Well that was quick. Just days after voting for a healthcare bill that included a provision restricting the use of federal funds to pay for abortions AND strongly criticizing Martha Coakley for her “foolish” opposition, Congressman Capuano has reversed course. Now he says that he will not vote for the bill when it returns to the house if it has the abortion clause in it.
There is no doubt that this is an extremely difficult issue and, as a good friend of mine points out, “An inflexible politician is more dangerous than one who changes their opinions.” However, such a major shift so soon after a vote and some strong statements is concerning. This sure smacks of doing the right thing politically, rather than doing the right thing for the community. Look, I’ve gone back and forth on where I stand on this question and have thought a lot about whether or not I’d vote for the bill in the current form. However, before you make this important societal issue a part of your political game, it would be nice if you were comfortable with your position.
Congressman Capuano, stick with what you believe in and, if you are going to change your mind, you better make sure you don’t call your opponent’s position “manna from heaven.” I’ll tell you what manna from heaven would be – a politician who votes a certain way because it is the right thing to do and not because it is what will get them a promotion.