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November 01, 2005

The Specter of Specter

Looks like Arlen Specter, perhaps predictably, is set to prove all predictions, mine included, of his independence wrong. He's now slobbering over Alito, pretzelling together rationalizations for his vote in Casey, assuring folks that the judge who ruled against the government's power to regulate machine guns was in fact just kidding, arguing that the pro-life movement's top choice is in fact pro-Roe, and generally making it crystal clear he's ready and eager to carry administration water on this one.

Gotta love moderate Republicans.

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Placing party over country got them power. The way they see it, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Plenty of other real estate in the world after this place is milked dry and thrown away.

Posted by: William Bollinger | Nov 1, 2005 1:38:16 PM

As a Senior member of the judiciary cmte and senior Senator from PA, I find it hard to believe that Spectre wasn't pretty heavily consulted when Alito was appointed to the PA appellate court.

To be fair, all these arguments you are making could be made in reverse by pro-life Nevadans who would like to see more out of Harry Reid. Saying "partisanship trumps the issue" kinda ignores that there are probably a lot more issues that are also important to these fellows.

Posted by: Tony Vila | Nov 1, 2005 2:20:11 PM

Heh, like making sure that the asses which keep their seats warm are their asses.

Posted by: Kimmitt | Nov 1, 2005 3:05:16 PM

Arlen just wants to lay in state in the Capitol rotunda when he dies, and the Republicans get to decide who gets this honor.

And BTW, he probably would be reomoved as Judiciary Committee chair if he doesn't toe the line.

Positive and negative reinforcement works quite often, when the pain and gain are big enough - and the Rethugs have no shame in making that plain.

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