Why is this guy a Democrat?

Bart Stupak, C-Streeter, anti-choice extremist and conservative (who for some inexplicable reason is allowed to caucus with the Democrats and even run under their banner), is promising to help the GOP kill the health care bill because the Nelson anti-abortion language isn’t to his liking (it doesn’t say anything about shaming, shunning and stoning).  To this end, Stupak has been secretly scheming with the GOP:

An aide to Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) coordinated opposition to the Senate health bill’s abortion compromise this morning with the Republican Senate leadership, according to a chain of frantic emails obtained this morning by POLITICO.

Stupak frantically tries to dial it down:

Stupak, in an interview with POLITICO, called the Senate bill’s abortion position “unacceptable” – but disavowed his staffer’s collaboration with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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


The emails suggest a previously unseen degree of coordination between the offices of Stupak and McConnell. 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.

Meanwhile, the ultraright Weekly Standard is begging Stupak to come to the aid of the GOP:

Are there enough votes in the House to pass a health care bill very close to the one the Senate is preparing to pass? Bart Stupak says the Senate bill’s abortion language is “unacceptable” and has pledged to lead a group of pro-life Democrats to vote against final passage if the issue isn’t resolved. How many votes can Stupak bring with him?

I understand that the Democratic Party likes to think of itself as a “big tent”, but this is ridiculous.

2 Responses to “Why is this guy a Democrat?”

  1. 1 Bleatmop Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 5:19 am

    A little off topic, but related. Yet another reason why you shouldn’t let republicans run as democrats:


    If only Stupak would do the same. Then he could take any privilege that he enjoys from being in the house majority with him. Or rather leave it behind for an actual progressive.

  2. 2 JJ Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 10:23 am

    bleatmop – Yes, isn’t that interesting. He voted with the GOP on every major piece of legislation, so I’m sure the Dems aren’t sorry to see him go.

    Besides, he’ll be getting teabagged. Red State and the other teabaggers just hate the guy, and they’ve already got a teabagger candidate they’re planning on running against him in a primary. So it’s pretty much a safe seat for the Dems 😆

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