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Alan Colmes Accuses Rick Santorum of “Playing With” His Son’s Corpse

 

Liberal commentator Alan Colmes made a strong bid to end his undistinguished career Monday, during a Fox News segment in which he and Rich Lowry of National Review discussed Rick Santorum’s surge in the Iowa polls. 

In the course of offering his Really Deep Thoughts about why the Santorum surge wouldn’t last, Colmes mused that people would bail on the former senator from Pennsylvania once they “get a load of some of the crazy things he’s said and done, like taking his two-hour-old baby when it died right after childbirth home and played with it so that his other children would know that the child was real.”  Lowry stepped up to the plate and tore Colmes to pieces without hesitation:

What actually happened, for the benefit of anyone foolish enough to accept Alan Colmes’ warped and hateful fantasies as the final word, is that Santorum’s son Gabriel had a fatal defect detected early in the pregnancy.  Rick and his wife Karen wanted to bring Gabriel into the world despite the towering odds against him, but Karen developed a potentially fatal intrauterine infection.  Birth was induced prematurely, and Gabriel only survived outside the womb for a couple of hours.

The Santorums slept all night in the hospital with Gabriel, then took him home so that his brothers and sisters could meet him.  The bond between the family and their lost child became the subject of a deeply personal book, Letters to Gabriel, authored by Karen Santorum.  Mother Teresa wrote the forward.  Alan Colmes should try reading it, instead of spending all day welding his brain shut with garbage from far-left blogs.

The confrontation between Colmes and Lowry is an instructive lesson in liberal “tolerance.”  Colmes whines endlessly about the supposed closed-mindedness of conservatives, but ten seconds in to a discussion about Santorum’s electoral prospects, he drags out the tragic death of Gabriel Santorum – which happened in 1996 – and unleashes his disgusting caricature of the incident.  It wasn’t a random slip of the tongue.  He couldn’t wait to bring this up, and probably went into the interview proud of himself for being among the first analysts to predict that swing voters momentarily charmed by Santorum will head for the hills when they learn how his family dealt with this fifteen-year-old tragedy. 

For an ostensibly “tolerant liberal,” Colmes is deeply, disturbingly obsessed with cultivating intolerance for this unusual act of devotion.  Somehow an army of other commentators, on both Left and Right, have been able to hold forth on the Santorum surge without painting a picture of the candidate “playing with” his lost son.  If there was any point in bringing Gabriel Santorum up at all, surely a sensitive, compassionate, tolerant liberal who talks for a living could have found a more sensitive way to describe the situation. 

Or is Colmes dumb enough to assume that merely being a liberal provides perfect insulation against charges of intolerance, even when he acts like a hatemongering ghoul?  Welcome to 2011, Alan.  That won’t work anymore.  On behalf of the conservative writing and blogging community, I guarantee it.

Besides being a “cheap shot,” as Lowry characterized it, Colmes’ comments were one of those “dog whistles” liberals love to natter on about, when they’re trying to insinuate that harmless comments by a Republican are encrypted with secret racism.  This particular dog whistle is aimed at the militant feminist, pro-abortion community – which is small, but surrounded by a much larger constellation of thin-blooded liberals who accept social and political programming from it.  The message is that Santorum is the most deranged of anti-abortion religious extremists.  If he becomes President, maybe you’ll all be forced to bring your dead children home from the hospital.

Colmes went on to offer an apology to Rick and Karen Santorum for his “hurtful comment,” which he said they “graciously accepted.”  Santorum discussed the incident with Sean Hannity, and gave Colmes an awful lot more credit for good intentions than I’m prepared to, even as the memory of his lost son made it momentarily difficult for him to speak.

Whatever other disputes I might have with Santorum over policy, and however long the odds against his winning the GOP nomination, I don’t need a single heartbeat to decide whether I prefer his philosophy in the White House to that of Alan Colmes.  What the Santorum family did in 1996 was unusual, to be sure… but I thought tolerance was all about accepting the “unusual.”  And while the method they chose to express their love was out of the ordinary, we would be a better nation if that love was commonplace.  It matters that Gabriel Michael Santorum lived, both within and beyond his mother’s body.  It’s a pity that grown men and women need that explained to them, having long ago talked themselves out of understanding it.

 

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  • planeboy

    BS…you don’t like Santorum…your nothing but a troll…ANYONE who would not capitalize “Jesus” is just a leftist troll….I’ve seen you crap posted around here and your nothing more than hate monger disguised “as” someone who “thinks” they know better than the others posting here…I will state you are beyond “sick”….50 million babies slaughtered and counting…I’am sure your proud those numbers are you not? I’ll be waiting for answer with baited breath…which by the way you have NEVER responded to my calling you out…why is that?

  • another_engineer

    Planeboy ( and I remember you from your supposed wife defending you on this site) .  what i’m telling you is absolute truth.  You can use your  retarded “abortion” argument all you want, that still does not take away from these people flaunting their supposed “personal tragedies” to everyone else.  I guess the idea of Stoicism is kinda lost on people like you.  Would you like to put pictures of friends and family members that died relatively horrible deaths on the internet  for the greater glory of god ?

    Get a grip.

    And in regards to abortion, if you are against it, you are so abhorred by it, then you put your wallet up to pay for it not happening. Until such time you are a hypocrite.  God hates those people too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DGIFTB73YDE3SPLHRVMQZHLXZY Reno Rivera

    Hannity and Colmes, that was a team.

    Without Hannity, Colmes is unchecked.

    Freedom of speech….how sweet it is. 

    Colmes just showed how dirty the liberals are going to be this year.

    If Romney is the nominee, they will share to light a lot of things the LDS do in the same manner Colmes shed to light of a bizarre act Santorum did with his dead baby. 

    It was always a view about journalists. One can see in old movies in particular. Journalists/reporters are scums. No matter how they carry themselves or of having a celebrity status, their core is being exactly as Colmes.

    Journalists always show their inner self, which is negative and slimy, but sometimes they let it all out and Colmes is a journalist. 

    Rich Lowry is no better than Colmes. An opportunity arose to appear superior to Colmes but he also is scum. Scum on our side despite the National Review being a haven for RINOs.

    He was just as annoying as Colmes. 

  • another_engineer

    Nice synopsis,  I used to be an NRO subscriber but stopped that over 10 years ago.. I saw the change.  The “soft socialists” are taking over religion.

  • planeboy

    “And in regards to abortion, if you are against it, you are so abhorred by it, then you put your wallet up to pay for it”…..your out of your mind….thats how stupid you really are..if I’am against I’am suppose to pay for it…you are kidding me…your beyond moron…my money is already paying for it through “taxes”…

  • JWnTX

    It was in a helluva lot better hands and we would have recovered by now if the same policies that saved us from the 9-11 recession had been employed to end this recession.  Keynes only works when the government spends surplus–it fails miserably when the spending is derived from ever-increasing taxes.  The idiot in the White House (and you, by extension) have no clue how the real world works.  We will be mired in this situation until we have someone in the White House who has some semblance of rationale and consistency in their economic policies–like Bush.

  • confedgal

    So true, so true. I really like watching Hannity when he has Colmes on with Monica Crowley. She runs rings around him.

    By the way … Happy New Year!

  • confedgal

    My kids always thought of him as a mad scientist (Hannity was considered Ken Doll).

  • confedgal

    You could have stopped at ” liberals just hate.”

  • confedgal

    How dare you insult weasels like that!

  • fedupwidit

    I used to could “tolerate” Alan Colmes, I even sort of liked the guy though disagreeing with him on just about every issue, but he really crossed the line here.