Is the Democratic Party in a persistent vegetative state? (And are “blue” states blue due to a lack of oxygen?) One might wonder about that if the presence of intelligent thought – as opposed to pure mulishness – is one of the requirements for meaningful life.
I’ve been meaning to comment on the the inconsistency of the media’s reaction to Howard Dean’s promise to use Terri Schiavo’s case as a political football, but Tim Blair has already framed it perfectly:
CASE ONE: The fight over removing Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube “is a great political issue … and a tough issue for Democrats … This is an important moral issue and the pro-life base will be excited that the Senate is debating this important issue.” —Republican legal counsel Brian Darling in a memo first reported on March 18.
Result: Much left-wing rage, many on the right embarrassed, Darling resigns.
CASE TWO: “We’re going to use Terri Schiavo later on. This is going to be an issue in 2006, and it’s going to be an issue in 2008.” —Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, April 15.
Result: (sound of crickets chirping) is more like it. I don’t think the Dems could survive without the “life support” provided by the Mainstream Media.