Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Michael J. Fox

This is a hell of an ad. No wonder it's got Rush's panties in a bunch. Washington Post (10.24.06):
"Appearing grimly unsteady from his long bout with Parkinson's disease, actor Michael J. Fox is inserting his halting voice into the campaign for the U.S. Senate in a new television commercial about the importance of stem cell research. The ad, endorsing Democrat Benjamin L. Cardin in his race against Republican Michael S. Steele, bears witness to the actor's unmistakable decline and harnesses that physical degeneration into a political message." Michael J. Fox Records TV Ad for Cardin
"'Stem cell research offers hope to millions of Americans with diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's,' Fox says, seated in a dimly lit hotel room, staring directly into the camera. 'But George Bush and Michael Steele would put limits on the most promising stem cell research.'" "'To me, this is a shame that they're exploiting someone like Michael J. Fox for something that the scientists say is not going to do anything,' said Douglas Stiegler, executive director of Maryland's Family Protection Lobby." Exploiting? Surely you jest. "Cardin aides said Fox contacted the campaign after seeing news accounts of Steele's position on the research." Here's Limbaugh's take on the matter. Ha, ha. Pretty funny, Rush. UPDATE: Rush is such an idiot he's encouraging his listeners to go view the ad. No matter what he says though, the ad is so powerful, it's very hard to watch it and not be moved. This is really gonna make Rush look petty and venal, even more than usual.


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