Ed Morrissey

Kathleen Parker turned Bart Stupak’s surname into a verb that means “backstabbed,” but perhaps she should have coined the term “Stuporked” instead. The Sunlight Foundation reviewed the earmark requests made by the “Stupak 11″ that had proclaimed themselves opposed to ObamaCare over the abortion language in the Senate version, only to flip at the last minute for a meaningless executive order from Barack Obama. In an amazing coincidence, the eleven submitted requests to Democratic leadership for almost five billion dollars in pork after voting for ObamaCare:

A day after Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., and ten other House members compromised on their pro-life position to deliver the necessary yes-votes to pass health care reform, the “Stupak 11″ released their fiscal year 2011 earmark requests, which total more than $4.7 billion–an average of $429 million worth of earmark requests for each lawmaker.

Of the eight lawmakers whose 2010 requests were available for comparison, five requested more money this week than they did a year ago: Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Ill., Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, D-Pa., Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Brad Ellsworth, D-Ind., Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, and Rep. Charles Wilson, D-Ohio. …

Stupak requested more than $578 million in earmarks, including $125 million for a replacement lock on the Sault Ste. Marie, $25.6 million to build a federal courthouse in Marquette, Mich., $15 million to repaint the Mackinac Bridge and $800,000 to preserve the Quincy Mining Company smelter near Hancock in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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