Report: Stupak working with GOP to kill ObamaCare after Nelson’s sellout; Update: “Unacceptable”

posted at 2:29 pm on December 19, 2009 by Allahpundit

So strange have the bedfellows become that this story is breaking almost at the same time that this one is. Pro-life and pro-choice, united at last!

Question: Will the nutroots regard Stupak as a traitor for working with the evil GOP or an unwitting hero in trying to block a bill they regard as a sellout to corporate America?

An aide to Rep. Bart Stupak (D. Mich.) coordinated opposition to a Senate compromise on the place of abortion in health care legislation this morning with the Republican Senate leadership, the Conference Catholic Bishops, and other anti-abortion groups, according to a chain of frantic emails obtained this morning by POLITICO.

The emails show that Stupak — who has so far remained silent on language accepted by Senator Ben Nelson (D. Neb.) and faces intense pressure from the White House to accept it — is already working behind the scenes to oppose the compromise…

Stupak is the leader of a group of pro-life Democrats who say they’ll oppose the sweeping legislation if it uses government money to pay for abortion, while McConnell is firmly committed to killing the legislation. The fact that the two have made common cause against the Senates health care compromise will likely further infuriate Stupak’s Democratic colleagues in the House, and demonstrates his willingness to stop any bill that doesn’t pass his test.

I’m assuming the leaker here was someone who’s supporting the bill and eager to shatter Stupak’s pro-life blockade in the House, although I can’t imagine how they would have gotten hold of the e-mails. Or was this actually leaked by Stupak himself as an early warning to Pelosi that he’ll need to be bought off too like his pal Ben Nelson was? (If so, how does “further infuriating” his own side, including possibly members of his own anti-abortion coalition, by secretly coordinating with the GOP strengthen his hand?) Here again is Stephen Spruiell’s calculus of Democratic votes in the House; remember, Pelosi can only afford to lose two net yes votes after passing her own bill, 220-215. The strategy, I assume, will be to appease House progressives by dropping Stupak’s abortion language while using the lack of a public option in the final bill to woo Dems in Stupak’s anti-abortion coalition. Even if she loses 20 votes among House liberals who say they can’t vote for a bill without a public plan, potentially she’ll gain back 20 among weak pro-life Blue Dogs for whom a bill without a public plan is a real treat. Hoyer thinks it’s feasible, but whether he said that because he believes it or simply because he wanted to keep the pressure on while Nelson was deliberating is anyone’s guess.

Exit question: Can anyone explain to me why Bayh and Lincoln and Pryor and the rest of the Blue Dogs in the Senate who represent the 60th vote aren’t now demanding a Medicaid buyout for their state like Nelson got? Big Ben might have sold out America on abortion but at least he has something to show his constituents. The rest of them are voting for an increasingly toxic bill and getting jack in return. Is there some subtle strategic point to this that I’m missing or are they simply the royal schmucks we suspect them of being?

Update: Fixed the blockquote to correct Politico’s earlier typo about Stupak supposedly backing the Senate bill. (He’s opposing it, of course.) Meanwhile, an update:

“I never talked to McConnell about the health care bill,” said Stupak, adding that that “I did not authorize the email [which] “was sent without my knowledge.”

Stupak said that he has discussed the Senate’s abortion position with conservative Democratic senators Ben Nelson (Neb.) and Robert Casey (Penn.). His opposition to the senate’s language, in spite of those conversations and intense pressure from the White House, could augur a challenge to the compromise in the House when the two versions of the bill are reconciled.

The Senate language represented “a dramatic shift in federal policy,” said Stupak, adding that he remained hopeful that the differences could be resolved in conference. Nelson, though, said earlier Saturday that his support for the legislation was contingent on the abortion compromise remaining in it.


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Dissent is fine, but revolution is treason.
crr6 on December 19, 2009 at 10:59 PM

“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”
-Thomas Jefferson

Lou Budvis on December 20, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Uh, when the Dems / Libs/ Marxists control the gov’t it doesn’t matter if it collapses the economy or not…..they just blame Bush…..and it all the blame goes away.

With the vast majority of people too busy attending their kids soccer games to care about political “stuff” the country is an easy mark for politicians and Libs that want to take away more and more freedom and personal liberty from citizens.

Think about the small things that we’ve allowed the Gov’t to do for us……

…..low flow toilets (that you have to flush 2 or 3x).

…..gas containers that have those new caps that you can’t hardly open (the store that I bought the old one at told me that it’s now ILLEGAL TO MANUFACTURE the old style (normal lids) containers).

…..low flow shower heads……that force you take showers longer because there isn’t enough water pressure.

…..now gov’t MANDATED 35 PSI tires. What your SUV had listed previously as 45 psi (softer ride) has now been replaced with a 35 PSI tire (they tried voluntarily telling people to lower the pressure in their tires and they didn’t do it so they just made it ILLEGAL to sell them). CHECK THE FINE PRINT ON NEW TIRES.

…..Seatbelt laws, smoking (and where you can and can’t) laws. New Thermostat laws coming soon.

These INCREMENTAL losses were met with no resistance from the citizens……..again too busy with life to raise a stink.

Slow creeping tyranny……..it’s been here for a long time working on Americans.

PappyD61 on December 20, 2009 at 1:31 PM

“If you don’t [fight], this program, I promise you, will pass just as surely as the sun will come up tomorrow. And behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country… until one day as Norman Thomas said, we will awake to find that we have socialism. And if you don’t do this and if I don’t do it, one of these days you and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.”

-Ronald Reagan

Blacksmith8 on December 20, 2009 at 2:50 PM

Let us not forget the role that the Catholic Church played in this. They have shilled for every Democrat Party distraction for the past 60 years.

Will the Catholic Church’s lawyers now help to advise us how to resist supporting the Democrat abortion mill? I doubt it.

jay12 on December 20, 2009 at 6:30 PM

crr6, I have lost what little respect I might once have had for you. Saying “I am better than you” — really? In the first place, since in the Socialist utopia you would cram us all into, no one may be “better” than another,you’re an obvious hypocrite.

In the second place, Hawkdriver and the other posters here who serve in the military put their lives on the line for you, every day. What, ever, in your entire miserable little existence, have you put your life on the line for?

“Better” than Hawkdriver? You’re not fit to lick the bottom of his boots, you contemptible worm.

Mary in LA on December 21, 2009 at 3:39 PM

“Better” than Hawkdriver? You’re not fit to lick the bottom of his boots, you contemptible worm.

Mary in LA on December 21, 2009 at 3:39 PM

Right on sister!!

whatzit2u on December 21, 2009 at 4:29 PM

I’m in. I’ve been saying this for weeks, I’ll be d@mned if I’ll support this f**king marxist government. I’m retired, a casulty of the economm. I’m retired but my wife still works. If ObamaCrap v.1 passes, she’ll file a W-4 claiming 99 exemptions and we will not, repeat, will not pay income taxes.

Onager on December 20, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Wow, what a great plan. Amazing that someone like you isn’t employable. Enjoy your audit, race fan!

simplesimon on December 21, 2009 at 10:54 PM

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