It is probably proper for the Kerry campaign to use Christopher Reeve’s death for political purposes. Reeve was, after all, a die hard lefty who would undoubtedly support Kerry and would, if possible, campaign for him.

Nonetheless, it is rather shameful for John Edwards to say, “When John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk. Get up out of that wheelchair and walk again.” And yes, he did say it.

The fact is that stem cell research will not benefit those with spinal injuries. The problems with the spin are the result of scarring, something stem cells will have not effect on. Stem cells might help cure Parkinsons or relief strokes, but the paralyzed will not walk and the alzheimer plagued will not begin remembering again based on stem cell research.

John Edwards and John Kerry — panderers until the end.

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  • Killing the weak to heal the sick
    I’d heard just about enough of the blather about a supposed “ban” on stem cell research, but John Edwards’ speech about helping the crippled to walk through embryo stem cell research pushed me over the edge. In 2002 I published a Note (the term for an …

  • Edwards makes unprecedented campaign promises
    Currently, it is the top story on Drudge, but the Times-Republican has the story where Vice Presidential Candidate John Edwards said this: “We will stop juvenile diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other debilitating diseases. America just lost a gr…

  • Bravo, Erick. You hit the nail on the head with this one. Kerry and Edwards will not win because they are using these vacuous arguments intended to sway emotions. They cannot prove their statements (this one in particular) or detail their policies. This will largely not fly with American voters. I am coming closer and closer to a prediction of a solid win for Bush (not a landslide).


  • Quoting “John Edwards and John Kerry — panderers until the end.”

    Well, fortunately the end is near. November 3rd they go back to being nuisances.

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