Friday, April 9, 2010

Conservatives Force Conservative Out

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.

How absurd.

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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3 comments:

Wally Goosefeathers said...

Hey Gary great post! I definitely agree that the conservatives are taking things a little too far.

You commented on one of my Vincent Pastore/Bronson Arroyo posts on reeltalkblog.com.

We were wondering if you would like to talk on our radio show that we have every Tuesday/THursday - Reeltalkblogradio.

I couldn't find your email so definitely email us back at reeltalkblog@yahoo.com and we can talk!

We'd love to get your point of view on some things and it would be good for both blogs!

Look forward to hearing from you.

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RICESKI said...

Bart Simpson - retiring?

Jac said...

Its a fine line between walking away and running away. It seems to me as if he achieved his main goal, even if the Stupak-Pitts amendment did not pass (never give credit if you don't have to), the principle of federal funded abortions was addressed and is now subject to restriction. Whether its an official amendment or an executive order, I say good luck to the member who tries to overturn it and suggest taxpayers to pay for whats probably the most controvertial topic in political smalltalk.
Let Gods Official Party have the Tea Party, and let them think this is a small act of mercy bestowed upon their little heads. Lord knows they'll need the memories of what it felt like....