Judges on the line

Not too surprisingly, the Judge in Florida (a Clinton appointee) declined an emergency request by Schiavo's parents, so now it's onto the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, and then the Supreme Court. Given the way that partisans on the Republican side have used this issue, it seems more likely that the Supreme Court will at least accept the matter, and that we'll see the partisan USSC Judges (Scalia, Thomas) approve it, while the the others also decline. That'll set-up the next frame which Republicans intend to persue come April-- ramming through rightwing ideologue judges: Bobby Schindler, Terri Schiavo's brother, said his family was crushed. "To have to see my parents go through this is absolutely barbaric," he told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday. "I'd love for these judges to sit in a room and see this happening as well."And without a doubt, the Republicans will be talking disdainfully about "activist judges".

Now that the talking heads have heard something different outside the DC echo chamber, the castigation begins (USA Today, on "political malpractice"), and the Republicans are trying to take cover by saying this was a bipartisan affair, uh huh.

The only thing that's bipartisan is the non-partisan disapproval of the action taken by the Republican Congress. It's as if this has never been a partisan matter, or that it transcends partisanship. In the ABC poll, 65% of Democrats, 63% of Independents, and 61% of Republicans supported the husband's decision.


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