Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Fleeing the Scene

From Salon.com

Republicans in Washington would probably like the Terri Schiavo case to go away now, and quickly. The House committee that subpoenaed Schiavo to keep her alive a week ago has quietly dropped the matter, and the White House appears to be putting out the story that the president never wanted to get involved in the case in the first place.

Part of the pull-back stems from the poll numbers: Republicans thought they had a sure-fire winner in the Schiavo case, but nearly 70 percent of the public says that it was wrong for Congress and the president to intervene. But part of the distancing must relate to the ugly scenes still playing out in the streets near Schiavo’s hospice bed. The situation there has grown so tense that even members of Schiavo’s family have asked their supporters to start going home. Arrests have been made — some hostile — and police have been forced to close a school near the hospice. Having vilified Michael Schiavo, dehumanized the judges who had heard the case and all but deified Terri Schiavo, are Republicans beginning to think that they might be held responsible if those whose passions they have inflamed take the law into their own hands? … – Tim Grieve

The Republicans are realizing that if you lie down with dogs…one of them is gonna hump your leg.