Jonathan Chait

Stupak's Agony

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Bart Stupak sounds like a man who has backed himself into a corner, realizes he's wrong (which he is), but can't quite admit it:

The ideal outcome, Stupak said, might be for the House Democratic leadership to get the votes they need without him and for the bill to pass.

“You know, maybe for me that’s the best: I stay true to my principles and beliefs,” he said, and “vote no on this bill and then it passes anyways. Maybe for me is the best thing to do.”...

“It’s caused a lot of internal conflict. ‘Am I doing the right thing,’ you know?” he said. “I believe everyone should have healthcare. In all my correspondence I’ve been saying for years it’s a right, not a privilege.”

 

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