Today, Bush, not to be outdone in Florida displays of hot-air spewing, in effect conceded necrophiliac status in announcing that he's commissioned a prosecutor to investigate the circumstances surrounding Terri Schiavo's 1990 collapse.
Bush's rationale: the alleged 90-minute time lag between Michael Schiavo's noticing his wife was in trouble and his calling 911. That the credibility of this touchstone appears for various reasons to be faint to nonexistent doesn't matter when rhetoric is the weapon of choice and fighting force consists of numbnuts of faith.
From the news report on Bush's announcement:
"It's a significant question that during this ordeal was never brought up," Bush told reporters, saying he wasn't suggesting any wrongdoing by Michael Schiavo.
No wrongdoing? What do prosecutors do, kids? Think about it. While you're at it, ponder this question: If somehow the cross-waggling nutbags and the amped-up right-wingers such as Bill Frist and Tom DeLay had gotten their way a few months ago and Terri Schaivo's mechanical corpse were continuing to receive oxygen and nourishment today, would the governor be demanding an investigation into the woman's 1990 collapse? Of course not -- yet the same "unanswered questions" surrounding Michael Schiavo's behavior and alleged culpability would remain. You can also bet that the same numbnuts of faith bawling that Terri Schiavo was alive with a shot at full recovery until the death squads pulled her feeding tube out would be the first to call for murder charges against her husband.
As for the "was never brought up" part, it's utter fucking horseshit. Michael Schiavo has been at odds with Terri's family for years, and as the 2003 Wingnut Daily article reveals, the Schindlers have been trying to bring in the now-debunked abuse/trauma fix for years, alleging variously that Michael Schiavo mishandled his wife before, during and especially after her essentially fatal 1990 event. That all of this, however, is news to someone who in all likelihood is still getting used to suffrage and Negroes running around unchained is not surprising.
This isn't about defending Michael Schiavo, who could in fact be guilty of purposefully harming Terri in some way, or of not offering a sufficient number prayers to help her involuted cerebrum regain its original size, or of being a rooty-tooty asshole not otherwise specified. It's about a no-holds-barred and eminently pointless legal scapegoating. Michael Schiavo claims, "I have consistently said over the years that I didn't wait but 'ran' to call 911 after Terri collapsed." But Bush's words belie all pretense of objectivity on the governor's part:
"Between 40 and 70 minutes elapsed before the call was made, and I am aware of no explanation for the delay," Bush said. "In light of this new information, I urge you to take a fresh look at this case without any preconceptions as to the outcome."
There are undoubtedly those who believe that this is about justice and not solely about offering a symbolic rallying point to a huge group of embarrassed and vindictive cocktards; such persons themselves have no discernible brain function and should also stop eating. Unfortunately, Schiavo's parents are screwball enough to actively catalyze this circus; having exhausted their partially exonerating supply of denial and grief cards, they now present as garden-variety idiots rather than stricken parents.
If Michael Schiavo leaves Florida -- and if he's not all but expelled, there's no conceivable reason for him stay -- I hope he has enough control over the hurricanes headed ashore in the coming months to give the place and its leaders the wholesale "cleansing" they deserve.