There's been alotta so-called analysis from commentators regarding Terri Schiavo's fate; most of it has been nonsense, but Michael Barone puts the case in the context of American morality that no longer exists in the rest of the world -
I think that the response of elected officials reflects one of the great strengths in our country: a confident belief in moral principles that stands in vivid contrast with what we see in much of Europe and in the supposedly sophisticated precincts of this country.
I agree, but I still think that, after this is over, there will be winners and losers -
The Democratic Party - The left's vampiric cravings for innocent human life and disdain for anything remotely religious will just alienate more voters.
The Republican Party - I don't think they have much to worry about. A religious libertarian like myself can't be too upset over trying to save Terri's life, even if I have reservations about Congress overstepping the bounds of Federalism.
The judiciary is the biggest loser in this; to not even re-insert her feeding tube while the case was being reviewed pissed off a lot of people. Like many who don't have a law degree and can't comment on the law, this seemed cruel-and-unusual punishment for an innocent woman. The fallout from this decision will be heard in the 2006 elections and many Democratic senators in blue states will feel the heat on this. I've a feeling that President Bush's next Supreme Court nominee will be getting an easier hearing after this.