26
Mrz
2005

A Political Victory That Wasn't

By ANDREW KOHUT
OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
New York Times
Published: March 23, 2005

Washington — THE Congressional vote on Monday allowing Terri Schiavo's parents to take her case to a federal court underscores the success of Christian conservatives in defining the last election as having been decided by moral values. But political strategists may not want to bank too heavily on this assessment. Especially on life-and-death issues, support for moral values among Americans must contend with a deeply held pragmatism.

It is rare for Washington politicians to buck public opinion. An ABC News poll conducted on Sunday found a 63 percent to 28 percent majority supporting removal of Ms. Schiavo's feeding tube. The poll also found that the public, by a margin of 70 percent to 27 percent, opposes Congressional involvement in the case. Fully 67 percent of the poll's participants thought members of Congress were more focused on using the Schiavo case for political advantage than on the principles involved. [...] Read more at: //www.nytimes.com/2005/03/23/opinion/23Kohut.html

Well, at least the Terri Schiavo fiasco has given people yet another opportunity to see DeLay's hypocrisy.


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