Much has happened over the past few weeks. After Michael J. Fox appeared in a television commercial urging voters to elect Claire McCaskill because of her pro-stem cell stance, that sultan of subtlety, Rush Limbaugh, mocked Fox for allegedly exaggerating the symptoms of his Parkinson's Disease. Limbaugh subsequently apologized, but his criticism appears to have strengthened support for stem cell research across the country. In Missouri, Claire McCaskill pulled even with Jim Talent in a number of post-Fox/Limbaugh polls. In what may be an indication that Talent's campaign - and the campaign against Amendment 2 - is flagging, both President Bush and Rudolph Giuliani have flown to Missouri hoping to conduct some last-minute damage control. Awkwardly for Talent, Giuliani did mention his own support for early stem cell research.
Unwilling to settle for rigorous and scientific polls alone, I conducted my own second, highly unscientific poll on the stem cell issue today (November 3, 2006) by again counting Kansas City lawn-signs favoring or opposing Amendment 2. The current tally: 42 signs in favor and 12 signs opposed.
Things look favorable for passage of Amendment 2. But then, when even Alex P. Keaton speaks out in favor of stem cell research, it's safe to conclude that the winds of change are blowing.