January 28, 2006


Pro-lifers give credit to Specter (Charles Hurt, 1/18/06, The Washington Times)

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, one of the Republican Party's most outspoken pro-choice members, has become an unlikely hero among conservatives opposed to abortion for his handling of President Bush's judicial nominations.

"Our organization doesn't agree with Senator Specter on many of the issues," said Joseph Cella, president of the conservative Catholic group Fidelis. "But on the issue of handling these hearings with dignity, he gets an A-plus." [...]

Conservative groups that follow judicial nominations most closely -- many of which opposed Mr. Specter's elevation to committee chairman last year -- have applauded the Pennsylvania Republican in recent weeks for running orderly hearings and disarming many of Mr. Bush's most ardent detractors on the committee.

The President was wise enough to beat down the whacko wing of the GOP--the libertarians--and help re-elect the Senator.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 28, 2006 8:24 AM

Spector is very good on gun rights, also.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 28, 2006 8:52 AM

I don't think Specter is trustworthy, but if the president thinks he'll do a good job, I'll support that decision.

Posted by: erp at January 28, 2006 9:40 AM

It's nice to win everything by 50-0 scores, but you get just as much credit on the 'W' side of the sheet for a 1-0 (or in the case of the Judiciary Committee a 10-8) victory. Spector's past record makes conservatives wary, but at the same time, makes him immune from being portrayed as some flunky for the administration as chairman of the committee.

Posted by: John at January 28, 2006 9:40 AM

"I don't think Specter is trustworthy"

I don't know if he is or isn't, but he appears to be doing everything he promised Bush, which is close enough of an imitation to "trustworthy".

Posted by: h-man at January 28, 2006 11:23 AM

I supported Toomey but subsequent events have unfolded almost perfectly. Toomey would not have been a sure win like Specter, and when Specter was re-elected the GOP was smart enough to raise a ruckus about him and almost get him removed from his chairmanship, necessitating that he promise to be good. I've heard that, although he can be a nasty piece of work, he's a guy you want on your side in a dogfight and the GOP has very skillfully kept him on a tight leash.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at January 28, 2006 2:58 PM

There are libertarians in the GOP?

Posted by: Tom at January 28, 2006 3:43 PM

Toomey would have won, probably with about 52% of the vote. Joe Hoeffel was a weak candidate.

Almost as bad as Ron Klink, the ex-weatherman that Santorum beat in 2000.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 28, 2006 5:23 PM

is ron any relation to the colonel ?

Posted by: toe at January 28, 2006 10:38 PM