Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Say It Isn't So

Rudy has officially joined McCain and Romney in pandering to the Falwell-Dobson-Robertson axis. In Florida last week, Rudy

told reporters he supported government intervention to keep the severely brain-damaged Terri Schiavo alive after courts ordered her feeding tubes removed: "I thought it was appropriate to make every effort to give her a chance to stay alive."

I realize that with an issue as hot as assisted suicide there are many different points of view, but surely we can all get together on the idea that the federal government shouldn't pass legislation aimed exclusively at one person and that congressional committees shouldn't subpoena a woman who for the past 15 years had laid unconscious in a hospital bed.

To hold otherwise is to violate, in the most egregious way possible, the twin conservative tenets of federalism and limited government.

(Hat tip: Reason's David Weigel, who like Phil Klein, proves that bloggers can also be reporters.)

Update (4/11): In an ironic twist, Ryan Sager notes that of all people, Mitt Romney said last month that he disagreed with the governmental intervention. "I think it's probably best to leave these kinds of matters in the hands of the courts," he said.

Update (4/11): Let's go to the Florida transcript, or what Sager, who exhumed it, calls a "marvel of incoherence."