Sunday, March 27, 2005

The Exterminator

Tom DeLay, who made his money spraying house foundations for termites, famously went to the wall for Terri Schiavo, forcing the U.S. Congress into a constitutional contortion for "the sake of life." DeLay accused Schiavo's husband and the courts of "an act of barbarism."

Well, now. 'Pears Mr. DeLay had his own moment of "barbarism" 17 years ago when he joined other members of his family in persuading doctors NOT to take extraordinary means to keep his own father alive (AP story in the N&O).

The congressman declined to be interviewed about his father's case, but a press aide said it was "entirely different than Terri Schiavo's."

Yeah, right. "Entirely different." In that Terri Schiavo is a perfect stranger who can be exploited for political purposes, while his father was ... well, his father, and DeLay didn't need no stinkin' federal government telling him what was best for his father.

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