Okay, it’s NOT truly scientific. But it IS interesting.
With the Republican-dominated congress, Republican President George Bush, and Republican Governor Jeb Bush all attempting to intervene “on the side of life” in Terri Schiavo’s tragic case, there are those who may mistakenly think that ALL Republicans think this way.
Don’t get me wrong. I voted (mostly) Republican, and I’m still glad I did. On this matter, however, I find myself at odds with the actions of our elected representatives.
I’m not the only one. The folks who really matter, supposedly, are the voters. And in Utah County, a “red” county if ever there was one, a recent poll in the paper shows nicely how those constituents feel: Link!
As of this writing, some 82% of readers said “No, congress should not be involved in the Schiavo case.” Granted, that’s only 708 votes, and there’s no way to restrict the poll to people who actually live in Utah County. Heck, if everybody who reads this LJ entry voted, we could skew the statistics by a margin of error large enough to drive a fleet of family minivans through. But it’s KINDA scientific, right?
The loss of the Presidential election has been described as an identity crisis for the Democratic party. I believe it’s likely that we’ll look back on Terri Schiavo’s case as a similar crisis for the Republicans. Cartoonists Cox & Forkum seem to feel the same way.
(EDIT: Yes, I know, Utah county is a RED county, not a BLUE one, and originally I got it wrong. To quote Michael Jackson, “I don’t want to spend my life being a color.”)