New tea party ad: It’s time for us to retire Bart Stupak

posted at 6:32 pm on April 7, 2010 by Allahpundit

Don’t look now but he might beat them to the punch.

Stupak to call it quits? 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.

He’s an obvious tea-party target: He’s vulnerable, his bloc was the deciding factor in passing a bill they despise (Stupak claims it wasn’t), and his media profile is now sufficiently high that they’ll get some derivative buzz from attacking him. But even so, for a group that’s done an admirable job staying focused on fiscal responsibility and away from contentious social issues, it’s odd to find them singling out a guy who caved on pro-life protection for his “betrayal.” He didn’t betray anyone on the larger issue of whether O-Care should be passed: He was always plain about his support for a new federal medical entitlement, provided that they added some statutory language to block funds for abortion. I get the point of making his crumble on that point a centerpiece of the campaign in a socially conservative district, but still — it’s a tiny bit of mission creep for tea partiers, albeit veiled here by omitting the key word.


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We’ve been Stupak’ed enough…

OmahaConservative on April 7, 2010 at 6:35 PM

But even so, for a group that’s done an admirable job staying focused on fiscal responsibility and away from contentious social issues

They have it absolutely right, for the expense alone. No matter what their reasons for voting for it, all who did must go.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Sounds like slithering off in the dark might be best.

tarpon on April 7, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Hey Bart, How’s that hopey-changey thing workin for ya? : )

marktarheel on April 7, 2010 at 6:37 PM

Now that he’s proven himself to be an Obama stooge, he’s afraid of the public!

Vntnrse on April 7, 2010 at 6:37 PM

He caved on his principled stand, therefore he has no principles. That is a good enough reason to toss him.

Besides, he is a (D)irtbag.

GnuBreed on April 7, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Obama-stupaked! More to follow.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2010 at 6:39 PM

I don’t know, Allah, I think it’s more like you said at first: He was the public face of possibly voting down this mostrosity, even though he likely would have all along. Anyone who pays even the slightest attention knows the name, and as you said, would get free coverage from the news channels just because of that.

I don’t see it as (at least not much of) creeping into the Social Conservative territory.

JamesLee on April 7, 2010 at 6:40 PM

“The criticism he received — first from the left, and then from the right — has worn him and his family out.”

Poor baby…

Seven Percent Solution on April 7, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Retire him, fire him, ride him out on a rail. Deny him a golden parachute. I hope his conscience haunts him.

ted c on April 7, 2010 at 6:42 PM

He put himself in front of the country as a NO vote and then caved.

He made HIMSELF the face of betrayal and I look forward to donating to whoever runs against him, if he has the nerve to run.

Stephanie on April 7, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Thanks to Stupid Stupak, the taxpayers will soon be footing the bill for abortions. The pro-life/pro-choice divide in this country may be right down the middle, but a clear majority oppose federal funding of abortions. This is a winning issue for the Tea Party, not a divisive one.

Doughboy on April 7, 2010 at 6:44 PM

No pity for him here, yes he was always in favor of government run health care but he had held out hope for a lot of people and as Al Gore is so known for saying “He played on our fears”

fourdeucer on April 7, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Retire him, fire him, ride him out on a rail. Deny him a golden parachute. I hope his conscience haunts him.

ted c on April 7, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Put him on a broom, and let him fly.

Schadenfreude on April 7, 2010 at 6:45 PM

He caved on his principled stand, therefore he has no principles. That is a good enough reason to toss him.

Besides, he is a (D)irtbag.

GnuBreed on April 7, 2010 at 6:38 PM

Yup, what you said.

deidre on April 7, 2010 at 6:45 PM

Don’t let the door hit ya in the rear.

yoda on April 7, 2010 at 6:46 PM

The next add should be directed at the Democrats in general with that infamous picture of Nancy Pelosi carrying her gavel to shove ObowmaCare in the face of the American people…

“Vote them ALL out of office!”

Seven Percent Solution on April 7, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Hi did bring all of this on himself. If he had stood his ground he wouldn’t be in this jam. As others had said he doesn’t have any principles. He knows it, Nancy knows it, and now the rest of the country knows it.
Looking seriously to donating to his opponent.

BetseyRoss on April 7, 2010 at 6:47 PM

If he retires it will be good for Dr. Dan, I don’t see any democrat getting the amount of attention Dr. Dan did. I saw that the good Dr. is going to attend a tea party rally in MI.

Brat4life on April 7, 2010 at 6:48 PM

it’s odd to find them singling out a guy who caved on pro-life protection for his “betrayal.” He didn’t betray anyone on the larger issue of whether O-Care should be passed: He was always plain about his support for a new federal medical entitlement, provided that they added some statutory language to block funds for abortion. I get the point of making his crumble on that point a centerpiece of the campaign in a socially conservative district, but still — it’s a tiny bit of mission creep for tea partiers, albeit veiled here by omitting the key word.

The video was NOT about Abortion at all AP. He was the deciding vote. I do not give a thought to, why he did it. He sold out his principals, The Issue he sold out on is not important. He proved his lack of character, principles and values. “Why” is not important, HE SOLD US OUT.
I think the “let’s get rid of the low life character” works for me.

IowaWoman on April 7, 2010 at 6:51 PM

May the POS join fellow traitor Nelson and never be able to enjoy a pie in a pizza parlor again.

farright on April 7, 2010 at 6:53 PM

stu.packed \ stoo-pak.id\ v. \past tense (2010) 1: To sell one’s principles’s 2: To employ an artificial belief to gain false favor with constituents. 3:To claim a belief for constiuents only to later compromise that belief at the behest of blackmail and or currution by senior members of one’s party, paving way for termination of political career. :

veni vidi vici on April 7, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Bart Stupak deserves our gratitude for personally ending the laughable myth of the “pro-life Democrat” in America. He should be honored, along with the so-called Blue Dog Coalition, whose members ended the equally laughable myth of the “fiscally conservative Democrat” by voting for the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Pro-life Democrats and fiscally conservative Democrats do not exist. They never did.

Shakespeare on April 7, 2010 at 7:10 PM

He has a D next to his name. Considering what’s at stake in this election that’s enough to make me want to see him lose. I used to think it would be better if the GOP won a bunch of seats but not actual control of either house of Congress. That way Obama wouldn’t have a GOP congress to run against like Bill Clinton did in 1996. After seeing them ram Obamacare through I no longer think we dare trust them in charge with a reduced majority. We must win enough seats to control the House if nothing else.

There’s a very narrow window of opportunity to beat back this socialist drift. It requires every one of us going to the polls and electing as many GOP candidates as possible for the next 3 election cycles.

Jill1066 on April 7, 2010 at 7:12 PM

Bart Stupak you betrayed the constitution, you sold us out on the healthcare vote

Now go pick up the price of your betrayal and I Hope it was something more substantial than the useless executive order Pinnochio signed. I hope he promised you speaker Peelosis’ gavel…. stooge… cause come Nov. it will be in John Boehners hands, the Tea Party Patriots will see to that.
Retire in disgrace or be beaten in even more horrible disgrace!

Principled Catholic?
Phhfftt!

dhunter on April 7, 2010 at 7:22 PM

If he does retire, he can certainly look forward to a nice plush position in the Obama administration if he wants it.

Goodale on April 7, 2010 at 7:37 PM

I wish they’d target Nanzi Pelosi. Not a single one of them should be safe.

John the Libertarian on April 7, 2010 at 7:48 PM

This guy’s vote has put our country one step closer to a Cuban-style dictatorship. He either approves of that or is too stupid to know better. Either way, he deserves to be made an example of.

VBMax on April 7, 2010 at 7:49 PM

it’s a tiny bit of mission creep for tea partiers

I agree Allah. The Tea Party must focus on fiscal conservatism because that is the binding glue that holds all conservatism together and greatly appeals to the so-called “independents”. The Federal Government was set up like a corporation, with a board and CEO,it should be run the same way. (I’m not sure what business function the judiciary would have)

Troy Rasmussen on April 7, 2010 at 8:10 PM

I have heard that more than 10 Dems house members want to switch to the GOP but Banner has said no because most of them have strong conservative challengers for the Nov.election.Dems running scared maybe?

thmcbb on April 7, 2010 at 8:14 PM

I agree Allah. The Tea Party must focus on fiscal conservatism because that is the binding glue that holds all conservatism together and greatly appeals to the so-called “independents”. The Federal Government was set up like a corporation, with a board and CEO,it should be run the same way. (I’m not sure what business function the judiciary would have)

Troy Rasmussen on April 7, 2010 at 8:10 PM

Perhaps so, but if there’s one issue that the Tea Party can afford to focus on that ventures beyond fiscal conservatism, it’s this. If indies were siding with the dems on this one, I could see Allah’s point. Since they aren’t, it seems like a safe way to show independants which side they really belong on.

RachDubya on April 7, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Judas Ascariot…

Benedict Arnold…

Bart Stupak…

All traitors as far as I’m concerned…

Target him, innundate his office, support his Democratic challenger in the primary, vote him out period…

Khun Joe on April 7, 2010 at 8:57 PM

I wish they’d target Nanzi Pelosi. Not a single one of them should be safe.

John the Libertarian on April 7, 2010 at 7:48 PM

By targeting Democrats and replacing them with Republicans, they ARE targeting Pelosi…

The best revenge is putting her in the MINORITY (numbers, trolls, numbers) party in the House… No more ‘Madame Speaker’… She’ll resign her seat and leave Congress… NOT soon enough…

Khun Joe on April 7, 2010 at 8:59 PM

Oh no he can’t quit he needs to be defeated.

Dr Evil on April 7, 2010 at 9:08 PM

“The criticism he received — first from the left, and then from the right — has worn him and his family out.”

Poor baby…killing typical Demoncrap sellout political wh0re!

Seven Percent Solution on April 7, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Fixed

cableguy615 on April 7, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Should be fun checking the blood pressure on his frozen, rural, economically desperate constituents when he pockets his campaign funds and moves to Alexandria to lobby for NARAL.

Jaibones on April 7, 2010 at 11:27 PM

There is no “mission creep” on principles. He claimed to have them. Suckers!

FeFe on April 8, 2010 at 12:34 AM

The criticism he received — first from the left, and then from the right — has worn him and his family out.

Suffer.

Hawkins1701 on April 8, 2010 at 2:17 AM

Throw the bum out!

I don’t see this as a “contentious social issue.” I see it as the ultimate cop-out. For weeks he grand stands, saying he had no flexibility on federally funded baby killing, then he folded up like a cheap suit, after slow dancing in the oval office with The One.

He is an embarrassment to the state of Michigan….. and they have enough problems already.

joedoe on April 8, 2010 at 9:11 AM

I think what you miss AP is that Bart betrayed his own principles so blatantly that he, even more than Ben Nelson, is now the Poster Boy for a lying POS politician.

Regardless the issue he made his centerpiece, he sold his honor for 30 pieces of silver. He’s a dead man walking.

rcl on April 8, 2010 at 9:47 AM

He didn’t betray anyone on the larger issue of whether O-Care should be passed: He was always plain about his support for a new federal medical entitlement, provided that they added some statutory language to block funds for abortion.

Really don’t care why he voted for it – the fact is he did – and carried a block of “moderates” with him. His theatrics alone are cause enough to target this A-Hole.

AP, you understate his media profile too. It isn’t “sufficiently high” it’s in friggin’ orbit. Even your Grandma knows who Bart is now.

Interesting peice.

Tim_CA on April 8, 2010 at 12:03 PM

The criticism he received — first from the left, and then from the right — has worn him and his family out.

Shouldn’t've sold out, Bart.

Anyways, I don’t think the tea party’s being off-message at all. As you pointed out, his bloc delivered the deciding factor, and his will-he-or-won’t he until the last minute kept everyone guessing on whether or not it would pass.

OneGyT on April 8, 2010 at 12:50 PM