Since there seems to be a pretty good chance that the Republicans will lose control of the House and that they may even lose the Senate on November 7, the Republican Noise Machine has gone into overdrive, with nothing but fear-mongering and negative attack ads, along with the usual right-wing rabble-rousers being thrown into a last ditch attempt to energize their base for the election.
One key race in the Senate is in Missouri, where Democrat Claire McCaskill is challenging the incumbent, Republican Jim Talent. This race is in a statistical dead heat according to recent polls, and one of the main issues is stem cell research. Talent is against stem cell research, and McCaskill strongly supports it.
Earlier this week, Rush Limbaugh alleged on his radio show that Michael J. Fox (who has Parkinson’s Disease) was a phony by "exaggerating the effects of the disease" in a TV spot supporting Claire McCaskill in her Senate campaign. "He’s moving all around and shaking," Limbaugh said, "and it’s purely an act. … This is really shameless of Michael J. Fox. Either he didn’t take his medication or he’s acting." This is an outrageous and ignorant charge by Limbaugh, who should know better, with his extensive experience with prescription drugs.
But sadly, it is all too typical of Limbaugh and his fellow travelers. It’s time for a change.