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Today’s New York Times: “Angry conservatives flooded Senate phone and fax lines on Friday demanding that Republicans prevent Senator Arlen Specter from presiding over the Judiciary Committee after he remarked that strongly anti-abortion judicial nominees might be rejected in the Senate…”

I don’t know how that adjective “strongly” got in there–I thought Specter was basically saying no pro-life nominees to the Supreme Court will get past him–but the Times story is fairly objective. It also features Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina trying to play peacemaker, i.e., trying to tell conservatives to accept Specter’s more recent “clarifying” statements.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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