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Rick Santorum backer Foster Friess shocked MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell into silence when he told her, "Back in my days, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraceptives -- the gals put it between their knees and it wasn't that costly." He was trying to minimize the fuss everyone is making over Santorum's opposition to birth control, but the remark has only made more of a ruckus.

There are a lot of words certain people would attach to Mr. Friess in response to that comment -- "sexist," "extremist," "teller of lame jokes." We would go with "liar," because we do not think that is the type of birth control that Mr. Friess used back in his day. Friess' website says he was captain of the basketball, track, golf and baseball teams. The captain of the basketball, track, golf, and baseball teams has never graduated a virgin in the history of high school.

Update: The National Organization for Women is demanding an apology from both Friess and Santorum. Perhaps just as tellingly, the remark made a whole bunch of conservatives cringe on Twitter.



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