At 11:30 a.m., CNN had Bush on live making a statement on the death of Terri Schiavo. Okay, took him five days to mention the 10 people killed in the Minnesota shooting last week. But, he uses the first opportunity to jump in front of cameras to talk about Schiavo. Never mentions any individual member of the military killed in action, but, boy, he has to mourn Terri by name publicly.If it weren’t for the security concerns, he’d probably attend her funeral, too.
Meanwhile, Think Progress shares Tom DeLay’s statement:
Mrs. Schiavo’s death is a moral poverty and a legal tragedy. This loss happened because our legal system did not protect the people who need protection most, and that will change. The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior, but not today. Today we grieve, we pray, and we hope to God this fate never befalls another. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schindlers and with Terri Schiavo’s friends in this time of deep sorrow.Did you catch that? Tom DeLay just threatened Michael Schiavo and the judges involved in this case. If pressed, he’d no doubt claim he was couching it in terms of their having to answer to God, because just like his president, he’s good at doublespeak. Nonetheless, it was clearly a thinly veiled incitement to those who have dedicated the most recent shard of their fractured lives to the cause he championed—not saving Terri’s life, but turning her into an icon, the holy woman-child of the culture of life movement. Your work isn’t done, Father DeLay assures them. There are those who need to pay, and it’s up to you to collect the fee.