The House has passed the stem-cell bill, and Arlen Specter says he has a veto-proof majority for it in the Senate. The President threatens to veto it, and Tom DeLay says he has the votes in the House to sustain a veto.
Perfect. Just what we need. Take an issue where public sentiment is clearly with the Democrats, and set it up so the radical conservatives of the Texas Republican Party are standing between sick people and miracle cures. Exectly the right issue for the 2006/2008 elections: science and health v. fanaticism.
Liberalism lost public favor mostly because it came to appear to many voters that electing liberals meant having the government get in the way of stuff they wanted to do. I’m delighted to see the right making the same dumb mistake.
Meanwhile, the research goes forward abroad, and here in California.