March 24, 2010

A Mystery Wrapped in an Enigma

Fine Kathleen Parker column on Bart Stupak's cave-in, in which she suggests Stupak was ultimately overwhelmed "by raw power" though adding that he will "keep political science students - and psychologists - happily lost in research for years."

Be it Stupak or Kucinich or Nelson or Landrieu, there does seem to be an amazing ability of Obama and Pelosi "to get people to talk," to make offers other politicians cannot refuse. It's alarming how spines fold before the good cop/bad cop routine of Obama & Pelosi. Needless to say I liked Obama more before he became competent at passing bad legislation.

Parker wrote:
The ticktock of what transpired during the final 72 hours before the vote will keep political science students -- and psychologists -- happily lost in research for years....

After the Sunday vote, a group of Democrats, including Stupak, gathered in a pub to celebrate. In a biblical moment, New York Rep. Anthony Weiner was spotted planting a big kiss on Stupak's cheek.

To a Catholic man well versed in the Gospel, this is not a comforting gesture.
Human weakness shouldn't be a surprise to me, I suppose. That is the default position, a result of original sin. Perhaps rather I should save my surprise for the saints, such as the Cure de Ars, whose remarkable life attests that with God all things are possible.


Bill White said...

Stupak repeats history - see

TS said...

Ha, perfect.

It does seem based on Stupak's self-defense (linked at The Corner) that he might've simply got snookered the way Chamberlain did.

It also reminds me vaguely of how Pete Rose thought he was off the hook with Bart Giamatti based on some agreement until...he wasn't.

HokiePundit said...

On the other hand, it's interesting that the money for airports in Rep. Stupak's district came in two days before the health care bill passed.

So, we're left with the question of whether the man is merely a moron or whether he is a corrupt moron. I'm guessing the people of the UP are going to pick C) New Guy in November.