Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor (kistaro) wrote,
Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

Monkeyboy's Lose-Lose Situation

So predictably, President Botch vetoed the bill to fund stem-cell research. From my perspective as a strong proponent of science, this is a disaster, it will set us back years relative to other countries, and there's no rational basis for it (see the linked article). But politically speaking, Bush is sorta screwed.

I think the best part about it is that it doesn't matter what Bush did, he'd be screwed no matter what he did. If he didn't veto the bill, he'd get barbequed by the fundie nutters who got him elected in the first place. He'd lose enough support for the Republican party that they'd probably get defeated next election, unless he could rebuild theological credibility in the next two years, and that's a very difficult sort of credibility to build.

So his other option was this. That's a setback for science, but consider who else he pissed off. He angered everybody in his constituency who could be helped by such research, or more accurately the slim subset who actually understand the issue at hand well enough immediately, and within the next few weeks probably most of those who needed the help as the Democratic PR machine might actually get cranking this time.

So no matter what Bush did, he'd lose a large chunk of support. And given how thin his last victory was, he's probably salted his feet- uh, sealed his fate. (Bonus points to anybody who gets that obscure literary reference) Or at least that of his party with regard to the next election. But then, voters have short memories, and there's still more than two years to go for him to get forgiveness.

It's really pushing the science-Christianity relationship to one characterized as "versus", however, and that's one of those things that would be interesting and entertaining to watch if I didn't have to live with it.

  • Last LJ post

    Hey all, I joined the LJ exodus train before it was cool</hipster>, but with recent developments in LiveJournal server location (…

  • (no subject)

    I want to assemble things that nobody else could ever assemble, and when they are done, I want to have done it in ways that nobody of average skill…

  • Failing, etc.

    That feeling of being 99% sure a social space would have been better for everyone without you in it, but you can't apologize or talk about it or…

  • Post a new comment


    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded