Bart Stupak (D, MI-01) cuts and runs.
(Via The Business Insider) No question mark on this: Marc Armbinder’s first mention has been expanded upon here, and CBS News is now reporting it as well. This should surprise nobody: we’ve been expecting this announcement since Wednesday. Particularly since the Tea Party folks are going to – justifiably – claim at least the assist on this scalp*.
So… Stupak betrays the pro-life movement and his district, then quits rather than face the wrath of either. And don’t weep for him: he’ll segue right into the comfortable life of a DC lobbyist, which means that he’ll probably get a pay raise and will certainly enjoy the remainder of his term, free from the nagging terror beginning to fill the lives of his Democratic colleagues. Because you cannot trust a ‘conservative’ Democrat.
PS: The Dan Benishek saga teaches us why we support as many candidates as we can, as much as we can, in as many districts as we can. Three months ago this seat was deemed safe for the Democrats. Now it’s a pickup.
*I was asked to inquire whether Stupak took the Tea Party’s offer of $700K to leave office. After all, we already know that he can be bought.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.