1/18, 7:26p: Well, Lawdy, Speaker Boehner’s office has picked up on the Emanuel admission in a fact check:
Dem Claim: ObamaCare does not promote taxpayer funding of abortion, and legislation is not needed to keep abortions from being funded by taxpayer dollars under ObamaCare.
FACT: In a recent interview with the Chicago Tribune editorial board, facing questions about his commitment to the pro-abortion cause, former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel emphasized that the Executive Order on abortion signed by President Obama in March 2010 – ostensibly to eliminate the need for the pro-life Stupak Amendment to be attached to ObamaCare – does not carry the force of law, and as such, has the seal of approval of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and others who oppose a ban on taxpayer funding of abortion (Chicago Tribune, 1/14/11). Emanuel also seemed to acknowledge that the EO was a maneuver by the Obama Administration to circumvent a bipartisan majority in the House – and the will of the American people – which supported the pro-life Stupak amendment.
1/18, 9:10a: INC at RedState.com doesn’t think Stupak was buffaloed at all:
In my opinion Stupak was not so much hoodwinked as looking for a rationale he thought would pass public muster and provide him with a façade to enable him to support Obamacare. Unfortunately for Stupak, the public found Stupak’s words deceptive. Unfortunately for America and her unborn citizens, they found Stupak’s principles deceptive.
1/17, 1:19p: On January 14 the Chicago Tribune editorial board met with the Chicago mayoral candidates, including Barack Obama’s former chief-of-staff, Rahm Emanuel.
During that meeting the topic of Obamacare came up and along with it a discussion of the Stupak Amendment.
Emanuel made two interesting statements.