Friday, April 08, 2005

Intellectual Honesty is for Suckers

The only people who are at all surprised that the Republicans were in fact behind the callous Terri Schiavo memo seem to be Republicans. Are they that naive? It's blindingly obvious that GOP efforts on behalf of Schaivo were disingenuous and politically motivated. The fact that someone from their side of the aisle was actually foolish enough to put it in writing hardly multiplies their crime.

For the record, the memo, which was written by an aide for Senator Martinez, calls the Schiavo tragedy "a great political issue" and notes that "the pro-life base will be excited that the Senate is debating this important issue." Well, duh! If you needed this memo to confirm what the Republicans were up to, then you're beyond hope already.

Some on the left are reveling in their chance to rub this in the faces of right-wing pundits and bloggers who were all in a lather (or should I say 'Rather'?) over what they assumed to be yet another document forged by Democrats. I don't really see the point of this exercise. The bug-eyed screamers—both on the left and on the right—are singularly incapable of learning anything from their mistakes and misstatements, so all this does is add to the din.

The partisan rancor over this memo, even after its provenance has been proven, is yet another sad reminder that the marketplace of ideas has devolved into a five-and-dime store where honesty is the last vestige of a fool.

As Martinez scrambles to cover his ass by claiming that the distribution of the memo was inadvertent, some conservative bloggers are doing damage control of their own. Witness the bitter, defensive non-apology apologies that have been posted on Powerline and Right Pundit.

Full marks to Joshua Claybourn for posting an actual retraction.
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