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11/12/2004

 

Arlen Fights Back


Senator Arlen Specter has responded to the NRO piece. He argues that he did not warn the President, when he clearly did. Coming from some guy like me, it would have been advice. Coming from the future chairman of Senate Judiciary, it was a warning.

Specter argues:
You are rearguing the Pennsylvania Republican primary election, in which you strongly supported my opponent, even running two hyperbolic cover stories on the contest. That election has been over since April.
Our problems with Specter did not win when he narrowly defeat Pat Toomey in that primary, just as our problems with President Clinton did not end when he beat Bob Dole. The argument is ongoing, Arlen.

Specter argues:
As chairman of the Judiciary Committee, I would offer perhaps the best chance of building consensus, dissolving Democratic obstruction, and getting the president's nominees confirmed. I learned a long time ago that if you want to get something done in Washington, you have to be willing to cross party lines.
That is an argument for appointing wishy-washy Republicans to every Senate committee chair. What would that leave the Republican Party?

Someone of infinite wisdom once asked: "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" What of a political party?

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