Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats just got played. Plain and simple.
The provision providing federal funding of abortion was in there only so it would draw the ire of Republicans and constituents, setting up a situation where its being stricken from the bill in one way or another would assuage Republicans like Louisiana Rep. Joseph Cao and Blue Dog Democrats enough to think that they could vote in favor of the monstrosity. And doing just that, perceiving the bill to be somehow toothless without the abortion provisions, shows that those of us on the beltway just weren’t being listened to.
Don’t you get it, you fools on Capitol Hill? The use of federal funds for abortions is already illegal, thanks to the Hyde Amendment. Those of you who expressed misgivings about the bill and voted for it only after the Stupak-Pitts Amendment was adopted got played by Democrats who simply were upholding current law by adopting the measure that would prevent federal funding of abortions.
I’ve got a day full of studying and other stuff. I’ll get to this more later. But I’ll tell you this — it certainly didn’t start the way I wanted it to.