The right and the left converge...here (for the moment, anyway)
From the left: One of my favorite lefty bloggers, Majikthise, has come to the same conclusion that I have, namely that the mercury/autism connection is "totally unsupported by the evidence." She also promises a second post on the allegations of collusion, influence peddling, and coverup. I didn't really deal with these issues in my post, so I await her followup article. Just because I point out that the evidence for thimerosal in vaccines as a cause of autism is very weak does not mean I approve of, for example, Bill Frist's cozier-than-appropriate ties with pharmaceutical companies.
From the right: The Corner on National Review Online has also linked to my article as well, as did the Commons.
All of this suggests to me that this issue can be about good science, not politics.
Finally, a shameless plug: Welcome to Respectful Insolence, all new readers brought here from any site that's linked to my article. Some of you obviously hate my viewpoint (as evidenced by some of the nastiness in the comments), but I'm hoping some of you decide to stay a while and make this a regular stop on your blog-reading rounds. This blog is about a whole lot more than vaccines, as you will find out if you stick around a while.