Kerry will exploit Christopher Reeve’s death

I hope John Kerry doesn’t exploit Christopher Reeve’s death to flog President Bush about stem cell research on human embryos. There is no ban on stem cell research; you can legally kill all the embryos you like as long as you don’t fund your research with taxpayer money.
No matter. I predict Kerry will keep up the lie, and say something close to “George Bush killed Christopher Reeve.” He might even get Dana Reeve do it for him on TV.
Unless MoveOn.org beats him to it.

UPDATE: Kerry hasn’t blatantly painted Bush with responsibility for Reeve’s death yet. He’s only implied it obliquely. But I’m certain down to my bones that Kerry will find a way to hit Bush with this during the third debate this Wednesday. Watch for it at the end of a Kerry rebuttal, when Bush has little or no time to respond. It’ll be something along the lines of “if not for the ban on stem cell research imposed by this Administration, my dear late friend Chris Reeve might be alive and walking tonight.” Kerry will deliver the lie with his best attempt at a mournful expression and sympathetic voice.
Watch for new widow Dana Reeve to silently show up at Kerry’s side after the debate, too.
UPDATE (Oct 12, 12:22 PM): John Edwards, shameless ambulance chaser, jumped in with both feet today (link to follow). For now, see Drudge. I’m having difficulty choosing the words to accurately describe my contempt for this new low in political pandering.
UPDATE (1:00 PM): Edwards said “When John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk. Get up out of that wheelchair and walk again.” Bull. There is no cure for spinal cord injuries. Furthermore, no peer-reviewed embryonic stem cell research study to date has shown promise for finding a cure. Not one. They’re still stuck on the scarring problem. Go ahead and look, but you won’t find anything, believe me. I keep up to date on this topic, and I’m fairly familiar with the state of the law on federal funding of embryo stem cell research.
UPDATE (1:39 PM): I’ve been waiting to fire this broadside all year. Hey, Kedwards … catch!

4 comments

  1. Puddle Pirate

    Yeah, I saw that too. That’s a much milder quote than I predicted, but it’s just Kerry’s first statement. I fully expect him to capitalize on our natural concern for the crippled and the ill, especially since he’s still behind in the polls.