“How’s it been? Like a living hell.”So whined Congressman Bart Stupak of Michigan, whose rigid rejection of language in the healthcare bill that prohibits public funds for abortion, still isn’t good enough for him –- while making the rounds and getting lots of TV face time, extending his 15 minutes -- and even getting a sympathetic ear from Chris Matthews, who seems to be Stupak’s sole remaining friend in the vicinity of Capitol Hill, as Stupak’s imaginary coalition keeps peeling off. Unfortunately for Bart, “Harvey” doesn’t have a vote.
Stupak remains intransigent despite several Catholic organizations coming out in support of the bill, including: The Catholic Health Association; the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in a statement, signed by Religious Sister of Mercy Mother Mary Quentin Sheridan, president of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious; and Network, which represent 59,000 Catholic sisters.
Believe me, Bart, take Rachel Maddow’s advice: You really don’t want to get on the wrong side of the nuns. Neither, for that matter, should the ultra-conservative Catholic Bishops.