WWW Opinion Times

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Will Reid Promotion Help Pro-Life Agenda?

Sen. Harry Reid, D-NV, is set to take the Minority Leader position:

"With current Senate Minority Whip Harry Reid (search) of Nevada set to win the top Democratic spot in the 109th Congress now that leader Tom Daschle (search) has lost his re-election bid, the door is open to fill the spot being vacated by Reid.

On Wednesday, Reid announced his intention to assume the role currently held by Daschle, who lost his bid to reclaim the Senate seat from South Dakota. Republican Rep. Jim Thune (search) will now represent the state."

Reid has a generally pro-life record as a Senator. It could be speculated that he would help pro-life legislation and court appointments as Minority Leader. Other pro-life Democrat leaders in state legislatures have been helpful to pro-life causes, but in some cases the pro-life voting record did not translate to smoothing out the path for introuduction of legislation when a pro-life Democrat rises to leadership.

It's an interesting twist to the results of Tuesday's election. With a national mandate to pay attention to moral values issues, this may give Reid cover to further pro-life legislation. Durbin and Dorgan will be running for Reid's soon to be vacated Whip position, and they are hostile to pro-life issues.

We'll have to wait and see how this all pans out.

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