Moms on both sides of the political aisle are well-acquainted with the heat high profile women candidates, who happen to be mothers, take when someone raises the “Who’s taking care of the kids question.”  It’s something I devoted a whole chapter to in my book, Mothers of Intention.

Even before she was a candidate, Hillary Clinton was painted as the bad mom who didn’t like to bake cookies.  Sarah Palin faced criticism when she ran for vice president because she still had small kids at home, including a newborn with special needs.  More recently, Congresswoman and DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was portrayed in a New York Times article as a harried mom in a pink sweatsuit before the piece got around to mentioning her power position in the Democratic Party.

If there’s a mom involved, the political world likes to take a swipe.

So where is the criticism about Rick Santorum? The dad of a special needs daughter who’s only three-and-a half.  Is he getting a pass on parenting responsibilities  or should he be taking some heat like political moms usually do?

I’ve got something to say about that this week at my column at Babble Voices.