Moderate Republicans who thought they could play to supporters from the religious right to win their elections and then go back to (relatively sane) business as usual could be in for a rude awakening.
During a press conference, the recently re-elected Arlen Specter (who is on tap to become the Chaiman of the Senate Judiciary Committee) was asked how he would react if President Bush wants to put anti-abortion judges on the bench.
Spector responded to the question by saying: “When you talk about judges who would change the right of a woman to choose, overturn Roe v. Wade, I think that is unlikely.”
From the right, the Family Research Council quickly ripped into Specter, demanded that he not be allowed to head the committee and explained that his comments were “the height of arrogance and ingratitude,” adding that “Our pro-life president and his colleagues in the Senate must not allow Sen. Specter to determine the makeup of our courts. Sen. Specter should not become the next Judiciary Committee chairman.”
Keep in mind that this is a guy who voted to confirm Clarence Thomas, Rehnquist, and O’Connor. There was a time, oh, about four days ago, when that was considered conservative enough.