The Jury Box predicts: the Kennedy Library will present Bart Stupak with its Profiles in Courage Award.
The pro-life Susan B Anthony List for its part has stripped Stupak of its Defender of Life Award.
Kathryn Jean Lopez at NRO comments on the disappointing Dems for Life:
And now they’ve been fooled again.
Or they have made fools of those who bothered to take them seriously.
Thirty-four Dems *did* vote No: They are:
James W Antle, American Spectator: The Disappearing Pro-Life Democrat:
What made the Stupak Dozen a swing vote was the fact that they were not only pro-life Democrats, but mostly pro-life liberals. But that is precisely what made depending on them so risky — most of them, including Stupak himself, did not oppose the health care bill in principle. They had all been willing to back the public option when it was voted on in the House. Hailing from union-heavy, fundamentally Democratic districts, they were all going to have a hard time voting against a vision of health care reform with which they substantially agreed.
Consequently, the pro-life Democrats who voted against the health care bill in the largest numbers were those who are to the right of their party on a broad spectrum of issues. Fox interviewed a stricken Rep. Gene Taylor (D-MS) as Stupak got ready to announce his deal with the president. “I told Bart what the president can do he can also undo,” Taylor, a no vote, said quietly. But Democrats like Taylor would have voted against the health care bill even with the Stupak language, as they also opposed it on other grounds.
Now the Stupak Democrats will have to go home to their pro-life constituents and try to persuade them they are not pro-choice, but just cheap dates. Perhaps those pro-life constituents might not be so easily wooed.
Alicia Colon, Big Journalism:
Bart Stupak, Gullibility, Mendacity, and the Party of Death
The elemental right to life supersedes all other rights. George Mckenna wrote an article for Human Life Review that delineates the Democrat/Catholic symbiosis and why the abortion issue now makes that connection invalid. In his essay, “Criss-Cross: Democrats, Republican, and Abortion,” Mr. Mckenna writes::
…the Democratic Party and the Catholic Church have always been on the same wave length as regards social and economic rights, particularly the rights of the poor, weak, and vulnerable members of society.
The Reagan Democrats came to life in 1980 when they realized that it wasn’t their father’s party anymore.
Tonight, the Party of Death continues to live up to its name.