Sunday, November 07, 2004

The Specter Of Things To Come.

Both Hugh and Glen are wrong, and Miller is right. We are talking about the chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee. It is healthy to oppose Arlen even if we lose. A Supreme Court appointment will produce more heated retoric than Bork. We don't need a recalcitrant Specter getting glowing profiles in Newsweek, Time and the NYTs. Bork was a leading constitutional scholar shamelessly distorted by the MSM and Specter piled on. Magnanimous appeals to 'moderates', 'bipartisan' talk doesn't seem appropriate. Second termers are vunerable 'lame-ducks' , even in less caustic times. Gentlemen, the distortions ahead will be worse than Bush=Hilter and you would have enabled it. Now is not the time to go wobbly.


Blogger Milhouse said...

Now may also not be the time to piss off a most-of-the-time ally, and turn him into another Jeffords. Now, with a still rather slim majority and a somewhat uneasy coalition of conservatives, libertarians and all sorts of others, and with a country where a solid majority still support Roe, may not be the time to send the message to a huge sector of that coalition that they've just been lured up a dark alley and are about to be mugged. Remember, those 55 R senators include not just Specter but also Chafee, Snowe, Collins, and Voinovich. If they all go join Jeffords, we're in trouble.

Far better to let Specter have the chairmanship, but let him know that he doesn't have free reign. In extremis, it's always possible to remove him later.

Sun Nov 07, 03:05:00 PM 2004  
Blogger C.M. Burns said...

I actually agree with Hewitt, Reynolds, and the above comment that the Senate isn't so solidly conservative that the leadership should start alienating everyone. As long as the proportion of Dems to GOPers is changed in committee, Specter can be chairman, occasionally vote against Dubya's nominees, and they'd still make it to the floor of the Senate. Republicans should not start pissing off the more moderate to even liberal GOP Senators whom we'll need to get the nominees through. Plus, the grand Republican tradition, as emulated by President Reagan, is to keep all our infighting out of the spotlight. Don't let the media in. That's the Dems thing, very public self-immolation and backstabbing. We won. We CAN be magnanimous and still achieve our goals.

Mon Nov 08, 09:26:00 AM 2004  

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