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Specter Fallout SANTORUM IN TROUBLE
American Spectator ^ | 1/24/2005 | The Washington Prowler

Posted on 01/24/2005 7:31:36 AM PST by AliVeritas

On Friday Republican staffers in a number of Senate offices were holding meetings to discuss how to proceed with Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter and his recent hire, Hannibal G. Williams II Kemerer, who until recently was the NAACP's assistant general counsel. Kemerer was hired by Specter against the advice of senior Republican Judiciary staff and was to serve as a key vetter of Bush Administration judicial nominations. As word of Specter's hiring decision leaked off Capitol Hill, Specter is said to have shifted Kemerer into a job that would not deal with judicial nominations.

"That is not true," says a Judiciary Committee staffer. "Kemerer may have a different stated responsibility, but we've been told he will be working with Specter on judicial nomination issues regardless of what his stated role is supposed to be."

More disturbing than the hiring itself was Specter's willful behavior in hiring the left-wing litigator. "I wish I could say this was a one time, freak event," says another Judiciary Committee aide. "But I don't think I can. We got the distinct impression that Specter is going to continue to hire people like this. If conservatives care, they need to mobilize now. Because it's largely out of our hands."

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: arlensphincter; rino; santorum; scottishlaw; specter; williams
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1 posted on 01/24/2005 7:31:37 AM PST by AliVeritas
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To: AliVeritas

This deal was sealed when Bush and Santorum backed the wrong horse. Bush wrote his own epitaph for his would-be Judicial Revolution. I don't hate Specter...he is just being Specter. But Santorum sinned a great sin when he backed Specter--spitting in the face of pro-life Americans. Rick ought to be opposed in the next primary by Toomey.


2 posted on 01/24/2005 7:34:25 AM PST by montag813
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To: AliVeritas
I have never understood what voodoo Specter has over everyone in the Senate. I've had his number for about five years now. And what is it with Bush's campaigning for him last time?
3 posted on 01/24/2005 7:34:50 AM PST by Thebaddog (Dawgs off the coffee table.)
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To: AliVeritas
The gutless morons should have hung him out to dry when they had the chance.

Now we'll have to deal with this egotistical little pissants grandstanding.

If he so much as looks sideways at any judicial nominations he should be drummed out.
4 posted on 01/24/2005 7:36:11 AM PST by Bikers4Bush (Flood waters rising, heading for more conservative ground. Vote for true conservatives!)
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To: AliVeritas
We got the distinct impression that Specter is going to continue to hire people like this. If conservatives care, they need to mobilize now. Because it's largely out of our hands."

Conservatives cared. They already mobilized. You ignored us. You didn't care. Hope you don't mind if we don't care in the next election.

5 posted on 01/24/2005 7:37:43 AM PST by jammer
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To: AliVeritas

How anyone could think that this lying bag of haggis is anything but a back-stabbing-RINO-liberal is beyond me.


6 posted on 01/24/2005 7:38:08 AM PST by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: AliVeritas
We got the distinct impression that Specter is going to continue to hire people like this.

First the Senate Majority leader doesn't employ the constitutional option from the start, now Specter is going off the reservation. This whole operation is starting to make me nervous.

7 posted on 01/24/2005 7:40:07 AM PST by oldbrowser (You lost the election...........get over it)
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To: montag813
Bush wrote his own epitaph for his would-be Judicial Revolution.

I agree with everything you say, but wonder about this line. I've questioned whether Bush wants a Judicial Revolution at all--I maintain that he doesn't want one: never intend to have any such revolution, throw the conservatives red meat that is meaningless, then throw the blame all on Specter. But, on rereading, maybe that's what you mean by "would-be".

8 posted on 01/24/2005 7:41:13 AM PST by jammer
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To: AliVeritas
Beyond an expected backlash against Specter, there was growing concern among aides to Sen. Rick Santorum, who chose not to support then-Rep. Pat Toomey, a conservative, pro-life challenger to Specter in the Pennsylvania Senate primary last year. Instead, Santorum backed Specter, campaigning and fundraising for him, and then openly backing him for Judiciary chairman when that position was in doubt. Santorum is preparing for a tough re-election campaign, and was counting on strong support among Catholics in-state for votes and across the country for fundraising. But Santorum's decision to put politics before core beliefs may now backfire.

Indeed, Catholics may be very upset with Catholic Santorum. Guess we will have to let him know.

U. S. Senate

9 posted on 01/24/2005 7:41:46 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: AliVeritas

Spector is a mean leftie. He intends payback for being given such a hard time about the Chairmanship.


10 posted on 01/24/2005 7:42:25 AM PST by marty60
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To: jammer

I'm beginning to feel that way.


11 posted on 01/24/2005 7:44:52 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: AliVeritas
This all makes sense if you understand exactly how the judicial system in this country has been used over the last few decades.

Many of us are under the illusion that "judicial tyranny" is some kind of problem that needs to be addressed in order to restore the legitimate authority to our duly-elected representatives who have had their authority taken away from them by appointed judges.

The reality is that the judicial branch of government never took any authority away from the legislative branch. Rather, this was effectively an abdication of authority by these legislators -- who realized that the judicial branch of the Federal government could be counted upon to implement certain policies on a national level that no legislator would ever have been able to support.

Here's the irony of the whole thing . . . this system is likely to continue until the system of national party politics is turned upside down -- and the GOP becomes a minority party as a result of a resurgent pro-life Democrat Party.

12 posted on 01/24/2005 7:47:25 AM PST by Alberta's Child (It could be worse . . . I could've missed my calling.)
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To: Thebaddog
I have never understood what voodoo Specter has over everyone in the Senate.

LOL! Neither do I.

13 posted on 01/24/2005 7:49:03 AM PST by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Thebaddog

Probably he holds lots of blackmailable info.


14 posted on 01/24/2005 7:50:27 AM PST by thoughtomator (Meet the new Abbas, same as the old Abbas)
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To: AliVeritas
Just in case any member/staffer of the Judiciary Committee is reading this, I want to make something perfectly clear:

You are responsible for Specter. If President Bush's nominees are not approved, I fully intend to do everything in my power to see that none (as in NOT ONE)of you returns to the Senate. And if, by some chance, you are re-elected in the next cycle, I intend to continue to monitor your candidacy and to work for your defeat until you are defeated.

I do hope that was clear. This was a golden opportunity that you blew with your misplaced adherence to "senatorial collegiality" instead of the expressed will of your constituents.

15 posted on 01/24/2005 7:51:46 AM PST by aBootes
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To: montag813

Oh, go ahead, hate Specter.

He talked the Clinton impeachment, and is, in general, a lying sack of excrement. He deserves humiliation.


16 posted on 01/24/2005 7:52:21 AM PST by eno_ (Freedom Lite, it's almost worth defending.)
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To: thoughtomator
Probably he holds lots of blackmailable info.

He is no doubt being blackmailed himself. Else why go into the tank on the impeachment? Somebody has a shock collar on this dog.

It would be especially delightful for the pajamahedeen to bring down this cur.

17 posted on 01/24/2005 7:57:38 AM PST by eno_ (Freedom Lite, it's almost worth defending.)
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To: AliVeritas

Thanks to all the RINOs for Spector.


18 posted on 01/24/2005 7:59:00 AM PST by sasafras (sasafras (The road to hell is paved with good intentions))
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To: jammer

Your straw man is the term "Judicial Revolution". Bush wants exactly what he says he wants, and he himself never said he wants a "Judicial Revolution".

You see, we already had one of those and it was all in the wrong direction - towards Judicial Activism, or legislating from the Bench. Bush wants to right the imbalance that we now have gotten to in America. He wants to begin pushing the Courts back toward non-judicial activism and away from legislating from the Bench. Someone calling that a Judicial Revolution is just throwing a bomb into the middle of everything, whether they are throwing it from the Left or the Right.

Bush and Rove supported Arlen Specter because they feared that Pat Toomey would lose the general election and give that seat to a Democrat who would always vote with the Dems on everything, especially on who controls the Senate, and because of political protocol, in which you never oppose an incumbent Senator in a primary election. {{{They supported Bob Smith in NH against young John Sununu, for crying out loud.}}} So far they have never varied from this protocol. No matter if the incumbent was liberal or conservative.

You are wrong in your conspiracy claims that would make Bush a very evil man, if they were true. But go ahead, drag out the BushBot rhetoric and the rest, because you just lost the argument. Time for the name-calling to begin? (But I won't be around to read it, he he).


19 posted on 01/24/2005 8:01:18 AM PST by txrangerette
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To: Alberta's Child

Your post reminds me of a conversation husband and I had regarding President Bush's inaugural address and freedom vs. tyranny. How can we export freedom to other nations or even stand with freedom seekers in other nations when the freedoms we have been granted via the US Constitution are contingent upon the whims of the judiciary? Husband called it "judicial tyranny." We have lots of freedoms, but compare freedom today with freedom fifty years ago. Is democracy what makes us free?


20 posted on 01/24/2005 8:02:47 AM PST by petitfour
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To: Aquinasfan
I have never understood what voodoo Specter has over everyone in the Senate.

LOL! Neither do I.

(Puts on tinfoil hat)

He was on the Warren Commission......hmmmm

;-)

21 posted on 01/24/2005 8:03:17 AM PST by Lurking in Kansas (what are you looking at?)
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To: Thebaddog
I think when a good leader allows a team mate a chance to redeem themselves, the leader gives plenty of opportunity. Sometimes that member forgets the forgiving graces of that leader and forgets the meaning of life. Many complain that Pres Bush Sr. had played Noriega in Panama knowing that Noriega was a thug all along. I like to think that Pres Bush Sr. gave this guy plenty of opportunities to change before Operation Just Cause.

Others that have been supported by or given position by President Bush Jr. should take heed.
22 posted on 01/24/2005 8:09:09 AM PST by SaltyJoe ("Social Justice" begins with the unborn child.)
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To: petitfour
How can we export freedom to other nations or even stand with freedom seekers in other nations when the freedoms we have been granted via the US Constitution are contingent upon the whims of the judiciary?

This country has never had any intention of "exporting freedom" to other nations. Just think of our foreign policy as a series of major business decisions . . . when it makes financial sense to "support freedom and democracy," we'll do it. When it makes financial sense to support radical Islamic elements in Europe (see Kosovo, for example), we'll do it.

23 posted on 01/24/2005 8:09:29 AM PST by Alberta's Child (It could be worse . . . I could've missed my calling.)
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To: marty60

Santorum goes it will be because Democrats will put up Bob Casey Jr. for the senate position. Casey is a pro life Democrat and he will carry the state..........big time


24 posted on 01/24/2005 8:12:28 AM PST by oldironsides
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To: Alberta's Child

lol. That clarifies it. Why don't we have some President who'll say that? I guess in a way that President Reagan did. He was anti-communist all the way. So does free-dom equal free trade? Or does freedom equal democracy?


25 posted on 01/24/2005 8:13:51 AM PST by petitfour
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To: AliVeritas

Lord, God, Almighty,

You are the only One who can remove Spectre Specter from the public stage and shut his flappin' trap.

Please do so ASAP. . . . perhaps with great fanfare and insult to his destructive positions and philosophy.

In Jesus' Name.


26 posted on 01/24/2005 8:14:28 AM PST by Quix (HAVING A FORM of GODLINESS but DENYING IT'S POWER. 2 TIM 3:5)
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To: oldbrowser

If this last election didn't expose that the whole Senate is wholesale under the effective control of the puppet masters, I don't know what will.


27 posted on 01/24/2005 8:16:03 AM PST by Quix (HAVING A FORM of GODLINESS but DENYING IT'S POWER. 2 TIM 3:5)
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To: montag813
Amen -- Bush and Santorum chose poorly and obviously did not have enough confidence in the party that it could win the seat with a conservative pro-lifer.

If you dance with the devil, you can't later complain about the tune!

28 posted on 01/24/2005 8:16:48 AM PST by CWW (Mark Sanford for President on 2008!)
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To: Aquinasfan; Thebaddog

Specter has his puppet master bosses behind him, under him, over him, around him.

He marches strictly to their tune and ideals.

And the Pied Piper plays on.


29 posted on 01/24/2005 8:18:40 AM PST by Quix (HAVING A FORM of GODLINESS but DENYING IT'S POWER. 2 TIM 3:5)
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To: txrangerette

You may want to check your facts on Smith v. Sununu - I believe it was the other way around (due to Smith bolting the GOP temporarily to run for President w/the Constitution Party).


30 posted on 01/24/2005 8:18:46 AM PST by Ogie Oglethorpe (The people have spoken...the b*stards!)
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To: Bikers4Bush

"The gutless morons should have hung him out to dry when they had the chance"

The gutless morons are the folks that put Specter in the Chairman position. The Senate is nothing more than a gutless good ol boys club that serves only itself and not the people. Unfortunately Bush joined in the club once again.

By the time Bush's term comes to a close the republicans can forget any hope of expanding their majority.


31 posted on 01/24/2005 8:19:40 AM PST by politicalwit (Import poverty...hire an illegal today)
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To: politicalwit

"The gutless morons are the folks that put Specter in the Chairman position."

That's exactly who I meant.


32 posted on 01/24/2005 8:21:50 AM PST by Bikers4Bush (Flood waters rising, heading for more conservative ground. Vote for true conservatives!)
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To: oldironsides

Do the dums really think that the public is so stupid, that they will forget him being BANNED from speaking at their convention.


33 posted on 01/24/2005 8:26:17 AM PST by marty60
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To: Thebaddog
And what is it with Bush's campaigning for him last time?

Just my opinion, but I suspect that pre-election Specter and Bush made a pact. Bush will kill Toomey's chances and hand the election to Specter and in return Specter would support the Presidents judicial nominations from a position of power as the chair of the committee. Then immediately after winning Specter let it be known that he was going to be "independant" and Bush had to send the dogs out. Once again, Specter promised to be good and The President backed off and he got the job as chairman. And once again, he is now signalling his intent to ignore his deals.

If my theory is correct, W has been betrayed twice by this clown. I too wonder why his (apparant) duplicity never hurts him!

34 posted on 01/24/2005 8:27:23 AM PST by pepsi_junkie (Often wrong, but never in doubt!)
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To: montag813
"But Santorum sinned a great sin when he backed Specter--spitting in the face of pro-life Americans. Rick ought to be opposed in the next primary by Toomey."

Simple penance.

Great post, btw.

35 posted on 01/24/2005 8:30:05 AM PST by F16Fighter
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To: eno_

deserves humiliation?

Perhaps more something like . . .

--ran through the manure spreader backwards;
--dunked in a vat of vinegar;
--paraded clothed only in pig poop up and down all the main streets of Washington DC and Philadelphia;

--placed in stocks on the Wash Mall with buckets of tomatoes and rotten eggs nearby.
--forced to sleep with Shrillery for a month;

--forced to listen to Howard Dean screaming every waking hour for a week;
--forced to ride with SCUBA-TEDDY over every bridge in Mass. late at night;

--forced to stand face to face with Boxerface in a standing room only busride from Maine to San Diego;
--forced to carry Shrillery's closet FBI files around in circles in a certain Washington park for an hour late at night every night for a month;

--Forced to hold the phone to Billdo's ear and mouth while Billdo, in his new UN chief job is occupied with assorted interns;
--Forced to be the photographer for Reno and Shrillery's exercises;

--Forced to give all his campaign donations to the most conservative contenders for Senate races in the most important races.
--Forced to wear a sandwich board whenever he appears in public saying: I'M A LIBERAL IDIOT SEEKING TO DESTROY OUR REPUBLIC. I'M A TRAITOR deserving only exile to a treeless guano coated, deserted isle off the Southern coast of Chile.

. . .


36 posted on 01/24/2005 8:32:14 AM PST by Quix (HAVING A FORM of GODLINESS but DENYING IT'S POWER. 2 TIM 3:5)
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To: Lurking in Kansas

Didn't realize that.

What better puppet master credentials do we need!?


37 posted on 01/24/2005 8:33:42 AM PST by Quix (HAVING A FORM of GODLINESS but DENYING IT'S POWER. 2 TIM 3:5)
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To: eno_
First call for the "pajamahedeen!
38 posted on 01/24/2005 8:34:02 AM PST by yoe (Algore, Kerry, and Dean need not reapply in ’08 – DNC cobwebs – HRC head spider – all going nowhere.)
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To: AliVeritas

As a former Santorum voter and contributor, I hope he loses.


41 posted on 01/24/2005 8:37:53 AM PST by cynicom (<p)
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To: marty60
Spector is a mean leftie. He intends payback for being given such a hard time about the Chairmanship.

Furthermore, Specter cut a backroom deal with the editorial board of the Philadelphia Inquirer that in exchange for their endorsement of his reelection, he would do everything possible to keep pro-life judicial nominees from being approved, and I believe he has every intention of keeping his end of this Faustian bargain. He's out for himself and doesn't care a whit about President Bush or the at-large Republican party.

42 posted on 01/24/2005 8:38:34 AM PST by jpl ("Liberals love America like O.J. loved Nicole." - Ann Coulter)
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To: AliVeritas

Pre-Toomey, I have suggested that Santorum or McConnell be Majority Leader instead of Frist who is as spineless as Trent Lott - now Post-Toomey, I would not support Santorum for anything (except maybe re-election against a Rendell, etc.) He went for political convenience instead of the principles he heretofore promoted.


43 posted on 01/24/2005 8:38:55 AM PST by MarkT
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To: AliVeritas

Hiring anybody named Hannibal gives me the buckwheats, anyway.


44 posted on 01/24/2005 8:39:06 AM PST by rabidralph (Congratulations, Pres. Bush and VP Cheney!)
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To: oldironsides

"Casey is a pro life Democrat and he will carry the state..........big time"

Didn't Casey support John Kerry?
Santorum supported Specter.
What's the difference?


45 posted on 01/24/2005 8:39:38 AM PST by Ramcat (Thank You American Veterans)
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To: jpl

I doubt very much whether the Repub aids are going to remain silent on this one.


46 posted on 01/24/2005 8:40:25 AM PST by marty60
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To: DixieOklahoma

Regarding #40, please watch your language.


47 posted on 01/24/2005 8:42:26 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Polyxene
How anyone could think that this lying bag of haggis is anything but a back-stabbing-RINO-liberal is beyond me.

Last time I was in Scotland, I had haggis. With a little catsup it ain't all that bad. So please, no more be-rating haggis by comparing it to Arlen Specter!!

48 posted on 01/24/2005 8:42:34 AM PST by USMA '71
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To: marty60

Wasn't it his father (now deceased) who was banned from speaking at the Dem convention?


49 posted on 01/24/2005 8:43:23 AM PST by maryz
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To: maryz

Oh I'm sorry, I didn't realize he had passed. Is the Son similar to the Father?


50 posted on 01/24/2005 8:46:46 AM PST by marty60
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