April 17, 2005


from - smijer

Just for the record, I'm very disappointed by this. No matter what he meant by the statement, Dean is wrong to think that he has a right to follow in the footsteps of Randall Terry, Jeb Bush, Sean Hannity, and Tom DeLay. It is a sad shame to see his lack of respect for the privacy of Terri and her family. Two wrongs do not make a right. I hope to see him apologize, at least, and step down at best. When you stare long enough into the abyss...

P.S. I would like to join John Cole in a bipartisan middle finger extension for Tom DeLay, Sean Hannity, and all those others who got on television to shamelessly slander Michael Schiavo.


Posted by smijer at April 17, 2005 12:48 PM

Hey...the Republicans used her, didn't they? Heck, her own parents were using her, considering the company they were keeping.....

He at least didn't slander anyone with his statement. And actually I think people do need to think about what this bunch of Republicans would try to legislate control over. Whether it's abortion, right to die, or even access to contraception....it's all part of what needs to be called Family Medical Choice. These are decisions best left in the hands of families, not government.

That's something Democrats do need to rally around. Especially with 80% of this country being against Congressional interference in the Schiavo case.

univar.jpg Posted by Schnee on April 17, 2005 06:07 PM
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Howard's damn language again. He said he's going to use Terri Schiavo, but if you look at what he says he's going to do, it's a picture of Tom DeLay with an ad saying "do you want this man to decide if you should live or die, or should your family make that decision?"

He's planning to blast the GOP for their actions, not drag Terri and Michael Schiavo through the mud.

univar.jpg Posted by Bill Rehm on April 18, 2005 12:01 AM
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It's not just the language. T.S. is dead and buried, and the media circus is almost over. A voyeuristic nation is through peering through a private family's living room window into their private grief. We have no right to feed that ugly monster again. We have not right to shine a spot-light on the ashes of T.S. Of course it's good that Dean's intention isn't to drag them through the mud, like DeLay & others did. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and the result will be the same no matter what intentions he has for re-opening the Schiavo's private life for public inspection. Private citizens are simply not fodder for political campaigns.

univar.jpg Posted by smijer on April 18, 2005 07:44 AM
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I have to agree with smijer on this one, and call Dean to task for such a potentially exploitative statement. As head of a major political party, he should be looking for ways to improve the nation, not simply for political ammunition against his opponents, EVEN IF he doesn't plan to drag this family through a puddle. Lowbrow partisanship such as this is what keeps me from being a Democrat, even though I vote with you guys somewhat often. The "score" of the "capture-the-flag game" takes precedence over the ostensible goals of the platform, and the result is damaging.

univar.jpg Posted by joe on April 18, 2005 12:09 PM
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One more thing. Those of you who read my last post and are thinking, "but Joe, we have to win in order to implement the platform," have it backward, IMHO. Come up with the winning message first (and the right salespeople for it, and Howard may not turn out to be one of those), and it will carry you there. Otherwise, your behavior smacks of Rove.

univar.jpg Posted by joe on April 18, 2005 12:14 PM
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