Tom DeLay, Hypocrite

Why am I not surprised by this.

And DeLay is among the strongest advocates of keeping the woman, who doctors say has been in a persistent vegetative state for 15 years, connected to her feeding tube. DeLay has denounced Schiavo’s husband, as well as judges, for committing what he calls “an act of barbarism” in removing the tube.

In 1988, however, there was no such fiery rhetoric as the congressman quietly joined the sad family consensus to let his father die.

“There was no point to even really talking about it,” Maxine DeLay, the congressman’s 81-year-old widowed mother, recalled in an interview last week. “There was no way [Charles] wanted to live like that. Tom knew — we all knew — his father wouldn’t have wanted to live that way.”

Doctors advised that he would “basically be a vegetable,” said the congressman’s aunt, JoAnne DeLay.

When his father’s kidneys failed, the DeLay family decided against connecting him to a dialysis machine. “Extraordinary measures to prolong life were not initiated,” said his medical report, citing “agreement with the family’s wishes.” His bedside chart carried the instruction: “Do not resuscitate.”

On Dec. 14, 1988, the DeLay patriarch “expired with his family in attendance.”

“The situation faced by the congressman’s family was entirely different than Terri Schiavo’s,” said a spokesman for the majority leader, who declined requests for an interview.

“The only thing keeping her alive is the food and water we all need to survive. His father was on a ventilator and other machines to sustain him,” said Dan Allen, DeLay’s press aide.

There were also these similarities: Both stricken patients were severely brain-damaged. Both were incapable of surviving without medical assistance. Both were said to have expressed a desire to be spared from being kept alive by artificial means. And neither of them had a living will.

(Thanks Wine-aholic)

6 Comments

  1. For those that don’t know, Michelle Malkin is a fox/right wing wingnut along the lines of Ann Coultier. She wrote the book “In Defense of Internment: The Case for “Racial Profiling” in World War II and the War on Terror” that basically defended the US for it’s internment of Japanese US citizens during WWII.

    And Tom Delay is by far the sleaziest politician in Washington, be it right or left. I’ve gotten so jaded with politics in general the past few years that I find myself with little reaction to this. Nothing suprises me these days.

  2. I refuse to read anything written by Michelle Malkin or Ann Coulter anymore. I do miss Ann’s hysterics though. I get a kick out of people who take her seriously.

  3. No problem, I thought it would go a long way in proving the “they are using it for political advantage and not for any care of human feeling/life support issues” case. It sort of feels like back when Clinton was impeached and guys like Bob Barr and (I think) Henry Hyde from the House Impeachment Committee had some shady non-marital sexual relations in their past…

  4. No problem, I thought it would go a long way in proving the “they are using it for political advantage and not for any care of human feeling/life support issues” case. It sort of feels like back when Clinton was impeached and guys like Bob Barr and (I think) Henry Hyde from the House Impeachment Committee had some shady non-marital sexual relations in their past…

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