Sunday, May 22, 2005

Santorum Slept with a Dead Fetus

That should have been the title of this New York Times Magazine profile of Rick Santorum.
What happened after the death is a kind of snapshot of a cultural divide. Some would find it discomforting, strange, even ghoulish -- others brave and deeply spiritual. Rick and Karen Santorum would not let the morgue take the corpse of their newborn; they slept that night in the hospital with their lifeless baby between them. The next day, they took him home. ''Your siblings could not have been more excited about you!'' Karen writes in the book, which takes the form of letters to Gabriel, mostly while he is in utero. ''Elizabeth and Johnny held you with so much love and tenderness. Elizabeth proudly announced to everyone as she cuddled you, 'This is my baby brother, Gabriel; he is an angel.' ''

That is nutty. On the one hand, Santorum seems to be a relatively genuine guy, at least as far as politicians go. On the other hand, I disagree with about 98% of his beliefs. I also find his intolerance of gays to be abhorrent. I was surprised how positive the article was, though. This and the fact that they have appointed a former Wall Street Journal editor to be their new public editor may even temporarily placate disgruntled conservatives.
-- Eric

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