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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Good Bye, Bart Stupak

Bart Stupak (D-USCCB) has announced he'll retire from Congress at the end of his term in order to spend more time with his wife and no, not because the Tea Party has made ousting him a top priority. "I've fought my whole career for health care and thanks to Barack Obama and my colleagues, we've gotten it done," said the man who was ready to let health-care reform go down in flames unless it was bent to his extreme anti-abortion-rights views--and who didn't seem to understand that the Senate version's Nelson amendment already did that. Stupak was the worst of both worlds: he got party support as the only kind of Dem who could win in a conservative district, only to collapse when faced with a tough campaign. Meanwhile we're all supposed to genuflect to him as a man of "principle" for putting at risk the most significant piece of social legislation in decades – and give him credit for his last-minute vote to pass it! It's too much -- cowardice plus chutzpah, with a little dash of dumb.
The general view seems to be that the seat will now revert to the Republicans who had it up until 1992 when Stupak won it, but, really, who knows? You can help keep that from happening by supporting Connie Saltonstall, former school teacher and Charlevoix county commissioner, pro-choicer. Saltonstall , who entered the primary last month to challenge Stupak over his anti-abortion-rights brinkmanship, has been endorsed by Planned Parenthood, NARAL, NOW, BlueAmerica and MI List, a state organization dedicated to electing pro-choice women Democrats. We sure could use some more of those. LinkHere
Conservatives claim Rep. Bart Stupak's scalp
Conservative groups are claiming a small victory with Michigan Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak’s retirement.
Since the anti-abortion Democrat withdrew his opposition to the health care reform bill, conservative groups have pounded Stupak’s district with attack ads accusing him of abandoning his principles in order to give President Barack Obama his signature domestic policy achievement.
The immediate gratification of seeing Stupak go so soon after the health care bill passed gave the groups plenty to celebrate. LinkHere

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