Terri's plight is the trigger word, a signal to flail into him. There is a reason why, two and a half years later, the lefties cannot let go of Terri's Legacy. They now cue it into most any news organ as a way of defining Fred, whether a leftist or not-so leftist journal.
How long can this go on before Thompson's staff clues him in to the importance of following current events? Although no cable channel could get enough of the Terri Schiavo saga two years ago, Thompson claims he doesn't "remember the details of it." And Everglades drilling is an important issue in Florida -- something one would expect a southern Republican senator to know.
It is just a tip to watch out a bit as Living Wills, well intentioned as they might be, are not a panacea.
Advance directives are gaining popularity. According to a Harris Interactive survey conducted in March, two in five U.S. adults have living wills - an increase of 10 percent since 2004, the year when Terri Schiavo made headlines as her husband and her parents battled in court over removing her feeding tube. Schiavo had been in a prolonged vegetative state when her husband requested the tube be removed in 1998.
The case took seven years to resolve. A living will would have made her wishes clear, and a health care power of attorney would have dictated who she wanted to make her health care decisions for her.