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Kerry threatens filibuster of Bush nominees

John Kerry, in what seems like a heavy-handed move by a presidential candidate, said he would filibuster any Supreme Court nominee that Bush sends before Congress who

‘would turn back the clock on a woman’s right to choose or the Constitutional right to privacy, on civil rights and individual liberties, and on the laws protecting workers and the environment…’

Traditionally, presidential candidates tend to not take a hard-lined view on any major issue (especially abortion) out of fear of alienating a part of their political base. This move, it seems, is out of mere neccessity. The NYTimes writes that

The court is divided over Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized most forms of abortion. Advocates of abortion rights have argued that the decision is in danger because of Mr. Bush's opposition to legalized abortion.

Another conservative, pro-lifer on the bench and the scale could indeed tip the other way, resulting in Roe v. Wade being overturned by the high court.

Now, I think:

If the issue of Roe v. Wade becomes a hotly contested point of the 2004 Presidential Campaign, then we are all in for a dirty and emotional trip. Abortion disputes go above and beyond politics, tapping into the inner core of personal feelings and values, which are not always driven by logical and clear argumentation and thinking. This will only muddy an already difficult (and because of the 2000 Election) and heated contest. We need to find the person with the best ideas and credentials for the job; chasing Roe v. Wade will only make that task more difficult.

Posted by Ryan at June 21, 2003 9:25 AM