POLITICAL DEMAGOGUERY AT ITS WORST: When I saw that Christopher Reeve died, I had to wonder how the political races would be affected, being that stem-cell research is a hot topic this week.

John Edwards exceeded my worst fears this week. While campaigning in Iowa, Edwards said, "When John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk. Get up out of the wheelchair and walk again."

Disgusting. Disgusting like the Wellstone funeral in 2002, which turned into a political call to action that so sickened Minnesotans that the Democrats running for governor and for senate (in place of Wellstone) lost the races despite having leads prior to the Wellstone funeral.

This further shows that Edwards is not ready for prime time. While some believe that, if Kerry loses, Edwards will strongly challenge Hillary for the Democratic nomination in 2008, I can no longer agree. Between his debate debacle last week, his confusing bumblings on the Sunday news shows (Iraq is the central terrorist threat to the US, after all, but the war in Iraq is a diversion from the War on Terror), and this latest outburst, he has become a drag to the Kerry ticket.

Those of you who know me well know my disdain for Senator Tom Harkin, who at the Wellstone funeral ripped off his suit jacket and yelled, "Get on the bus!" Tasteful for a funeral, of course. If there's a chance to embarrass his state, Harkin cannot pass up the opportunity. Yesterday, on the floor of the Senate, Harkin joined with Senator Dick Durbin to criticize President Bush for a "ban" on stem-cell research... all while they had a picture of Reeve in the background. How repulsive. It's sickening to think that this man represents the great state of Iowa.

Harkin does, however, make for a great coat rack for Howard Dean!

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