Michael Totten

I'm Shutting Up Now

I tried to write another long post about the Terri Schiavo case and decided half-way through that I need to delete it. It’s time to move on to something that’s either more important, more fun, or at least less gruesomely voyeuristic. Eric Deamer is right. Everyone needs to shut up – especially that id of reptilian conservatism otherwise known as Tom DeLay.
UPDATE: I would like to say one more thing in the “keep your mouth shut” department. Tom DeLay might find himself slapped with a libel suit if he doesn’t watch it.

He followed with a torrent of invective against her “estranged” husband, Michael Schiavo, now living with another woman, a man with whom he had been trading insults since Thursday.

“No care for 15 years. No therapy. No nothing,” DeLay said, his voice awash in scorn. “What kind of man is that?”

I’m no expert in this case, and I really don’t know what’s true and what isn’t. But I have seen plenty of references to pieces of information that suggest what DeLay is saying from the bully pulpit of Congress about Schiavo – a private citizen – isn’t true. You don’t have to prove malice to win a libel suit. Reckless disregard for the truth is enough.