Partisanship, the last refuge of Stupak 

At the very end of the health care debate, Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., dropped his principled stance against government funding for abortions. Instead of insisting upon a provision in law to prevent such funding, Stupak settled for an executive order that can be repealed at any time by this president or any future president, and which might even be struck down by the courts before it comes to that.

Stupak's final speech, which you can watch below, came against a last-minute motion by Republicans to add Stupak's earlier pro-life amendment back into to the health care bill. His sudden change in tone, from bipartisan leader to partisan shill, is striking, coming from someone who battled his own party through so much of the debate, only to lose in the end.

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David Freddoso

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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