A True Conserative
The National Review announces that Charlie Crist isn't a true conservative. I wholeheartedly agree. What columnist John J. Miller fails to understands is Crist isn't a liberal. He is a politician that seeks to move to higher office.
What amuses me is conservatives allergic reaction to any Republican whose views on global warming, abortion (what is Crist's stance this week), gay marriage, and consumer advocacy differ from the group think. Conservatives are so obsessed with these issues they can't focus on simple things like fixing potholes. It is no wonder the GOP version of governing has been ripe with incompetence. The FCAT, Florida schools, Department of Children and Families, and KidCare have been disasters under Jeb Bush's leadership. Bush's treatment of children is utterly shameful. The family values conservatives care not about abused and sick children. Family values conservatives have little interest in children once they leave the womb.
The National Review conservatives want a Republican like Rick Santorum. Red meat issues are what feeds the base. Want a Senator that will take a dead fetus home to show his children? Santorum is your man.
"That's my little guy," Santorum says, pointing to the photo of Gabriel, in which his tiny physique is framed by his father's hand. The senator often speaks of his late son in the present tense. It is a rare instance in which he talks softly.
He and Karen brought Gabriel's body home so their children could "absorb and understand that they had a brother," Santorum says. "We wanted them to see that he was real," not an abstraction, he says. Not a "fetus," either, as Rick and Karen were appalled to see him described -- "a 20-week-old fetus" -- on a hospital form. They changed the form to read "20-week-old baby."
John J. Miller thought Santorum would make a great United Nations ambassador. Pennsylvania voters had a better idea. They resoundingly voted Santorum out of the Senate. The Corner crew worship a man that would bring a dead fetus home. That is what Charlie Crist has to do to be deemed a true conservative.