Positions evolve; minds change. But I'm not about to cut King Hypocrite Smilin' Norm Coleman an inch of slack. After all, this is the guy who flipped from backing Paul Wellstone to voting with the Eagle Forum 90% of the time in a few short years, then spent most of 2004 chasing after John Kerry with the Bush fabrication squad.
In 2002, Coleman was clear as an f'n bell:
But yesterday's Wall Street Journal confirms that Smilin' Norm is in mid-flop:
Embryonic stem cells have the special ability to develop into every type of cell in the human body. Their medical potential may include treatments for Parkinson's disease, diabetes, heart disease and other ailments. Supporters say the bill awaiting Senate consideration limits funding to stem cells from those embryos that would be discarded by fertility clinics in any event because they are unneeded by couples.
Opponents say the research amounts to destruction of human life. The policy Mr. Bush enunciated in August 2001 permitted funding for research on those stem-cell lines that existed at that point. To create embryonic stem cells for research, a stem-cell line must be created from the inner cell mass of a week-old embryo. Embryonic stem cells can grow and divide indefinitely and can be distributed to researchers.
Another officially undecided Republican is Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota. Though Mr. Coleman has a strong right-to-life voting record, his state boasts a large biomedical industry, the Mayo Clinic and a top stem-cell research facility at the University of Minnesota. Some of those biomedical interests worry that failure to overturn Mr. Bush's policy will push stem-cell research overseas or to states such as California, which recently passed a $3 billion bond issue to conduct such research.
I guess the moral significance of human embryos is yet another pollable variable. As Bob Mould might've penned: Smilin' Norm goes/whichever way the wind blows.
Don't feel too bad for King Hypocrite Smilin' Norm Coleman as he made some decent money playing both sides of the issue.
Read an article about it yesterday, naturally, Normal took both sides money but did manage to vote on the side with the larger amount.
If it wasn't for contributions, the politicians wouldn't make any money at all.