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March 25, 2005

Jeb Bush Rising; Randall Terry Sinking

Evidently the authenticity of Jeb Bush’s fight for Terri Schiavo is raising his stock in Florida and throughout the country. Although there is criticism of politicians who appear to be using the crisis for their political gain, The New York Times reports today:

"The Florida governor's emergence as the most prominent politician still fighting, despite a string of court and legislative defeats, to have a feeding tube reinserted in Ms. Schiavo was very much in keeping with someone who has repeatedly declared a deep religious faith.

Several associates noted that he had been devoutly religious longer than President Bush, and even critics said his efforts - prodding the Florida Legislature and the courts and defying much of the electorate - were rooted in a deep-seated opposition to abortion and euthanasia rather than in political positioning.

Yet inevitably, the events of recent days have fed the mystique of Mr. Bush as a reluctant inheritor of perhaps America's most famous dynasty since the Adams family two centuries ago."

This in contrast to the rantings of Randall Terry about Jeb “blinking,” and not doing enough. I find the Schindlers to be wonderfully sincere and incredibly sympathetic characters, but they made a terrible decision naming Terry as their spokesperson. He has been a disaster for the pro-life movement throughout the years, and is the wrong voice for this case and any other when we need measured reason and effective discourse.

Posted by Jim at March 25, 2005 07:37 AM

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Tracked on March 25, 2005 09:59 AM


It's funny how Terry affects people in different ways. I've grown to respect him because of all this. I used to think he was a nut.

Perhaps my anger at all this is overwhelming my usual good sense.

Posted by: Sue Bob at March 25, 2005 11:26 AM

I hate to disagree on this point.

They say the path to Hell is paved with good intentions. That seems to be true of Jeb.

He needed to stick to his Constitutional guns as the chief executive of Florida. Instead, he faltered.

This case is unique in that the state is executing this woman. That puts it squarely under Jeb's purview. By submitting to a runaway court, he betrays the constitution. There are no 1/2 measures allowed simply due to the fact of what is being ordered by the court.

I didn't think it would come to this, but it has. Jeb has failed miserably.

Posted by: Paul Deignan at March 26, 2005 08:31 PM

We've underestimated Judge Greer and the obstinacy of the courts. What's also not reported is the difference between civil and criminal laws. Terri Schiavo is being put to death with lower standards of evidence than could be used to require a new trial for a condemned inmate on death row or even a petty thief!

She's being put to death on the unchallenged testimony of hearsay witnesses, contradicted by other witnesses and years after the supposed occasion of making these crucial statements. See world Net Daily and Newsmax, for example, for further details on the "facts" used to condemn Terri Schiavo to this cruel, hideous death.

Posted by: RLG at March 26, 2005 09:37 PM

We may yet hear from Governor Jeb Bush. Captain Ed at Captian's Quarters explained how a rash effort, likely to backfire, and achieving only a brief reprieve before being overturned by the all-powerful court system is not a wise course of action. But this does not mean he has given up.

My hope is that we've misunderestimated Governor Bush! I'm reserving judgment on Randall Terry; he was overboard on the Intervention Movement, closer to the mark in identifying the dangers that are present in the forces at work in Florida and the right-to-die advocates. The whole thing and the orchestrated backing of the media strike me as ominous.

Posted by: RLG at March 26, 2005 09:51 PM