Thursday, March 24, 2005

Et tu, Donkeys?

Today's activity around the case of Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged woman whose future her family is famously fighting over, reached a frightening level of absurdity when Florida Governor Jeb Bush stood poised to the sieze custody of Schiavo. Then some sort of sanity ensued when the Supreme Court of the United States, in a cryptic decision, refused to order the reinsertion of Schiavo's feeding tube, as her parents had wanted and her husband did not.

Alas, the high court, according to news reports, offered no real reason for its refusal. Your blogstress hopes against hope that it was based on the unconstitutionality of the congressional vote that brought the matter before the Supreme Court for a fifth time. And if that's the case, it's a lesson the American people desperately need to hear. In fact, your cybertrix thinks that a concerted, organized campaign to educate the public on just what exactly the Constitution says is in order, and she would gladly wield a chalkboard pointer in its service.

Until that happy day, she offers this, a list of all of the House Democrats who voted against the Constitution last Sunday night and for the bill titled, For the relief of the parents of Theresa Marie Schiavo:


Joe Baca (Calif.)

Melissa L. Beam (Ill.)

Marion Berry (Ark.)

Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (Ga.)

Dan Boren (Okla.)

Robert Brady (Penn.)

Ben Chandler (Ky.)

Jerry Costello (Ill.)

Robert E. "Bud" Cramer (Ala.)

Lincoln Davis (Tenn.)

Chet Edwards (Tex.)

Bob Etheridge (N.C.)

Chaka Fattah (Penn.)

Harold Ford (Tenn.)

Al Green (Tex.)

Stephanie Herseth (S.D.)

Tim Holden (Penn.)

Jesse Jackson, Jr. (Ill.)

Paul E. Kanjorski (Penn.)

Jim Langevin (R.I.)

Daniel Lipinski (Ill.)

Jim Marshall (Ga.)

Jim Matheson (Utah)

Mike McIntyre (N.C.)

Michael R. McNulty (N.Y.)

Kendrick Meek (Fla.)

Charlie Melancon (La.)

Michael Michaud (Maine)

Alan B. Mollohan (W.Va.)

James L. Oberstar (Minn.)

Earl Pomeroy (N.D.)

Mike Ross (Ark.)

David Scott (Ga.)

José Serrano (N.Y.)

Ike Skelton (Mo.)

Vic Snyder (Ark.)

Bart Stupak (Mich.)

John Tanner (Tenn.)

Albert Wynn (Md.)


Note: The senators very cleverly avoided a roll call vote on their version of the bill, so we'll never really know which Dems wussed in the upper chamber.

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