PHILADELPHIA — The Republican expected to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee next year bluntly warned newly re-elected President Bush today against putting forth Supreme Court nominees who would seek to overturn abortion rights or are otherwise too conservative to win confirmation.
Sen. Arlen Specter, fresh from winning a fifth term in Pennsylvania, also said the current Supreme Court now lacks legal "giants" on the bench.
"When you talk about judges who would change the right of a woman to choose, overturn Roe v. Wade, I think that is unlikely," Specter said, referring to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. [Source]
Now what was Senator Rick Santorum saying about needing a Republican plurality to be able to advance the culture of life? Senator Santorum and President Bush both supported Senator Specter reelection and of course in gratitude he waits all of one day to slip the pro-choice knife into their backs. This is what happens when you try to rationalize support of pro-abortion politicians – you never get the effect you desired. I would rather have had Specter’s pro-abortion opponent Joseph M. Hoeffel win. It would still have been a pro-abortion Senator but he would be a freshmen in the minority party and would not be chairing the Senate Judiciary Committee. There is much to respect about Senator Rick Santorum but this move was pure blunder.