In case you missed it, Bart Stupak, the leader… make that former leader… of the pro-life Democrats opposing the healthcare bill currently before the House has caved in.
Giving off the required looks of determination and implied soul-searching, Congressman Stupak announced, like so many others before him, that he was switching his vote on the healthcare bill to a “yes.”
So what did he sell his vote for?
An executive order.
Because, of course, executive orders are respected. Just like how President Obama made overturning the Mexico City Policy, a long-standing executive order prohibiting federal funding of overseas abortions, such a priority that reversing it was one of the first things he did.
An executive order can be overturned by any later president. In fact, an executive order can be overturned by the president who signed it in the first place. Heck, since the executive order won’t be signed until after the House votes are counted and recorded, President Obama is bound by absolutely nothing to actually sign it in the first place. The promise of an executive order is, in short, only bait… the rubbery kind that the fish realizes, only too late, was fake, and not really a tasty worm at all.
Stupak sold his soul, his claims of being pro-life, and any vestiges of credibility for the term “pro-life Democrat”… for this?
Good grief, at least Judas got cash.