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Given my view that the term “pro-life Democrat” has become an oxymoron in the aftermath of ObamaCare, I wasn’t surprised at this story on Congress.org discussing tension in the bi-partisan House Pro-Life Caucus. Some “pro-life” Democrats who voted for the final health-care package are none too pleased at being targeted by pro-life groups in an election year:
Some members say they’re not sure whether the [caucus] will continue to function.
“Whether or not … we’ll continue working together, I don’t know,” said Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio). “I would hope so.”
Driehaus, who voted for the bill, said he thinks the group’s fate may rest in the hands of antiabortion groups such as National Right to Life and the Susan B. Anthony List, which have taken a strong line against the bill.
Already, the caucus is being shaken up by the retirement of co-chairman Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who announced in April that he would not seek re-election after 17 years in office.
That was compounded last week, when Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) lost a Democratic primary after being hit with negative radio and TV ads by antiabortion groups for his vote for health care.
Rep. Driehaus is wrong. The fate of pro-life cooperation between the parties on ObamaCare always rested in Democrats’ hands. After compromising their principles for a flimsy executive order, now they want to avoid paying the price of opposition from legitimate pro-life advocates.
If Democrats truly had cared about cohesion in the caucus, they would have stuck to their guns and voted against legislation that lacked language banning taxpayer-subsidized abortion.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?