Monday, March 22, 2010

Stupak Crumbles

The pro-life movement encouraged Bart Stupak to stand up for his principles on the abortion language in the health care bill. He gave the appearance that he would put principle over politics. But in the end, he merely decided to go along to get along. He became one of the dead fish that goes with the flow. Pro-lifers who treated him as an ally were severely let down. The agony that Representative Stupak felt in deciding his vote has turned to the agony that we all feel now that he sold his soul for Obamacare.

How pro-life Democrats can feel assured by the White House that their views will be considered by executive order is beyond me. "The executive order is essentially a reiteration of the Senate abortion language coupled with promises of enforcement by a pro-choice administration," according to W. James Antle, III at The American Spectator. Someone should have reminded the Stupak caucus of another promise Obama made: the one he made to Senator McCain about taking public funding when running for president.

Now that the White House and Nancy Pelosi have gotten what they want, there is no reason for them to come back and amend the bill to include Stupak's non-funding language, whether it be through reconcilliation in the Senate or by executive order. Stupak sold his soul and the president and the speaker are not going to be in any great hurry to give it back to him.

There really is no such thing as a pro-life Democrat anymore.

More on this subject:

Stupak and Lessons Learned: Democrats Lie. Chronically
This Will Not Stand: Newt On the Passage of Obamacare
Gov Palin Breaks Down ObamaCare on O’Reilly
Jim Demint: ‘It must be repealed’
Stupak Stripped of "Defender of Life" award

UPDATE: Palin Slams Stupak

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