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Specter Campaign Crumbling
Human Events ^ | Nov 8, 2004 | Timothy P. Carney

Posted on 11/08/2004 7:49:54 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182

Sources on Capitol Hill and in the White House suggest Sen. Arlen Specter's (R.-Penn.) campaign to become chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee may be crumbling just as it began. Still, opponents of Specter's run face an uphill battle.

Specter's comments, the day after the election, warning Bush about sending up pro-life judges, have ignited in a firestorm that could sink Specter's bid. A grass-roots lobbying effort using the internet, phones and fax machines has bloomed, tying up phone lines of Republican Senators.

Despite his presumption to the chair, Specter is still in the position of needing to convince a majority of the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee and a majority of the Senate Republican Conference that he is the best man for the job. Conference rules explicitly state that a committee chairman, "need not be the member with the longest consecutive service on such committee."

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R.-Utah) is the current chairman, but newly instituted GOP term limits on committee chairmanships require him to step down. Second in seniority is Sen. Chuck Grassley (R.-Iowa), but conference rules prohibit the chairman of the tax-writing Finance Committee to chair any other committee. Grassley has repeatedly said he would not surrender the Finance gavel.

Next in seniority is Specter. Conservative Hill staffers, though, are quick to point out that he is far from guaranteed the spot. The rules explicitly discounting seniority are new, as are the term limits. Hatch would be among the first chairmen to surrender his gavel despite being the senior committee member and having no other major chairmanship. In short, Hill staffers point out, we are on unprecedented turf.

Some GOP Senate staff began in the summer to consider skipping over Specter and electing the No. 4 member on the committee, Sen. Jon Kyl (R.-Ariz.). That plan was aborted, but Specter's comments have revived it. Kyl has a lifetime ACU rating of 97% to Specter's 43%.

The early deliberations of electing Kyl over Specter sprang from reflection on Specter's 24-year record in the Senate. Specter was the most important player in the 1986 rejection of Robert Bork for the high court. He is also staunchly pro-choice.

Business interests are also worried that a Chairman Specter would derail the President's tort reform agenda, and at least one business representative plans on making that known on the Hill this week.

The chairman is elected by a majority of the Republican members of the reconstituted committee. Committee member Sen. John Cornyn (R.-Tex.) has suggested he is undecided on whom he would back for chairman, telling the AP, "We'll have to see where he stands."

Currently, there are 10 Republicans on the Judiciary Committee. Committee staff conjecture that Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) would like to leave Judiciary. Republican leadership hopes they can get 11 GOP members on the committee after reorganizing the Senate.

That would leave two vacancies. Sen. Sam Brownback (R.-Kan.), one of the Senate's leading pro-lifers, wants a spot. Presumably the other vacancy would be filled by a freshman. Of the incoming freshmen, Sen.-elect David Vitter (R.-La.) and Sen.-elect Mel Martinez (R.-Fla.) are lawyers.

Another committee Republican, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R.-Ala.) owes his job to Specter in a perverse way. Specter was key in defeating Sessions' appointment to the federal bench during the Reagan Administration.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), also on the committee, has gone on the record about the situation telling the New York Times, "The original comments attributed to Senator Specter were very unnerving…. His statement clarifying his position is reassuring, and I hope we will work our way through this."

Much of the election of a chairman will rest on the input of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R.-Tenn.) and Conference Chairman Sen. Rick Santorum (R.-Penn.). Neither has publicly commented, but Santorum saved Specter from certain defeat in his April primary by campaigning for his Pennsylvania colleague.

Top Bush advisor Karl Rove said on "Meet the Press" Sunday, "Senator Specter is a man of his word. We'll take him at his word" regarding support for President Bush's appointments. Rove also said, about the chairman election, "That's up to the United States Senate to decide, not the President of the United States. And just as we wouldn't like them to decide who are the staff assistants of the White House, they certainly do not want us determining who's committee chairman on the Hill."


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Hope Specter pays for what he did.
1 posted on 11/08/2004 7:49:55 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. I am delighted to read this.


2 posted on 11/08/2004 7:51:05 AM PST by ImpotentRage
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To: Anti-Bubba182
"I have said that bluntly during the course of the campaign and before. When the Philadelphia Inquirer endorsed me, they quoted my statement that Roe vs. Wade was inviolate." He suggested that "nobody can be confirmed" who does not accept abortion rights.
--Specter (as quoted in Novak's article)
3 posted on 11/08/2004 7:51:54 AM PST by Schnucki (many enemies of President Bush hate Bush more than they love America --B.Farber)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Sources on Capitol Hill and in the White House suggest Sen. Arlen Specter's (R.-Penn.) campaign to become chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee may be crumbling just as it began.

YES! Keep the heat on, people! This guy's a snake and will do whatever he can to slither out of the mess he got himself into. Don't let up until this Democrat with an 'R' by his name is OFF the committee!

4 posted on 11/08/2004 7:52:22 AM PST by Prime Choice (Don't just beat the Left...beat the HELL out of 'em!)
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To: Prime Choice

What is best and most effective way to keep the heat on Specter?


5 posted on 11/08/2004 7:53:54 AM PST by frog_jerk_2004
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...
It isn't over 'til it's over, folks. Keep up the pressure. It's working!

Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!

6 posted on 11/08/2004 7:54:38 AM PST by Joe Brower (The Constitution defines Conservatism.)
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To: ImpotentRage

I faxed a letter to all the republicans on the committee on Friday. First time ever I've done that. This is too important.


7 posted on 11/08/2004 7:55:10 AM PST by twigs
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To: frog_jerk_2004

I've emailed/called my Senators and the judiciary members. you should, too. www.senate.gov

You should also email the president and vice-president. Here:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

Oh, and the GOP for some pure political push:

Ed Gillespie, Chairman
Maria Cino, Deputy Chairman
Phone: 202-863-8700
Fax: 202-863-8774
Email: Chairman@gop.com


8 posted on 11/08/2004 7:55:10 AM PST by MeanWestTexan
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To: All

Stop Specter Now:

http://stopspecter.savethegop.com/index.php?page=act


9 posted on 11/08/2004 7:55:31 AM PST by JesseJane ("Hey hey...ho ho...a cowboy, not a gigolo." - I love this... whoever said it!!)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
That would leave two vacancies. Sen. Sam Brownback (R.-Kan.), one of the Senate's leading pro-lifers, wants a spot. Presumably the other vacancy would be filled by a freshman. Of the incoming freshmen, Sen.-elect David Vitter (R.-La.) and Sen.-elect Mel Martinez (R.-Fla.) are lawyers.

Excellent. Nice to have a good talent pool.

10 posted on 11/08/2004 7:55:31 AM PST by Carolina
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Kyl has a lifetime ACU rating of 97% to Specter's 43%.

Where can I learn more about this Jon Kyl? At first blush, he sounds like the right man for the job.

11 posted on 11/08/2004 7:55:39 AM PST by Prime Choice (Don't just beat the Left...beat the HELL out of 'em!)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

He is the darling of the left now, as McCain was.


12 posted on 11/08/2004 7:56:28 AM PST by BonnieJ
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To: Anti-Bubba182

It appears that the developing strategy now is for the senate repubcan conference to either abolish its term-limit rules (which are ridiculous in the Senate anyway) or waive the rule so Orrin Hatch can continue as Judiciary Chairman. Specter cannot be rejected as Chairman if he is never in line to be Chairman in the first place. And the Republicans avoid a massive media explosion over Specter.


13 posted on 11/08/2004 7:57:28 AM PST by Dems_R_Losers (Proud Reagan Alumna!)
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To: ImpotentRage
I can't believe his bad judgement to pop off as he did right after the election. His candidacy did not help Bush carry Pennsylvania and actually Specter did NOTHING to help him in spite of Bush's support of Specter. The arrogant stupidity of the guy is incredible.

It sort of reminds me of Tom Foley telling the voters of his district that term limits were a bad idea and the achieving the loss of his Congressional seat while the Speaker of the House.

I swear some of these people get to the point where they believe they are ten feet tall and Bulletproof. There is no such thing in American politics.

14 posted on 11/08/2004 7:57:52 AM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Prime Choice
Where can I learn more about this Jon Kyl?

I was going to send you to his senate website, but it's swamped right now.

15 posted on 11/08/2004 7:58:18 AM PST by Carolina
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To: Anti-Bubba182

We should have supported the democrats over Specter. We'd still have a Senate majority and Specter wouldn't have the power to push a RAT agenda.

Our bad.


16 posted on 11/08/2004 7:58:45 AM PST by samtheman (www.swiftvets.com)
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To: frog_jerk_2004

Call or FAX Frist, Santorum and all of the Republican members of the Judiciary Committee. Do it.


17 posted on 11/08/2004 8:00:29 AM PST by jackbill
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Much of the election of a chairman will rest on the input of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R.-Tenn.) and Conference Chairman Sen. Rick Santorum (R.-Penn.).
Frist is the key on this one. If he can't take a principled stand here, where and when will he ever take one?
18 posted on 11/08/2004 8:01:45 AM PST by samtheman (www.swiftvets.com)
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To: BonnieJ
He is the darling of the left now, as McCain was still is.

There. Fixed it.

19 posted on 11/08/2004 8:01:47 AM PST by Prime Choice (Don't just beat the Left...beat the HELL out of 'em!)
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To: WillRain; guitarist; hansel; Former Military Chick; El Oviedo; Agitate; Prolifeconservative; ...

Stop Specter Ping!


20 posted on 11/08/2004 8:03:29 AM PST by Syco
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Business interests are also worried that a Chairman Specter would derail the President's tort reform agenda

Specter? Against tort reform? Nahhhhh

21 posted on 11/08/2004 8:06:02 AM PST by Born Conservative (New annual national holiday for liberals: Shock and Awe Day , November 3rd.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Keep up the calls, faxes, emails, even VISITS---

Say NO to Specter as chairman.


22 posted on 11/08/2004 8:07:23 AM PST by Cedar
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To: Dems_R_Losers

Yes, I would be more than satisfied to see Hatch's tenure as chair extended.


23 posted on 11/08/2004 8:08:24 AM PST by mwl1
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To: Anti-Bubba182
I just got back from newly re-elected Sen. Bond's office (R-MO)and from Sen. Talent's office (R-MO).

I dropped off a letter at each office and voiced my opposition to Specter's position.

24 posted on 11/08/2004 8:10:11 AM PST by rface (Ashland, Missouri - Monthly Donor / Bad Speller)
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To: rface

Great work!


25 posted on 11/08/2004 8:11:51 AM PST by Cedar
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To: Anti-Bubba182
"The original comments attributed to Senator Specter were very unnerving…. His statement clarifying his position is reassuring."

This original comments were not "attributed" to him, they were made by him. His "clarification" was a result of pressure but won't last beyond any acendency to the chairmanship.

27 posted on 11/08/2004 8:16:47 AM PST by Bahbah (Proud member of the pajamahadeen)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

"I can't believe his bad judgement to pop off as he did right after the election.


Self-righteous, liberal arrogance at its best. Lecturing the PRESIDENT after a record-breaking victory!! Even the Dems haven't been so blatant.


28 posted on 11/08/2004 8:25:43 AM PST by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: Joe Brower
Specter's comments, the day after the election, warning Bush about sending up pro-life judges, have ignited in a firestorm that could sink Specter's bid

We sure are fortunate the senile old coot ran his big mouth mere minutes after the President was re-elected, when we were all still fired up. Arlen just couldn't restrain himself, and it's likely to cost him a position he's been eyeing for a long time. Can you imagine how bitter he's going to be?

Yep, let's keep the pressure on.

29 posted on 11/08/2004 8:27:23 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Anti-Bubba182

I wouldn't be surprised if this jackass resigns for "health reasons" and lets Fast Eddie Rendell appoint a new Dem senator...


30 posted on 11/08/2004 8:28:30 AM PST by petercooper (Everything I ever needed to know about Islam, I learned on 9-11-01.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

I Specter gets the chair, the GOP did not listen to their voters.


31 posted on 11/08/2004 8:29:55 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Sources on Capitol Hill and in the White House suggest Sen. Arlen Specter's (R.-Penn.) campaign to become chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee may be crumbling just as it began. Still, opponents of Specter's run face an uphill battle.

Great journalism. So which is it?

32 posted on 11/08/2004 8:30:25 AM PST by Rutles4Ever ("...upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.")
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To: MeanWestTexan

Done. I wrote a nice letter to the President and signed the petition at http://stopspecter.savethegop.com/index.php?page=act


33 posted on 11/08/2004 8:31:22 AM PST by frog_jerk_2004
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To: petercooper

Such a Democrat would have a decent chance of having a higher ACU rating that Specter.


34 posted on 11/08/2004 8:32:12 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: frog_jerk_2004

Don't forget Cheney; after all he is President of the Senate.


35 posted on 11/08/2004 8:35:41 AM PST by MeanWestTexan
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Hope Specter pays for what he did.

I called Specter's office when he voted Scottish during impeachment, and I told them I'd never vote for him again. I followed through and didn't vote for Specter, and if everyone in PA had listened to me, he wouldn't be back in DC.

36 posted on 11/08/2004 8:36:18 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: ImpotentRage
Specter must go. Vitter would shine in Judiciary, he's great.
37 posted on 11/08/2004 8:40:05 AM PST by Malleus Dei ("Communists are just Democrats in a hurry.")
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To: Baynative

The Senate Committee has the nerve to be asking for money this morning...if you get a call, tell them no.

Please see this thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1274350/posts


38 posted on 11/08/2004 8:40:44 AM PST by Cedar
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To: Anti-Bubba182

There will come a day when leftists and wrong-doers will hear the word FReeper, and quake in thier boots. That day is not too far away.


39 posted on 11/08/2004 8:43:22 AM PST by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Great article, lots of good information. Get Involved!

Priority 1: Remove Specter from Judiciary (Day 6)

Urgent!  Committee Assignments are being made THIS WEEK!  There are spots on the Judiciary Committee to be assigned.  Tell Sen. Frist and Sen Kyl we need Conservative members on the Judiciary and NO Arlen Specter!

Specter's in line for Chairman, but it can be Challenged!  It has happened in the past.  Moderate Lugar challenged the Great Jesse Helms for Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  A Challenger will have to come forward with the GOP members of the Judicial Committee meet on November 17th!  We need to find a member with the Courage to Challenge.

40 posted on 11/08/2004 8:44:08 AM PST by Always Right
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To: Dems_R_Losers
It appears that the developing strategy now is for the senate repubcan conference to either abolish its term-limit rules (which are ridiculous in the Senate anyway) or waive the rule so Orrin Hatch can continue as Judiciary Chairman. Specter cannot be rejected as Chairman if he is never in line to be Chairman in the first place. And the Republicans avoid a massive media explosion over Specter.

Please say your kidding. Hatch is one of the biggest RINO'S in the Senate. He needs to retire!!

41 posted on 11/08/2004 8:51:46 AM PST by NRA2BFree
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To: Anti-Bubba182; All

I think we need to keep the pressure up and increase it.

I think we need to communicate persuasively with Kyl, Grassley and Graham.

Disabuse these characters that Specter can be trusted to wipe himself well.

His record and recent statements make VERY PLAIN that he's a vigorous enemy to our values and goals.

THX.


42 posted on 11/08/2004 8:53:41 AM PST by Quix (PRAY 4 PRES BUSH'S SAFETY; SPECTER OFF COMMITTEE; TROOPS; GOD'S PROTECTION)
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To: Prime Choice

I called today. BTW, I taught Kyl's son at a high school in AZ. Kyl is a good, solid guy.


43 posted on 11/08/2004 8:53:49 AM PST by LS
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To: twigs

I sent e-mails also to the GOP Senators, it feels good knowing that each of us are doing what we can. All the little ripples here create tidal waves on the Hill.

Keep it up.


44 posted on 11/08/2004 8:55:09 AM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (I got political capital and I intend to spend it!)
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To: Joe Brower

Bork Specter now ~ Bump!


45 posted on 11/08/2004 8:55:10 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Hope Specter pays for what he did.

Specter has long been a "RINO", if he is humiliated in his quest for the chairmanship, he will perform a "Jumpin' Jim" act and switch parties! He would really have little difference in his PA support base and he has six years before he faces re-election!!!

46 posted on 11/08/2004 8:56:13 AM PST by ExSES
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To: Always Right
Thx for the post... THANKS. We need to BORK Him NOW.... BORK Him NOW.... BORK Him NOW.... BORK Him NOW.... BORK Him NOW.... BORK Him NOW.... BORK Him NOW.... BORK Him NOW.... BORK Him NOW.... BORK Him NOW.... BORK Him NOW.... BORK Him NOW.... BORK Him NOW....
47 posted on 11/08/2004 8:58:27 AM PST by Phyto Chems (Convert or DIE is there call --- but I will remember Nick Berg & now Paul Johnson and .....)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

"I swear some of these people get to the point where they believe they are ten feet tall and Bulletproof. There is no such thing in American politics."

Consider the case of ex-President Caligula...


48 posted on 11/08/2004 8:59:35 AM PST by bowzer313
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Everyone should have listened to you, Doctor!

Expectorate Specter!

49 posted on 11/08/2004 9:03:16 AM PST by Siobhan (Pray without ceasing.)
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To: Always Right

How can they make assignments this week when the new Senate doesn't meet for a couple of months?


50 posted on 11/08/2004 9:06:59 AM PST by justshutupandtakeit (Public Enemy #1, the RATmedia.)
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