Rick Santorum: a short history of this ‘Some of My most readily useful Friends’ Defense

Rick Santorum: a short history of this ‘Some of My most readily useful Friends’ Defense

June 16, 2011

Yup, Rick Santorum went here. The previous Pennsylvania senator, known for their less-than-enlightened views on homosexual liberties, has plumped for the “Some of my close friends…” approach. Early in the day this week, whenever CNN’s Don Lemon asked him if he previously any friends that are gay Santorum responded enthusiastically: “Yes! In reality, I happened to be by having a homosexual buddy of mine just two times ago. So, yeah, I Really Do. And additionally they respect that i’ve distinctions of viewpoint on that. I speak about these things in the front of those, so we have actually conversations about any of it. They differ because they’re my buddies. From me, nevertheless they realize that I love them” Obviously, mockery ensued, but for the reason that the self-serving line happens to be this type of grizzled cliche. Therefore, a concern: whenever did the token minority friend defense that is best first are available vogue?

Professionals we talked to couldn’t identify a precise origin, however a search straight right back through magazine archives reveals that the line has been in existence for more than a hundred years. (there are numerous of “Dear Abby” inquiries that have actually exposed such as this page, from 1971: “DEAR ABBY, First allow me to state several of my close friends are homosexual, i’ve absolutely nothing against them, but…”) The phrase’s earliest recorded use that is political back 1908.