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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Monday, September 26, 2005

Brownback Wants Anti-Roe Justice

The following excerpt is from the AP:

Sen. Sam Brownback voted Thursday in favor of Judge John Roberts to become the next chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court but said he wants to see future nominees more clearly oppose abortion rights.

"The next nominee should let the political branches make political choices and should have a record of devotion to life and liberty that our Constitution protects," the Kansas Republican said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

And this excerpt is from the New York Times:

In an interview last week, Brownback said he would vote against a nominee who was not "solid and known" on cultural issues like abortion, same-sex marriage and religion in public life.

"If the president doesn't nominate a solid nominee, that is going counter to what he campaigned on," Brownback said. And if such a nominee "involves a contentious battle, then let it be."

The President needs to take Brownback's statements seriously. If pro-lifers like Brownback don't support the President's nominee, then it is likely that his nominee will not gain majority support. The President cannot risk fracturing the party's base. I expect the President will heed Brownback's wishes and nominate someone pro-lifer's feel they can trust. If he does, the Left will go batty, but I believe the President can weather that storm. Senate Democrats are loud, but that's merely there attempt at compensating for their lack of numbers.