Friday, July 29, 2005

Frist to Back Funding of Stem Cell Study

On the heels of Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman's reversal Wednesday comes Majority Leader Bill Frist with one of his own, as he now plans to support funding embryonic stem cell funding. NYT, quotes an advanced copy of the text Mr. Frist plans to deliver later today, which says that he believes the president's policy should be modified because, over time, it slow our ability to bring potential new treatments for certain diseases.

Once again, Mr. Frist has underwhelmed with his leadership. I suspect this is based on his perceived need to make a play in line with mushy polling to boost his flagging presidential hopes (he was trounced in a recent online straw poll) because of the paradoxical truffle quote:

I believe human life beings at conception. I also believe that embryonic stem cell research should be encouraged and supported.
In other words, the dignity and sanctity of life only apply to the innocent and defenseless when it works for me. One thing is for sure, I am off the bench for '08.

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