Mollie Hemingway has a great piece up at The Federalist explaining what a debacle the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act turned into in the House of Representatives.
Even if you were certain you didn't have the votes to pass it, why pull the bill? All pulling the bill does is give people the impression that it's extreme when it's actually pretty mainstream; in fact, a virtually identical bill passed the House in 2013 without incident. Late-term abortion bans always poll extremely well; even many folks who don't call themselves"pro-life" are still in favor of banning late-term abortion. So why not just hold the vote on this bill regardless of whether or not you think enough votes are there to pass it, and then let whoever is extreme enough to vote against it show themselves for what they are?
Why in the world did Speaker Boehner let this happen? I want to give the guy a chance, but this is the kind of stupid shit that keeps pushing me into the anti-Boehner camp. Just take the easy win when you have it, Mr. Speaker! Please stop trying so hard to find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. ( I'm glad that he invited Bibi to speak to Congress and all, but I don't think it was part of some master plan of his to give Obama a nervous breakdown, so I can only give him so much credit. And, really, it should've been a no-brainer anyway. )
Many conservatives are calling for Representative Renee Ellmers to be primaried in 2016 as punishment for throwing a spanner into the works with her flip-flop on late-term abortion. Ace even goes so far as to say that we should vote for her Democrat opponent if she somehow survives a primary challenge. I used to think such ideas were insane, but I have to admit he makes a surprisingly persuasive argument.