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Thursday, May 20, 2004

VandeHei Watch 5.20.04: Abortion Contortion

Jim VandeHei and Dan Balz co-byline an A4 story in the Washington Post on yesterday's Kerry-Nader meeting, but it's the last three paragraphs that I want to reprint here:

On another matter, Kerry yesterday was forced to clarify his position on an abortion litmus test for Supreme Court appointees. Kerry, who has previously backed a litmus test, appeared to soften that position during an interview with Associated Press.

"I will not appoint somebody with a 5-4 court who's about to undo Roe v. Wade. I've said that before," Kerry said. "But that doesn't mean that if that's not the balance of the court, I wouldn't be prepared ultimately to appoint somebody to some court who has a different point of view. I've already voted for people like that. I voted for Judge [Antonin] Scalia."

A Kerry aide privately admitted the candidate's statement was confusing, while other Democrats said it appeared like a flip-flop. Soon after, the campaign issued a statement clarifying Kerry's opposition to antiabortion rights judges.

Kerry really outdid himself with that second sentence: that doesn't, if that's not, I wouldn't! Looks like a good candidate for a Kerryism.