Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Stupak starts singing a different tune on ObamaCare

Talk about déjà vu, last time the House voted on ObaamCare, Bart Stupak made his principled stand and then caved like a house of cards. It looks like he is going for the replay. 
From Hot Air: Rep. Bart Stupak said he expects to resume talks with House leaders this week in a quest for wording that would impose no new limits on abortion rights but also would not allow use of federal money for the procedure.
“I’m more optimistic than I was a week ago,” Stupak said in an interview between meetings with constituents in his northern Michigan district. He was hosting a town hall meeting Monday night at a local high school.
“The president says he doesn’t want to expand or restrict current law (on abortion). Neither do I,” Stupak said. “That’s never been our position. So is there some language that we can agree on that hits both points — we don’t restrict, we don’t expand abortion rights? I think we can get there.”
Should Stupak cave, a real possibility, then Nancy will be very close to having those magical 216 votes, at least on paper. However, I suspect that there are more NO votes out there than many House Dems will publicly admit. 

I say this because the health care debate has come down to a single question for House Democrats; should they trade their political future for Obama’s? Considering that it was Obama and his policies that have left so many House Dems vulnerable, I think many of them will not be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice when the time comes. With the razor thin margins Pelosi will be working with, all it would take only one or two concealed NO votes to pull the rug out from under her at the last minute.

Via: Hot Air


LL said...

I know it's too much to expect these politicians to "grow a spine", however, as you pointed out, when their self-interest is at stake, maybe they'll consider the NO vote the way to go. Because, that's precisely what it is -- their future in politics.

Clifton B said...


Washington is infested with self serving politicians. I am sure the Democrats have more than their fair share. In the end, the majority of them will vote for their own hides.

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