Rich Galen

The pro-embryonic stem cell people will try to make the case that this new development is interesting and promising but "we must not give up the fight to continue research using proven technology." Those who were emotionally invested in embryonic stem cell research may toss the same amount in a different envelope if only to show continued solidarity to the concept.

Lobbyists, fund-raisers, writers, graphic designers, and - dare we say it - consultants will be fired because the money which has been pouring in on each side of this emotional issue will dry up. And quickly.

As we have discussed before, to raise a bunch of money you need a cause. The cause needs to be easily understood. And there has to be an obstacle - preferably one simply defined as a Left Wing obstacle or Right Wing obstacle - to whatever good works you want to proceed or whatever evil you want to halt.

In the stem cell world, Tuesday was Armistice Day and all those profiteers in the embryonic stem cell wars are going to have to find new causes and new enemies.

The professional scolds in the Cause Wars will find new fronts to fight their battles, raise their money, and justify their existence.

As for me, I would like someone to grow me a new Left Anterior Descending cardiac artery.


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at