A clownish turn at the G-8 meeting (fondling the German chancellor; open mike) was a poor runup to Bush's bad decision to veto the bill on stem cell research, despite a 63-vote majority in the Senate, Brummett writes.
Sixty-three votes are not quite enough to override a presidential veto. In other words, George W. Bush single-handedly stands in the laboratory door.
That's the way it goes. The president has that power. But a president presuming to exercise such power needs to show himself to be serious, informed and contemplative. Unfortunately, this man presuming to stand in the laboratory door had only days before behaved as a cross between a kid and a clown.
Bad timing. Bad week. I meant for the president, but you might also say for sick people.