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January 9, 2008
I’ve got a big post ready to go on the subject of money and the drug industry, but since I figure everyone has a political hangover this morning, I’ll wait until tomorrow to put that one up. I was up in New Hampshire last weekend with my wife and kids, and I’m surprised that we didn’t trip over one candidate or another. Their campaign signs decorated every snowbank in Nashua, that’s for sure – I even saw a “Duncan Hunter 2008” one, which I should have loaded into the trunk as a collector’s item.
It’s far too early for me to talk about the various candidates in terms of their attitudes toward research and towards my industry – most of these people are going to be gone soon, anyway – but I will say that the lackluster showing (so far) of John Edwards pleases me. The idea of an Edwards presidency gives me the shakes, frankly (I see that he scares Alex Tabarrok, too).
At least this time he’s not promising that if he’s elected that the halt and the lame shall forthwith rise on the healing powers of stem cells. He did that in 2004, and in much stronger tent-meeting tones than that last sentence. It’s not that stem cells will never bring anyone up out of a wheelchair – I very much hope that that’s possible, and who knows, it may well be. But it’s not going to take place during the timetable of one presidential administration, that’s for sure.
No doubt everyone running for president is in favor of research, and of science in the abstract. (Well, OK, maybe we can make an exception for my fellow Arkansan Mike Huckabee, when it comes to some scientific theories). Their attitudes toward the drug industry, though, make for a much livelier spread of opinion. There will be time enough to talk about that once we’re down to the single candidates, though.
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