Grandpa Fred Thompson is not going out of his way to endear himself to the right wing base of the Republican party. First, he says he does not belong to nor does he regularly attend any church. Now he admits that he does not remember the details of the Terri Schiavo case (a real soft spot for the radical righties) and, besides, he thinks such matters are best left to local government…
THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson gave no opinion Thursday when asked about efforts by President Bush and Congress to keep Terri Schiavo alive, saying he does not remember details of the right-to-die case that stirred national debate.
Thompson was asked in an interview for Bay News 9’s “Political Connections” program whether he thought Congress’ intervention to save the life of the brain-damaged woman two years ago was appropriate.
“I can’t pass judgment on it. I know that good people were doing what they thought was best,” Thompson said. “That’s going back in history. I don’t remember the details of it.”
Congress passed a bill after Schiavo’s feeding tube was removed in March 2005 to allow a federal court to review the case, and Bush returned from his Texas ranch to sign the bill into law. But a federal judge refused to order the tube reinserted, a decision upheld by a federal appeals court and the Supreme Court.
Thompson, a former Tennessee senator who left office in 2003, did say, “Local matters generally speaking should be left to the locals. I think Congress has got an awful lot to keep up with.”
I guess Grandpa Fred just wasn’t paying much attention two years ago. Either that, or he really doesn’t give a damn. I’d put it at about 50/50.
Update: Rudy Giuliani didn’t do so hot when he was asked about Schiavo, either.