Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Saturday, March 20, 2010 11:28 pm

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means,” cont.

Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Control Your Womb, says he’s in a living hell:

Leading a revolt against President Barack Obama’s healthcare legislation over abortion has been a “living hell” for Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.).

The telephone lines in his Washington and district offices have been “jammed” and he’s gotten more than 1,500 faxes and countless e-mails — most of which he says don’t come from his constituents.

Fifteen hundred faxes. Wow. That’s, like, three whole reams of paper. The horror.

Stupak said he didn’t anticipate how big the abortion issue would become during the healthcare reform debate, nor did he figure to find himself a household name.

“I’m a little surprised,” Stupak said.

If you’re a little surprised, then you’re more than a little stupid.

The 57-year-old Democrat said he has a history of working behind the scenes with Democratic leaders on abortion.

“In the past, we’ve always been able to work it out,” he said. “This is the first time we’ve not been able to work it out.”

Yeah, poor Bart. I guess those pro-choice voters just got tired of being punched, but, really, calling, faxing and e-mailing their displeasure certainly seems a tad harsh.

To be absolutely serious for just one moment, I am sorry that protesters called his home and upset his wife. But I also am sorry he appears to believe that she appears to believe that someone held a gun to her husband’s head and forced him to run for Congress.

UPDATE: John Cole, FTW:

In a country where abortion is legal, how did the anti-choice goons so thoroughly game the system that their one pet issue can not be funded federally? I have tons of things that are “moral issues” to me that are funded against my will, but no one gives a [expletive]. And you know what — I’m OK with that, because I understand how our democracy works. You don’t get any trump cards. And unlike the anti-choice squad, my “moral issues” are not dictated to me by the lunatics at Focus on the Family or by the hypocrites in a couple thousand year old business run by old men who look the other way when child rape happens.

UPDATE: Uppity womenfolk Nuns weigh in with Stupak:

Today, “60 leaders of religious orders representing 59,000 Catholic nuns” sent a letter to federal lawmakers urging them to pass the Senate health care legislation. They decried the “false” information floating around about abortion provisions and said that the bill’s “historic new investments” for pregnant women are the “REAL pro-life stance.” The nuns’ letter was a significant and unusual break with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which continues to denounce the legislation. This afternoon, Stupak dismissed the nuns, saying that he listens to only male religious figures and far-right religious organizations:

Congressman Bart Stupak, D-Mich, responded sharply to White House officials touting a letter representing 59,000nuns that was sent to lawmakers urging them to pass the health care bill.

The conservative Democrat dismissed the action by the White House saying, “When I’m drafting right to life language, I don’t call up the nuns.” He says he instead confers with other groups including “leading bishops, Focus on the Family, and The National Right to Life Committee.”

Yeah. Because those bishops have been so on top of all those other problems. So to speak. Good to know Stupak’s getting advice from people who don’t have a clue in hell what they’re talking about.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 5:59 pm

I only *wish* we were “using the political system to stomp on radicalized fringes”

Shorter Megan McArdle: We should let the terrorists win.

Bonus rant from Athenae at First Draft:

Lady, are you smoking crack? Are you smoking crack while sitting in a cloud of crack-smoke wearing a T-shirt that says I HEART CRACK while waiting for your crackhead boyfriend to come home with more crack that you sent him out to get so that you’d have some crack when you were done with the crack you’re smoking now? Seriously? Because last I checked, “not being able to convince somebody else that you’re not a [expletive] lunatic and that your ideas about everything should be adopted by everybody” doesn’t qualify as “the political process has been closed off” to you.

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