If you don’t live in Florida (aren’t you the clever one?), you might not have heard the latest about Jeb and the Schiavo case. The autopsy report showed Terri really was beyond hope, and also showed no evidence that abuse caused her collapse to begin with, nor evidence there was any abuse in the 15 years she was in a persistent vegitative state. So you might expect Jeb to say, “Whoops, my bad” for using his office to harass and intimidate Michael Schiavo.
You might, but this is Jeb we’re talking about.
And so the news comes today that Jeb wants to launch an investigation into how long it took Michael Schiavo to call an ambulance when Terri collapsed in 1990. I’m not making this up.
One day after an exhaustive autopsy sought to end much of the controversy over Terri Schiavo’s life, and eventual death, Gov. Jeb Bush said he plans to ask prosecutors to investigate whether her husband took too long to call for help on the night she collapsed in 1990…
Bush said he had tried unsuccessfully to reach Pinellas-Pasco County State Attorney Bernie McCabe, who is apparently on vacation, to talk to him about whether law enforcement authorities should look into Michael Schiavo’s actions 15 years ago.
Somebody make it stop!
Too late. They’re going ahead.
“We are going to look into the circumstances surrounding the times,” said [McCabe’s chief assistant Bruce] Bartlett, who declined to label the review an investigation. “The governor has expressed concern over that aspect of the case.”
…Bush said he decided to seek the investigation after talking with Dr. Jon Thogmartin, the Pinellas-Pasco medical examiner who spent nearly 11 weeks preparing Schiavo’s autopsy report, and learning that the doctor could not determine what led Schiavo to collapse in 1990.
Thogmartin met with the governor the day before the autopsy report was released publicly.
Meanwhile, a scorching and dead-on column by the Tampa Tribune’s Daniel Ruth calls to task the Jebs and Docktor Frists of the world, along with the talk radio and cable screamers, for publicly tarring and feathering Michael Schiavo.
It is more than understandable Terri Schiavo’s parents Bob and Mary Schindler and her siblings were in a parallel universe of denial over the true state of their daughter’s dire medical condition. They loved her…
But in the service of ratings points, audience share, ambition, ego and hubris, the likes of Glenn Beck, the Madame Defarge of Talk Radio, and his Posse Comitatus of prevarication were more than willing to engage in drive time vigilantism against Michael Schiavo, whose only crime was trying to honor his wife’s end-of-life wishes…
Now at long last, Michael Schiavo has been vindicated by the truth, a foreign concept to all those phony so-called Christians, talk show thugs and politicians looking for a cheap sound bite who were more than ready to treat a brain-dead woman as their own personal “Weekend At Bernie’s” of the Bible.