THE PARTY OF VALUES….I really, really, don’t want to write any more about Terri Schiavo. Honest. I really don’t.

And yet….nobody becomes a blogger who isn’t a bit of a news junkie obsessed with commenting on whatever the big news of the day is. So Terri Schiavo it is. I apologize in advance for my appalling judgment.

Anyway, Janet Hook has a good quote in her LA Times account today:

“It goes beyond shameless politics,” said Tony Fabrizio, a Republican pollster. “It becomes a more crystallized proof point that we are no longer the party of smaller government. We have become a party of ‘It doesn’t matter what size government is as long as it is imposing our set of values.’ “

Yeah, it’s the rank opportunism that’s going to bite them in the ass here. It’s too raw. When you get to the point that even evangelical Christians figure out that you’re just pandering to them, you’re in trouble.

What’s more, congressional Republicans are practically daring them to come to that conclusion. “This is a great political issue,” says one anonymous memo. And Tom DeLay jumps the shark as usual with this gem: “This is exactly the issue that is going on in America, of attacks against the conservative movement, against me and many others….a huge nationwide concerted effort to destroy everything we believe in.” Sure, Tom.

But that’s it for the day. No more Schiavo-blogging from me. Why? Max says it well:

In other news, the Environmental Protection Administration is protecting polluters from public health considerations, the Food and Drug Administration is approving drugs that kill you, the Social Security Administration is trying to wreck Social Security, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is stealing native Americans’ money, our diplomats are lying to our allies, and the House Ethics Committee (sic) has been packed with donors to Rep. Tom DeLay.

It makes you nostalgic for blow-jobs in the White House.

The clown show is distracting us from more important matters. Onward.