A Fight for One Man, One Vote

The Senate lineup on Bork's nomination seems too close to call

In his seven years in the U.S. Senate, Arlen Specter has earned a reputation as a ferociously independent politician who keeps his own counsel. In 1985 the Pennsylvania Republican stunned liberals and some moderates by unexpectedly voting for the MX missile; then last year he managed to enrage conservatives by opposing aid to the Nicaraguan contras. During the past two weeks, trying to read Specter's mind on the subject of Judge Robert Bork has proved as confounding as ever.

Before the Judiciary Committee began its hearings on Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court, Specter was considered one of three undecided Senators...

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