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Wednesday, April 23, 2003
Another non-Scandal Scandal
Next up on the firing line,
Sen. Rick Santorum. He's the latest to undergo the "trial by quote". The pattern is absurdly familiar. The press trumpets a single sentence, giving none of the immediate context; instead the accounts give a couple of paragraphs that properly bias the reader. In this case, they even go further and actually insert the word "gay" into the sentence! The "hurtfullness" of the statement comes from, it is stated the comparision of homosexuality and incest, but the most extreme person would have to admit that that only holds water if the word "gay" was meant to be in the sentence in the first place.

The transcript of the interview is available, and it's hard to squeeze the idea that Santorum is making some kind of blistering attack against gays. He's making a legal argument. Maybe the people that want to oppose him should put their energy into refuting it?

Without the magic extra word, the senator is obvious talking about the implications of the discovery of an absolute right to "consensual sex" being discovered in the Constitution. Interestingly, he seems to be logfically correct. If there is a Constitutional right to sex-between-consenting-adults, on what grounds does one ban incest (as long as eveyone is over 18), polygamy and adultery?

And now, the cartoon version of the story
Some random White House staffer apparently made some off-hand remark about Sen. John Kerry "look(ing) French. Sen. Kerry has equated this with (I kid you know) "the politics of personal destruction". Boo hoo hoo hoo.

By the way were the people that allegedly called Kerry "unpatriotic" ever named?

posted by DRH 4/23/2003 09:34:00 AM

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