I'm almost too exhausted by the Terri Schiavo coverage to talk about this case. There are too many things wrong, not the least of which is overcoverage. I guess instead of getting pissed off I've been worn down so much that I find the whole issue amusing instead of outrageous. Is it irony or hypocrisy? I have trouble telling the difference in politics sometimes.
First, I find it (ironic/hypocritical) that the same GOP lawmakers and talking heads who decry "Activist Judges" (eg. Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay) now decry the courts for not intervening in Terry Schiavo's case. Most striking are his words. Regarding gay marriage, "these activist judges — who feel a greater responsibility to their own political ideology than the Constitution — seem not to care." Regarding Terry Schiavo, "When this tragic episode is resolved, the Supreme Court will have some serious questions to answer about its silence ..." I guess Activist Judges are the devil when we're talking about constitutionally protected right to association (gay marriage), religion in public schools, and beer on Sunday, but they are the best thing since Wonderbread when it comes to populist faddish issues like Terry Schiavo or the 2000 Presidential election. Who knows what he would have said during the Civil Rights era of Activist Judges?
Here's the other thing I'm finding amusing, despite its tragedy. The White House misled the country into war with Iraq. Over 1500 Americans and countless thousands of Iraqis have died because of that. If we take issue with that, or even if we want to photograph the return of the soldiers' bodies, we're being "unpatriotic" and somehow "hate America". But the White House and the GOP is now obsessed with the life of one vegetable who used to be called Terry Schiavo. The life of one woman who will never achieve anything in the future, never have children, never do anything but suck up resources from our medical system that people who are truly alive really need.
Oh wait - the amusements keep coming. I just remembered that in the Right's crusade against "trial lawyers" and medical malpractice suits, the GOP seems to have forgotten that Terry Schiavo exists partly because of a malpractice settlement and partly because of Medicaid. Oh, this irony/hypocrisy is so juicy I can just taste it dripping down my chin.