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.
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....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.
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.