I knew Altmire would change his vote. I suspect he was one of Nancy Pelosis votes she had in her backpocket the last time. The Tea party here in Western Pa are on him hard right now. We’ll continue to work on him. We’ve already met with him in Washington earlier this week and have a protest planned outside his local office here. Needless to say his phone line has been burning up.
Actually, if I were a Rat looking for cover, I would tell everyone I was voting yes but then vote no.
People tend to ignore the existence of "backpocket votes" when they are looking at the NO votes and YES votes for the original House bill. There is no way to know for sure how many Congressman were allowed by Pelosi to vote NO unless she needed them. But, as Michael Barone pointed out, Pelosi wouldn't have cut the deal with Stupak if she didn't need the votes of the Pro-Lifers. So that sort of puts a maximum on the number actual NO votes that Nancy can turn to YES votes easier than flipping a switch. My guess is she has 3 or 4, maybe 5.
Will they be going to his office tomorrow? His political career will crash if he votes yes...and where are they meeting, at his office and which one?