Connie Saltonstall wrote a post over at Howie’s place telling us why Bart Stupak should be ousted from Congress. Yes, he voted for health care in the end, but not before dragging woman’s right through the mud with the help of the Catholic Bishops.
Mr. Stupak’s dogmatic insistence on inserting his own religious views into the legislative debate and threatening to deprive his constituents of needed healthcare reform eroded people’s trust in him. Throughout the debate there was the sense that our Congressman let us down and that sense has not disappeared with the change in his vote. For me and so many of his constituents, he crossed the line with his grandstanding.
Howie Klein notes that today is the day you receive all those desperate emails for end-of-the-quarter donations from the Democratic party committees — and that the money will almost certainly be spent on preserving the seats of Blue Dogs who vote against everything you care about. It’s more than a little bit frustrating.
But there’s something you can do about it. You can Send the Democrats A Message They Can Understand.
As I wrote yesterday, Stupak got punk’d by the lobbyist for the Catholic Bishops — a Republican ally to such a degree that they were willing to deny millions of the working poor access to health care in order to help the GOPs cynical obstructionist agenda. Stupak was either too stupid to see it or too cynical himself to care. Either way, his behavior should not be rewarded.
Please feel free to donate any sum you can to Connie’s campaign. She’s showed real courage to try and take on a anti-choice incumbent Dem like Stupak. Good for her.