Friday, March 18, 2005

Peggy Noonan Warns the GOP

Here's both a political and a public-relations reality: The Republican Party controls the Senate, the House and the White House. The Republicans are in charge. They have the power. If they can't save this woman's life, they will face a reckoning from a sizable portion of their own base. And they will of course deserve it.

A final note to the Republican leadership in the House and Senate: You have to pull out all the stops. You have to run over your chairmen if they're being obstructionist for this niggling reason and that. Run over their egos, run past their fatigue. You have to win on this. If you don't, you can't imagine how much you're going to lose. And from people who have faith in you.

Bill Frist and Tom DeLay and Jim Sensenbrenner and Denny Hastert and all the rest would be better off risking looking ridiculous and flying down to Florida, standing outside Terri Schiavo's room and physically restraining the poor harassed staff who may be told soon to remove her feeding tube, than standing by in Washington, helpless and tied in legislative knots, and doing nothing.

Issue whatever subpoena, call whatever witnesses, pass whatever emergency bill, but don't let this woman die.


Blogger Blind Master said...

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11:38 AM  
Blogger Blind Master said...

I couldn't agree more. The Republican party has to do all it can to prevent Terry Schaivo from being pulled off life support. If we, as a society, start by letting Terry Schaivo die today, tomorrow who knows? Judges may be sentencing blind people, like Detective Jim Dunbar on the hit TV show "Blind Justice", to death.

So, check out my blog at, and check out Blind Justice at 10pm Tuesdays on ABC.

Keep it pithy, I'm watching out for you,
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11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terry chaivo is not on life support, life support is when a machile breaths for you or keeps other bodily functions going, even an artificial heart is a machine that's is sustaining life, Food and water are essential for life. if tube feeding is a life support then every new born is on life support, fed forcefully. |What the judge and her husband are doing is nothing short of murder and can lead to a dangerous precident, we all, if we live long enough, will be old, this could lead to someone who's love one becomes senile, blind or otherwise handicapped to be denied nourishment, this could be if a newborn is less then perfect denied a feeding, We are suppose to be civilized, and as such we do not play god and starve someone to death, Doctors are not God although some think they are, let Gog and him alone decide when to take Terry Schaivo home, and for his sake allow a priest to be at her side. to refuse her the final sacrament is heirisy, Judge Greer is a blot on this country, we are not Nazi Germany. I am a nurse and have seen cases like Terry's before, they do feel pain, I am also a mother and first of all a Catholic and believe all life is sacred and that we are all part of God's plan.

2:00 PM  

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