Court choices

Roe and Republican strategy
President Bush has had two chances to install on the Supreme Court a hard-core conservative pledged to overturn Roe v. Wade at the first opportunity. On each occasion he has decided not to go there. In the case of John Roberts, he picked a moderate conservative known primarily as a lawyer’s lawyer, not for his ideological purity. In the case of Harriet Miers, he picked a woman with little public record at all, known mostly for her loyalty to him.

The religious right was prepared to turn President Bush’s Supreme Court appointment into an Armageddon-like battle over abortion, a moral showdown between the forces of good and evil. With one of their own in the White House and antiabortion Republicans in control of the Senate, success on this key issue seemed at hand. No wonder many on the religious right are unhappy with what Bush has delivered, and unplacated by assurances that Miers attends a conservative evangelical church.


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