Monday, April 14, 2003

My Father Crapped Bigger Ones Than George Bush

so sayeth Ron Reagan, Jr. in a Salon interview. Junior is decidedly *not* a fan of Dubya. And not because he's a rebelling-against-Daddy liberal. He seems to believe that Bush junior is a betrayal of his father's legacy. Which is funny to me, because I'd consider a betrayal of Regan's legacy a *good* thing, which is not what I consider Bush's administration. Regardless, Ron Junior has a few things to get off his chest:

Reagan says his family feels particularly alienated from the Republican Party over its opposition to embryonic stem cell research, which could have significant benefit for Alzheimer patients like his father. "Now ignorance is one thing, ignorance can be cured. But many of the Republican leaders opposing this research know better, people like [Senate Majority Leader] Bill Frist, who's a doctor, for God's sake. People like him are blocking it to pander to the 20 percent of their base who are mouth-breathers. And that's unconscionable -- there are lives at stake here. Stem cell research can revolutionize medicine, more than anything since antibiotics."


"Sure, he wasn't a technocrat like Clinton. But my father was a man -- that's the difference between him and Bush. To paraphrase Jack Palance, my father crapped bigger ones than George Bush."


"And they told us, 'Don't worry about W. not knowing anything, good old Dick Cheney will be his minder.' Dick Cheney? And this was going to be compassionate conservatism? Dick Cheney is to the right of Genghis Khan, he wants to drill in your backyard, he wants to deny black people their rights --it was all there in his voting record for us to see. What were we, rubes?"


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