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Representative Bart Stupak (D-MI) announced his retirement today after serving 18 years in Congress.  Good riddance, he had the opportunity to stand up for his convictions, but caved instead for a meaningless executive order.  He was already going to be vulnerable over his vote on the health care bill, but this puts his district even more into play.

The fall-out could be tremendous.  Charmaine Yoest, President of Americans United for Life, said of the news (HT: The Other McCain):

Bart Stupak entered into a sham political deal that couldn’t be defended with a straight face.  He put politics over principle and now even the politics are catching up to him.  This is just the beginning of the fallout over pro-abortion health care reform.   Ramming federal funding for abortion through against the will of the American people was a radioactive vote.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see more “Blue Dog” Democrats who claim to be prolife and yet voted for this bill cut and run.

3 comments
  1. I like Klavan’s characterization of Stupak. This also goes for the praise that was heaped upon Stupak by democratsforlife.org after his vote for the HC bill. “No Child left Alive.”

  2. At least he showed himself to have more dignity than Sarah Palin, serving out his full term instead of quitting in the middle and leaving his constituents to hold the bag for his ethics violations.

    Ok, so maybe the analogy breaks down when you consider that Stupak wasn’t being investigated for any ethics violations, but still, bailing out on your job when the going gets tough? I gotta say, he really pulled a Palin on this one!
    .-= Guy Incognito´s last blog ..Early Bird Special =-.

    1. @Guy Incognito, Constituents didn’t have to hold the bag for ethics violations (all of them were dismissed or did you miss that?). She had to hold the bag. I’ve blogged enough on that subject, it’s a non-starter. She wasn’t in danger of not being re-elected by the way.

      Apples and oranges.

      So do you actually have something about his position to say? Or do you just want to take pot shots at Governor Palin or others with whom you disagree. Seriously. I had one person suggest that I block you from commenting since you say this crap and hide behind anonymity. You used to actually address issues.

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