July 30, 2005

Turmoil on the Right

Google news points to a number of stories covering the fact that Bill Frist, Dr. “I can make a video diagnosis with my eyes closed” Frist, has broken ranks with the far right (and the president) to come out in support for more research into human embryonic stem cells.

His defection means there’s a good chance that a bill to allow such research will pass the Senate, forcing Bush to veto it.

Frist’s timing (stepping on an otherwise good week for Bush) makes the high profile announcement even more galling for the party. Some suggest that this is some sort of penance for the fool Frist made of himself during the Terry Schiavo debacle. If so, it might be the only good thing to come of that tragedy.

Whatever the reasons, it’s refreshing to see some respect for scientific research creeping back into the right.

Posted by James at July 30, 2005 7:44 AM
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