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    The Republicans shot themselves in the head with the Sciavo issue - a poll showed that 70% thought that Congress had no business meddling in this case. What "compassion" are they going to come up with next?

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    The Republicans are making a big mistake, thinking their posing over Terri Shiavo's body is going to help them. They just seem to assume that being on the side chanting "life" will give them the moral high ground. But have you seen the ABC poll that came out yesterday? Keeping that woman in her current state for years, or decades, on end, apparently against the wishes she expressed to her husband and others, is neither compassionate nor endearing.

    And does the Politics of Projection get any better than Republicans calling people "torturers," a couple weeks after Alberto Gonzales became Attorney General?

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    I believe that's what's known as "tortured" logic. (Hyuk, hyuk, hyuk.)

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    Yep, all the Republicans in my circle of friends are livid at their own party for pushing this nonsense. This congressional action seems to have split the party pretty well between the the fundies who will believe whatever their local preacher says and the people who examine evidence, read legislation, and believe in the rule of law.

    Way to set the stage for 2006, guys!

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    By the way, I wonder how much of what Congress did this weekend was directly inspired by Peggy Noonan's uncharacteristically raving piece in the Wall Street Journal on the issue.

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    I think this is a MAJOR backfire. I've said many times, the conservatives have a tendency to overreach when power is in their hands.

    When it comes to energizing the base, abortion, gay marriage & war get folks who've never (and are likely to never) experienced them to take absolutist positions. Even moderates will take a stand or excuse it if the overall cause is right.

    This one hits closer to home. As science allows folks to live ever longer while blurring the line between life & death, a large majority of folk (I'm guessing) are a little more unsure.

    I'm figuring the only thing most folks ARE sure about is that they'd rather have a spouse than a senator in control of what happens to them.

    A lot of otherwise moderate folks out there who've supported conservatives on values and economic issues are going to find them a little creepy come election time...but the votes will swing only if the democrats can put in place some credible alternatives.

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    I don't know what you guys are talking about. Here in West Michigan, we are awash in conservative Christians, not fundamentalists of the TX or AL stripe, but stoic, pious, Dutch Christian Reform types. And around here folks know, with the same certainty they know Christ was born of a virgin, that the governments soul function is to uphold the moral values found in the Bible. I have not heard a single Bush supporter so much as suggest, that anyone who would even consider allowing Sciavo to die is anything short of evil incarnate and will without a doubt burn in hell for all eternity.

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    You can feel the love that the Republicans have for Terri....

    Sunday, March 20, 2005 - Page updated at 12:00 a.m.

    GOP memo says issue offers political rewards

    By The Washington Post

    WASHINGTON � Republican leaders believe their attention to the Terri Schiavo issue could pay dividends with Christian conservatives whose support they covet in the 2006 midterm elections, according to a GOP memo intended to be seen only by senators.

    The one-page memo, distributed to Republican senators by party leaders, called the debate over Schiavo legislation "a great political issue" that would appeal to the party's base, or core, supporters. The memo singled out Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who is up for re-election next year.

    "This is an important moral issue, and the pro-life base will be excited that the Senate is debating this important issue," said the memo, reported by ABC News and later given to The Washington Post. "This is a great political issue, because Senator Nelson of Florida has already refused to become a co-sponsor and this is a tough issue for Democrats."

    Copyright � 2005 The Seattle Times Company

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    Bill Nelson is not one of my heros. I do hope that there is a viable alternative to vote for come election time. I have problems with his stance on income redistribution as well as other issues. But, I also have problems with the far Christian right. I am hoping that the Republicans get the message before election time or Nelson will damn sure win reelection. Florida has more than our share of bible thumpers but we also have a lot of people who have some semblance of logic.

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    GUYK, you also have a sizeable contingent of people who are, how to put it, closer to the "gi tube" stage of life than most of us. I wonder how they're going to react.

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    why do people say the Democrats are extreme. They are a center - right party. The GOP is a far right party. there is no left of center major party in the US.


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