I recently read a report on CNN.com (link below) where Howard Dean stated that the Schiavo case ".....is going to be an issue in 2006, and its going to be an issue in 2008 because we're going to have an ad with a picture of (House Majority Leader) Tom DeLay saying, 'Do you want this guy to decide whether you die or not? Or is that going to be up to your loved ones?"
I am very concerned about how invasive the Republican party was with that issue and it was a clear indication to me that they really believe it is their place to interfere in private lives.
What was most disappointing to me was Tracey Schmitt's response: "It's disturbing that Howard Dean would plot to use the life of Terri Schiavo for political gain. This demonstrates a troubling lack of sensitivity and one would hope that Democrat leaders in Congress would reject such a strategy" I think that she is wrong and that Dean is showing a really good example of the distance the GOP is willing to go to control our private lives. It's very very important. And what's worse, is that by getting involved as they did, they made the Schiavo a case a hot potato that no judge wanted to touch. They doomed it to failure by getting involved.
But here it gets a little worse when she says: "The American people expect their leaders to provide solutions and principled leadership rather than overt partisan politicking." I think that their involvement in the Schiavo case was very much politically driven to satisfy the Religious Right. So, I think that the pot is calling the kettle black, here.
The Republicans are now in the position of having to prove that they know where the line is and that they won't try to violate the boundary, because from here, it doesn't look like they get it just yet.
I'm a swing voter that traditionally votes Republican but even this is enough to drive me to vote for a Democrat.