There's nothing Obamacare opponents would love more than to beat Bart Stupak after he agreed in the 11th hour to deliver the crucial votes for a health care bill that didn't include his amendment to prevent taxpayer-funding of abortion. Dan Benishek, a general surgeon for 27 years in Northern Michigan, hopes to be the one to do the deed. A newcomer to politics, Benishek didn't even have a website set up when Stupak announced he would vote for the health care bill. Since then Benishek has quickly capitalized on what many believe to be Stupak's betrayal and is well on his way to raising $219,000 online at www.dropstupak.com.
Money will help, but Benishek certainly has his work cut out for him. Obama narrowly won the district 50% to 48% in 2008, but Stupak cruised to reelection in 2008 by 22 points (65% to 33%). He survived his first reelection campaign back in the 1994 Republican Revolution by taking 57% of the vote--even after he voted for the unpopular Clinton budget.