Rick Santorum got pretty mad Friday morning when CBS's Charlie Rose asked him about his No. 1 donor's comment about effective birth control being aspirin between the knees, but Santorum should get used to questions like it. Now that there will be only one more Republican primary debate, all we'll have to talk about is the dumb stuff people say in interviews. The Republican candidates pulled out of a CNN debate Thursday, and now it looks like the last debate will be February 22. For months, there were complaints from candidates and reporters that there were too many debates. But now that they're gone, the primary coverage is going to be sillier—and so much worse.
"I'm not responsible for every comment a supporter of mine makes," Santorum said, referring to Foster Friess' joke. But Rose asked a legit question, given that Friess gave enormous donations to Santorum's super PAC, thereby keeping Santorum's candidacy alive. "Hold on Charlie, when you quote a supporter of mine who tells a bad off-color joke and somehow I am responsible for that, that is gotcha," Santorum responded. Then he brought up another stupid controversy that happened to emerge in the last presidential campaign at the moment when the candidates stopped debating for more than a month. “You don’t do this with President Obama," Santorum complained. "In fact, with President Obama, what you did was you went out and defended him against someone who he sat in a church for, for 20 years, and defended him, that, oh, he can’t possibly believe what he listened to for 20 years.”