Bush's First Veto: Stem-Cell Research

I'm happy to see the president uncap his veto pen.

I think he's wrong on the substance, of course. Hell, even Orrin Hatch, who has embraced embryonic stem-cell research, thinks the president is wrong on the substance.

But at least Bush is axing a law in the manner provided for by our framers. And that's a great improvement over I-am-above-the-law "signing statements" Bush has used like an unconsitutional line-item veto for the past six years.

The president is acting on behalf of the deeply held beliefs of a minority of several millions of Americans. If Congress wants to override the veto, I wish them God's speed. But I can't help but feel cheered by the unexpected reappearance of traditional Constitutional checks and balances.