Manipulating Voters in Missouri

There’s a commercial currently running in Missouri asking to voters to vote against Senator Jim Talent because, as it claims, he doesn’t support stem cell research. Mary Katharine calls it emotionally manipulative. It is. Allahpundit calls it shameful and it’s that too. Take a look:

Young, beautiful, dewy-eyed, and completely hypothetical people who might, someday, contract an illness or, God forbid, get into a car accident and become paralyzed. What, according to the left wing group the Media Fund, is the only thing that can save them? Stem cell research. It’s complete and total manipulation. And it’s dishonest.

Jim Talent supports stem cell research. He supports adult and umbilical cord stem cell research, both of which have produced therapies that are working right now to save people’s lives. What Senator Talent doesn’t support is federally funded embryonic stem cell research. That’s a very small, and at this point in time, completely unproductive part of stem cell research that requires life at its very beginnings to be destroyed.

So, I pose this question: what if those who are against federally funded embryonic stem cell research ran an equally manipulative ad asking Missouri to vote against Claire McCaskill because she wants to kill embryos before they have a chance at life. And what if the ad looked something like this:

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Please don’t kill me. My life is just beginning. I could be born and grow up to cure AIDS, or diabetes, or Parkinson’s disease. Vote against Claire McCaskill because she wants to end my life just as it’s beginning in the name of research that has yet to provide a therapy or cure for anyone anywhere.

Manipulative, huh? Those on the left who support federal funding of embryonic stem cell research would be screaming from the mountaintops about how shameful and manipulative it is. Yet, this is exactly what the the Media Fund’s anti-Talent ad is doing right now.

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