Even in their announcement of Terri Schiavo's death The Washington Post is continuing to hawk the memo-of-unknown-origin in a transparent attempt to make Republicans look bad.
As the controversy swirled, Frist and other Republicans seized on the issue as a chance to affirm what President Bush has called "a culture of life" that he seeks to promote in U.S. society. But there were also signs that some Republicans viewed the case in political terms as a way to rally socially conservative core supporters.
An unsigned memo distributed to Republican senators as they were considering legislation in the Schiavo case said, "This is an important moral issue and the pro-life base will be excited that the Senate is debating this important issue." The memo called the case "a great political issue" and suggested that it could be used against Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), who is up for reelection next year, because he had refused to co-sponsor the legislation. GOP leaders later disavowed the memo, insisting that their motives were life-affirming, not political.
More on the memo:
John Hinderaker, at Powerline, has the definitive line on the memo's questionable provenance.
Michelle Malkin: WHAT EXACTLY DID THE POST SAY ABOUT THAT MEMO?