I'm just the news summary guy today.
Dan Savage has some good things to say about Ted Haggard (the Colorado anti-gay minister who turns out to be gay himself) and Rick Santorum (the now ex-Pennsylvania senator who thinks being anti-gay marriage is being pro-homeland security; Savage helped create the use of santorum in another sense) in his column today:
Re, Haggard: 'Arguing with religious people about the futility of giving your heart to Jesus—at least where "cures" for homosexual orientation are concerned—can be maddening. As with evolution, they're not moved by science, data, or irksome facts.'
Re, Santorum, a letter-writer wrote: 'I can't help feeling that it's wrong for me to feel a sense of schadenfreude watching his stuffy kids cry onstage.' Dan replied in part: 'As for Santorum's kids, well, once again we're put in the position of having to feel sorry for the offspring of a delusional bigot. But just how bad should we feel? I remember listening to the radio when Santorum said something obnoxious about gay couples: An anti-gay-marriage amendment was a homeland-security measure, Santorum said, which makes gay couples terrorists. My son, who happens to be the same age as Santorum's younger daughter (the one weeping and clutching a doll in that widely circulated photo), was in the room at the time and he got pretty upset. So, yeah, we should all feel bad for Santorum's kids, but let's also feel bad for all the other kids that Santorum hurt.'
More Savage on Santorum is available: 'It would have been a lot easier to be a total dick about Santorum’s defeat if he hadn’t made such a gracious—and apparently sincere—concession speech. I almost fell off the couch when Santorum asked the crowd to give a round of applause to Bob Casey. // Where was this graciousness and respect for political differences while Rick Santorum was in the U.S. Senate? And where was this graciousness during the actual campaign? Santorum stopped just short of accusing Casey of flying off to Pakistan twice a week to rim Osama bin Laden. If Santorum had spent the last 12 years in the Senate being the person he was for 12 minutes during his concession speech, well, he might not have made so many enemies in Pennsylvania and all over the country.'