Malkin & Kennedy?

Well, they're certainly not sittin' in a tree etc, but rightwinger Michelle Malkin does agree with Ted Kennedy on one thing, Boston's universities aren't to blame for the Catholic church's pedophile scandal:

"There are plenty of reasons to bash Boston. But for Sen. Rick Santorum to single the city out as more of a fertile breeding ground for sexual abuse than the rest of the country is just wrong. And dumb. Here's the three-year-old column that Ted Kennedy and friends are up in arms about--and I have to say that they are right, this time, to be incensed.

In the 2002 article, Santorum wrote:

While it is no excuse for this [Catholic priest pedophilia] scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm.
This week, Santorum defended the comments and his spokesman added yesterday:
The abuse..."was particularly worse in Boston and the reason why, according to the senator, is because of some of the social institutions that call Boston home. When you take a look at Harvard University and some of the other universities in Boston, I think it's an open secret that there is a liberal bias, unfortunately."
"What?! I'm all for discussing 'No Guardrails' theory and there are thoughtful critiques of liberalism's corrosive impact on the Catholic Church, but Santorum does not bother to explain how sexual promiscuity at Harvard Law is to blame for pedophile-sheltering by Cardinal Law. He ignores the facts, which do not support his theory that abuse was 'particularly worse in Boston' because it is liberal." (Michelle Malkin via Daou Report)

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