Maggie Gallagher

The left, which thought it had buried Santorum years ago, is going to go after him with a hatred unlike anyone else has yet generated in this race. They hate him with that special ire reserved for his virtues, not his vices.

They will go after him not just to defeat him, but to smear his good name, to associate it with their own muck, to take a decent and honorable man and try literally to make his name mean mud.

They will not succeed.

Let me promise you one thing: The American people are not going to reject a man as a candidate for president because he believes a man should protect his children, born and unborn, commit to sex only in the context of a lifelong, loving marriage to a woman, and devote himself to being a good dad.

Most young people may not agree with Santorum's traditional Catholic views on sex and marriage. Wistfully, they may not believe the life he lives is possible for them. But they will admire him for it -- and many will long for it for themselves.

I am not anti-Romney. But after Tuesday night's victory, count me as pro-Rick.

Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.