On last month's Terri Dailies, we couldn't avoid noticing how the candidates cleave to principles by how they define Terri's plight.
We see this consistently in most every bashing of the President, as a bookmark to every summary of what is important in the news. It is the libs who remember even if we didn't. Perhaps in his case, it was a mistake of underestimating the enormity of this event. That was part, but moreover, it was a greater mistake in not realizing the impact Terri's plight hangs around the collective leftist neck like an albatross. They are obsessed with it, with wanting to MoveOn, wanting to forget, or minimize, but they just can's shake it. Unfortunately, for Fred Thompson, it was easy for us to predict the media would keep hounding him way beyond what we conservatives perceive as a gaffe to let ride.
Most every day since, it has echoed in all the major bird cage liners. This one is a bit different, coming form the American Spectator...
But if you are going to be the big man on the right, you can't be lazy. Yet you have been so. You have a responsibility to bone up on basic local issues of national import. Any old moron should know, for instance, that you can't go into Florida without having at least thought about what you would say if asked about Terri Schiavo or about the Everglades.
Yet this President Bush is not a good scapegoat. Rather than betraying the right, he has given it virtually everything it craved, from humongous tax cuts to conservative judges. Many of the worst errors were championed by conservative constituencies. Some of the arrogance in foreign policy stems from the armchair warriors of neoconservatism; the ill-fated attempt to "save" the life of the severely brain-damaged Terri Schiavo was driven by the Christian right.....................