As the US Senate continues debate on an increasingly anemic health care bill, two political action organizations are chastizing Democratic representatives who voted for the anti-choice Stupak-Pitts amendment in the House's version of the legislation. The Senate seems safe from such a provision, but the issue will certainly come up for debate when the House and Senate conference to reconcile their different bills.
Man-about-town Alex Steed called this morning from his car, on his way to Bangor. When he arrives (right about now), he'll meet up with several Second District citizens to deliver boxes of wire coat hangers to Maine Rep Mike Michaud, a Democrat who voted for the amendment that would severely restrict abortion access. Wire coat hangers, of course, are the world's most graphic and disturbing symbol for what could happen if abortion rights erode. The political theater is a collaboration between CREDO Action and Democracy for America (where Alex works part time).
UPDATE @ 3:05: Alex just called to let me know that when he and his partners in this action arrived at Michaud's Bangor office, it was closed with a "Back at 2:15" sign on the door. They waited nearly an hour, but nobody came; they left behind a box with 4500 coat hangers and a letter of explanation.