The Interim highlights the reaction of prominent Democrats and Republicans to the U.S. Supreme Court decision on partial-birth abortion on page 3 of this issue. But, we have to note one here with an explanation. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) said, “I would only say that this is the only decision a lot of us wish that Alito weren’t there and O’Connor were there.” Samuel Alito is the (presumably) pro-life justice appointed by President George W. Bush last year to fill the shoes of retired justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who stood in the way of a previous attempt (by Nebraska) to prohibit partial-birth abortion. Reid, who voted against Alito’s appointment, was presumably suggesting that the decision to uphold the federal ban on partial-birth abortion is wrong — why else, on the day of the PBA decision, would he publicly wish O’Ccnnor was on the SCOTUS than Alito?

Here’s the thing: Reid voted for the partial-birth abortion ban. And not once, but three times. Reid, however, is the leader of the Democrats in the Senate, now, and modern liberalism being what it is, requires genuflection before feminism’s sacrament of abortion.