I'm glad Glenn Reynolds noted the New York Post editorial today, where even they say that the Schiavo hysteria has gotten out of hand. I'm sure he thinks that "dead tree" newspapers are irrelevant because they've all been replaced by rss feeds podcasted directly into your neurons or something, [No, that's Jarvis you're thinking of. -ed.] but it's also important to note that this was one of those start-on-the-front-page editorials, which you can't tell from reading it on the internet. A front page editorial is rare, even for the Post; so they must have really felt strongly about their "Enough!" message. When even the Post is saying that it's time for the pro-tubists to chill out and to move on, well . . .I suppose Dawn Eden might say that this shows that the Post isn't truly conservative, but is run by soulless, immoral capitalists.
Meanwhile, Robert George - much to his credit - draws attention to a very serious death threat against an anti-tube professor, "That Professor Caplan or anyone speaking out on either side would be threatened with violence is an outrage. The persons responsible for the threat deserve the most severe condemnation, and not merely because they grossly dishonor the great cause they purport to serve."
A very common argument made by those who supported Gulf War II, as did I, was that those arguing against the war were allying themselves with unsavory characters: anti-Semites, middle eastern despots, even Michael Moore. Since the pro-tube side now includes Rev. Jesse Jackson, Ralph Nader, Pat Buchanan, and the usual suspects such as Terry Randall; and since there is some overlap of the pro-tube side and the pro-Gulf War II side, I wonder how these same people will feel having invalidated a major argument of theirs. (One that I'm free to continue to make with impunity, of course.)
Professor Reynolds also makes the important point that it's conservatives and libertarians who should be most concerned about the violations of federalism in how this case was handled. Liberals never pretended to care about federalism and states' rights to begin with, which is why it's no surprise to see so many of them dismissing those concerns here.