So many people saying so many things. 'principled conservatives' seem to be making a reappearance... on the libertarian side of the equation. However one feels about the issue, and we all have strong feelings (I'm not a Christian, but I think allowing her to die with dignity (and without a media road show preventing everyone else in the hospice from doing the same) is a Christian thing to do), any politician trying to use this situation for their own benefit (hello, Tom DeLay) will get slapped by the American public. And any 'cause' that has Randall Terry as a spokesperson, no matter how noble in intent, is tainted beyond recognition.
Republicans have a problem, the likes of which they may not even realize. But despite the Peggy Noonan and NRO slant, the rule of law has been upheld and like it or not, a civilized nation needs to balance a culture of life with a culture of liberty and choice, under the rule of law.
Remember our brief peri-election discussion about the legitimacy of the 2004 election? Everyone wanted to see that whoever won would be noted as legitimate for the good of the country. Events in FL seem calmer today, but the country is watching to see if the rule of law is respected. Let's hope it is.
The GOP can go for their pet judges now, but this hurts, not helps, the chances of the extremists getting in. My opinion.
As for the media, Dave Neiwert has a nice discussion of the media balance lacking in the coverage, and the consequences:
The vultures are already coming to roost. Hal Turner has been calling for the use of force to "save" Terri Schiavo, and killing anyone who interferes. And sure enough, someone has already been caught putting out a bounty on Michael Schiavo, while another man was arrested for stealing a gun in hopes he could "take some action and rescue Terri Schiavo."
As John Cole has been pointing out, genuine conservatives should be as horrified by these events as liberals -- and at some point, must come to grips with the fresh monsters in our midst. All of us: citizens, politicians, the media.
It won't happen, though, until we recognize the current model of "balance" for what it is: an open invitation to the spread of lies and misinformation. And get back to the time-honored traditions of striving for the truth.
Let's be clear in advance, btw. No one wishes to see the above happen on either side. No way would it be helpful or a Good Thing (the same little minds think progressives want to see US soldiers hurt or killed becuae it's good for politics and bad for Bush) to have the rule of law overturned. But there's reason for concern, and one might suspect with recent D.C. performances, the consequences of selfish manipulation is not always self-evident.
[UPDATE]: This comes from MSNBC's First Read:
As emotions run higher in Pinellas Park and elsewhere, we'll repeat what we said on Friday -- that anything that happens as a result could, by association, further affect how the public views the President, GOP lawmakers, and the party. At the same time, anger among the protestors is increasingly being directed at the Bushes. In retrospect, while any long-term effect remains TBD, the GOP's involvement is looking increasingly lose-lose, at least for now.
As noted before, this issue is not looking anywheres good for the GOP and for either Bush, with downside potential remaining very high. In addition, as pointed out in the link, taking valuable media time away from the Social Security corner Bush has painted himself in is an additional problem for the Huckster-In-Chief.