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March 21, 2005

Terry Schiavo

Perhaps has a another chance in a different venue.

A couple of observations... 173 Members of Congress, 71 Republicans and 102 Democrats, chose, for one reason or another, to not vote. Perhaps as simple as they weren't there, this being Sunday maneuvering. I don't know. But if my Congressman didn't vote - I would be asking them why today. As I said, might be perfectly legit - but if they didn't vote - I'd still ask why, and what they would have voted... not that I'd expect an answer.

I don't have the time for this, either, frankly - but I'm curious on what the death penalty positions are of the Dems who voted against the bill are, too.

Heh. Suddenly they are Federalists?

Many Democrats who opposed the bill said the congressional vote placed lawmakers in the middle of issues best left to state courts and family members.

"Today, congressional leaders are trying to appoint Congress as a judge and jury," said Rep. Jim Davis, D-Fla. "If we do not draw the line in the sand today, there is no limit to what democratic principles this Congress will ignore or what liberties they may trample on next."

Update: Chadd (in the comments) is not the only one to have noticed the curious position of the Democrats vis-a-vis Terri and Elian. Hat tip: The Blogfather.

Alan - the post under the link to the Blogfather might perhaps address some of your questions from a legal interpretation perspective.