Robert Novak

 Rep. Chris John of Louisiana was a rare candidate for a closely contested Senate seat in a conservative state to show up at the Democratic National Convention. Polls show John running in a tight battle for second place to make the runoff in Louisiana's non-party election.

 Other Democratic Senate candidates running in states overwhelmingly carried by George W. Bush in 2000 were nowhere near Boston: Former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, South Carolina Education Commissioner Inez Tenenbaum, Erskine Bowles of North Carolina and Rep. Brad Carson of Oklahoma.

 Sen. Jon Corzine of New Jersey, the Senate Democratic chairman, did not order these candidates to stay home, as was publicly reported. He did tell them the choice was theirs. In any event, their candidacies would not have been spotlighted at the convention as would have been the case in bygone years.


 Ron Reagan Jr.'s showcased Democratic convention speech Tuesday night in effect called for human cloning, but was not even commented on, much less protested, by the party's leaders.

 The late Republican president's son, in promoting stem-cell research, endorsed Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT), which creates new cells to "be placed into a tissue culture."

 The U.S. Bioethics Council unanimously stated that "the initial product" of SCNT is "a living (one-celled) cloned human embryo." Thus, Reagan was advocating taxpayer funding of human cloning, a process overwhelmingly opposed by the public.

Robert Novak

Robert Novak (1931-2009) was a syndicated columnist and editor of the Evans-Novak Political Report.

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