It looks like Bush and company have found another wedge issue for the upcoming campaign, and Bush’s Propoganda Minister, Karl Rove, is rumbling that Bush might issue the first veto of the administration:
President Bush will likely cast the first veto of his presidency if the Senate, as expected, passes legislation to expand federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research, White House aide Karl Rove said today.
“The president is emphatic about this,” Rove – Bush’s top political advisor and architect of his 2000 and 2004 campaigns – said in a meeting with the editorial board of The Denver Post.
The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed the legislation, co-sponsored by Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, and Rep. Mike Castle, R-Del. If the Senate approves the bill it would go to the president’s desk.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., who backs the bill, has said he will try to bring it up for a Senate vote soon.
“It is something we would, frankly, like to avoid,” Rove said when asked if the White House would welcome, or dread, vetoing legislation passed by a Republican Congress, especially on so emotional an issue as embryonic stem cell research.
I am not sure how successful this wedge issue will be, as it is my understanding that Bush and Rove are clearly on the wrong side of popular public opinion. However, in election years, what really matters is the base, and this will get them riled up and possibly provide them with the issue they so desparately need. In the meantime, I will let you once again wonder about the moral compass of a group of people who will let this administration do whatever the hell they want to the entirety of the American populace, with the noticable exceptions of Terri Schiavo and undifferentiated globs of cells. At least the fags aren’t getting married.