I posted all comments received via email regarding my column, “Quit De Wining about the Santorum Spectercle,” on my blog post yesterday.
Most were negative, and most swirled around the same general themes. My boiled down response is this:
I agree Rick Santorum and the GOP will learn a lesson if Santorum loses, particularly over the Arlen Specter issue.
They will learn that pro-lifers demand perfection. Santorum is with us on the pro-life issue and is eloquent in its defense. Perhaps I’m partial because he was the Senate lead sponsor of the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, for which I testified. He was also a lead sponosr for the Partial Birth Abortion Ban, and who can forget how he drew Barbara Boxer out with his “toe in birth canal” questions? That debate was historical in significance.
Santorum made a tactical decision to support Specter against pro-life wishes. It is likely (actually, so they have said) he and the White House judged the GOP majority would have been jeopardized by a Specter loss and Pat Toomey win in the primary. We’ll never know if they were right or wrong. We all think they were wrong. Ok, fine. Now what? They certainly had at least one of the same concerns we do if the GOP loses the majority in the Senate.
The concern is this: What if Democrats ascend to the majority? Ironically, we may now see that in the Senate with a Santorum demise. The federal court is where all pro-life legislative (laws) and legal (lawsuits) battles are won and lost. Federal judicial appointments are for life. While we will have instant gratification at humbling Santorum, what will the long-term consequences be? If Democrats assume control, it will be a cold day in Senate hell before another Alito or Roberts is confirmed.
Then, while we will have shown Santorum and the GOP a thing or two, all hope will be gone for at least the following two years of appointing a conservative Supreme. Those two years are critical. Justice Paul Stevens is 86 years old. Justice Ruth Ginsberg is a cancer survivor. I suspect both are hanging on with the opposite hope as us.
So, will babies be better or worse off if Santorum loses, if the Republican Party loses? We may feel vindicated, but will we really have won anything? I submit we will have cut off our nose to spite our face.
I also submit the following question for consideration, with all due respect and at risk of succumbing to the same fault I ponder: Is taking the perfect position against Santorum a holier than thou position, a feel good position? Jesus said to be as shrewd as snakes at the same time He said to be as innocent as doves.
I also submit it is not up to humans to humble other humans. It is up to God.
Finally, I submit that humans who demand perfection, or groveling for imperfection, demand more than even God.

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