Legislation-by-anecdote is a dangerous enterprise. If you want to misunderstand stem cells, consult President George W. Bush's account of "snowflake babies,'' born from unused embryos at in-vitro fertilization clinics.
For every tale of a deadbeat dad with five kids on public assistance, there are thousands of fathers working three jobs to feed a family. For every Terri Schiavo, there are millions of families bearing the burden of life-and-death choices without being second-guessed on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
Now comes Graeme Frost, the blond, 12-year-old boy with brain injuries from an automobile accident. He was put forward by the Democrats to persuade Republicans to override the president's veto of the bill expanding the State Children's Health-Insurance Program, called Schip.
Graeme's story put the Republicans in a Swift-boating frenzy. We hadn't seen anything like it since 2004, when Senator John Kerry, with his multiple medals for bravery in Vietnam, ended up being unfavorably compared to a president who kept Texas safe from invasion by Oklahoma while serving weekends in the National Guard.
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