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One of the saddest stories to become a right-vs.-left issue over the last eight years was undoubtedly the Terri Schiavo story. And the "left" side of the issue turned out to be the right one, if that makes any sense. It wasn't really left and right, it was far-right loonies vs. everybody else. Something like 70% thought the political fight was just wrong, wrong, wrong.
And speaking of "wrong," I realize the "Reviving Schiavo" headline sounds a little creepy. But I actually scaled it back, as all the other metaphors that popped into my head were worse. And not intentionally so. "The issue that wouldn't die" was one that occurred to me, as was "brain dead," and I honestly wasn't trying to be ghoulish. So why share? I guess because the people behind this issue showed less class, less humanity than the poor woman who ended up in that condition, or the husband that fought for her dignity. That is why those phrases occurred to me--about them, not about her.
So, you'd think that the right would have learned a lesson. But no. Why would we expect any different? I mean Sean Hannity parked his chubby ass and his cameras outside her hospice for days, beating every ounce of ratings he could out of the fiasco. Let's hope this is a last gasp of the crazy right-wing in these waning days of the Bush Administration.
The Return Of Schiavo: Conservatives Plan To Revive Embarrassing Debacle To Block Obama’s DOJ Nominee
One of the saddest, most hysterical crusades by conservatives over the past few years involved their intervention in the case of critically brain-damaged woman Terry Schiavo. Conservatives — including former Senate majority leader Bill Frist and former House majority leader Tom DeLay — brought the personal tragedy to national attention in 2005 by trying to write legislation forcing doctors to reinsert her feeding tube and taking the “extraordinary step” of subpoenaing Schiavo to testify to Congress. . .
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