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Dan Savage and Rick Santorum spar again

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Dan Savage appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher this week and continued his brutal (yet deserved) assault on former Pennsylvania senator and 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum, attacking Santorum for signing the "Marriage Vow" cooked up by Iowa Republicans in protest of gay marriage. (The gist: gay marriage will destroy America, black people were better off during slavery, etc.) As we all know, Savage led a successful online campaign to redefine the word "santorum" as "the frothy mix of fecal matter and lube that is sometimes the product of anal sex." (Ew. To this day. Ew.) On the show, Savage told Maher, "I sometimes think about fucking the shit out of Rick Santorum … I'm up for whipping up some santorum in Santorum."

Santorum seems to have finally hit a breaking point over the whole thing, taking to the radio to respond thus:

"It's filth. It's, you know, this man has, has gone out there and tried to destroy my integrity. I mean, you've heard the whole issue of the Google issue. That's Dan Savage. You know, it's, it's the lowest, you know, debasement of public discourse. It's, it's offensive beyond, you know, anything that any public figure or anybody in America should tolerate, and the mainstream media laughs about it. They, they, they kid about it. They write about it. They say: Oh, Santorum's got a Google problem."

Boy, he sounds pissed, doesn't he? And understandably so; if I were Santorum, I'd be enraged. But I'd also be an asshole, so maybe it evens out.

Savage also told Maher that he wished all Republicans were dead, which is a really dumb thing to say or believe; he later apologized:

"…I want to apologize for… um… wishing all Republicans dead. I don’t feel that way. My dad is a Republican. (Well, he says he’s an independent, but he hasn’t voted for a Democrat since JFK. My dad is a Republican.) It was a stupid, rude, thoughtless remark. I regret it and I retract it and I apologize to anyone watching at home."

This is the second controversial thing Savage has done this week, after he mocked homophobe Marcus Bachmann for maybe being secretly gay himself. Dan, you rascal!