October 16, 2006


Specter's Role in Passage Of Detainee Bill Disputed (R. Jeffrey Smith, October 16, 2006, Washington Post)

The news reached Democrats working on the military commissions bill in the Senate cloakroom the morning of Sept. 27. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), a sponsor of two amendments giving detainees a right to challenge their detention or treatment in federal court, had decided to bring the more extreme amendment to a vote.

Democrats had lined up behind Specter because the Judiciary Committee chairman told them he shared their antipathy to language in the bill stripping detainees of habeas corpus rights. But the amendment Specter put forward was defeated 51 to 48, allowing the bill to win congressional approval without change. It handed the White House an important pre-election victory.

When you're counting on a partisan hack from the president's own party to lead the opposition you're just kidding yourself.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 16, 2006 12:32 PM
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