Friday, April 09, 2010

What Hath Stupak Wrought?

Kathryn Jean Lopez at NRO's The Corner reflects on the announcement that Bart Stupak, forever infamous now as a weak, dissembling and hypocritical politician, will not run for re-election:

It has seemed obvious to me since last year that Stupak would retire. The tragic thing is that he could have been an inspiring leader, a man who stood up on principle to the most prominent politicians of the day, of his own party. Instead, we know what he did — he surrendered all the power he had for a meaningless executive order, bowing at the altar of a party that long ago sold its soul to the culture of death he claimed to be standing athwart, to boot.

The upside of Bart Stupak proving to be such a cheap date is that his decision to stand down made the facts starkly clear for all the country to see. With his speech on the House floor providing extra cover to Democrats who had been lying all along about what was in the bill — why exactly does one need an executive order if the legislation never had anything to do with abortion? — Bart Stupak wrote the obituary for the very concept of the pro-life Democrat (my condolences to Dan Lipinski, who seems to truly want to be one in a party that doesn't respect that).

Bart Stupak could have made the Democratic party better. He could have made them realize pro-lifers in their party were a real force to be reckoned with. Instead he drove a nail in the coffin that holds the late Governor Casey's words from a speech at Notre Dame in 1995. “It was sold to America, this idea [of legal abortion], as a kind of social cure, a resolution,” Casey said. “Instead, it has left us wounded and divided. We were promised it would broaden the circle of freedom. Instead, it has narrowed the circle of humanity. We were told the whole matter was settled and would soon pass from our minds. Twenty years later, it tears at our souls. And so, it is for me the bitterest of ironies that abortion on demand found refuge, found a home — and it pains me to say this — found a home in the national Democratic party. My party, the party of the weak, the party of the powerless.”

The Democratic party is the party that embraces the culture of death — now more "comprehensively" than ever.