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Eugene Robinson, Child-Mourning Procedure Evaluator-in-Chief

Over on RealClearPolitics, they have video of Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post bringing up the Santorums’ deceased child and labeling the family’s handling of the matter “very weird.”

“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.”

(The child, by the way, was not stillborn; he lived for several hours.)

Alan Colmes brought it up last week, earning a well-deserved stinging rebuke from the boss. (Video of that exchange and Santorum explaining why his family handled the infant’s death in that manner can be found here. Asked about it on the trail in Iowa, he explained that it was important for his other children to “know they had a brother.”)

Certain liberals cannot help themselves but to bring up this intensely personal incident and showcase it as evidence that Santorum is somehow unfit for the presidency. This is who they are. When they cite the old phrase “the personal is political,” they mean it; no personal act, thought, or moment is off-limits in the name of their agenda. Pundits opine on all kinds of topics, but God help the newspaper columnist who believes his purpose in life is to decree which forms of mourning the loss of a child are okay and which ones are too “weird” for a potential president.

If, God forbid, the Obamas had endured the same tragedy and they responded the same way, the tale would be told far and wide of the big hearts and good souls of the first couple. Because this tale comes from a conservative Republican, some liberals believe those acts must be something twisted, perverse, insane, etc. (Sadly, if the Obamas had a story like this, I think a few on our side would echo Colmes and Robinson and point it out as some sign of freakishness.)

This is what our politics is today. Figure out who is doing the behavior and work backwards from there to determine whether it should be celebrated or denounced.


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