The Corner

Pathetic Pro-Choicers

Dana Goldstein writes:

On Monday morning, Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), co-chairwoman of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, announced she had collected 40 signatures of Democrats who have vowed to vote against any final reform bill that retains the Stupak amendment. The list of the letter’s signatories remains closely guarded, though, and even some outspoken champions of abortion rights are refusing to say whether they’ve signed—perhaps reflecting a last-ditch willingness to accept the Stupak amendment, as a means to pushing through the president’s top domestic policy priority (emphasis added).

The refusal to go public undercuts the threat, doesn’t it?

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.