Pennsylvania Republican candidate for the US Senate Rick Santorum concedes the race to Democratic challenger Bob Casey while his daughter Sarah Marie cries in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 7, 2006. REUTERS/Jason Cohn (UNITED STATES)Some people seem to think the photos of Santorum's concession speech are hilarrrious, because what could be funnier than sobbing children?
May I briefly step outside the "Princess Sparkle Pony" persona? These photos don't fill me with glee; they fill me with horror and loathing. They bring several things to mind:
- If the children were that upset, why did they drag them onto the stage with them? What kind of unfeeling jerk subjects his children to such public stress?
- Santorum obviously failed to prepare his children for the possibility of his electoral loss, hence their heightened shock and dismay.
- The Santorum family's emotional investment in this race seems to border on the psychotic.
- Why are the children that upset? The Santorums are famous for home-schooling their many children, and their exaggerated response to Daddy's loss seems to point toward a complete disconnection from what most of us would consider to be the "normal" way to behave in public. How will these sheltered, bizarre children fare in the "real" world?
Most of the reveling was of the fun, slightly inebriated variety, but the Dems did show they could, on occasion, go negative. When the big screens in the ballroom showed Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) surrounded by his crying kids while making a heartfelt concession speech to Bob Casey, partiers did mock the poor Santorum tots.That's not funny, that's sick.
Sorry about that. I'll get off my high horse and back on the Pink Pony as soon as I stop vomiting.