Monday, November 15, 2004

File Under "Oh Shit"

Arlen Specter, the pro-choice moderate Republican from my current home state, was due to to assume the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Then he shot his mouth off about a woman's right to choose being "inviolate," and that pro-life judicial nominees would face a tough fight.

Well, it would appear that Arlen himself will face a tough fight.

"Arlen made some statements the day after the election," [Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist], of Tennessee, said on "Fox News Sunday" in an interview with Chris Wallace. "They were disheartening to me; they were disheartening to a lot of people."

Ummm, not to me.

Now begins the fallout- Republicans expect their people to fall neatly in line. The only problem is that politicians have agendas, personal and political. It reminds me of "The Stackhouse Filibuster," when an aging middle-of-the-road Senator filibusters a broad, bipartisan health bill because it left out funding for autism research.

They may talk a good game about unity, but reduced to its essence, the Senate is a group of 100 people who want to be President- and they all have an agenda. Stick to yours, Arlen- we need you now. Just don't count on my vote in six years.

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