Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Philadelphia Inquirer Endorses Specter

Definitely not a wholehearted endorsement, but they do raise a good point:
...The Inquirer believes Specter should get another six-year term. Preserving the legality of abortion plays no small part in this decision. Sometime in the next four years, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee will very likely find himself in the pivotal role of scrutinizing at least one new Supreme Court nominee. Assuming that Republicans are in charge of the Senate, it would be better to have the chairman's seat filled by Specter, who says Roe v. Wade is "inviolate" as the law of the land. If Specter loses, next in line among Republicans to be chairman is Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, who opposes abortion rights.

It's highly unlikely that Specter's challenger, Democratic Rep. Joe Hoeffel, would find himself on the Judiciary Committee anytime soon. He may receive better marks from abortion-rights groups than Specter, but the implications of Specter not being in the Judiciary chair are hard to ignore...

Hoeffel is within six points of the incumbent with two weeks to go and a Dem pick-up would be nice, but it's kind of hard to argue with the logic in regards to reproductive rights.

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