Please. Let’s Beat Up Michael Schiavo Some MORE!

Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, RepublicansLeave a Comment

Typical republican trick. Look like a fool for your actions so shift the focus onto something else.

Like many on the right, Jeb Bush has much egg on his face about the whole Schiavo matter.  She was in a persistent vegetative state, she was blind, and had half a brain.  Despite what the right-to-useless-lifers stated, Terri Schiavo was never going to become a Rockette dancing on the stage of Radio City Music Hall, or . . . you know . . . talk.  Never.  Never ever.

A decent person would say, “Hey.  Look, I was wrong.  Maybe I wanted so much to think she was coherent that I just saw what I wanted to see.  I guess, in retrospect, I made the situation worse by meddling.”

Not Jeb Bush.  Apparently, he doesn’t have enough Schiavo egg on his face, so now he’s investigating circumstances that are FIFTEEN YEARS old.  And he is asking questions:

Gov. Jeb Bush asked a prosecutor Friday to investigate why Terri Schiavo collapsed 15 years ago, calling into question how long it took her husband to call 911 after he found her.

In a letter faxed to Pinellas-Pasco County State Attorney Bernie McCabe, Bush said Michael Schiavo testified in a 1992 medical malpractice trial that he found his wife collapsed at 5 a.m., and he said in a 2003 television interview that he found her about 4:30 a.m. He called 911 at 5:40 a.m.

“Between 40 and 70 minutes elapsed before the call was made, and I am aware of no explanation for the delay,” Bush wrote.

Jeb, give it a rest.  Supposedly, you have been aware of this matter for years, seeing as how you’ve stuck your big fat nose into it and commented on it repeatedly.  Only NOW are you realizing something “odd” about Terri’s collapse and the 911 call?  The more you try to salvage some dignity, the more you end up looking like a jackass.

Update:  On Larry King (the 2003 television interview described above), Michael Schiavo :

Climbed into bed. Terri said good night to me. Gave me a kiss. She woke up, said good night, gave me a kiss. I gave her a kiss back. I’d say, about 4:30 in the morning, I was, for some reason, getting out of bed and I heard a thud in the hall. I race out there and Terri was laying in the hall. I went down to get her. I thought, Well, maybe she just tripped or whatever. I rolled her over and she was lifeless. And it almost seems like she had this last breath.

So I held her in my arms, and I’m trying to shake her up. I ran over, I called 911. Her brother happened to live in the same complex as we did. I called him. I went back to Terri. And from there, six, seven minutes later, the paramedics…

Now, he says it was “about 4:30” in the morning—a clear indication that he wasn’t sure of the time when speaking to Larry King.  So, let’s make a couple of reasonable assumptions about why Michael Schiavo wasn’t sure, shall we?:

(1) When Michael Schiavo got out of bed that morning, he didn’t look at the clock.  (I got up last night sometime to pee . . . and I have no idea what time it was.  Has that NEVER happened to you?)

(2) Even if he DID look at the clock, he probably wouldn’t have remembered what the clock said, given the horrifying events that were about to occur.

(3) It is even MORE unlikely that he would remember the time more than a decade later when being interviewed on Larry King.

Conclusion: The so-called “40 to 70 minute” gap that Jeb has a hard-on about can be attributed to one thing: Michael Schiavo simply estimated the time wrong.  To him, the fact of “what time it was” was extremely irrelevant to Michael, considering what else was going on.  What was he supposed to do?  Make a log entry?

OH, BY THE WAY:  Speaking of sitting around and doing nothing while tragedy ensues, maybe Jeb should inquire about this: