Thursday, November 04, 2004

You go, Arlen!

The importance of the disappearing moderate wing of the Republican Party cannot be overstated. The few moderates that remain--people like Senators John McCain, Lincoln Chafee, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins--must work extremely hard to keep their party from falling off the right-wing deep end. It will be difficult, but they must save their party from itself.

Pennsylvania's Arlen Specter, who was just reelected on Tuesday, wasted no time in speaking out against the president:

Specter, as presumptive chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary
Committee, suggested that he would block any Bush nominee to the Supreme Court who opposed abortion rights. Reiterating his position that a woman's right to choose is "inviolate," he said overturning Roe v. Wade today would be akin to trying to reverse Brown v. Board of Education, the court's 1954 landmark desegregation decision.

Barring unforeseen GOP objections, Specter, 74, should assume the committee chairmanship in January. He also sent an unsubtle message to the White House that he expects nominees for the federal bench to be of the highest caliber, and took a critical swipe at the stature of the current court.

At a news conference less than 12 hours after winning a record fifth Senate term, Specter wasted no time in asserting himself.

"If you have a race that is won by a percent or two, you have a narrowly divided country, and that's not a traditional mandate," he said. "President Bush will have that very much in mind."

"The number-one item on my agenda is to try to move the party to the center," Specter said. "I want to focus on the politics of inclusion."

I must say Specter's got a lot of balls, because he is sure to get lambasted by the growing Christian wing of the Republican Party.


At 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Barring unforeseen GOP objections, Specter, 74, should assume the committee chairmanship in January."

I can't imagine why any Republicans would object to Specter. It's not like he said he would block Bush nominees or anything.

Oh, wait. Nevermind.



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