OFF the Bandwagon? [UPDATED]
Details here and here.
Considering that I was holding out on supporting McCain specifically because of his support of ESCR, I view his campaign's decision to run that detestible ad as a big ol' thumb in my eye. They took Biden's bait regarding Palin and stem cell research when they should have either ignored it or continued to hammer him for being a dumbass since ESCR and Down Syndrome have nothing to do with each other. Instead, McCain couldn't wait to show off his "maverick" credentials on an issue where President Bush just so happens to be right and McCain happens to be dead wrong.
I am seriously considering jumping OFF the McCain-Palin bandwagon at this point.
Don't get me wrong, I ♥ Sarah Palin. She's the REAL DEAL on life issues. But she runs the risk of being tainted by her association with the "maverick" McCain.
At Catholics in the Public Square, Christopher Blosser has more: "McCain Campaign runs questionable advertisement on stem cells, giving pro-lifers reason to doubt their integrity"
Ughh! Team McCain removes all doubt:
The ad does not specifically refer to embryonic research, which is opposed by most politicians and activists who, like McCain, do not support abortion rights.(emphasis added)
The omission is not a signal that McCain is backing away from his record in favor of embryonic stem cell research, spokesman Brian Rogers said.
“Clearly, John McCain supports it,” he said, emphasizing that the ad is intended to refer to all forms of stem cell research, including experiments using human embryos and those using cells from adults.
At this point, I think I'll take all my marbles and go home.