July 29, 2005

Frist Breaks With Bush on Stem-Cell Bill

Some big news on the Hill today is that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has decided to support federal financing for embryonic stem cell research, opposing George W. Bush on an issue (wowza!) and even more remarkably, taking a side opposite of those on the religious right.

We all know that this is a move to make him more likeable when he runs for president in 2008 since the majority of Americans support stem cell research, but this guy has got to be one of the most annoying presidential prospects. His obvious pandering and positioning places him in the ranks of the John Kerrys of the world in his ability to be a "politician." This guy has pandered so much to cultural conservatives being a lead federal interventionist into the whole Terry Shiavo debacle so I don't know if this move will help him in 2008, or hurt him with his conservative base, but most likely the conservatives will have forgotten this incident by then, and the rest of America hopefully wouldn't elect him president anyway so I guess it doesn't matter too much.

Here's to hoping that the Republican Party can produce a quality candidate like the Democratic Party hopefully will (Mark Warner).

The Christian Defense Coalition lambasted Frist's change of position.

"Sen. Frist should not expect support and endorsement from the pro-life community if he votes for embryonic research funding," it said.

"Senator Frist cannot have it both ways. He cannot be pro-life and pro-embryonic stem cell funding," said Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the group. "Nor can he turn around and expect widespread endorsement from the pro-life community if he should decide to run for president in 2008."

At least the flip flop slot has already been filled for 2008.

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