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POLITICS: Republicans seek Conservative Leadership For Senate Committees

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posted on Nov, 14 2004 @ 12:35 PM
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has made it clear that the person chosen to lead the Senate Judiciary Committee must subscribe to the beliefs of the President; conforming to conservative Republican ideologies. According to Frist, Republican Sen. Arlen Specter, a proponent of abortion rights, will have to kowtow to the Republican principles in order to be selected to head the Senate Judiciary Committee. It is believed that in the coming Presidential term there will be several Supreme Court Justices retiring, thus an opportunity for conservatives to insert like-minded Justices.
Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, in line to become chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has yet to make a persuasive case that he should head the panel, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said on "Fox News Sunday."

"I would expect Chairman Specter ... if it's Chairman Specter ... to have a strong predisposition to supporting that nominee sent over by President Bush," Frist said.

Specter, who supports abortion rights, sparked a conservative furor by saying after the Nov. 2 election that Bush still lacked enough Senate votes to overcome Democratic attempts to block on any nominees who would overturn the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

Bush is expected to have a chance to fill multiple Supreme Court vacancies during his second term, and for many in Bush's conservative base, obtaining a court that would overturn Roe v. Wade is a top priority.

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In doing this, Republicans will be in a position to tip the balance, creating a conservative Supreme Court possibly willing to overturn Roe v. Wade. This has become a “top priority” for the Bush administration and could potentially spell the end of a woman's right to choose.

[edit on 14-11-2004 by beergoggles]

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