. What's not discussed is that its overall cultural importance peaked years ago. I would imagine that most people who would be favorably inclined to vote for Rick Santorum likely wouldn't be swayed or impressed by the prank. Those that are represent a sunk cost to Santorum, anyway.

What's to be done about this? Over at Wonkette, Jack Stuef says:

If Rick Santorum wanted to get this sex thing the Internet did to him like a decade ago pushed down his Google results, he could do something relevant for the first time since then. To be fair, he's trying to do this by running for president. But even his presidential campaign is less relevant than some joke made about him years ago. Which is even funnier than the joke.

That about sums it up, doesn't it?

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wow, something to actually like about Dan Savage!

People should certainly feel free to read (again) for themselves Dan Savage's definition of "santorum" on the web!

Wow this is a sticky mess for a politician. Its twue, its twue. I googled it myself today.

PS. Somewhat coincidentally, every time that someone verifies for himself/herself the true definition of "santorum," the hit count goes up.

I've been a Dan Savage fan for years. His success at - well, not only soliciting such a brilliant "sex-related definition of 'santorum'" in the first place - but then popularizing the definition to the extent that he has is a stroke of evil genius that gives me SUUUUUUUCH a delicious and gratifying sense of pleasure whenever I think about it.

If this neologism sinks his political career forever, it would serve him right. He didn't just hate gay people, but also did things like give speeches about how single mothers should have their benefits cut because being hungry would teach them a lesson. I would rather be cursed with a lifetime of the frothy sort of santorum than have him for even a single term as president.