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Specter warns Bush on high court nominations
Houston Chronicle ^ | 11/3/2004 | LARA JAKES JORDAN

Posted on 11/04/2004 3:56:03 AM PST by joesbucks

PHILADELPHIA -- The Republican expected to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee next year bluntly warned newly re-elected President Bush today against putting forth Supreme Court nominees who would seek to overturn abortion rights or are otherwise too conservative to win confirmation.

Sen. Arlen Specter, fresh from winning a fifth term in Pennsylvania, also said the current Supreme Court now lacks legal "giants" on the bench.

"When you talk about judges who would change the right of a woman to choose, overturn Roe v. Wade, I think that is unlikely," Specter said, referring to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

"The president is well aware of what happened, when a bunch of his nominees were sent up, with the filibuster," Specter added, referring to Senate Democrats' success over the past four years in blocking the confirmation of many of Bush's conservative judicial picks. "... And I would expect the president to be mindful of the considerations which I am mentioning."

With at least three Supreme Court justices rumored to be eyeing retirement, including ailing Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Specter, 74, would have broad authority to reshape the nation's highest court. He would have wide latitude to schedule hearings, call for votes and make the process as easy or as hard as he wants.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., expressed confidence Wednesday that Bush will have more success his second term in winning the confirmation of his judicial nominees.

"I'm very confident that now we've gone from 51 seats to 55 seats, we will be able to overturn this what has become customary filibuster of judicial nominees," Frist said in Orlando, Fla.

Legal scholar Dennis Hutchinson said Specter's message to the White House appears to be "a way of asserting his authority" as he prepares to chair the Judiciary Committee when Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is term-limited from keeping the post next year.

"What he may be trying to do is say, 'Don't just think that I'm going to process what you send through. I have standards, I'm going to take an independent look, you have to deal with me,'" said Hutchinson, a law professor at the University of Chicago.

When asked Wednesday about Specter's impending chairmanship, another Republican on the panel, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, did not offer a ringing endorsement.

"We'll have to see where he stands," said Cornyn, a close friend of Bush who worked to get all of the president's nominees through the Senate. "I'm hoping that he will stand behind the president's nominees. I'm intending to sit down and discuss with him how things are going to work. We want to know what he's going do and how things are going to work."

While Specter is a loyal Republican -- Bush endorsed him in a tight Pennsylvania GOP primary -- he routinely crosses party lines to pass legislation and counts a Democrat, Sen. Joseph Biden of Delaware, as one of his closest friends.

A self-proclaimed moderate, he helped kill President Reagan's nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court and of Jeff Sessions to a federal judgeship. Specter called both nominees too extreme on civil rights issues. Sessions later became a Republican senator from Alabama and now sits on the Judiciary Committee with Specter.

Despite a bruising challenge from conservatives this year in Pennsylvania's GOP primary, Specter won re-election Tuesday by an 11-point margin by appealing to moderate Republicans and ticket-splitting Democrats, even as Pennsylvania chose Democrat John Kerry over Bush.

A former district attorney, Specter also bemoaned what he called the lack of any current justices comparable to legal heavyweights like Oliver Wendell Holmes, Louis Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo and Thurgood Marshall, "who were giants of the Supreme Court."

"With all due respect to the (current) U.S. Supreme Court, we don't have one," he said.

Though he refused to describe the political leanings of the high court, Specter said he "would characterize myself as moderate; I'm in the political swim. I would look for justices who would interpret the Constitution, as Cardozo has said, reflecting the values of the people


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For those of you who thought Bush would be able to stack and influence the courts.
1 posted on 11/04/2004 3:56:03 AM PST by joesbucks
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To: joesbucks

Well, we will see just who has the last word on this. The country has been mobilized, the base will NOT stand for this. Specter has started the battle; we will finish it.


2 posted on 11/04/2004 3:58:15 AM PST by AmericanInTokyo
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To: joesbucks

Frist can take care of this.


3 posted on 11/04/2004 3:58:26 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: joesbucks

time will tell.


4 posted on 11/04/2004 3:58:47 AM PST by gobucks (http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/classics/students/Ribeiro/laocoon.htm)
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To: joesbucks

For starters, can we please get this fool off of the Judiciary Committee?


5 posted on 11/04/2004 3:58:48 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: joesbucks

This is the thanks W gets for backing Specter. I blame the W people as much as Specter. W should have stood on principle and supported Toomey. I sincerely wish Specter would have lost. I understand that conservative Jon Kyl would now be the Judiciary Chairman.


6 posted on 11/04/2004 3:59:56 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: mewzilla

Yes. Get this faux Republican out of there.


7 posted on 11/04/2004 4:00:02 AM PST by ProudVet77 (W stands for Winner)
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To: joesbucks

I'm glad this jerk is getting everyone's attention. Let's roll.


8 posted on 11/04/2004 4:00:06 AM PST by Huck (I only type LOL when I am really LOL)
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To: joesbucks

Sen. Specter, thanks for the advice. We will give it all due consideration. P.S. Remember who you owe for your reelection and get back in line.


9 posted on 11/04/2004 4:00:25 AM PST by Scales (All my heroes have been cowboys)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

This moron leftist will steal our victory. WE MUST GET THE LIBERALS OFF THE BENCH TO GET OUR COUNTRY BACK!!!


10 posted on 11/04/2004 4:01:07 AM PST by upyours53
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To: joesbucks
Priority 1: Remove Specter from Judiciary (Thread 1)

Whereas, liberal Senator Arlen Specter is in line to be Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

Whereas, liberal Arlen Specter has a stated litmus test against pro-abortion judges.

Whereas, liberal Arlen Specter has stated he will fight against conservative judges

Whereas, in the past liberal Arlen Specter has helped defeat great judges like Robert Bork,

Whereas, the Democrats have loaded the Judiciary Committee with extreme liberals such as Kennedy, Feinstein, Leahy, and Schumer.

Whereas, liberal Arlen Specter is in a position to turn our huge and historic election victory into a defeat by killing the nomination of all decent judges,

Be it resolved, that we will do whatever it takes to get liberal Arlen Specter off the Judiciary Committee

Bush helped this back-stabbing liberal to win re-election. There is no way we can let the SOB to stay on the Judiciary committee, let along become Chairman.

11 posted on 11/04/2004 4:01:12 AM PST by Always Right
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To: joesbucks

If Republicans let Sen. Arlen Specter chair the Senate Judiciary Committee, we will all have something to deeply regret a couple of years from now....


12 posted on 11/04/2004 4:01:22 AM PST by spartan68
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To: AmericanInTokyo

That's right lets stop him from getting the seat and just let him do domething more important like clean the halls.


13 posted on 11/04/2004 4:01:25 AM PST by stockpirate (Kerry; supported by, financed by, trained by, guided by, revered by, in favor of, Communists.)
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To: mewzilla
Wonder if he's seen THIS ?


14 posted on 11/04/2004 4:01:28 AM PST by Kozak (Anti Shahada: " There is no God named Allah, and Muhammed is his False Prophet")
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To: joesbucks

All we need is a Spanish Judge and Demorats can't attack. If they do, they will risk another 10% of their base. Either way we win.


15 posted on 11/04/2004 4:01:53 AM PST by GoMonster (GO)
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To: joesbucks
I have standards, I'm going to take an independent look, you have to deal with me,'"<<<--Yeah Arlen...U have standards... alot like Bill Clintons...He keeps his under his desk in the form of interns...you keep yours under your kilt in the form of Scottish law!!!
16 posted on 11/04/2004 4:01:58 AM PST by M-cubed
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To: joesbucks

Specter warns....how about someone warning Specter about his chairmanship...kick him off the committee...


17 posted on 11/04/2004 4:02:39 AM PST by mystery-ak (This military thanks America for re-electing our CinC)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
For starters, can we please get this fool off of the Judiciary Committee?

Absolutely, see post 11. Contact Frist. Contact Bush. Contact your local Senator. Spread the word.

18 posted on 11/04/2004 4:02:52 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Kozak

LOL. Specter's getting too big for his frilly britches...


19 posted on 11/04/2004 4:02:55 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: joesbucks
"I'm intending to sit down and discuss with him how things are going to work."

As Rush casually stated: "The Puffster is out."
20 posted on 11/04/2004 4:03:42 AM PST by Ramcat (Thank You American Veterans)
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To: joesbucks

What's up with some Republican legislators?

If people want to have abortion rights, let them pass a law or amendment for it. In the meantime, overturn Roe vs. Wade, and have the legislature craft a law that is acceptable to the majority of Americans regarding abortion. If it can't pass, it ain't the will of the people.

Duh? Political Science 101.


21 posted on 11/04/2004 4:03:49 AM PST by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Scales
Sen. Specter, thanks for the advice. We will give it all due consideration. P.S. Remember who you owe for your reelection and get back in line.

Sorry, but Specter will have veto power as the new Chairman of the Judiciary. See post 11. Become active on this issue. Only the Senate leadership can stop this from happening.

22 posted on 11/04/2004 4:04:43 AM PST by Always Right
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To: mewzilla

I hope Frist can put this guy in his place. Bush needs to squeeze Specter, he has never been on board and this is too important.


23 posted on 11/04/2004 4:04:46 AM PST by rpellegrini
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To: mewzilla
Frist can take care of this.

Who would be a good chairman? Hatch?

24 posted on 11/04/2004 4:04:57 AM PST by DaveMSmith (I'm not so sure it's credible to quote leading news organizations about -- oh, nevermind.-GWB)
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To: joesbucks


To those who fought me back in April.

I told you this exact same scenario.

Would you rather have Pres Bush with 55 senators and Spector heading judiciary, or Pres Bush with 54 senators and Jon Kyl heading judiciary.

Most of you picked choice A, and bashed the hell out of me for it.

You got your wish.


25 posted on 11/04/2004 4:05:02 AM PST by Josh in PA
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To: joesbucks; All

PLEASE, GROUP, CONTINUE PRAYING ABOUT THIS MAN.

I believe he's a firece puppet master stoolie stabbing at the heart of the nation and the GOP and certainly at the heart of our beloved President.

Given the system, the only one I believe who can deal decisively and effectively with him is GOD ALMIGHTY.

I believe the man will be untold trouble unless and until God neutralizes him. Prayer alone can influence that, imho.


26 posted on 11/04/2004 4:05:06 AM PST by Quix (PRAY! PRAY! PRAY! PRAY IN THE SPIRIT! SPEAK UP IN WALMART LINES! INFLUENCE ALL YOU CAN FOR GOOD!)
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To: mystery-ak

WOULD SOMEONE PLEASE PUT TOGETHER AN EMAIL LIST OF CURRENT ALL REPUBLICAN SENATORS. POST THIS MANY TIMES IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS. INCLUDING THE NEW ONES ELECTED.

FREEPERS CALL TO ACTION: YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU MORE NOW THAN EVER!!

WE NEED TO START THE GET ALAN SPECTOR OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CAMPAIGN RIGHT NOW!!!


27 posted on 11/04/2004 4:05:08 AM PST by upyours53
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To: AmericanInTokyo

Specter is such a fool, as evidenced by him allowing the unicorn killer to be released on bail. I hope that one day specter, the POS will be replaced by a more intelligent primate ;(monkey). We did this one for the,"Gipper" as well.


28 posted on 11/04/2004 4:05:11 AM PST by No Surrender No Retreat
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To: joesbucks

Shudup.....Spector is such a wimp..... Do you think Spec will ever be invited to the White House? If so, service entrance please......


29 posted on 11/04/2004 4:05:33 AM PST by cbkaty
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To: Scales

Remember who you owe for your reelection and get back in line.<<---...No, the answer is..get into the Dem party where u belong!!...We have others to take your place


30 posted on 11/04/2004 4:05:34 AM PST by M-cubed
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To: Kozak


Spector was running Michael J Fox/Stem cell commercials in Spector's name.


31 posted on 11/04/2004 4:06:03 AM PST by Josh in PA
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To: ProudVet77

See post 11. Contact Sen. Frist. Don't allow the back-stabbing liberal to become Chairman of the Judiciary. Specter is in line for that job as it stands.


32 posted on 11/04/2004 4:06:03 AM PST by Always Right
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To: coconutt2000

Get Specter out as Chairman of the Committee before he even begins his tenure. Bush campaigned for this backstabber against a very good man, Pat Toomey. When it came time for Specter to reciprocate during the general election (Kerry only won PA by 51-49), Specter just couldn't appear in public with Bush-Cheney.


33 posted on 11/04/2004 4:06:19 AM PST by laconic
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To: DaveMSmith

Hatch?! Only if we can get his FBI file back from Hilliary :)


34 posted on 11/04/2004 4:06:35 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: joesbucks

Later.


35 posted on 11/04/2004 4:06:57 AM PST by independentmind
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To: joesbucks

Ann Coulter For Supreme Court

36 posted on 11/04/2004 4:06:58 AM PST by monkapotamus
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To: joesbucks

so...sounds to me we start pressuring Frist about who really will be the next Chair of the Judiciary committee....


37 posted on 11/04/2004 4:07:14 AM PST by mo
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The struggle continues. It's great to celebrate the victory, for a minute or two, then get back to work and make sure that Senators like Spector and Chaffee never rise to positions of real power. Let the Republican leadership understand in the clearest terms why they are in Washington and who put them there.

Compromise for liberals--as George H. W. Bush learned--is just one step toward total victory. They're down, now kick!


38 posted on 11/04/2004 4:07:15 AM PST by joeystoy
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
This is the thanks W gets for backing Specter. I blame the W people as much as Specter. W should have stood on principle and supported Toomey. I sincerely wish Specter would have lost. I understand that conservative Jon Kyl would now be the Judiciary Chairman.

Absolutely. Specter will be a huge thorn in our side. Much bigger obsticle than Sen. Kennedy and Sen. CLinton. This would be a disaster if Specter gets the committee chairmanship.

39 posted on 11/04/2004 4:07:28 AM PST by Always Right
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To: joesbucks
"The Republican expected to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee next year bluntly warned newly re-elected President Bush today against putting forth Supreme Court nominees who would seek to overturn abortion rights or are otherwise too conservative to win confirmation."

Demoncrats are allowed a litmus test to keep killing babies but Republicans can not seek the opposite.
40 posted on 11/04/2004 4:07:29 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: mystery-ak

...kick him off the committee...<<--..YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS


41 posted on 11/04/2004 4:07:31 AM PST by M-cubed
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To: laconic

Bush and Rove's biggest mistake, backing this ahole in the hopes he could help capture PA...I cannot stand this RINO POS.


42 posted on 11/04/2004 4:07:49 AM PST by michaelbfree
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; joanie-f
"This is the thanks W gets for backing Specter. I blame the W people as much as Specter. W should have stood on principle and supported Toomey. I sincerely wish Specter would have lost. I understand that conservative Jon Kyl would now be the Judiciary Chairman."

What he said.

... ~eh?

43 posted on 11/04/2004 4:07:50 AM PST by Landru (Indulgences: 2 for a buck.)
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To: cbkaty

Sorry... I mean't Sphincter


44 posted on 11/04/2004 4:08:03 AM PST by cbkaty
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To: Always Right

Please help me--what can I do to get him off the Judiciary Committee???


45 posted on 11/04/2004 4:08:32 AM PST by BamaAndy (USMC vet against kerry.)
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To: Josh in PA
Would you rather have Pres Bush with 55 senators and Spector heading judiciary, or Pres Bush with 54 senators and Jon Kyl heading judiciary.

At this point, I vote for "C"- 55 Senators and someone besides Specter or Hatch chairing Judiciary.

46 posted on 11/04/2004 4:09:21 AM PST by RobFromGa (End the Filibuster for Judicial appointments in January 05)
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To: joesbucks
Bush delivered the Republican primary to Specter in hopes that Specter would deliver Pennsylvania for Bush.

Specter has not kept his part of the bargain.

Time to replace him with someone who will.

47 posted on 11/04/2004 4:09:24 AM PST by wai-ming
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To: michaelbfree
Bush and Rove's biggest mistake, backing this ahole in the hopes he could help capture PA...I cannot stand this RINO POS.

Hindsight is 20-20. Now that it was shown to be a complete waste of time, we need to do everything possible to limit the damage and get this back-stabbing liberal off the Senate Judiciary committee.

48 posted on 11/04/2004 4:09:56 AM PST by Always Right
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To: joesbucks

Specter, the wolf in sheep's clothing.

The man spends his earlier years defending a famous murderer and then becomes a senator. No respect for this guy from the get go.

He can threaten all he wants. He's not the only guy on the hill.


49 posted on 11/04/2004 4:10:42 AM PST by GodBlessUSA (Support, Prayers and Thanks to our Troops!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I blame the W people as much as Specter. W should have stood on principle...

Bingo. But I am wondering just where W stands on this, really. Lip Service is one thing, but campaigning for Specter says much more, much louder. It's not as if this is a surprise to anyone.

50 posted on 11/04/2004 4:10:52 AM PST by jammer
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