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Another Bad 2010 Omen For Democrats: “Repeal the Deal” Will Be A Rallying Cry in 2010

Wednesday, December 23, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Politico.com’s Josh Kraushaar reports on the decision by Texas businessman Jack McDonald to drop an already-well-funded race against GOP incumbent House member Mike McCaul.

The National Republican Congressional Committee’s ReverseTheVote.org has already raised more than $190,000 in small donations in three weeks for challengers to 24 Democrats who voted for Obamacare on its first passage through the House.

As the healthcare fiasco unfolds, more and more Democrats will figure out that January will bring a defining vote in their career. Ben Nelson, long considered a “moderate, pro-life” Democrat, lost that reputation in a day. The huge Nebraska bribe Nelson took from Reid –the “Cornhusker kickback”– won’t be forgotten or applauded by voters in his state or by the pro-life organizations he has long persuaded of his support. (See Scott Johnson’s Powerline commentary on Michael Barone’s analysis, which nails this new mess as “The Missouri-Nebraska Compromise of 2009.”) Voters are hyper-focused and hyper-opposed to this bill, and all the “cover” provided by the hard-left AARP and the unrepresentative-of-doctors AMA won’t erase the electorate’s memory of how their senators and representatives vote in January.

This is particularly true on the portions of the bill dealing with abortion. The first difficult vote on the subject in 30 years, and Senator Nelson folded. Alleged pro-life Democrats in the House, led by Bart Stupak, are watching the instant blowback against Senator Nelson’s collapse and recognizing that they will simply not be able to claim “pro-life” status if they vote for this bill. Stupak is willing to meet his constituents, a very good sign for opponents of the bill generally and publicly-funded abortion specifically.

The Catholic bishops have already denounced the Senate bill:

On the issue of respect for unborn human life, the bill not only falls short of the House’s standard but violates longstanding precedent in all other federal health programs. Therefore we believe the Senate should not move this bill forward at this time but continue to discuss and approve changes that could make it morally acceptable. Until these fundamental flaws are remedied the bill should be opposed.

All of the other issues such as the massive cuts in medicare and the vast new taxes are also in stark relief as the Democrats return to their districts and states. The bill is wildly unpopular, and all the special deals simply disgust voters. Seniors aren’t fooled and won’t forget. Democrats will return in 2010 to a huge dilemma: Vote for the deal and go over the electoral cliff with Obama or face the Chicago-style tactics of the president’s team plus Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid? The latter are very unpleasant, but the former is career ending.

One “blue dog” Democrat opponent of Obamacare has said he believes many of the 39 Democrats who opposed Obamacare last month will sign on to the Senate bill, but such a vote will add them to the ReverseTheVote.org list and, far beyond that, to the “must defeat” list of every activist group in the U.S. The Speaker will try and keep as many vulnerable Democrats safe from the fall out of voting for the bill, but a “yes” vote in either November or January puts the member on the list of those who turned their backs on seniors.

“Repeal the Deal” will be a rallying cry across the country if the conference committee produces a bill that passes both House and Senate, and GOP candidates will work over the next 45 weeks to detail every nook and cranny of the repulsive bargains made in the course of mounting the assault on seniors. But it isn’t a done deal yet.

Which is why you should hit the “Take Further Action” button in the “Free Our Health Care” banner in the right column and use the toll-free number to send a message to your senators and Congressman. Reports of jammed voice mail boxes and hiding Congressmen underscore that Democrats know they have pushed the most unpopular bill in modern times to the brink of passage. Now they can think for two weeks about what that means on November 2, 2010.

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The Cornerstone School of D.C.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt


Mike Allen of Politico.com called his readers’ attention to this remarkable private school in Washington D.C
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Bravo Prince William, and a Bonus Advent Video

Tuesday, December 22, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt


This is a very good example of using position to highlight need
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If you are inspired by that act by royalty, please consider sponsoring a child in the Dominican Republic through the amazing organization Children International. My account of my trip to visit their operations in the country is here. You can click on the banner above to see what sort of child whose life you would be turning right side up with your sponsorship.

And a bonus Advent video from the Franz Family and Coldwater Media:

This Is The Most Important Abortion Debate In Congress In 30 Years, So Where’s Bart Stupak? Where Are The Bishops? He and They Should Be On Every Cable Show.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Washington Post has an extensive report of the deal that Nebraska’s Ben Nelson accepted to allow federal funding of abortion for the first time.

Thus is launched the most important Congressional debate on abortion in three decades. Every pro-life voter in the land should use the “Take Further Action” button in the Free Our Health Care banner in the column to the right to communicate with your senators and Representative to oppose Obamacare, especially because of this abortion deal which will result in your tax dollars paying for hundreds of thousands of abortions. Even some supporters of abortion rights will work to reverse this wholesale sundering of the truce that has governed Congress since Roe came down.

Every Catholic bishop should direct every Catholic priest to preach from every Catholic pulpit this weekend and next on the urgent need and indeed duty to communicate with Congressmen especially on the need to oppose federal funding of abortion and to support the Stupak amendment. A legislative decision is pending that will not be easily reversed for decades to come if it passes. Every effort should be made –if the Bishops really mean what they say they mean. Indeed, every Bishop ought to be booking a flight to D.C. to see their own Representatives and senators. Would the key handful of Catholic Democrats be more likely to stand firm if they saw scores of Bishops and Cardinals walking the halls of Rayburn? Do the unborn deserve such a show of resolve from the Bishops, as disruptive as it would no doubt be to their calendars?

If anyone needs to get smart generally, a very useful archive of stories on all that is wrong with Obamacare is here in the Wall Street Journal’s Guide to Obamacare. Read this set of reports and you won’t be lacking for ammunition at Christmas dinner when a relative declares the Senate has accomplished a historic thing. In fact, run a few off and have them handy.

But the abortion issue is narrow andself-contained: Will the Congress use Obamacare to win the last big battle for abortion rights absolutists by funneling federal money into the abortion business? The Senate bill will allow them to do that, by the hundreds of millions. Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak is the man of the moment, with the ability to force the repeal of the Senate’s sell-out on abortion funding. The Catholic Bishops have rejected the Senate deal, and Stupak has already blasted the Senate language. Over at First Thoughts blog, Steven Dillard sums up the hope of pro-life people:

[T]he only thing standing in the way of federal funding of abortions is Rep. Stupak and his leadership on this issue. And the question on every politico’s mind is: Will Stupak cave like Nelson? Many of my jaded Republican friends think Pelosi et al.will get to Stupak, and force him to sign off on language similar to that in the Senate bill.

Well, call me a cock-eyed optimist, but I truly believe Stupak will stand his ground. Like the late (and great) Robert P. Casey, Sr., I am convinced that Stupak is the genuine article. Consider, for example, the following comments by Stupak:

“I don’t think the party leadership expected this. They really did not think we would make such a big issue out of it. And they were wrong . . . . We are going to hold firm and make sure the Stupak-Pitts language stays when this legislation comes back to us. We will not vote for this bill if that language is not there . . . . We’ll have a conversation if it comes back that way. Not a negotiation; a conversation.”

Now, while I could certainly be proven wrong, I think Rep. Stupak means what he says, and will do everything in his power to prevent federal funding of abortion in the final version of health-care reform bill. And if he does, Stupak will become a hero to those of us in the pro-life movement. He will also empower and encourage other pro-life Democrats to follow his lead, and strengthen the pro-life coalition within his party. Most importantly, Stupak’s stance will serve as a very public testimony to the inherent dignity of every unborn child, and undoubtedly save lives.


Do your part to support Stupak and his allies by calling his office via the Hill Switchboard –202-224-3121. And add to the political pressure on other House Democrats by contributing to the ReverseTheVote.org fund established by the National Republican Congressional Committee. That fund targets 24 House Democrats who come from swing districts but who voted for Obamacare last round. We need to peel off three of them to defeat Obamacare this time, and a rising total in the fund focuses their attention like nothing else.

It would be great if every pro-life activist in the country contributed $10, $25, $50 or even $100 to ReverseTheVote.org. It would be the most effective pro-life contribution you have made in years.

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