Saturday, June 18, 2005

How Low Can You Go?

Not content to have put Michael Schiavo through hell while he had already had to suffer for years caring for his brain-dead wife, Governor Jeb Bush is doing his best to make sure that Schiavo cannot pick up the pieces of his life now that Terri Schiavo's body is finally dead.

Because the recently released autopsy report showed results entirely consistent with the assertions made by the doctors who had examined her (but inconsistent with the claims of the doctor who is the Senate majority leader, and who didn't examine her), the Terri Schiavo case has turned into an even larger political mess for those who tried to use it as a cheap way to further their political ends. No matter though, the New York Times is reporting that Jeb Bush is now seeking an investigation into Michael Schiavo's actions on the night, back in 1990, that his wife collapsed.

This really is outrageous. What's the idea here? If Bush can make Michael Schiavo look like a callous, uncaring husband, who deliberately contributed to his wife's condition, is that supposed to draw attention away from the fact that Republicans violated this family's privacy in order to appease their rabid religious right supporters? I'm hoping that Americans are smart enough not to be fooled by such absurd tactics. Most Americans certainly saw through the original scheme, and the President's approval rating has taken a hit as a consequence. I'm hoping that his brother's is similarly affected - it might help us to avoid a third Bush disaster in the White House.
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