Tuesday, April 5, 2005

Death doesn't quell political battle over Schiavo case: "In death as much as in life, political controversy surrounds Terri Schiavo."

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay in a statement issued hours after Schiavo's death: "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,' said the Texan. DeLay was a driving force behind legislation Congress passed two weeks ago that gave federal courts jurisdiction in an attempt to save Schiavo's life. Asked later at a news conference about possible impeachment proceedings against judges in the case, DeLay said, 'There's plenty of time to look into that.'

"Sen. Edward M. Kennedy took exception. 'I'm not sure what Mr. DeLay meant when he said 'the time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior,'' the Massachusetts Democrat said in a written statement. 'But at a time when emotions are running high, Mr. DeLay needs to make clear that he is not advocating violence against anyone.'"

The astute observer will Note that Mr. Kennedy's statement says a lot more about Mr. Kennedy than it does about Mr. DeLay.

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