Monday, March 28, 2005
Is Jeb a winner?
In the wake of the Schiavo case:
PBS's News Hour - Shields & Brooks segment (Friday, 25 March): (emp add)
JIM LEHRER: One other just crass political question. The conventional wisdom is that Jeb Bush, the governor of Florida, has been helped by this, if, in fact, he decides he wants to run and take his brother's place in 2008, do you agree?
[no real answer from Shields or Brooks]
ABC's This Week - panel discussion: (emp add)
Stephanopolis: ... Jeb Bush, how does he come out on this?
Claire Shipman: I think it helps him. ... There doesn't seem to be a lot of political motivation to what he's doing. [Re: 2008 presidential run] When you look at Jeb Bush right now, it's a reminder of what a potent political force he could be and the appeal he would have to that conservative base.
Or not. I think a whole lot of people around the country have watched Jeb try to impose his religious view on Michael Schiavo, and they find that scary.
Similarly, Floridians (especially the senior citizens) look at this and worry that their own living wills and DNR requests may be attacked or invalidated by a Jeb-led legislative effort in the wake of the Schiavo mess. This scares the crap out of them.
So I'm not so sure that Jeb comes out a winner here. At the very best, he comes across as someone who has no qualms about having government force itself into the most private and painful decisions any family can face.
Jeb is a winner, just as much as Al Sharpton enraged black Democrat conventioneers, as pointed out by Chris Matthews.
The echo chamber needs to be brought down.
Short News Corp. and Sinclair Broadcasting Group stock. Pass it on.
If you watched CNN or FOX 24/7 you'd be of the opinion Terri Schiavo was murdered too, wouldn't you? Bartkid is right. Time to crack the echo chamber.
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