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Thursday, January 15, 2009
The right's self-immolation derby continues: they're bringing back Schiavo!
Okay, so I'm driving home the other night and happen to stop on the Michael Savage show. I know, I know, I really can't offer a coherent excuse. So anyway, he has on a guy who's promising that the right will not lie down while Barack Obama turns this county into a secular socialist hell hole. And how are the wingers going to demonstrate their resolve? By bringing back the Terri Schiavo case. No, seriously, they're bringing back the Schiavo case. From the Family Research Council, a manifesto on how to fight an upcoming Obama nominee. It's called, completely without irony, "Change Watch..."

Change Watch Backgrounder: Thomas J. Perrelli


NOMINEE: Thomas J. Perrelli

Born: March 12, 1966

Occupation: Managing Partner of Jenner & Block's Washington, DC office.

Education: graduated from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, in 1991

Clinton White House: In 1997, served as counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno. He subsequently rose to Deputy Assistant Attorney General, supervising the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division, which represents virtually every federal agency in complex civil litigation. Perrelli also supervised the Justice Department's Tobacco Litigation Team in its litigation against the major cigarette manufacturers.

End of Life issues

"An attorney who won an award for representing Terri Schiavo's husband Michael in his efforts to kill his disabled wife is now an advisor to the transition team of incoming president Barack Obama.

Thomas Perrelli, who raised over $500,000 for the pro-abortion presidential candidate and is the managing partner of a Washington law firm, Jenner & Block LLP, is helping advise Obama on putting together a Justice Department team.

However, Perrelli provided Michael Schiavo with legal advice during his response to the Congressional bill that President Bush signed allowing the Schindler family to take their lawsuit seeking to prevent Terri's euthanasia death from state to federal courts.

Perrelli led the Jenner & Block team that developed the legal briefs opposing appeals for Michael and he ultimately received the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Pro Bono Award in October 2006 for representing Terri's former husband at no cost.

On Michael's legal team, Perrelli worked with infamous pro-euthanasia attorney George Felos as well as lawyers from the Florida chapter of the ACLU."

They also don't like the fact that he supports redistricting under the Voting Rights Act. So there you have it. The fight is on, and it's about black people, and Terri Schiavo. Good move, FRC... please, please, keep it up.

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