Sunday, April 17, 2005

Better Stick to "Yeaaarrggh!"

Gov. Howard Dean has already proved he can't win any race outside Vermont for himself, or for his endorsed candidate. Now he promises to continue the streak for another two election cycles:
Dean, who has called congressional intervention in the Schiavo case "political grandstanding," singled out House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) for his leading role in the matter.

"This is going to be an issue in 2006, and it's going to be an issue in 2008," Dean told about 200 people at a gay rights group's breakfast in West Hollywood, "because we're going to have an ad with a picture of Tom DeLay saying, 'Do you want this guy to decide whether you die or not? Or is that going to be up to your loved ones?' "

Dean, a practicing physician until he became governor of Vermont in 1991, added: "The issue is: Are we going to live in a theocracy where the highest powers tell us what to do? Or are we going to be allowed to consult our own high powers when we make very difficult decisions?"

Before Schiavo's death, the Republican-controlled Congress passed legislation giving her parents the right to take action in federal court to have her feeding tube reinserted, but no judge intervened. Schiavo's husband had fought for years to withdraw the tube, arguing that she would not have wanted her life extended.
But that was precisely the argument of Mr. and Mrs. Schindler: that their daughter had not desired to die of dehyrdration, and that death by neglect was imposed on her by cruel caregivers and callous authorities.
To argue this case represented "theocrats" attempting to thwart the desires of the patient and her "loved ones" is blatantly false.

What is amazing is not that Dean can be so confused about the Terri Schiavo case and the impact of his promise to exploit it, but that nobody around him realized it in time to rein him in.

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