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  • Rep. Bart Stupak to Announce Retirement Today

    The House's most staunchly anti-choice pro-life Democrat, Bart Stupak — unable to live with himself after the Faustian bargain he made with President Obama, haunted by the echos of his missteps — is expected to announce today that he cannot go on with this charade of an existence and has resolved to hurl his worthless body from the top of the Washington Monument.

    Well, figuratively speaking, of course

    Representative Bart Stupak of Michigan, who played a central role with fellow anti-abortion Democrats in negotiating a compromise in the final hours of the health care debate, intends to announce today that he is not seeking re-election, a senior party official confirmed…

    The National Republican Congressional Committee seized on the development, issuing a statement moments after the news began spreading of Mr. Stupak's decision: "Red Alert: Former Pro-Life Democrat throws in the towel rather than running on health care sellout."

    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had no immediate comment, but one official conceded that the party did not have a strong candidate to field in the district in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

    And so it goes. Obama got what he wanted, but at what cost? The career of a colleague? The loss of a majority? The hope of a nation? The barbs of a news cycle?

    Was it worth it? Is anything worth anything? I stare across the shimmering surface of the Potomac, watching stray leaves blown in the gentle early morning breeze, like diminutive ships assail upon a sea of loneliness. And I think of Bart. I think of Bart.

    The End.

    Tags: Abortion, Bart Stupak, Democrats, Health Care, House of Representatives, Michigan, Republicans
  • Special Noose-o-Gram Delivery for Reps. Clyburn and Stupak

    A rope lying in your garage is just more clutter in the garage. A rope tied in a knot, sketched as accurately as possible and faxed to a black member of Congress who voted for health care reform, now, that's a message

    House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) said that his office had received a fax that depicted a noose.

    Clyburn told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that the Republican leaders were partly to blame for the extremist rhetoric (and now imagery) that has been flying at Democratic members directly before and after the health care reform vote.

    Clyburn called on Republicans to step in and call out the extremist.

    Unsettling? Yes. Unethical, un-American, un-Christian? Yep, I'd say, pretty sure. Racist? Not so fast

    [Totally Caucasian] Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) received a fax [yesterday] with a drawing of a noose and gallows, labeled "Bart (SS) Stupak."

    [T]he fax also has the line, "All baby killers come to unseemly ends Either by the hand of man or the Hand of God," the word "Achtung" and the symbol of the Nazi secret police.

    See that? Equal opportunity hatemongering!

    America, we've come so far.

    Tags: Bart Stupak, Conservatives, Democrats, Health Care, House of Representatives, James Clyburn
  • Texas Republican Comes Clean About "Baby Killer" Outburst

    Everybody can relax now. Stop cowering in fear in your storm basements, and let your children out of their safety deposit boxes. The nightmare is over. The mysterious "baby killer"-yelling congressperson who has been terrorizing the nation lo these many hours has been identified

    Randy Neugebauer (R-Tex.) identified himself as the member of congress who shouted "baby killer" during Rep. Bart Stupak's (D-Mich.) speech on the floor of the House of Representatives Sunday night…

    "In the heat and emotion of the debate, I exclaimed the phrase 'it's a baby killer' in reference to the agreement reached by the Democratic leadership," Neugebauer said. "I deeply regret that my actions were mistakenly interpreted as a direct reference to Congressman Stupak himself."

    Rep. Neugebauer's apology is somewhat of a comfort. And, though it can't take away the pain that all of us have experience, knowing that he "deeply regrets" his actions is some small salve. Maybe now, we can let the healing begin and return the U.S. Congress to the august legislative body it has always been.

    Right after we find out who's been wiping their ass on the House Floor curtains after hours.

    Tags: Abortion, Bart Stupak, Health Care, House of Representatives, Texas
  • Rachel Maddow Talks to the Man Behind the Man Behind Uganda's Anti-Gay Legislation

    I've been meaning to write about this whole American Christian politicians getting Uganda to jail its homosexual citizens and murder its HIV-positive citizens thing for a while now, but somehow I just couldn't find the funny side of a bunch of U.S. congresspeople speaking for America while trying to use an African country as a testing ground for their Christian wonderland fantasies.

    At any rate, Rachel Maddow has been covering this on here show, and last night she had a nice long conversation with the "formerly" gay inspiration for hate and murder in the name of Jesus. And it is a terrible thing to witness.


    After the jump, you can watch Jason Jones's 2007 Daily Show interview with Richard Cohen.

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    Tags: Bart Stupak, Christianity, Chuck Grassley, HIV/AIDS, House of Representatives, Jason Jones, John Ensign, LGBT, MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Religion, Rick Warren, Senate, The Daily Show, The Family, Uganda
  • The Senate Is About to Learn a Lesson in Compromise, Stupak-Style

    bart-stupakFirst the issue of abortion de-testicled the public option. Then it tormented the House vote. Finally Democrats agreed to pass an anti-choice amendment offered by Bart Stupak (D-MI), because hey, sometimes you gotta compromise minority interests for the greater good. (Before you say it: Yes, women are more than half the population. But they tend to be smaller than men, so they aren't more than half the nation's total mass.)

    Now the Stupaked-up bill heads for the Senate, where some peopleĀ want to be sure its provisions stay in

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid found his health reform efforts seriously complicated Monday by the explosive issue of abortion, as key centrist senators said they wanted to see airtight language in the bill blocking federal funding for the procedure.

    Didn't we already have regulations that block federal funding for abortion? How is the current "compromise" more "airtight"?

    [Stupak] prohibits public money from being spent on any plan that covers abortion even if paid for entirely with private premiums. Therefore, no plan that covers abortion services can operate in the [public] Exchange unless its subscribers can afford to pay 100% of their premiums with no assistance from government "affordability credits." As the vast majority of Americans in the Exchange will need to use some of these credits, it is highly unlikely any plan will want to offer abortion coverage.

    Seriously? Even though 87% of current employer health plans offer abortion coverage? You know, this reminds me of a powerful editorial I read a few months ago, entitled "We need to reform the reform." Here's the best part:

    Instead of expanding coverage to the uninsured, the legislation upends the current employer-sponsored insurance system, ends patients' choices, and puts a bureaucrat between you and your doctor.

    Thank you, Sen. Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire! I look forward to hearing you make this exact same argument on the Senate floor in the coming weeks.

    Tags: Abortion, Bart Stupak, Democrats, Health Care, House of Representatives, Judd Gregg