Rick Santorum and Family, 2006

I have a lot of nice art in my home. Not any thing really fancy, just stuff I picked up over the years thanks to the internet and talented friends. There’s an eclectic mix to be sure: pictures, paintings, prints…

But among them is a particularly prized possession: a print I ordered from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It is from almost ten years ago, when Rick Santorum, a Republican Senator with a history of aggressive conservative politics, lost his seat to a Democrat in a landslide election.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was there. And they captured what might be my favorite photo in all of politics. Behold.

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This is Rick and his family when they conceded. The caption reads:

Photo Credit: Robin Rombach, Post-Gazette
Eight-year-old Sarah Maria Santorum weeps as her father, Rick Santorum, concedes the U.S. Senate race to Democratic challenger Bob Casey Jr. last night. Other family members at his side include son John, far left, wife, Karen, daughter Elizabeth and son, Dan.

There’s a high quality version of the photo on their site here: http://old.post-gazette.com/images4/2006108rr_santorum_concedePJ_580.jpg

Now, as you gaze above, please reflect on the many things that make this photo AMAZING. The crying girl with a dolly in a matching jumper. The disinterested teenager. The grimace on his wife’s face. The bewildered, wide eyed look on his son’s.

It fills me with delight. So I bought it and put it in the gaudiest frame I could find.

I have it in a place of honor in my home.

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2 thoughts on “Rick Santorum and Family, 2006

  1. Kathleen Howell

    🙂 You are so funny..

  2. Magnificent.

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