Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Reviving Terri Schiavo

Some wingnuts are twitterpated that one of President-elect Obama’s appointments to the Justice Department is Thomas Perrelli, a lawyer who sided with the effort to remove Terri Schiavo’s feeding tube.

[Perrelli’s] high-profile role in the Schiavo case in 2005 stirred instant vitriol among pro-life and socially conservative activists who ordinarily focus their energies on judicial nominees.

Andrea Lafferty, executive director of the Traditional Values Coalition, derided Mr. Perrelli’s selection as “just another death-peddler Obama has added to his list of nominees.” She said he’s earned the nickname among pro-lifers of “Piranha Perrelli” for his work on the case.

You really have to marvel at the right wing nutsery’s singular ability to remind everyone else exactly why they are regarded with such overt derision and scorn by the majority of the people in this country. The Schiavo case brought out the worst of the grand guignol tactics of the far right-to-lifers and included a late-night flight of President Bush returning to Washington to sign a bill that attempted to federalize an intensely painful and private family matter. (It was all the more exploitative when six months later the president couldn’t be bothered to end his vacation to help the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.)

But far be it from me to discourage the whack-jobs from making as much noise as they want; it’s their right to make it, and it’s ours to be glad that that’s about all they can do.

HT to Steve Benen.