Soon-to-be former Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Pelosi’s Pocket) is lashing out at Catholic Bishops and pro-life groups, calling them “‘hypocrites’ for not supporting the [health care] bill after [he] won last-minute concessions from the White House” (i.e., the executive order which both pro-life and pro-abortion rights groups think is meaningless).
Attacking the bishops is a sure way to win support among Catholic voters.
Had Stupak stood firm, he might have helped derail the bill and might today be derided among his partisan caucus, but seen as a man of principle by Catholics and others, even those on the right otherwise skeptical of his liberal voting record. Now, he’s heralded by Democrats, including many zealous abortion advocates and derided on the right while his hitherto unknown opponent has over 20,000 Facebook fans, whereas just five days ago, he barely had 300. (You can now donate online.)
And he’s helped keep alive the divisive debate on health care.
Bart Stupak may have won the favor of Democrats and their media allies inside the Beltway and on the coasts, but is it wise to tie your fortunes to Congress with record disapproval ratings and a House Speaker of whom barely one in ten Americans has a favorable view. Don’t think the affection of coastal media elites and Nancy Pelosi will help much on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, especially among Catholic voters. Don’t think lashing out at the bishops is the way to win back their support, especially after voting for such an unpopular bill.