Rick Santorum no longer digs the Duggars. ... Santorum’s response contrasts dramatically with that of another 2016 contender, Mike Huckabee, who enjoyed the Duggars’ support in his 2008 bid but didn’t run in 2012. After the news broke (and Josh Duggar apologized), Huckabee posted a message on Facebook to "affirm" his support of the Duggars. "Good people make mistakes and do regrettable and even disgusting things," he wrote, calling Josh Duggar’s response a "testament to his family’s authenticity and humility."The lesson is that you can be forgiven anything if you have a reality show and decent audience ratings. And being the flagship of an extreme faction in the party doesn't hurt.
Why the divergence in opinion? Perhaps it has something to do with Huck’s victory in the Duggar Primary. Several candidates had sought the famous family’s favor, as evidenced by the photos (mostly from Josh Duggar’s Twitter stream) of Duggar with Huckabee, Santorum, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker. But this month, before the scandal broke, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, Josh’s parents and stars of “19 Kids and Counting,” endorsed Huckabee over their 2012 pick, Santorum.
This is the real scandal.
I don’t join in the schadenfreude on the left over the latest case of hypocrisy among family-values conservatives. Nor do I take any delight in the discovery that the Duggars, who find immorality in homosexuality, abortion and out-of-wedlock sex, have more disturbing questions of morality in their own home. What’s troubling is that the Republican presidential candidates have been so worshipful of the Duggars in the first place. The political issue is not what Josh Duggar did as a teenager but why so many who seek the nation’s highest office feel the need to woo people so far out on the ideological extreme.Kathleen Parker gives her take on the Duggar dustup.
... "19 Kids and Counting," which puts literate people in mind of a baby goat factory that under similarly procreative practices would prompt charges of animal cruelty. Human offspring are children, accurately speaking, not kids. And 19 of them isn’t just a brood but a sideshow.Parker then wanders into how millennials are more secular, which is relevant, then takes a huge side-jump into how the Muslims are growing at Duggar-ish rates and may soon be... well, still a low single digit percentage of the population, but bigger! It's a side note worthy of Ross Douthat.
As most know by now, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are the prolific parents in this mysteriously popular TLC show. They left to God the number of babies they would bring forth — and God is clearly not counting.
Recently, even the least-interested among us learned that their oldest, Josh, sexually preyed upon five underage girls, including some of his little sisters, 12 years ago when he was a teenager. ...
Into this perverse auto-da-fé have waltzed two Republican presidential candidates, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, presumptively the two most devout Christians among the — hey! — 19 likely Republican presidential candidates. Numerologists? Both men have been political favorites of the Duggar family, though Santorum has now begun distancing himself.
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