Skip to comments.Kennedy defends Boston, slams Santorum
Posted on 07/14/2005 5:45:18 AM PDT by Alex Marko
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) launched a blistering attack of Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) on the Senate floor yesterday, defending Boston the city where Kennedy was born while simultaneously upbraiding Santorum, a top Democratic political target.
Kennedy was responding to 3-year-old comments by Santorum and recent statements he made connecting the Catholic Church pedophilia scandal with liberal attitudes in Boston.
The basic liberal attitude in that area ... has an impact on peoples behavior. If you have a worldview that Im describing [about Boston] ... that affirms alternative views of sexuality, that can lead to a lot of people taking it the wrong way, Santorum told The Boston Globe this week.
Kennedy also referred to Santorums self-righteousness and called his comments outrageous and offensive. He said that Santorum blamed the people of Boston for the depraved behavior of sick individuals who stole the innocence of children in the most horrible way imaginable.
Kennedy continued that he thought Santorum had shown a deep and callous insensitivity to the victims and their suffering in an apparent attempt to score political points with some of the most extreme members of the fringe right wing of his party.
Boston bashing might be in vogue with some Republicans, but Rick Santorums statements are beyond the pale, Kennedy snarled.
Santorum yesterday dismissed Kennedys speech. All I know is its purely political, he told The Hill, and thats what I expect from him.
In his original article, written for the Catholic Online website, Santorum expressed profound sympathy for the victims of abuse by priests. He then wrote, When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm.
Some Republicans expressed shock at Santorums comments, but no one raised the issue of whether they violated Senate rules. Rule 19 states that no senator in debates shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another senator or to other senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a senator.
Kennedys comments, unusually harsh in a chamber where members often address each other with such titles as honorable and gentleman, are an indication of increasing bitterness in one of the nations most closely contested Senate races.
Santorum, who is up for reelection in 2006, faces a strong challenge from Pennsylvania state Treasurer Bob Casey, who like Santorum opposes abortion rights. Casey is well-funded and has led Santorum in some polls. In the most recent Qunnipiac poll, conducted July 6-10, 50 percent of likely voters said they would vote for Casey, while Santorum took 39 percent and 12 percent were undecided.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee called on Santorum to apologize to victims and their families across America for his comments. In an e-mail, the group pointed to the widespread nature of the sexual abuse scandal involving Catholic priests, asking, What about your home state of Pennsylvania, senator? Numerous Pennsylvania priests were removed from their posts after allegations of abuse.
Both Santorum and Kennedy are Catholic.
The rapid Democratic response recalls recent broadsides between the two parties over comments by Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), who issued an emotional apology on the floor last month after comparing U.S. treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to some of the most brutal regimes of the 20th century. Republicans had called on him to apologize and pressed him to show more contrition after an initial apology.
Durbin chuckled knowingly when asked whether Santorum should apologize for his remarks.
Im not going to get into that, Durbin said.
Kennedy is just the most recent prominent Democrat Santorum has riled this week.
On Tuesday, he and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) exchanged barbs about Santorums new book, It Takes a Family, which slams Clintons It Takes a Village. The New York Post reported that the two passed in the hallway and Clinton could not resist the opportunity to take a swipe.
It takes a village, Rick, dont forget that, she said.
It takes a family, Santorum retorted.
Clinton managed to have the last word.
Of course, she said. A family is part of a village!
I wish the voters of Taxachusetts would re-enact the Tea Party - only this time dump Teddie the Whale instead of the tea!
Kennedy was responding to 3-year-old comments by Santorum
He might be slow but he's still stupid
Santorum is wrong on this issue. Pedophilia is not condoned by anyone up there save for those depraved individuals who engage in it. I knew a lot of church going folks who were democrats and who were sickened by what happened.
The only thing democrats are outraged about is the fact that republicans have stopped saying "I'm sorry" in response to the daily democratic outrage.
Santorum should have said that in Penna, when a guy is drunk and drives off a bridge and leaves his passenger in the car to drown - walks off and leaves the incident unreported - those guys usually get prison, unlike in Mass, where they get a senate seat.
It would be nice to see RIck grab the bull by the horns and run for President. He needs to address the issues that AMERICANS are concerned about!! He and Tancredo should talk!
Pedophilia is condoned by some vocal gay/lesbian organizations and Mass. was the first state (Mass Supreme Court) to push the gay marriage agenda and other "gay rights".
Santorum may have painted with too broad a brush but he wasn't far off.
I see he's having crack with those drinks now.
We should check to see how and if he was involved in the process.
He made them look much better drowning Mary Jo and going home to go to sleep.
Unlike them, we are trying to fight a war and get someone in the UN to tighten it up, especially now. Oh and the judges of course. ala Sandy B, wonder what they'll pull out of their drawers next?
While they are at it can they dump Kerry too?
At one time, homosexuality was listed as deviant behavior by the APA, now it is not.
How long before the drumbeat starts to identify pedophilia as normal behavior ?
I am very serious here.
No, Santorum is Catholic. Kennedy pretends to be Catholic.
I wonder if Water Boy finally sobered up and realized what was said 3 years ago?!? I wish Mass. would dump Teddy and John Boy in the bay and vote for some people with brains for once.
Course, we have Specter, which is just as bad as Water Boy so who knows...right?
The situation with Santorum and Thunder Thighs, I had to laugh...he knows how to get to people doesn't he???
But how can we expect Thunder Thighs to know about a family? Does she have one? NO!
Bill is a womanizer who will drop to any woman willing; and some that are not;
If she HAD a soul, she sold it along time ago to the Devil himself;
And I wouldn't be surprised if the 'village' raised the daughter....remember what she did when she found out she was pregant...Bill found out about it in the newspapers...she didn't even tell him.
Father + Mother + Children= Love and Family.
In my readings on the scandals I don't think the term pedophelia applies. Most victims were boys between the ages of 12-18. That would make the perps homosexuals, not peds.
A heterosexual male who sees a teenage girl in a bikini and finds her sexually attractive is not a pedophile. I think the press has opted for the term pedophile so as not to offend the gay community.
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