Evolution may favor religious diversity, but the tail does not wag the fish.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Roberts Nomination: What's around the bend?

The Fight Behind the Fight: [Washington Post]
Kim Gandy, president of NOW noted that of the some 200 court appointments by Pres. Bush, none are pro-choice. She argues further that "not just abortion but a whole range of issues -- from Title IX, to affirmative action, to property rights, to birth control, to the Americans with Disabilities Act -- is at stake based on whether Bush's nominee considers himself a strict constructionist by Bush's standard. And because many key issues were decided on a 5 to 4 basis, with the departing Sandra Day O'Connor often the swing vote, much is at stake if Roberts's confirmation
changes the ideological bent of the court.
Most people, however, agree abortion won't be one of the key issues. The court is solidly 6 to 3 in favor of Roe v. Wade; at most, Roberts's confirmation could make it 5 to 4. Even if the Supreme Court overturns Roe, it doesn't make abortion illegal; it would merely allow each state to make its own laws regarding abortion"

With a recess appointment of John Bolton to the United Nations, Iraqis on track for drafting their constitution, Karl Rove out of the headlines, and some last minute accomplishments before the August Recess, the news from home is that nothing tremendously earth shaking has rumbled out of the Bush Agenda. But if history is any indicator, it's probably because this is just a terribly long SNAFU run.


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