November 10, 2004

About Specter

I mentioned in my column today that denying Arlen Specter the Judiciary Comittee chairmanship is okay with me, if it's necessary for the pursuit of originalist judges. But I'm not entirely convinced that it is. Hugh Hewitt's argument, that the cure to Specter's chairmanship may be worse than the disease, strikes me as fairly persuasive. On the other hand, the point made by Kate O'Beirne and others about how outsized Specter's behind-the-scenes power as chairman would be does give me pause, and I don't think the fact (telegraphed in his Wall Street Journal op-ed today) that Specter is feeling the heat is such a bad thing. Thoughts?

Posted by John Tabin at November 10, 2004 11:19 AM

Soviet Dictator Gorbachev once made a speech in which he suggested that the United States was better off with the Soviet Union thriving than it would be with it`s demise. He pointed out that the Soviets maintained order in Islamic parts of the world, helped prevent the proliferation of nuclear materials and weapons, and was generally a ``known`` threat while whatever would step into the power vacuum created by the demise of the U.S.S.R would be unpredictable and potentially dangerous. It is interesting how right he was. Did I agree with this view? Absolutely not. Reagan made it his business to destroy the evil empire, and he was right in doing that despite all Gorby`s good points. There are times when someone simply has to stand up and do the right thing.

Specter has cost us in the past, and will cost us in the future dearly. It is better to fight tomorrows battles tomorrow-today we should fight this one. It is time to exorcise Specter.

Posted by: Tim Birdnow at November 11, 2004 08:45 AM

Specter is not really a Republican. He is also an ungrateful wretch since Bush campaigned with him.

I do not think what Gorby said accurate because had the Soviet Union existed today we would simply have had greater problems. The Soviets would have made common cause with some of these militants without question.

It puzzles me that with our overwhelming military power, the enemy isn't worried about attacking us

I guess they know that we will always have a modest response.


Posted by: ltabin at November 11, 2004 12:56 PM

Absolutely right, Mr. Tabin! The Soviets sought our destruction, and no amount of logical discourse would change that. That is why I used the analogy; Specter is what he is and will revert back to form. A scorpion is a scorpion, and it WILL sting you eventually.

The current enemy hides behind the skirts of women and children. They use our decency against us. They are as low as you can get.

Posted by: Tim Birdnow at November 11, 2004 07:39 PM