Editor’s Note: This is Part 2 of 2 in a series of posts by Rhonda Robinson regarding Hardball host Chris Matthews’ reporting on the fight over abortion and Obamacare. Click here for Part 1
Once upon a time there was a frog that lived on the riverbank. Life was good. The frog was full and happy; he worked hard all day catching flies. His life was satisfying.
One day a scorpion came up to the frog and told him of the wonders that wait for him on the other side of the river. At first the frog was skeptical, and a little afraid of the deadly scorpion, but then she began to whisper gently to the frog, â€œI have heard that on the other side there are bugs so fat and juicy they can hardly walk or fly.â€
â€œSadly,â€ the scorpion sighed, â€œI am not as lucky as you. I cannot swim. I will never see the land of Frog-utopia. At least that is, not without the generosity of someone such as you.â€
The frog looked down, hardly knowing what to say. It didnâ€™t seem fair really. He was so fortunate. Then the scorpion continued, â€œWould you consider letting me ride on your back across the water? Then we could both be happy.â€
At first, the scorpion was eager for a chance to help. But then, realizing he was talking to a scorpion, fear struck him. â€œWhat if you sting me? I would die.â€
â€œSilly frogâ€ said the scorpion, â€œIf I sting you, we will both die. I will drown and die alongside you.â€
â€œOf courseâ€ said the frog, â€œit would be good for both of us to work together and get to the other side.â€
The scorpion climbed onto the frogâ€™s back, and out into the river they went. Soon, they could no longer see the shoreline.
Just as the frogâ€™s legs were beginning to tire, he felt a sharp pain in his back. The pain melted into numbness, he could no longer feel his legs. They both began to sink.
â€œWhy?â€ asked the frog. â€œWhy would you take us this far, just to have us die in the water?â€
â€œIâ€™m a scorpionâ€ she replied simply, â€œItâ€™s my nature.â€
On another far-off shore, Chris Matthews host of MSNBCâ€™s Hardball, had a segment with Politico reporter Jonathan Allen, that painted a bleak picture for the possibility of compromise over the abortion issue.
â€œThereâ€™s a real values difference here. Some people donâ€™t like the idea of anything that looks like a subsidy by the federal government for abortion even if it subsidizing an insurance plan which covers abortionâ€¦â€
â€œâ€¦If these guys, if Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid, and Bart Stupak and Diana Degette can get together and resolve this issue; President Obama should hand over the Noble Peace Prize that he got to them.â€
â€œCause it’s hard to do.â€
â€œItâ€™s impossible to resolve this issue. At least it has been to this point.â€
â€œâ€¦when the conference bill comes back whatâ€™s going to change? Iâ€™m just asking, why will congress woman Degette win, and Stupak lose when that time comes?â€
Allen concludes that all Pelosi has done is move the bill:
â€œShe doesnâ€™t have a solution for thisâ€¦Somebody is going to be disappointed in the end because itâ€™s an irreconcilable difference.
Disappointed? How about betrayed?
Jill Stanek, pro-life advocate asks the million dollar question, â€œWho did Nancy lie to, the Bishops or her liberal friends?â€ Stanek writes, â€œIt is becoming clearer that while Nancy made an agreement with Catholic bishops to take abortion out of the health care bill, her liberal friends thought she intended to break that deal later…â€
We shouldnâ€™t be surprised.
NewsReal has already begun to document the Scorpion’sÂ first venomous strikes: