Thursday, May 26, 2005
Can He Truly Be That Dumb?
The Washington Post Editorial dismembers Tom Delay:
DURING THE DEBATE in the House on Tuesday over the stem cell research bill that passed on a bipartisan vote, Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) leveled a remarkable accusation: Supporters of liberalizing President Bush's restrictive approach to funding stem cell research, he said, were voting "to fund with taxpayer dollars the dismemberment of living, distinct human beings for the purposes of medical experimentation." Mr. DeLay called embryonic stem cell research, which may promise lifesaving treatments for various devastating conditions, a "scientific exploration into the potential benefits of killing human beings."The natural response is to ask the question, Can he really be that dumb? The more disturbing question is, How did he arrive at a position of leadership?
... It's hard, however, to be dismembered if one has no limbs -- being merely a cluster of a couple of hundred non-differentiated cells.
Again, I ask, What is it about the U.S. House of Representatives that makes it such a legislative backwater?