Quin, I understand your point and agree with it as far as it goes. Rep. Cao certainly has an obligation to represent his constituents and he also must follow his conscience on taxpayer funding of abortion. This vote, as long as the Stupak Amendment remains intact, allows him do both. But conservative criticism of Cao is understandable too. As long as Republicans are in the minority and have little leverage in the House, there are only a few issues where they (combined with moderate Democrats) potentially have the votes to do some good: health care, card check, cap and trade, some abortion financing issues. As I said during the Dede Scozzafava kerfuffle, the fewer of those issues a Republican is any good on the less point there is for conservatives to support them, however admirable their personal qualities may be.
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