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Second Guessing Stupak

Some folks are saying that Republicans should've voted against the Stupak amendment as a tactical maneuver. I think that would've been a profoundly bad idea. Ramesh Ponnuru has more at The Corner:

As John McCormack reports, a few conservatives have complained that Republicans shouldn't have voted for the Stupak amendment. Instead, goes the theory, they should have voted "present" in sufficient numbers to keep it from passing, thus forcing pro-life Democrats to vote against the underlying bill and potentially bringing it down. (Something like this view has been expressed on NRO too.) McCormack argues that this tactic would not have worked.

It would have had significant downsides.
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Rick said...

agreed. a bird in the hand is worth more than two in the bush.

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