Specter on the Fence

by Jonathan H. Adler

USA Today reports that Senator Specter is undecided, and torn, on whether to vote in favor of Judge Alito’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. On the one hand, Specter wants to support his party and boost an esteemed judge from his local circuit. On the other, Alito has expressed disagreement with Roe v. Wade. Specter’s approach thus far has been to defend Alito from some unwarranted attacks, while also promising to grill him in the January hearings. Specter also refuses to predict the outcome, saying “I wouldn’t count any votes.”

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