Thursday, November 04, 2004


During the spring primary campaign, I commented to friends that I would forgive President Bush and Senator Santorum for their endorsement of Arlen Specter for reelection to the U.S. Senate - endorsements that probably made the difference in an otherwise tight race against conservative Pat Toomey.

I reasoned that the backstabbing that Specter would soon deliver to Bush and the rest of the Republicans would be punishment enough.

Specter will effectively have the power singlehandedly to reverse the results of this week's election if he ascends to the chairmanship of the Judiciary committee. And no, I am not talking about some challenge to the vote tallies. I am talking about his ability to prevent non-liberal judges from being confirmed to the federal courts. Ann Coulter warned us about this before the primary:

More than any other person in America, Arlen Specter is responsible
for a runaway Supreme Court that has turned every political issue into a "constitutional" matter, giving radical liberals an uninterrupted
string of victories in the culture wars. That's not a court, it's a junta.

I don't know exactly how to prevent Specter from seizing the chairmanship, but a blogosphere campaign sounds like a good place to start.

Thursday night update

ABC Radio announced Thursday evening that a flood of angry e-mails have reached Senator Frist, raising questions as to whether Specter would be named chairman of the committee. But Fox News indicates that the Republicans might be satisfied with a mere "clarifying statement" from Specter.

We need to lobby the Republicans NOW. E-mail Senator Frist, Senator Santorum and the Republican members of the Judiciary Committee. Post this story on your blogs. There is too much at stake for us to lose this battle. We have worked too hard to get this far only to have our gains nullified by a RINO.


Friday mid-day update

The Captain has picked up on the story. Get more details at his page.

You can contact Senator Frist via e-mail by going here. The same page will allow you to link to other Senators.

Contact the rest of the Judiciary Committee also.

Friday evening update

Click here for "stop Specter" website.

Spoons has been blogging this for two days. Check here and here.

Some little known facts about Specter. He:
is a strong supporter of racial preferences.

opposes almost all kinds of tort reform.

wants the U.S. to submit to the International Criminal Court.

opposes any measures to help parents choose to take their kids out of failing schools (although he sent his own kids to private schools, naturally).

Tried to recruit Teresa Heinz (now Kerry) to run against Rick Santorum for Congress.

Saturday morning update.

The names and phone numbers of the Republican Judiciary Committee members are listed here:

Hatch (202) 224-5251
Grassley (202)224.3744
Kyl (202) 224-4521
DeWine (202) 224-2315
Sessions (202) 224-4124
Graham (202) 224-5972
Craig 202/224-2752
Chambliss (202) 224-3521
Cornyn 202-224-2934

Big hat tip to Spoons.

The Republicans may caucus as early as next week. After that, it will be too late. We will live with their decision for the next thirty years.

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