Wednesday, April 06, 2005
GOP Sen counsel: "Schiavo is a great poltical issue"
From WashPost: Author Of Schiavo Memo Steps Forward
The legal counsel to Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) admitted yesterday that he was the author of a memo citing the political advantage to Republicans of intervening in the case of Terri Schiavo...
[Martinez] said he inadvertently passed it to Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)...
..."I just took it for granted that we wouldn't be that stupid."
But how is he being stupid? For passing the memo to a Dem? Or for thinking that using Mrs. Schiavo for political gain was a good idea. Again I say it: idiots.
It would be unfair to paint the whole GOP with this memo (but fun). On the other hand, Sen Biden Jr. (D-Del.) said
he believed that the memo originated with the GOP because it is "totally consistent" with how the Republicans have operated for the past four years. "They just shouldn't lose their memos."What we are seeing the hubris circulating at the top levels. They are forgetting to "mind the sheep." And those, Sen Martinez et. al., that have been sweeped along in the rush to power, don't even understand what's going on. When holding a piece of paper in his hands in the Senate Building, he doesn't read it before he passes it to the opposition.
Sen Lautenberg (D-N.J.):
"Those who would attempt to influence debate in the United States Senate should not hide behind anonymous pieces of paper."