Even though I was blogging at 6:30, Michelle Malkin had already written an incredibly long post calling into question the provenance of the memo, first reported ABC News’ Linda Douglass, showing that Congressional Republicans were using the Terri Schiavo legislation for political purposes. John Hinderaker, Josh Claybourne, and Patrick Hines have more.
The actual origin of the memo will likely come out soon enough, especially with the blogospheric attention it’ll receive. Still, not to get too Dan Rather here, the essence of the memo is true even if it was forged. That is, there’s no doubt that the Republican leadership in Congress is using the Schiavo case as a political wedge issue. (And, for that matter, so are the Democrats.) That’s not the same thing, by the way, as saying that they don’t honestly believe allowing her feeding tube to be removed is wrong or that they don’t genuinely care about her fate, as I’ve argued previously. But everything is politics the world of politics.
Update (Apr. 7): Senator MartinezÃ¢€™ Office Source of Schiavo Memo