It’s ‘not fun’ for poor Bart Stupak these days. People are being mean.

Poor Bart Stupak. He put himself into the middle of one of the biggest legislative battles in a long time. He chose to do the bidding of the Catholic Bishops on health care. And, it’s really, really been rough on him:

Leading a revolt against President Barack Obama’s healthcare legislation over abortion has been a “living hell” for Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.).

The telephone lines in his Washington and district offices have been “jammed” and he’s gotten more than 1,500 faxes and countless e-mails — most of which he says don’t come from his constituents.

The fight has taken a toll on his wife, who has disconnected the phone in their home to avoid harassment.

“All the phones are unplugged at our house — tired of the obscene calls and threats. She won’t watch TV,” Stupak said during an hourlong interview with The Hill in his Rayburn office. “People saying they’re going to spit on you and all this. That’s just not fun.”

Poor Bart. Not fun? People are being mean? He’s taking rights away from women and didn’t expect outrage?

I guess his pals at the Catholic Bishops Conference are of little use these days. They’re a little preoccupied these days with all the attention on the Pope’s involvement in child sex abuse scandal.

I love when politicians whine about people contacting them. They’ve got such rough lives. Many members of Congress really do get annoyed when people weigh in. They’d really rather just deal with lobbyists.

And, I always get a kick out of politicians who say they only want to hear from constituents — except when fundraising is involved.


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