11/14/2004

Specter's Judiciary Panel Post on the Line - 4 SC jhairs to open

OMG!!! If there's any single reason I did not want Bush to win, that was it: 4 SC posts.

Yahoo! News - Specter's Judiciary Panel Post on the Line: "One focus when the Senate reconvenes on Tuesday will be the efforts of Specter, R-Pa., to convince his fellow Republicans that he deserves to be the next Judiciary Committee (news - web sites) chairman. Opposition has arisen to the moderate Republican, who supports abortion rights, as a result of his postelection statements that nominees with anti-abortion views would have a tough time winning Senate confirmation.

He has since stressed that he would be a team player if he succeeds the current chairman, Sen. Orrin Hatch (news, bio, voting record), R-Utah, who must step down because of GOP-imposed term limits.

Specter told ABC's 'This Week' he had never applied a litmus test to Supreme Court nominees and had voted for anti-abortion judges. 'I have supported all of President Bush's nominees in the committee and on the floor, and those go right to the heart of factual matters of concern,' he said.

The issue has taken on some urgency because of the possibility of openings on the Supreme Court.

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, 80, is seriously ill with thyroid cancer, and three other justices have had cancer. The average age of the nine court members is 70. Speculation on a Supreme Court retirement has grown in part because there has been no vacancy in more than 10 years.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said Specter must still make his case to Republican senators."

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