Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak, targeted for defeat by Tea Party activists for his crucial role in securing House approval of the health care overhaul, said today he would retire from Congress this year.
The nine-term congressman told the Associated Press he could have won re-election and insisted he wasn’t being chased from the race by the Tea Party Express, which is holding rallies this week in his northern Michigan district calling for his ouster. Instead, Stupak said he was tired after 18 years in office and wanted to spend more time with his family.
Stupak’s caving on the anti-abortion status of Obama’s health care–and on the health care bill itself–is what secured its passage. He should have known that abortion is too sacramental to the left to be held back by an executive order. Federally funded abortions will take place and his meagre efforts at the end to prevent them will come to nothing. And the health care bill, of course, is an unaffordable monstrosity that will put one more nail in the coffin of the fiscal integrity of the United States.
One person can sure do a lot of damage, even when he’s trying to do good. Stuff like this is why I don’t believe in salvation by works: there are too many unforseeable consequences of the stuff we do. (Well, he won’t forsee them, even if we can…)
It’s a strange district he’s got–all of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and some of the lower part too. Largest town has only 20,000 people. Even by Southern standards, that’s rural. Hopefully they will choose to take another nibble out of Nancy Pelosi’s majority.