Representitive Bart Stupak of Michigan and his small group of abortion foes have fallen into line in support of the health care bill after an assurance of an executive order that will continue the policy of banning public funding for abortion.
For Stupak its a way off the hook and for Speaker Pelosi it ensures a comforable margin of passage.
This is a bill about economics and for supporters a way to ensure an fundamental right. For foes, its about crippling burdens on business and an unwarranted expansion of federalism.
Mr. Stupak had his 15 minutes but his action will not curry favor with hard core right to lifers who hardly are impressed by an Executive Order from such a liberal Chief Executive.
Mr. Stupak was taking a beating and this gave him an out.
To have made such an important economic and policy issue the hostage of pro life politics was a disservice from the beginning.
In any event the bill's passage is ensured and we accept the results whatever they are. However, the desire to fight on continues in some quarters and between this years election and court fights, don't expect health care to disappear from your favorite talking heads shows.
UPDATE: The Internet is already on fire with efforts to help a guy name Dan Benishek, the likely GOP candidate in Michigan, District 1 where Rep. Stupak comes from.