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Tag: Bart Stupak (page 2)
Bart Stupak in many ways cornered himself into a no win position as the health care debate drew down and the vote neared. He tried to walk the tightrope of partisan divide, and understood full well his conservative supporters of the last 18 years were counting on him to hold up to their trust. They didn't want expansion of abortion paid for by tax dollars, and he said it wasn't going to happen. He postured for "the fight," and half of us actually believed he might hold to his stated principles.
In the end he caved, based on the promise of executive will.
I suppose he hoped that his constituents would believe the executive order signed by the President might actually have some effect of law. It may theoretically, but it cannot be enforced effectively, and Hyde will not cover the new departments and provisions.
But he must have known it, but he aired up his chest and exclaimed he was taking the high and moral road..
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Its official. Stupak is announcing today, that he will not seek re-election to the 1st congressional district. Fox reports:
"Michigan Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak, who was the central figure in the abortion debate surrounding the health care law, will retire from Congress at the end of this term.
Stupak claims all the hubbub surrounding his vote was not the reason..
OK.. no matter.
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Kim Priestap links to this MSNBC snippet:
With just a few days to go before the end of this recess, House Democrats are cautiously optimistic that they could get through it without a single retirement announcement. That said, there is still a concern that some important incumbents in districts that they are uniquely suited could call it quits. At the top of the concern list this week: Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak. The Democrat best known this year as the Democrat who delivered the winning margin of votes for the president's health-care reform bill is said to be simply exhausted. The criticism he received -- first from the left, and then from the right -- has worn him and his family out. And if he had to make the decision now, he'd probably NOT run. As of this writing, a bunch of senior Democrats (many of the same ones who twisted his arm on the health care vote) are trying to talk him into running. The filing deadline in Michigan is still a month away, but veterans of that state's politics are skeptical anyone other than Stupak can hold that district in this political climate.Thoughts?
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It was absurd, after all, for people to have accused Bart Stupak of selling out an entire pro-life political career for a tow truck and a fence. Bart would never sell out for such frivolity. Bart knows Bart, and he says NO WAY!
But, just one short day after changing course on that long held moral campaign against abortion, Stupak submitted earmark requests that topped a half billion dollars.
Stupak requested more than $578 million in earmarks, including $125 million for a replacement lock on the Sault Ste. Marie, $25.6 million to build a federal courthouse in Marquette, Mich., $15 million to repaint the Mackinac Bridge and $800,000 to preserve the Quincy Mining Company smelter near Hancock in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.He was joined by the other ten members of the AAAC (Almost Anti-Abortion Coalition) in requesting a total of $3.4 billion in earmarks.
Who can say whether these earmarks really represent the sell out, or whether the addled lawyer believed he had already gotten a great deal in trade for his reputation--long waiting lines at the doctor's office, larger deficits, and higher health care costs.
Principles, particularly the firm kind, cannot be purchased on the cheap. Regardless, he sold out one way or the other.
Not that he ever should have gotten it in the first place.
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Bart did it now..
The National Right to Life Committee argued that seven objectionable pro-abortion provisions in the Senate bill are unchanged.
I would argue Mr. Stupak is as vulnerable as ever. Showing as Anti Constitution, and PRO ABORTION.
Bye Bye Bart.
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Bart Stupak was going to fold from day one. He claims to be a pro life person, but he belongs to a pro abortion party?? He votes along with his fellow liberals 94% of the time along party votes. Is anyone else getting this? Did anyone here actually think Bart would vote against the democrat's ie the gov't's take over of the health care industry in this country? Watch Bart on youtube where in Cheboygan, at a townhall meeting, he said he would vote for the take over, even if federally funded abortion was included in the bill. He was going to vote for it from day one!!!! Why would anyone seem shocked that he voted with his liberal party???
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I know I was hoping he wouldn't, but it seems Mr. Stupak may have accepted some form of payoff on his reticence, and Pelosi was willing to piss off a few others to get him on board:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made a deal with Rep. Bart Stupak in order to secure his vote and that of other anti-choice Democrats for the health care bill, which is scheduled to be voted on this Sunday. According to a member of Congress who was briefed on the matter, Pelosi has agreed to let Stupak have a vote on his amendment either before or after the House votes to pass the Senate bill. It instructs the Senate to substitute the language in his amendment for the Senate language on abortion.
The language used to cajole Mr Stupak into acquiescence, and upsetting that towering intellectual (read: sarcasm) Grayson of FL, demonstrates Stupak's pro-life stand is not very deep indeed...
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