Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Edwards, Faith Healer

Drudge has a quote from Edwards today at the top of his site:
"'When John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk. Get up out of that wheelchair and walk again'... Edwards made the unprecedented campaign promise during 30-minute speech at Newton High School gym in Newton, Iowa...

He follows this quote with the appropriately snarky headline "Be Healed," below a picture of Edwards, hand stretched heavenward, face knitted with passion.

This signals a new low in the demogoguery surrounding the stem cell debate. There is the macabre exploitation of Christopher Reeves death, followed by the pie-in-the-sky promise that not only strains credulity, but sounds almost like a parody of the stereotypical politician's empty promise. If I'm elected, the lame will walk, the blind will see, and the French will come to our aid in Iraq! You want pipe-dreams, I've got 'em by the dozen! Kucinich, eat your heart out!

Attempting to buy the vote of the terminally afflicted through counterfeit and impossible offers of aid crosses a line. He doesn't couch his assertion in terms such as "may" or "could eventually," instead saying that those like Reeve's "are" going to walk again during a Kerry administration.

I would like to see the transcript for this, to read the context, but Drudge doesn't have a link up yet, although I don't see how Edwards could extricate himself from such a sickeningly disingenuous and partisan statement.

This remark also deals the final death blow (if one was even needed) to Mark Halperin's assertion in his infamous ABC memo that Bush should be held more accountable than Kerry by the reporters, because Kerry's campaign effort didn't rely on distortions.

update: Well, Drudge added some more context... that is, he included this even more outrageous remark:
"We will stop juvenile diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and other
debilitating diseases."

This remark is indicative of how much the Kerry campaign takes for granted the tacit, and in many cases explicit, support of the MSM. After fanning the fires of draft fears for long enough, the Dems have moved onto lying to the sick with the knowledge, that, at best, this remark might get flagged on page A-30 in tomorrows or Thursdays papers, and this only after the article focuses on excoriating Bush for his nonsupport of tax money into stem cell research.

This remark is also telling, not just because of the audacity of the distortions contained within, but because of the faith it places in government to solve problems. There is private finding for stem cell research right now, but the Dems seem to think that if only government would get involved and wash money over the problem, miracles would be rendered unto the sick.

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