Dep’t of Not Knowing When to Stop

So even though we know she was brain-dead [that’s a link to a great column on the none-too-liberal], with just half the cerebral mass expected, no vision, and no ability to swallow, Jeb is still, pardon the metaphor, beating a dead horse:

Gov. Jeb Bush asked a prosecutor Friday to investigate why Terri Schiavo collapsed 15 years ago, calling into question how long it took her husband to call 911 after he found her.

In a letter faxed to Pinellas-Pasco County State Attorney Bernie McCabe, Bush said Michael Schiavo testified in a 1992 medical malpractice trial that he found his wife collapsed at 5 a.m., and he said in a 2003 television interview that he found her about 4:30 a.m. He called 911 at 5:40 a.m.

I had missed the news that Florida had become the Promised Land, where alabaster cities truly do rise unstained by human tears! Congrats to Governor Bush for fulfilling that pilgrim dream atop the oolithic limestone! I mean, obviously, if Florida has so much time to spend on a potential act of neligence that might, according to hearsay, have happened 15 years ago, things there now must be pretty perfect. Right? Right???

Or maybe it’s just that the Bushes share a common trait: an absolute, implacable inability to acknowledge when they are wrong–that ever they might possibly be even a little bit incorrect. It’s not endearing… but then neither is our national habit of letting them get by with it. Oh wait–maybe that’s over! Let’s hope so.

P.S. Hey Jeff, since you put so much faith Frist and Delay’s diagnostic prowess: I’m waiting for my apology. Assuming you haven’t taken a cue from Resolute Leader on that front.

6 thoughts on “Dep’t of Not Knowing When to Stop”

  1. An apology? You think it’s that easy? The Resolute Leader would surely object! Besides, I don’t know what I said that warrants an apology.

  2. Oh, I forget… even when Bush supporters say things like this:

    From what I understand Terri has never had an MRI (she had a catscan in the early nineties). Why is that? She seems responsive enough (more than a vegetable, at least) based on the videos of her that I’ve seen and (assuming it is real) a recently released audio clip.

    …there is no need to admit one is wrong. Rove means never having to say you’re sorry. Is that the idea?

    The autopsy also went a long way toward clearing Michael Schiavo from claims he caused fractures found on xrays of Terry. They were consistent with injuries caused by physical therapy on her osteoporosis-weakened body.

    But no, this man is going to be hounded by the wingnuts his whole life. But if a few more reasonable people like you would stand up and say, “wow, we totally fucked that one up” there might be some chance that Terry Schiavo would actually be able to rest in peace.

    Instead it appears that the Republicans plan to keep her alive, as a political football at least, ad infinitum. Of course the GOP has been playing politics with the bodies of women for years–it’s a strategy that works for them using women. The weaker and muter, the better. That’s why it was so easy for the right to superimpose the politics of abortion on L’affaire Schiavo. The so-called “Culture of Life” is mostly about stripping women of the right to make fundamental decisions about their own lives.

    One imagines The Body of Terri Schivo serves a similar function for the American Taliban as does Lenin’s embalmed body for the diehard Communists, still fighting to keep what’s left of him in Red Square. It’s creepy how desperate, doomed ideologies seem to share a quasi-vampiric need for decaying but still contested flesh, isn’t it?

  3. Sorry, Jay, I still don’t get the apology part…did the autopsy reveal that Schiavo had an MRI? I felt at the time (and still feel) that the feeding tube was removed before questions about her condition were fully answered – my position wasn’t based on whether I believed she was a vegetable or not. But her husband had the law on his side and what’s done is done. I like Jeb Bush, but wished he had not called for an investigation. The prudent thing is to move on and if some people remember the Schiavo affair at the ballot box, so be it. No sense arguing for a culture of life by beating a dead horse.

  4. This is somewhat off-topic, but I just wanted to reverse another falsehood perpetrated during the Schiavo affair. Fox News was touting poor Terri’s doctor as a Nobel Prize nominee (no doubt for his incredible diagnosis that she could see and understand speech with half a brain), and yet I learned from my favourite Guardian column Bad Science the following:

    It was good to see one of the more bizarre untruths from the Terri Schiavo “right to die” case crossing the Atlantic and popping up in the Scotsman. In line with much of the US media, it refers to her parents’ doctor in the case, William Hammesfahr, as “a Nobel prize-nominated neurologist who has an international reputation for treating brain-injured patients”. Now, Hammesfahr was “nominated” for the prize by a Republican congressman, Michael Bilirakis, though he might just as well have been nominated by my dead cat Hettie, since the Nobel committee only takes nominations from 3,000 or so invited people, mostly previous winners and big-arse professors. My favourite detail from the grandiose letter is where he is nominated for the “Nobel peace prize in medicine”. Even if such a prize existed, it would be unusual for a science Nobel to be won by someone like Hammesfahr who, according to Pubmed, has published no papers in peer-reviewed journals. But don’t let that stop you nominating Hettie.

    A subsequent Google reveals that Media Matters also covered this, but I missed it at the time.

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