This market is certainly the worst since the internet bubble was burst about 8 years ago. We feel the pain because the effects of horrendous mistakes made in the homebuilders and financial sectors do not stay in those sectors, but propagates, for some reason, to innocent sectors.
I really don't think anyone is foolish enough to short this stock. It may get manipulated a little down to 28 or so but just so the big boys can load up before approval but nobody expects it to go lower than that.
There was a time when I agreed with you on the short situation. However, there are over 16 million shares, roughly 10% of outstanding shares, short on Vertex as we speak. I am not sure if they know something we don't. In the absence of data to support such pessimism, I sure hope it results in a serious short squeeze.