Tierney says the GOP has turned into "the Church Lady...the scold who makes even fellow congregants roll their eyes."
"They’re the party whose leader defends the sanctity of embyronic stem cells against scientists trying to cure diseases. They’re the killjoy who stands up to object when a gay couple wants to marry. They’re so shocked by gambling — imagine, Americans betting money! — that the House has just passed a bill outlawing most online wagering, and federal agents have arrested a visiting British executive of a sports-betting operation that is perfectly legal in his country."
He thinks the stem cell decision is not necessarily bad public policy, because the necessary research will still get funded by private sources, but says it's terrible politics. "Bush...even used that old campaign ploy, posing with babies — but he couldn’t compete with the images of paralyzed adults asking for help."