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Gabriel Santorum

As the Iowa caucuses come ever closer it seems as though almost any of the candidates could take the top position. Recent polls indicate that roughly half of all potential caucus members are undecided. This has given Rick Santorum a boost.

But that's not the story. What is really shocking is that Santorum's openly pro-life and anti-abortion positions are being attacked in the most disgusting way. Here's a clip of one of Fox New's in-house pet progressives, Alan Colmes, mocking the fact that the Santorums took their stillborn son home to meet his brothers and sisters. Colmes said that the Santorums took their two-hour-old son home and 'played with it.'

Follow the jump for my observations, and comments.

First off, I don't know if Colmes is being openly evil, or if he's just being flippant. I would prefer to believe that he's just being stupidly non-chalant about something as emotionally devastating as losing a child. The main thrust of his argument is that Americans, when they discover that the Santorums took their son home before they buried him, will be put off by their actions.

I don't agree with that sentiment either.

The abortion issue is also what put me off about Herman Cain. When asked his position about abortion, Cain hedged, saying he needed to review the issue more carefully. This indicated to me that Cain was either:

1. An unserious newcomer -- who doesn't have an opinion on abortion by now? Don't have an opinion on the political doings in Kandahar Province in Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan? Ok, fine. But abortion has been a wedge issue for nearly four decades. People who want to be elected to office should be aware of politics.

2. An unprepared newcomer -- Cain had no idea someone might ask him about abortion while on the campaign trail? What!?

But I digress -- back to Santorum, Colmes and Gabriel Santorum.

Notice how brittle Colmes became? Progressives hate any attempt to personalize abortion -- they have resisted attempts by legislators to require pregnant women to have sonagrams. It's one thing to say that women have the right to end their pregnancies (in fact, this is sort of what the Santorums decided when Mrs. Santorum developed a potentially fatal intrauterine infection -- they induced delivery) but should an abortion be celebrated? Is it something that should really be encouraged?

I think most Americans who support abortion being legal don't believe the event is something to be happy about -- and I don't think they would think the Santorum's actions weird or strange, but rather an act of love.

If you give progressives half a chance they'll alienate themselves from the rest of the country.

I do not have any children, but I plan to -- and I have witnessed that couples love their child not at the moment of birth, but for the full nine months preceding the birth. Maybe Colmes merely used the wrong choice of words ('played with') but really, what other words were available to the man? Could he have called it weird for them to bring the body home and 'show it to his brothers and sisters'? Almost any other wording would be counter-productive to portraying the fetus as just a blob of tissue.

These rites (burial of the body, presentation of the body, naming) they impart meaning, when that's all we the living can do for the dead. Death, like life, must be marked; there's nothing weird or strange about them. People who question them seem really weird themselves.

Also, notice how Colmes reacts to Lowry's comment that calling what the Santorums did 'weird' is a low blow, that it goes beyond the pale -- he's angry, he know's he's caught. Colmes just drips with animosity. Is it an 'unusual attitude' to take a child home in that situation?

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