Saturday, November 06, 2004
Editorial: Specter for Senate / Moderate Republicans are an endangered species
Why did the Pittsburgh Gazette endorse Senator Specter? Well, comments like this seem to be important:
The best argument for his staying on is his seniority, which puts him in line to be the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In that capacity, he would be in a position to block some of the ideologically extreme federal judges likely to be nominated by President Bush in a second term, some of them for the Supreme Court. Before the Post-Gazette editorial board, he promised that no extremists would be approved for the bench.
But Senator Specter now says he will fully support any Bush nominees. As usual, he is trying to pander to conservatives because he has something to lose -- but there is every reason to believe that, once he is Chairman, he will revert to his old, left of center ways.
Senator Specter may have a long history in the Senate. He may have helped get Justice Thomas on the Supreme Court (right before an election, IIRC). But his history in regards to judicial appointments is such that Republicans cannot risk placing him in charge of the Judiciary Committee.