In the nearby state of Missouri, Jim Talent and Claire McCaskill are neck-and-neck in a race for the US Senate. MSNBC argues that this might be the bell-weather election of the cycle, but even if Talent wins I think a strong showing by Democrats elsewhere is quite possible. Josh Marshall has a point, however, about the “irrational exuberance” of some democratic voices out there; still a lot of time before the election, and tides can shift quickly. There’s a lot of money flowing around, and who can predict events on the ground?
But back to the Talent-McCaskill contest. Its close; apparently, real close. Turnout by the bases and appeals to the swing voters will likely decide it. And that latter, I think, is why the race keeps coming down to the stem-cell issue.
I’ve not been following a lot of the ads on teevee (mainly because they’re back and forth about who has done nursing homes more wrong), but when Josh Marshall pointed out this McCaskill ad featuring Michael J. Fox, I was intrigued. It might make a big difference:
The stem-cell debate is complex, as are positions that support or oppose fetal stem-cell research. There are emotional components to the argument on both sides; the one in this ad, I wonder, might make the difference.