Arlen Specter proposed this week that Sandra Day O'Connor might be persuaded to stay on the Supreme Court a year or two more if she were named Chief Justice. Newspapers and magazines on the left praised O'Conner and labeled her a moderate.
Another attempt to rewrite history? Ms. O'Conner reaffirmed Roe v. Wade in Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992 and voted for partial-birth abortion in 2000 in Stenberg v. Carhart. A majority of Americans oppose partial birth abortion. A Gallup-CNN-USA Today poll conducted in October 2003 found that even among "young adults" ages 18-29 seventy-seven percent favored a ban on partial-birth abortion.
Partial-birth abortion is a brutal procedure where an unborn baby of five or six months gestation or older is pulled feet first from the womb, stabbed in the base of the neck with scissors and his or her brain is suctioned out. Anyone who would support such a practice cannot be considered a "moderate". A ghoul perhaps, but not a moderate.
Fortunately by the week's end Chief Justice William Rehnquist announced he would stay on the court as long as his health allows.