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IL-SEN Tue Nov 10 2009

Schakowsky Could Be Bluffing

Call me a cynic, but I don't think there'll be much of a consequence if staunch liberals oppose a healthcare reform bill with the Stupak Amendment. That's what Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky is doing and also what my new congressman Mike Quigley is doing. It's a noble effort, but really, the liberals in the House and the Senate are the ones who are in the worst position for attention getting. Are they really going to oppose a very progressive healthcare reform bill because it doesn't allow for abortion funding? Is it that much of a surprise that such a compromise exists?

I mean, yes, it'd be really nice if the final bill didn't limit abortion funding, but who's going to bend over backwards to accommodate Schakowsky? When push comes to shove, is she really going to vote against a bill like this with its many other liberal attributes? I doubt it.

It's progressives' big chance to make a difference (although not as big of one as they and I would like). Withholding their vote on a very--although not completely--progressive bill would also likely endanger them with their liberal constituents.

And I suspect they know this as well. They just need to make a bit of a show so that their liberal voters know they aren't totally okay with the bill as it is.


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pollwatcher11 / November 11, 2009 3:47 PM


John Powers / November 11, 2009 8:36 PM

"a noble effort"?

In the twisted mind of a eugenicist, it may be "noble" to pay to dispose of babies, but in the general population....isn't there some limit to the nobility of a destroying an innocent human being?

Even among abortion advocates, there is at least a bit of a cringe factor, rather than toasting the nobility of snuffing out human life.


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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...


Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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