The tactic of distraction succeeded. The GOP successfully managed to bring the entire nation into what was, essentially, a fight inside of a family. Not only did they tramatize the situation for political gains, they managed to spin it into some "moral" crusade (yes, I used the word crusade) to "save Schiavo's life." I have an extreme amount trouble believing that the GOP would give a rat's ass about anyone's life, much less a vegatable in Florida, so I must conclude that the facade was only for direct political gain, and for damage control. Remember, the less people know about Bush, the more they seem to like him.
For these dispicable rationales, they made the life of Michael Schiavo much more difficult than it already was. Not only did he have the painful decision to make about his (mostly) dead wife, as well as to struggle with the deceased's parents, he now had to deal with death threats, being called a murderer, being the whipping boy for a nation, and the embarresment of the national spotlight.
It has now been revealed that it was all based on a lie: Terri Schiavo was pracically dead. There was no reviving the poor thing, nor was it even remotely possible that it was Michael's fault that she died. Not only was he not a murderer, he was doing what was best for her the whole damnned time. The refusal of the "moral majority" to realize, or even allow for the possibility, that he had her interests in mind caused no small cost to him and his life. He is owed an apology. They made him a whipping boy to save Bush, and for that, they must apologize if they at all are to be considered decent human beings.