Representative Bart Stupak has announced his retirement. The Michigan Democrat, I'm sure you remember, betrayed his pro-life views and the pro-life community in his desperation to vote for Obamacare. Stupak claimed his decision had nothing to do with anger over that betrayal. Instead, Stupak said that he's retiring because he's tired and wants to spend more time with his family. Yeah, right.
Stupak is the first in what will be a long line of post-Obamacare casualties. The American people, including those in Stupak's district, don't want the Dems' kind of health care "reform". They hate the way it was shoved down their throats by arrogant, we-know-what's-best-for-you politicians. And pro-lifers are NOT fooled by the executive order (EO) Stupak got from Obama in exchange for his vote. They know that said EO is just a fig leaf to give Stupak cover; it has no real teeth. And they are angry.
Stupak retired because he saw the writing on the wall. He wanted to avoid a humiliating defeat in November, a defeat that would be all he had to show for betraying his principles to support Obama and Obamacare. It's a bit frustrating that Stupak cheated his constiuents out of the joy of voting him out of his job. It would've been great to see his declining fortunes splashed across national tv on election night. Still, Stupak has gotten his just desserts. The voters didn't get to deliver the coup de grace but they, along with the majority of Americans, can cheerfully say of the Michigan traitor, "Gone, baby, gone!"