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Senator Hillary Clinton has confided to associates that she intends to vote FOR Bush Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
Unless some unforeseen development occurs around Roberts, Clinton will throw her support behind confirmation, says a top source.
"Look, we're not thrilled President Bush is in office and gets to make these choices," said a top Hillary source, "but we have to make the best of the situation until the next election!"
With her support of Roberts, Clinton ignores pressure from the reactionary-activist wing of the Democrat party.
"She is simply doing what is right for the country, not MOVEON.ORG," the Clinton insider explained.
It is very interesting to see how Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, will vote on the Roberts nomination. Should she back him, she will be defying her core constituency — the abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America. For now, her vote for Roberts might win her points in moving to the center. But if Roberts votes against Roe, Hillary will have a very hard time explaining her support for him, especially if Sens. John Kerry (Mass.), Evan Bayh (Ind.) and Joe Biden (Del.) — her potential Democratic rivals in 2008 — vote against his confirmation.
On the other hand, if Hillary joins what is likely to be a small minority of Democrats in opposing Roberts, she is belying her supposed move to the center and showing that, when the chips are down, she will tack to the Left. In posing such a dilemma for Mrs. Clinton, Bush has again shown his capacity for deft political maneuver.