John Kerry as "The Messiah"
There is a Limbaugh transcript dealing with the latest from John Edwards. When speaking of medical experiments performed on the stem cells of dead human embryos, Edwards said:
Well, if we do the work that we can do in this country, the work that we will do when John Kerry is president, people like Christopher Reeve are going to walk, get up out of that wheelchair and walk again.Yikes!
Limbaugh called it "the ultimate play on fear… the kind of fear that offers people false hope."
Erick Erickson calls it "rather shameful for John Edwards to say."
To me, it seems exactly Messianic. John 5:8, "Jesus said to him, 'Rise, take up your mat, and walk.'"
Except Christ required faith. There is no faith here, because both Kerry and Edwards know damn well that such medical experiments are not going to cure anything. Like Erick wrote: "Panderers until the end."
Telling a group of supporters you can magically cure paralysis is no different then telling a jury that surgery mysteriously causes birth defects. And if the members of the two audiences are products of our Government Schools, there's an excellent chance you'll be believed.
Demagogery says a lot about the man - but if it's working, it also says a lot about the audience.
Why not just promise sight to the blind? Edwards is a slip and fall sleazbell destined for obscurity. They are their own worst enemies.
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