The Washington Post has a story today confirming a memo laying out the perceived political benefits to be gained from the Senate's intervention in the Terri Schiavo case. After weeks of disclaiming political motives the memo puts the lie to the story.

Of course the polls on the subject suggest that the desired political outcome was an all-around miss. "This is an important moral issue and the pro-life base will be excited that the Senate is debating this important issue," the memo states. Polls taken a few days later suggest a majority of Evangelical Christians felt the Senate's action was wrong.