Well, that was fast. Just two days after his triumph in Iowa and Rick Santorum is already driving the liberal media out of their already unbalanced minds.
First up, Chris Matthews. As a rule, I try not to pay attention to his irrelevant, lunatic ravings. But consider this a public service announcement: He's warning us of a scary papist plan to establish a "theocracy" and "trump the Constitution" (yeah -- irony). The kicker here is that he gets Santorum's meaning completely backwards, as his unfortunate guest tries to tell him. (Mind the spittle, now.)
He's either crazy or a liar or both.
Next up, Eugene Robinson, prize-winning member of the soul-dead left. Like Alan Colmes, he's not at all squeamish about bringing up something that normal, thinking, feeling human beings would consider a very sensitive topic: the death of tiny Gabriel Santorum. I guess Robinson's Pulitzer qualifies him to condemn the "really weird" way the grieving parents handled their baby's death:
Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson doesn't think voters will be "down" with how Rick Santorum and his wife mourned their stillborn child.(Funny how it always comes down to Santorum's views on homosexuality.)
"He's not a little weird, he's really weird," Robinson said of Santorum. "And some of his positions that he has taken are just so weird that I think that some Republicans are off-put. Not everybody is not going to be down, for example, with the story of how he and his wife handled the stillborn child. It was a body that they took home to kind of sleep with it, introduce it to the rest of the family. It's a very weird story."
"And his positions on gay people and gay marriage are just offensive, objectionable and so totally wrong. It is, you know," Robinson said of Santorum's social conservative values.
"This is a guy who should never become president, in my view," Robinson said at the end of the segment.
Peter Wehner diagnoses the pathology on parade:
The second point is the casual cruelty of Robinson and those like him. Robinson seems completely comfortable lampooning a man and his wife who had experienced the worst possible nightmare for parents: the death of their child. It is one thing to say you would act differently if you were in the situation faced by Rick andSomehow, a dead baby doesn't seem to mean that much to them. Welcome to the culture of death. It has consequences. Read the rest. ; it’s quite another to deride them as “crazy” and “very weird,” which is what commentators on the left are increasingly doing, and with particular delight and glee.
We are seeing how ideology and partisan politics can so disfigure people’s minds and hearts that they become vicious in their assaults on those with whom they have political disagreements. I would hope no one I know would, in a thousand years, ridicule parents who were grappling with unfathomable human pain. Even if those parents were liberal. Even if they were running for president and first lady.
The third point is it tells you something about the culture in which we live that in some quarters those who routinely champion abortion, even partial-birth abortion, are viewed as enlightened and morally sophisticated while those grieving the loss of their son, whom they took home for a night before burying, are mercilessly mocked.
Thanks to commenter Walt for the link.
Thanks also to Walt for pointing us toward Patterico's piece on the subject:
But the problem is not just that some leftists can’t understand the love that some people feel for their unborn children — or for their children who (like Sarah Palin’s son Trig) were born with disabilities. What really infuriates is the contempt they show for parents who make different choices than they would . . . and the smug arrogance with which they pronounce judgment on the most intimate aspects of others’ private lives.Easily. When a large segment of society regards developing babies as pieces of meat to be sorted for the garbage or the cradle according to one's convenience, it shouldn't surprise us to hear the death of a child spoken of as Colmes and Robinson have done. Lots and lots and lots of babies are aborted in America. That's not considered "weird" at all by the Left.
What Robinson has done, and what Colmes did the other day, is indecent. These men would never say such a thing to Santorum’s face. (Or maybe they would — which is possibly even worse.) What sickness has invaded our body politic that people feel free, not only to act the cretin, but to do so on national television while sporting insufferable, supercilious, self-satisfied smirks like those we have seen on the mugs of Colmes and Robinson in recent days?
In short: how dare they? How dare they?!
If the Santorums had chosen, they could have legally aborted the child and had him taken away with the rest of the medical waste. That has an effect on the culture and its perception of the value of human life. It's disposable, literally. As Matthew Archbold wrote a year ago, "Seriously, does 30 years of calling babies 'blobs of tissue' have no effect on the culture?"
Read the rest of Patterico's post.
Also see Jeffrey Goldberg:
I have no idea what I would do if, God forbid, we found ourselves in the situation the Santorums found themselves in. It doesn't strike me as particularly odd that he would bring home the stillborn baby. In my tradition, the body of a loved one is never supposed to be left alone, from death until burial, so the idea that the body should be surrounded by loved ones, in the hospital, home, or funeral home, is not strange to me at all. I also have no idea what the grief would do to me (I never want to find out, obviously), and I think, as a matter of decency and humility, that people who have just lost a child should be given, simultaneously, a wide berth and unjudgmental support.***
Thanks to Michelle Malkin for the Buzzworthy link.
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