For months, the final passage of the national health care law was in doubt due to then Rep. Bart Stupak's insistence that any final piece of legislation include his more restrictive language making sure that it did not include federal funding for abortion.
Ultimately, the Michigan Democrat caved, settling for an Obama executive order instead. His vote and those of his fellow supposedly pro-life Democrats ended up putting ObamaCare across the finish line, even though it clearly left avenues open for federal funding of abortion.
At the time, conservatives attacked Stupak as a traitor and a dupe, and ultimately he decided not to seek reelection. Today's news that the Obama administration would try 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammad in a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay should reinforce conservatives' skepticism about the meaning of the executive order.
Two days after being sworn into office, Obama signed an executive order setting a one year deadline for closing Gitmo. By allowing it to remain open more than a year past the deadline, Obama had already violated the letter of the executive order. Now, he has also violated the spirit of it.
If it were possible to make Stupak to look any dumber, today's news does just that.