Specter Wins Support for Chairmanship

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    Arlen Specter on Thursday won the backing of Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans to be their new chairman, surviving complaints from abortion opponents after submitting an extraordinary statement underscoring his support for Bush judicial nominees.

    "I have assured the president that I would give his nominees quick committee hearings and early committee votes," Specter said at a news conference during which outgoing chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said the panel's Republicans were unanimous in backing the Pennsylvania moderate.

    The nine Judiciary Republicans agreed they would stand behind Specter in January's vote for chairman despite his statement after this month's elections that anti-abortion judges would have a difficult time gaining Senate confirmation, given Democratic opposition

    Source: Associated Press
     
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    What a shameful display of support by these nine.
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    Orrin G. Hatch
    UTAH

    Charles E. Grassley
    IOWA

    Jon Kyl
    ARIZONA

    Mike DeWine
    OHIO

    Jeff Sessions
    ALABAMA

    Lindsey Graham
    SOUTH CAROLINA

    Larry Craig
    IDAHO

    Saxby Chambliss
    GEORGIA

    John Cornyn
    TEXAS
     
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    You can add Santorum to the list as well.

    Specter’s Pennsylvania colleague, Sen. Rick Santorum. Although a staunch foe of abortion and same-sex marriage, Santorum helped Specter win re-election this year and according to Specter, has been rounding up support for him as Judiciary chairman.

    Sen. Santorum has been enormously helpful,” said Specter Tuesday. “He’s gone above and beyond the call of duty. My number one priority in the next two years is to reelect Sen. Santorum.”

    "Santorum has been supportive of Specter," Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama said, an assessment that other senators confirmed on condition of anonymity.
     
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    I'd love to have been a fly on the wall when Specter and Bush discussed the kind of nominees that Bush would send to his committee.
     
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    Senator Specter has been severely chastised and forced to grovel to get the chairmanship. I do not doubt that he will support the President's nominees after what he has gone through.
     
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    Such as Bush's first new nomination, Gonzales, who says that parents have no right to know when their minor children get abortions?

    Spector won't have to push for pro-abortion nominees. Bush is handing them to him, without any prompting at all.
     
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    Now we'll just have to sit back & see what happens.
     
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    Do you suppose there's a snowball's chance in Hades that Gonzales won't get his stepping stone to the Supreme Court?
     
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    You can add Bush to the list also, as I understand the circumstances, it was Bush who campaigned for Spector in the first place. If my info is right, Bush brushed off the pro-life, pro-family, pro-morals candidate in Penn. and helped Spector get elected (again). Maybe Bush ain't what all you republicrats said he was. Maybe Bush is getting his "come-uppins". Maybe Bush put him in as a patsy so he could "throw off" on Spector, so he could look like the good guy?
    Thanks ------Bart
     
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    I believe I was correct the candidate Bush pushed aside was Pat Toomey, called a "proven conservative".
    Now why would our political fair haired president work against a pro life conservative and put Spector in office. Bush is a politician at heart. Position/Money rules. He is not what you republicrats thought he was after all. Just another carpetbagger who will say the right things at the right time and woo all you folks in for the vote. Kerry kills our children in the womb and Bush kills them on the Battlefield. May the Lord protect our soldiers when the politicians play on the world court. Would that God would give us a Statesman and give us the common sense to recognize him.
    Thanks ------Bart
     
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    Politics as usual. But if people didn't vote for Bush, a pro-abortion candidate might have won.

    Oh wait... one did.
     
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    The fact that Specter promised to support Bush's appointees probably says more about the kind of apointees Bush promised to send than any major concession from Specter.

    Of course, if Bush sent Hillary Clinton to the Supreme Court, the Bush supporters here would just argue that she's better than Satan.
     
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    PennJim,
    Great to be back here on the board and read your posts. Your last was "forevermore" the truth.
    Thanks -----Bart
     
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    Good to hear from ya, Bart!
     

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