Stupak’s crowd


In his wrap-up of the Great Senate Abortion Compromise on Politics Daily, David Gibson suggests that Bart Stupak’s opposition spells doom for the compromise in conference committee: “The reality, however, is that the House is not likely to pass a bill that Stupak does not support.” That seems to me a misreading of the situation.

Once it became apparent that Stupak was going to pass in the House, a number of supporters of health care reform who are generally pro-life or who represent conservative districts (case in point: Tom Perriello of VA 5) clambered on board. But the reality, in my view, is that a Nelson-like arrangement on abortion will be good enough for enough of them, and will win the day in the House. Call them them the Bob Casey pro-life social-justice caucus.