As cynical as I am about politics, and as convinced as I am that nearly all politicians think the world revolves around them, I’m still just astonished at the sheer chutzpah of what Rep. Tom Delay, the Republican leader, said to a prominent religious right group on Friday:
On Friday, as the leaders of both chambers scrambled to try to stop the removal of Ms. Schiavo’s feeding tube, Mr. DeLay, a Texas Republican, turned his attention to social conservatives gathered at a Washington hotel and described what he viewed as the intertwined struggle to save Ms. Schiavo, expand the conservative movement and defend himself against accusations of ethical lapses.
“One thing that God has brought to us is Terri Schiavo, to help elevate the visibility of what is going on in America,” Mr. DeLay told a conference organized by the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian group. A recording of the event was provided by the advocacy organization Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
“This is exactly the issue that is going on in America, of attacks against the conservative movement, against me and against many others,” Mr. DeLay said.
Mr. DeLay complained that “the other side” had figured out how “to defeat the conservative movement,” by waging personal attacks, linking with liberal organizations and persuading the national news media to report the story. He charged that “the whole syndicate” was “a huge nationwide concerted effort to destroy everything we believe in.”
Such moral myopia. Such narcissism. Yeah, Tom, it’s all about you and your political beliefs. God was so concerned about the future of your political movement that he decided to strike this woman down in the prime of her life, beginning a decade and a half of anguish for everyone who cared about her. He planted the thoughts in the minds of her husband and her parents to start a big legal battle over it so it would blow up into a political issue just so that you and your pals could fight back against your political enemies. Because after all, it’s all about you. And God loves you so much he’s willing to necrotize the brain of an innocent victim just to help you score some political points later on. But you might want to check the polls before crowing about how much this is going to help you. 70% of the public says you should have stayed out of it. But who cares about the public? If God Almighty is going to destroy a young woman’s life, make her braindead and devestate her friends and family just for you, it would be rude not to accept this sacred gift and try to exploit it for political gain. I’m not sure which is more sick, Delay or his conception of God.