Foster Freiss is going to keep investing in Rick Santorum.

Foster Friess is a very rich man.  No big, he earned it.  However, I’m at an utter loss for how somebody so completely clueless can get that rich.

Friess was a big donor to Rick Santorum during the Republican primaries this last election, and boy, does he ever want Santorum again in 2016.

Friess jumped into the national spotlight in 2012 when he pumped more than $2 million into the Red White and Blue Fund, a super PAC supporting former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum in the Republican presidential primary. His money helped the wildly underfunded Santorum to win the Iowa caucuses and to run strong through April against eventual GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

I just don’t get it.  This guy made his fortune as an investor, yet he thinks Rick Santorum is a good investment…even after losing a few million bucks on that investment.  You can probably guess that Friess is a devout Evangelical Christian, which has a real power to corrupt people’s judgment.

For 2014, Friess said he is prepared to continue his big giving to aid Republican candidates in the House and the Senate.

“I very, very much want to be involved in helping those senators and congressmen and women who can embrace those special values that make America great,” he said at a breakfast at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C., sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor. “Everyone knows why we’re great is because of the free markets.”

If everyone knows that, then why the need to throw away buckets of cash on candidates destined to all short of the votes of even the majority, let alone of “everyone”.

Friess mostly dodged the question of whether he would give through the more transparent super PACs or through “dark money” nonprofits that do not disclose their donors. He also waved away another query about how much he gave in 2012, including contributions to dark-money groups.

“You can ask any question you want, and I can decide to answer any question I want,” Friess said when asked how much he contributed in the most recent election. “Next question.”

He’s proud to continue giving…he just wants to keep how much and to whom a secret.

On Friday, Friess invoked a personal mantra — “Excellence embraces error and builds on it and transforms it” — before declaring that he does not regret any of his giving.

“It was absolutely worth it because I allowed Rick Santorum to express views and ideas that the American people wanted to hear and needed to hear that never would have been articulated,” Friess said.

If the people wanted to hear them, then why did they not vote him in as the GOP candidate?  And perhaps the reason some of the things Santorum said wouldn’t have been articulated otherwise, even by the top candidates in the party of anti-intellectuals, is because they were so mind-numbingly stupid.

Still, the president won reelection by more than 4 percentage points and 126 electoral votes. This, however, was not the key point to Friess. “You have to understand that the American people gave the Republican Party a mandate in this last election,” he said. “We have a total gain of 17 state legislatures since 2010 — [they] have moved from the Democratic power to Republican power.”

Wow.

I had an argument with a friend once over whose laptop was better for gaming.  We wound up taking a look at every conceivable spec and it turned out that mine blew his out of the water on every point except for one: his processor was slightly faster.  Mine had more RAM (a lot more), a better video card, better cooling, etc.  But then whenever it got brought up in the future, he’d wax lovingly about his processor speed.

That’s what Foster Friess is doing here.  The Republicans got spanked severely in this last election.  Far and away the most offensive President to Republicans in history won re-election, and by no small margin.  The Democrats gained in the House and got a firm majority in the senate.  Not only that, gay marriage and pot legalization were passed by popular vote in some states.  The election was a near-sweep.  But the Republicans gained at the state level a bit and all of a sudden, despite the absolutely destruction of the GOP in every other category, they’ve received a mandate.  Right.

Friess also claimed that the president has a weak mandate because “the total numbers take into account a lot of the center cities that went for Obama.” When asked whether he thought votes in the “center cities” should be discounted, Friess firmly answered, “Yes.”

Yes, because why should the places with the most people count when trying to ascertain the opinion of the majority?  Oh, that’s right, because most people think Rick Santorum’s an idiot.

He also sought to counter the narrative of a “war on women” that emerged in the 2012 election. Friess said this was rhetoric ginned up by Democrats and their allies in the media. Recounting an instance in which television personality Joy Behar said that Santorum wanted to take away contraception, Friess said, “Somehow that message took advantage of all the low-information women voters out there, who just follow Joy Behar and had no idea that Rick Santorum and Mother Teresa believe that contraception goes against Catholic teaching.”

It’s not anti-woman, it’s Catholic!  Because Catholic policy cannot possibly be anti-woman, just ask a nun or a female priest.

And it’s the fault of low-information woman voters?  As if men didn’t think the GOP’s track record with equality for women was the political equivalent of…well, the Catholic church.

During the campaign, Friess created a controversy when he joked that “back in my days … gals put [Bayer aspirin] between their knees” to prevent pregnancy.

This guy’s a real winner.  If a just and fair god existed, the resources that could keep starving children alive would never wind up in the pockets of assholes like Foster Freiss to piss away on trying to ram other shitty human beings into power.

However, I’m glad that’s what is happening.  Santorum is so phenomenally unelectable that I would love to see him get the GOP nomination.  Hell, make Sarah Palin his VP candidate for ultimate lulz.  That’s the beauty of the never-compromise outlook of the Tea Party right now.  They are done winning national elections, but they still think they’re the most popular kid in the political school.  If they get the presidential nomination, they lose.  If they run as independents, they split the Republican ticket and the Republicans lose.  This is exactly the scenario that Foster Freiss is about to try and purchase, all while doing his best to help.

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When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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