I’ve pointed out that the local San Diego Union-Tribune is a fairly conservative newspaper, which makes their lead editorial today so much goshdarned fun:
Congressional Democrats probably would love to divide the GOP, undermine the conservative agenda, and turn Americans against the Republican majority. But, frankly, they don’t have that kind of power. A job that big calls for the handiwork of Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas.
Looking back on Congress’ handling of the Terri Schiavo controversy â€“ which included passing an emergency bill aimed at prolonging Schiavo’s life â€“ it’s hard to decide which of DeLay’s comments was more offensive.
Was it when DeLay referred to Michael Schiavo’s lawyer as “the embodiment of evil”? Or when he accused those who disagreed with him of being “so barbaric as to pull a feeding tube out of a person that is lucid and starve them to death for two weeks”?
No, what took the prize was what DeLay said when he let his guard down at what he obviously thought was a private meeting of like-minded social conservatives. After insisting that Congress’ intervention in the Schiavo case had nothing to do with politics, DeLay used the issue to rally the faithful at a meeting of the Family Research Council. DeLay went so far as to describe the anguishing plight of this 41-year-old woman as a gift from God and a boost to the cause of Christian conservatives.
“One thing that God has brought to us is Terri Schiavo to elevate the visibility of what’s going on in America,” DeLay told his audience.
DeLay believes that part of what is “going on” is that his political opponents are out to get him and other conservatives with what he considers frivolous charges. DeLay, the House majority leader, was admonished last year by the Ethics Committee for three separate issues, and he now faces questions about foreign trips funded by outside groups.
How distasteful that DeLay would try to use the heart-wrenching Schiavo story to try to explain away the ethical cloud that now follows him.