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A New Litmus Test?



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Interesting that for two whole days, news coverage has been all about Attorney General Gonzales’s being a close friend of President Bush. Is this really earth-shattering news?

Yet all week, the media have largely ignored the outrageous new litmus test announced by the Bad Boy of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Schumer: Supreme Court nominees’ views on same-sex marriage.

Senators Clash on Questioning a Court Nominee:

“All questions are legitimate,” Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, a Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee, said in an interview. “What is your view on Roe v. Wade? What is your view on gay marriage? They are going to try to get away with the idea that we’re not going to know their views. But that’s not going to work this time.”


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