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As Santorum drops out, a trip down meme-ory lane

by | 10th, April 2012

RICK SANTORUM has announced his withdrawal from the Republican presidential race and in his concession speech on Tuesday afternoon he name-checked some of the many social-media phenomena and online pranks that he has inspired. But the pro-life, anti-porn former senator from Pennsylvania kept quiet about the less than flattering memes that also went viral during his presidential campaign.

Unsurprisingly, he kept quiet about his notorious ‘Google problem‘. Thanks to a campaign by gay rights activists, for a long time the top result for a Google search for “Santorum” was the website Spreadingsantorum.com. It is dedicated to spreading awareness of a made-up neologism that ties Santorum’s name to gay sex.

Neither did Santorum mention the portrait of him made entirely of images of gay porn or that corn dog gif.

He did, however, give a nod to the Twittersphere for making his favourite item of clothing – the sweater vest – famous. The Twitter handle @FearRicksVest pokes fun at Santorum’s attachment to his old-fashioned and casual look and Santorum’s campaign cashed in on its popularity by offering a branded vest to anyone who donated more than $100.

Before he bowed out, Santorum also gave a shout-out to the Harris sisters, whose Santorum-inspired tune Game On became a YouTube hit. The catchy chorus goes:

“Oh, there is Hope for our Nation again
Maybe the First time Since we Had Ronald Reagan
There will be Justice for the Unborn
Factories back on our Shores
Where the Constitution rules our land
Yes, I Believe… Rick Santorum is our Man!”

 

 



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