By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Paltalk News Network
What a topsy turvy world we live in.
Bart Stupak, the anti-abortion Democratic congressman from Michigan who helped win passage of the health reform bill by getting President Obama to agree to sign an executive order precluding the use of federal funds to pay for abortions - is retiring under pressure from those who would otherwise be considered his base.
He was vilified because, well, of course, an executive order can always be overturned. So Stupak, a pro-life champion, was painted as having gone over to the other side.
The anti-Obamaers - packaging themselves as Tea Party conservatives - are doubtlessly overjoyed by this news. Smelling political blood anew.
In this heady time for conservatives, some are, as I had predicted, taking things too far. Ever since this health reform debate began, the number of serious threats against members of Congress has increased three-fold. One fellow was busted after allegedly repeatedly phoning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with disturbing and threatening messages.
Meanwhile, the folks that have set the atmosphere for all of this are quickly leaving the sidelines and heading for the mainstream of American politics. That's at least Minnesota Republican member of Congress Michele Bachmann's take on it. Bachmann says the Tea Party is - essentially - merging with the GOP. Which means that - if she's right - the political complexion of the Republican Party is changing.
Whether that helps or hurts Republicans in the long-run remains to be seen.
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