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The New York Times ^ | January 7, 2012 | Ross Douhat

Posted on 01/07/2012 1:13:41 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

IN the five days since his almost-victory in the Iowa caucuses, Rick Santorum’s critics have tried out an unusual line of attack against the former Pennsylvania senator. Not content with the many targets that Santorum’s record presents, they’ve gone after the way he and his wife, Karen, handled the premature delivery and death of their fourth child, Gabriel, in 1996.

At 19 weeks of pregnancy, Gabriel was found to have a potentially fatal fetal abnormality. After a risky intrauterine surgery, Karen Santorum came down with an infection that ended up triggering labor. The baby lived for just two hours, and after his death the couple took his body home overnight — so that their children could “absorb and understand that they had a brother,” Santorum said later — before burying him the following day.

This tragedy was old news until Santorum’s Iowa surprise, at which point various commentators began to bring it up as evidence of his extremism and hypocrisy. Alan Colmes, Fox News’s token liberal, cited Santorum’s decision to take his son’s body home as one of the crazier of all the “crazy things he’s said and done,” and The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson presented it as evidence that Santorum isn’t just “a little weird, he’s really weird.” A number of left-wing Web sites, meanwhile, asserted that the antibiotics Santorum’s wife had taken induced delivery before the fetus could survive outside the womb, which they argued was tantamount to the kind of late-term abortion Santorum famously opposes.

Neither attack made much sense. Weirdness is in the eye of the beholder....

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Iowa; Pennsylvania; Campaign News; Issues
KEYWORDS: abortion; moralabsolutes; palin; santorum
Ross and those other two can go to Hell.
1 posted on 01/07/2012 1:13:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

when the heck did Santorum complain about those hacks?

Santorum is much tougher than I thought.

can he withstand a Chicago-Alinsky Marxist thug election campaign
against him?

he’s shown something. Mitt cries if his hair is messed up during a TV debate.


2 posted on 01/07/2012 1:18:33 PM PST by preamble
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To: preamble
Mitt's the pits.

GO SANTORUM.


3 posted on 01/07/2012 1:20:12 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network (ROMNEY / ALINSKY 2012 (sarcasm))
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To: preamble
"Mitt cries if his hair is messed up during a TV debate."

As he should. Do you know how many hours it takes to get it "just so" and coiffed like the planetary god that he is?

4 posted on 01/07/2012 1:25:50 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Considering the source, this is actually not a bad piece. It rightly attacks the overboard comments and even provides a critical view of our present discourse.

Of course the dig at the end just had to be there, this is the Slimes after all ...


5 posted on 01/07/2012 1:43:24 PM PST by An.American.Expatriate (Here's my strategy on the War against Terrorism: We win, they lose. - with apologies to R.R.)
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To: preamble

You can actually move helmet head hair ?
It looks cemented .


6 posted on 01/07/2012 2:00:27 PM PST by ncalburt (NO MORE WIMPS need to apply to fight the Soros Funded Puppet !H)
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To: preamble
can he withstand a Chicago-Alinsky Marxist thug election campaign against him?"

If God is with him, he can.

But God seems to be absent these days.

7 posted on 01/07/2012 2:11:51 PM PST by eCSMaster (Democrats:always looking for someone else to blame)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I believe every time the lefties try to use Sen Santorum’s dead child against him, Rick Santorum gets another $1,000,000 in donations from outraged people sick of the liberal sickness


8 posted on 01/07/2012 3:07:55 PM PST by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common- Voltaire)
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To: An.American.Expatriate

To think that last year, the democrat party mantra was civility in political discourse.


9 posted on 01/07/2012 10:33:32 PM PST by vlad335
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To: vlad335

We knew they were lying. When leftists ordered civility they are pointing their thuggy fingers at the Tea Party. It is never inclusive of the racist, violent, cheating, intolerant, and lying lefty thugs.


10 posted on 01/07/2012 10:48:00 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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