18 March 2005

Noonan to conservatives: Use Terri for political gain

Since Terri's tube was removed this afternoon, not much has changed. Representatives of all parties have appeared on television and offered their version of the facts, and the Schindlers have filed a number of law suits to reinsert the feeding tube against Terri's wishes. Of course, the conservative politics are wringing their hands and thinking of how they can use this tragic event for their own purpose.

Conservative pundit, Peggy Noonan, who served in the Reagan administration and most recently for the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign, wrote a disturbing editorial for the Wall Street Journal arguing for conservatives to use the Terri Schiavo tragedy for their own political gain. (Read Ms. Noonan's column here.)

In her column, Ms. Noonan begins with the following. " It appears we've reached the pivotal moment in the Terri Schiavo case, and it also appears our politicians, our senators and congressmen, might benefit from some observations." She then reminds readers that Republicans control the U.S. Senate, House, and the White House, and she notes that the GOP could benefit by using the government for force-feed Terri Schiavo against her wishes. Then Ms. Noonan makes her most obscene statement: " So let me write a sentence I never thought I'd write: Politicians, please, think of yourselves! " The remainder of the column explains how the Schiavo situation could be manipulated to help Republican candidates at the polls.

This shameful essay clearly demonstrates what Michael Schiavo's attorney, George Felos, was talking about when he said that "[Terri] has become a pawn in a political football game."


Anonymous gator78 said...

Noonan is your typical Repub operative that believes in winning at all costs, nevermind ethics and morals. This column is frightening.

12:42:00 PM  

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