Frist is Stem sold

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"Apparently Bill Frist is tired of people putting his honorific 'Dr.' in scare quotes," writes Amanda Marcotte, of the Senate Majority Leader's Bush-crossing, about-face on the stem cell issue. Frist's been spanked for being a shoddy Senate leader and for his ethically questionable "let's go to the videotape" diagnosis of Terri Schiavo (which, shockingly, turned out to be wrong).

Amanda speculates: "Maybe the struggle to keep pretending that he can't tell the difference between a petri dish full of stem cells and a kindergarten classroom full of kids just overwhelmed him. Most likely he realizes that the Religious Wingnutteria is not as big a consituency as Bush seems to think. Maybe as a doctor he knows that this research might turn into something really, really useful and he can't in good conscience ignore that fact. I imagine it's a combination of these factors.

"Which all leads me to today's Way to Make a Wingnut's Head Explode -- ask him if he would have supported stem cell research if there was a chance it would have brought Terri Schiavo out of her permanent vegetative state." (Pandagon)

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