November 19, 2004

Mission Accomplished

Some conservatives may feel discouraged by Arlen Specter taking the Judiciary Committee chairmanship. (Tim Carney, who's railed against Specter everywhere he could get the column-inches to do so, was fuming about the matter at an AFF panel the other night.) They shouldn't be: Specter's wings are now thoroughly clipped, and many of the potential dangers associated with denying him his chairmanship will be avoided. So I argue in today's AmSpec column.

Posted by John Tabin at November 19, 2004 03:28 AM

John, you are clearly right in your characterization of my work on Specter, and you MAY be right in your post-mortem on the get-Specter effort. Time will tell and I finde myself oddly optimistic (that is, agreeing with your take), especially after reading your Spectator piece.

But I wonder what your after-the-fact assessment of Bush & Santorum's saving Specter in April is now, that Arlen didn't help Bush a lick, and we didn't need him for a GOP majority anyway.

Posted by: Tim Carney at November 21, 2004 01:07 PM

Specter is dead weight. Even if he does what he should (and what we want) regarding judicial nominees, he isn't pulling his own weight. Activists like myself, Tim Carney, Kathryn Lopez, are having to get people on the phones and force the other Senators to drag him along.

Posted by: Downto at November 21, 2004 02:55 PM

John, you may be right, but I still fear putting that guy at the wheel. The Judiciary Committee needs a strong Republican hand at the helm, and what we will be getting is a moderate Democrat. Will Specter FIGHT for the Presidents appointees? Will he force the issue with the Democrats on the committee? Orin Hatch did a poor job of it; and he is more conservative than Specter. I fear once Specter is securely seated as Chairman he will revert to form. A scorpion is a scorpion, and you shouldn`t be surprised if it stings you.

Posted by: Tim Birdnow at November 24, 2004 07:50 PM