An aide to Rep. Bart Stupak (D. Mich.) coordinated opposition to a Senate compromise on the place of abortion in health care legislation this morning with the Republican Senate leadership, the Conference Catholic Bishops, and other anti-abortion groups, according to a chain of frantic emails obtained this morning by POLITICO.
The emails show that Stupak — who has so far remained silent on language accepted by Senator Ben Nelson (D. Neb.) and faces intense pressure from the White House to accept it — is already working behind the scenes to oppose the compromise.
They also demonstrate a previously unseen degree of coordination between Stupak and the office of Republican leader Mitch McConnell.
Nancy Pelosi is going to have her hands full with the Stupak gang. He's obviously rejecting this compromise, how many will go with him? The lone Republican who voted for the House bill, Cao, is anti-choice, so he'll be out. That puts the 220 vote that it passed by already at 218. Who else goes?
And if Stupak is maintained, how many progressives are lost?
This game is far from over.