Last gasp: GOP may try to kill the bill by forcing a vote on Stupak’s language; Update: Pro-life group strips Stupak of award

posted at 7:27 pm on March 21, 2010 by Allahpundit

Clever.

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) said House leaders are specifically concerned about a Republican motion to recommit that would contain only language on abortion that Stupak originally had wanted to include in the Senate bill.

The concern is based on the fear of GOP attack ads painting Democrats who vote against a motion to recommit that includes Stupak’s favored language on abortion as “flip-floppers” on the issue…

Right now the best defense House leaders have against such a prospect is a colloquy that Stupak will hold on the House floor to publicly reaffirm that the executive order upholds the ban on federal funding of abortion…

Speaking to The Hill after that press conference, Stupak said he won’t necessarily make the argument that Democrats should reject a Republican motion consisting of just his abortion language.

“I don’t know if I’ll make the argument [to vote it down], but we’ll do the colloquy to clarify our intent, the executive order that Hyde applied,” he said.

So that’s why having Stupak speak on the House floor was a key part of the negotiations. They’re worried that pro-lifers will be afraid to vote against the abortion language if the GOP forces the issue, so they’re counting on him to assure the troops that it’s okay to do so because the executive order is just as good (giggle). Why the GOP wouldn’t try this escapes me, but the Hill thinks there’s a chance that they’ll load up the motion with other key Republican ideas — tort reform, etc. — which would be nuts, since it’ll give Stupak et al. a reason beyond abortion to vote no. Exit question: Why would Boehner waste this opportunity with a boring omnibus motion that’ll fail on party lines when he could make the Dems choke on abortion in a last-ditch bid to kill this thing? Presumably the worry is that Democrats will point to a barebones abortion motion later as evidence that Republicans had no objections to the bill by the end except the abortion plank, but there’s not a man or woman alive who believes that. But follow the link and read to the very end. The GOP had a chance to force a tough vote in November too — and passed.

Update: Nothing surprising about this, but even being “well past” 216 won’t save them if the Stupakers bolt over the motion to recommit.

A Democratic aide emails me confirmation that Bart Stupak was right when he said today: “We’re well past 216.”

Update: I posted this in the open thread too, but it deserves a spot here. At least one pro-life group is less impressed with that super-keen executive order than Stupak is.

Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund President Marjorie Dannenfelser said the group was revoking its “Defender of Life” award to Stupak, which was to be awarded at its Wednesday night gala.

“We were planning to honor Congressman Stupak for his efforts to keep abortion-funding out of health care reform. We will no longer be doing so,” Dannenfelser said. “Let me be clear: any representative, including Rep. Stupak, who votes for this health care bill can no longer call themselves ‘pro-life.'”


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Folks Let’s all gather in the Open Thread Allah has open now. I have seen some great posts and don’t want everyone to become scattered between several threads. :)

Dire Straits on March 21, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Wasn’t it interesting today at church we covered Matt 27 where Judas betrays Jesus for 30 pieces of silver? And I was reading Acts 1:18-19…

18(With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)

That field of blood was the blood of the innocent, just like he betrayed the unborn today. May GOD have mercy on his soul.

lukespapa on March 21, 2010 at 9:00 PM

PAUL RYAN IS ON!!!!! WATCH NOW!!!

ProudPalinFan on March 21, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Bart Stupak is the Biggest Wienie.

Terrie on March 21, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Pro-life group strips Stupak of award

posted at 7:27 pm on March 21, 2010 by Allahpundit

Bart Stupak is a naked wienie and I am stuck in third grade. Heh.

Terrie on March 21, 2010 at 9:00 PM

The allowance of such logic-parsing is one reason I left the catholic faith.

ROCnPhilly on March 21, 2010 at 8:28 PM

Yes

whbates on March 21, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Obama claims he’s “a Christian.” Would you abandon Christ because of his “parsing” of Christ and Christianity?

It’s not about Catholicism exclusively, it’s about Good and Evil. The contest permeates our human existence here in this world. “Principalities and powers.”

Lourdes on March 21, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Send checks to: Benishek For Congress, 802 Pentoga Trail, Crystal Falls, MI 49920

Send FAXED copies of same checks (minus routing and acct no.) to: Rep. Bart Stupak, Michigan 1st District, 2268 Rayburn House Office Bldg., Washington, DC 20515 phone: 202-225-4735, FAX: 202-225-4744

The Benishek for Congress PayPal account should be ready by Monday 3/22.

sicoit on March 21, 2010 at 9:02 PM

If our reps continue to hear from us…if we make our disgust known….they will be reluctant to inflict more damage even if they ARE going out. They’ll know they’ll be forever branded.

That’s why I think our efforts HAVE to ramp up, starting tomorrow. They’re banking on us reverting to American apathy. They’re counting on our complacency.

How surprised they’ll be if they continue to feel the heat all the way through November. That will put them off other huge legislation, methinks.

Grace_is_sufficient on March 21, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Very well said! I get a little concerned with all the overconfidence regarding our taking back congress in November. It will not happen by itself. It will only happen if we redouble our efforts. The Dems are indeed counting on the electorate’s short attention span, and they still have a tremendous ground organization, now with the full weight of the government behind them (and no compunction about breaking the rules as we have seen). If we rest in our complacency we will be very surprised come November)

neuquenguy on March 21, 2010 at 9:09 PM

Was there really ever any doubt who this POS Stupak worked for!

http://dailycaller.firenetworks.com/001646/dailycaller.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/d0f513976edb457bb6630c59a442a6db-e1269011428608-300×129.jpg

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on March 21, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Ex-communication is “de facto” : by itself it is done.

Lourdes on March 21, 2010 at 8:51 PM

Weak. I guess I was thinking of the formal procedure. Very weak, indeed.

“If you don’t walk, quack or swim like a duck, represent yourself to others as a duck and we’re cool with it.”

ROCnPhilly on March 21, 2010 at 9:13 PM

STUPak was a Ringer. He played us all for Fools.

Bye bye idiot.

portlandon on March 21, 2010 at 9:14 PM

Paul Ryan is the Reagan of our time.

Well said, true and faithful servant of the people.

Greyledge Gal on March 21, 2010 at 9:18 PM

video proof Stupak is lying about his vote…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URr68joWr1E&feature=player_embedded

djn on March 21, 2010 at 9:20 PM

The Susan B. Anthony List stupaked him.

SagebrushPuppet on March 21, 2010 at 9:22 PM

Linda Goldthorpe is a pro bono lawyer over in Manistique, but still a lawyer. ‘Nuf said.

Yoop on March 21, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Well that didn’t bother me, and at first look she seemed impressive..Pro-life, etc. But then I find she’s a big Ron Paul supporter. Sorry Linda, it’s going to be Benishek for me.

Deanna on March 21, 2010 at 9:23 PM

STUPak was a Ringer. He played us all for Fools.

Bye bye idiot.

portlandon on March 21, 2010 at 9:14 PM

No. He just wanted to be like the president and have it both ways. He’s a liar and is not to be trusted. Send him into another line of work. Maybe he can get a job at the airport.

ROCnPhilly on March 21, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Does anyone know how overseas markets are reacting to this?

BuckeyeSam on March 21, 2010 at 8:51 PM

The S & P opened about nine points down in the Globex. Germany and the UK open at 3:00am EST. I would expect a sell off of a number of sectors due to this monstrosity.

Wolfen on March 21, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Deanna, dittos for me, too. She appears rational at first but then when you click on some of her links you come across an open letter to the tea party movement that she posted on her site. Apparently the tea party didn’t let her work a registration desk or something. I don’t trust the Paul-ites, I think they are a tad whackey, so my check to Dr. B goes in the mail tomorrow. ($100 to start).

karenhasfreedom on March 21, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., an abortion-rights supporter, said she thinks current law and the language in the health care bill go too far in restricting access to abortion. But DeGette said she doesn’t have a problem with the executive order because “it doesn’t change anything.”

Deanna on March 21, 2010 at 9:30 PM

I don’t trust the Paul-ites, I think they are a tad whackey, so my check to Dr. B goes in the mail tomorrow. ($100 to start).

karenhasfreedom on March 21, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Me too. Writing a check now. Don’t have time to cc Stupak but it will still feel good. $100.00 to start like Karen and I know OmahaCon will shame me into more.

Wolfen on March 21, 2010 at 9:34 PM

I don’t trust the Paul-ites, I think they are a tad whackey,

Not to mention rabid anti-Semites.

radioboyatl on March 21, 2010 at 9:48 PM

I hope Stupidak realizes that he will have the blood of millions of aborted babies on his hands from this point forward.

uncalheels on March 21, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Want to get rid of a pesky baby? No problem, step right up.
Want to get good, quality prenatal care? Um, sorry.

Low income women are going to suffer most.

Chewy the Lab on March 21, 2010 at 8:52 PM

My homecity newspaper is running stories to just that effect; it’s happening now. Low income women are going for abortions because they can’t afford good prenatal care.

Dark-Star on March 21, 2010 at 9:55 PM

They should strip this sh*t Stupak of his f**king balls!

Oh wait, he’s a f**king Democrat!

They have no balls!

pilamaye on March 21, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Allahpundit,

Did “speaker” Obey say that no amendment could be added because it has to be cleared by both the majority and minority leaders 1st?

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The Democrats do have a point – when the Republicans had control of the House and Senate – why the hell didn’t they?

The Republicans, sadly, are a big reason, due to their spending behavior and earmarks prior to the Democrat recovery of the Congress… for the current desperate mess that we find ourselves in this now.

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Obey appears to be stalling… actually demonstrating that Democrats, not the people, are being represented in the House tonight… by refusing to consider any amendments.

This country is never going to be the same.

Danny on March 21, 2010 at 10:11 PM

I think the Republicans are putting up a good fight … and I thank them all for it but …

They will not be successful in stopping this bill. Stupak grabbed the “fig leaf” that Obama gave him today and now he’s marching down the street … if the GOP grabs his fig leaf – he’ll cover his privates with both hands and just run down the street toward ObamaCare. No motion to recommit is going to derail this train wreck.

I want to say something about the demonstrators who are now hurling insults at lawmakers … and one lady was even arrested on hill today for trying to break in … somewhere …

I’m not going to denounce these people – the name calling and civil disobedience are symptoms of a people who have lost all faith in government and have come to a realization that the American dream is dying.

This is how the breakup of a nation begins folks. The next thing you will see is violence. I will not blame the people for attacking a corrupt government – I blame, instead, those who made it corrupt.

Gird your loins. I think we’ll be okay if Obama stops pushing his agenda until after the November elections. I think most people want to wait until November to try one last time to save this nation. However – any more tricks from the Democrats could be met with some pretty astonishing civil disobedience … or worse … on the part of Americans.

HondaV65 on March 21, 2010 at 10:14 PM

the Stupak kickback:

http://www.house.gov/apps/list/speech/mi01_stupak/morenews/20100319faagrant.html

kabukiwatch on March 21, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Now we know how much a child’s life is worth to the great anti-abortionist.

elclynn on March 21, 2010 at 10:17 PM

the Stupak kickback

kabukiwatch on March 21, 2010 at 9:48 PM

LMAO. That skank from New Orleans stole $300,000,000 just for the asking, and this douche sold his otherwise worthless sould for $726,409?!

Bwwwaaaaaaaaaahahahahaha!

Jaibones on March 21, 2010 at 10:19 PM

Stupak is an absolute scumbag!!!!!

jp on March 21, 2010 at 11:01 PM

Lol, he spoke out against his own ammendment. I hope in the end they hunt down every one of these people who get voted out of office and boycott the company they work for until they are fired. The Demorats will go for broke now!

Africanus on March 21, 2010 at 11:12 PM

What?

A pro-life group giving this scumbag an award.

What a joke.

I actually just heard Stupak telling lies on TV, 11pm.

He said the Dems respect life.

Any reader of history understands that “Dems”/Socialists/Marxists/Commies are quick to kill people of an opposing world view. They killed 100 million last century.

Have you had a debate with a Dems and they end it by calling you an A$$ hole? There it is; they detest you, the hate is thick.

But this younger generation might be a stupid generation, filled with nincompoops.

Most of them couldn’t tell you the definition of Nincompoop.

They are shallow.

They will usher in lie of Stupak on TV, ambivalence.

And when they are prolife they will give Dems awards and recognition.

A pro-life Democrat is an oxymoron accepted by morons.

father on March 21, 2010 at 11:30 PM

Democrats are the party DEATH. Stupak you b*stard, you murderer, you liar! And for your info I am a taxpaying, black american women. Oh and I vote!

MooreMom on March 22, 2010 at 12:02 AM

I am so angry. I never thought the day would come when I would feel this way about the US government.

jodetoad on March 22, 2010 at 12:04 AM

STOOL PACK

RobCon on March 22, 2010 at 12:04 AM

Stupak’s opponent already has over 10k brand new facebook members………

MooreMom on March 22, 2010 at 12:19 AM

Now we know how much a child’s life is worth to the great anti-abortionist.

Even if that amount was for just ONE child’s life, it’s still too little. All the more so for unnumbered children. These people will not go unpunished, if not in this life, the next. God is not mocked.

miron on March 22, 2010 at 12:32 AM

SO–Stupak will not be honored Wednesday–LET THE CONSEQUENCES BEGIN for these democrats stupid enough to follow B.O.

3dpuzzman on March 22, 2010 at 12:59 AM

I want to say something about the demonstrators who are now hurling insults at lawmakers … and one lady was even arrested on hill today for trying to break in … somewhere …

I’m not going to denounce these people – the name calling and civil disobedience are symptoms of a people who have lost all faith in government and have come to a realization that the American dream is dying.

This is how the breakup of a nation begins folks. The next thing you will see is violence. I will not blame the people for attacking a corrupt government – I blame, instead, those who made it corrupt.

Gird your loins. I think we’ll be okay if Obama stops pushing his agenda until after the November elections. I think most people want to wait until November to try one last time to save this nation. However – any more tricks from the Democrats could be met with some pretty astonishing civil disobedience … or worse … on the part of Americans.

HondaV65 on March 21, 2010 at 10:14 PM

I concur. Well said.

atheling on March 22, 2010 at 1:06 AM

I agree about civil disobedience. It’s time we take those steps…

atheling on March 22, 2010 at 1:08 AM

Ugh! Bart Stupak sells his soul! For what?
Nancy… Obama…

Did they at least use a condom?

shorebird on March 22, 2010 at 2:25 AM

STUPak was a Ringer. He played us all for Fools.

portlandon

Speak for yourself. Some of us weren’t that naive. Democrats are Democrats first, and pro-lifers don’t join the party of death. This outcome was written in November 2008. With Republicans unable to do anything to stop it, there was no way Dems weren’t passing this bill. I’m only surprised they didn’t go full throttle and pass single payer. They could have, so somebody was asleep at the wheel.

xblade on March 22, 2010 at 2:29 AM

Wonder when/if he’s figured out that he was conned! Enough Stupak of that fake drama you’re exhibiting in the photo posted here. You looked for an out to vote yes and then bought into a manufactured ploy from Obama. Hard to know if your are more fool or more conniver. Either way you can stop masquerading as a man of principle, that boat has sailed.

jeanie on March 22, 2010 at 8:29 AM

Glenn Reynolds posted last night that:

Dr. Dan Benishek is running against Stupak in Michigan. Check out the velocity of his growth since Stupak announced: Benishek for Congress

His membership is currently growing at a rate of about 20 new members every 30-60 seconds and incoming comments are fast and furious. People are begging him to set up his donation site so that they can start a money bomb.

In an update, Reynolds posts Dr. Benishek’s snail mail address.

Let’s see how much sway that executive order has in November?

EconomicNeocon on March 22, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Here is my message to Stupak:

“This email confirms that you have donated Benishek for Congress $25.00 USD using PayPal.”

sebis on March 22, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Stupak grabbed the “fig leaf” that Obama gave him today and now he’s marching down the street …

HondaV65 on March 21, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Some fig leaf, if even a blind man can see right through it. Let’s see, Planned Parenthood thinks it’s hogwash.

For more than a year, PP has worked tirelessly for a health care reform bill that would fix our broken health care system, strengthen women’s health, and achieve quality, affordable health care for all Americans.

Today, monumental progress was made toward achieving these goals with the passage of historic health care reform legislation by the U.S. House of Representatives, despite a symbolic gesture, in the form of an Executive Order, to anti-choice Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI), which has diverted attention from the central goal of health care reform – controlling costs and extending coverage.

Those last words should be telling. Extending coverage and controlling costs go hand in hand; you deny coverage, if a person becomes a burden on the system, and another way to control costs is to abort your economically inconvenient child. The Democrats are candid about this.

Of course, Stupak was going to vote for the bill whether abortion funding was in it or not, and he said so.

This was him pretending to believe the President’s sweet little lies for the benefit of pro-choice Catholics and even those who are a little more squeamish. If Stupak were voting for the bill on its merits, would he really need the $726,409 for airports in Alpena, Delta and Chippewa Counties?

chunderroad on March 22, 2010 at 4:42 PM