SIMPSON: Who the hell is for abortion? I don’t know anybody running around with a sign that says, “Have an abortion! They’re wonderful!” They’re hideous, but they’re a deeply intimate and personal decision, and I don’t think men legislators should even vote on the issue.
Then you’ve got homosexuality, you’ve got Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. We have homophobes on our party. That’s disgusting to me. We’re all human beings. We’re all God’s children. Now if they’re going to get off on that stuff—Santorum has said some cruel things—cruel, cruel things—about homosexuals. Ask him about it; see if he attributes the cruelness of his remarks years ago. Foul.
Now if that’s the kind of guys that are going to be on my ticket, you know, it makes you sort out hard what Reagan said, you know, “Stick with your folks.” But, I’m not sticking with people who are homophobic, anti-women, moral values—while you’re diddling your secretary while you’re giving a speech on moral values? Come on, get off of it.
I never knew much about Alan Simpson (R-WY). I kind of viewed him the same way I viewed fellow ex-Senator Bob Bennett (R-UT) -- a solid, run-of-the-mill conservative of the non-crazy faction of the party. Someone whom I disagreed with on many if not most issues, but not someone whose contribution to the polity was actively noxious. But I never would have taken him for the sort to write something like this. This is strong language -- you'd be hard-pressed to find a Democrat who'd be willing to go off on what is at the moment a massive chunk of the GOP like Simpson just did.