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January 30, 2012

Covert Veep Campaign in Full Swing (With Fundamentalist Twist)

With Florida looking like a blowout, attention, and lenses, turn to best supporting roles. With the pretty colors and all that kneeling, this was pretty interesting — especially given Savanarola’s (oops!) religious orientation and covert seeking of the #2 slot on a Romney ticket.

(Between the carpet and the heavenly light, I guess I picked up a stained glass vibe.)

– Karen Hull

Via Reuters Picks.

(photo: Joe Skipper/Reuters caption: 20 of 45 | Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Republican presidential candidate is surrounded by media before a live network TV interview after speaking at a meeting of the Latin Builders Association in Miami, Florida, January 27, 2012.)

  • Thirdeye Pushpin

    With the psychedlic mayan floorprint I can’t help but think the 2012 antichrist is oozing in the room

  • Anonymous

    As industrial design per se the carpet is dandy. However, as background for a photo-op it’s ridiculous. (I’m probably biased by having bought some chroma-key blue and green backdrop stuff this afternoon.)

    ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞ ∞

    Less photo-techy and more content-oriented, the reference to Rasputin is intriguing. Just two points, assuming the intention is to compare Santorum to Rasputin: First, Rasputin was a power-behind-the-throne, manipulating much of what happened at the Romanov Court. Hard for me to see Santorum as clever enough to play that role.

    Second, Rasputin was a Russian Orthodox Catholic priest, while Santorum is a Roman Catholic layman. Santorum preaches and seems to practice tight-sphinctered social conservatism of a standard type. Rasputin would drink, gamble, and fornicate with anyone who could move.

    I read and responded to a number of articles regarding the endorsement of Santorum by an ad hoc assembly of carefully selected Protestant “Evangelicals.” I responded as one who, as a high school senior, had heard his Southern Baptist pastor say from the pulpit that no true “Christian” could ever vote for a Roman Catholic.

    Point is that in 1960 the point was theological. In 2012 the point is social conservatism. In 1960 I was told that if I voted for Kennedy, the U.S. would be ruled by the Pope in Rome. (Seriously! That’s what my pastor and gazillions like him preached and published.) In 2012 the gang who met in Texas didn’t seem to care about the Pope. Theology? Piffle!

    I think it matters hugely whether religious alliances and endorsements are based on social  rather than theological agreements.

  • BooksAlive

    Comparing to Santorum’s usual standing posture, I think this shows a weariness for him to sit. He may also have had some intimation of his daughter’s poor health to weigh him down. His strict Catholic beliefs mesh with those of anti-abortion activists, and popping up at the worst times, as this did with Michigan’s nine-term former Rep Bart Stupak..

  • Anonymous

    Is this a television interview?  I can’t figure out why the cameras are only on Santorum, not on the older guy who’s asking the questions.  If it’s not an interview, then what is it – a shot of the candidate saying I’m Rick Santorum and I approve this message

    The back story is unclear.  The kneeling suggests something impromptu.  It’s also gender-specific.  Are the women part of the production, or did they just happen along? 

  • Anonymous

    Is this a television interview?  I can’t figure out why the cameras are only on Santorum, not on the older guy who’s asking the questions.  If it’s not an interview, then what is it – a shot of the candidate saying I’m Rick Santorum and I approve this message

    The back story is unclear.  The kneeling suggests something impromptu.  It’s also gender-specific.  Are the women part of the production, or did they just happen along? 

  • Mike

    K.Hull was very attentive while he was interviewing

  • http://www.chveni-saiti.com/home-design Home Design

    I think the lights have cut his eyes.

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