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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

SPECTERCULAR

Last Thursday I argued that Arlen Specter would get to be chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee in spite of the complaints of the culture warriors of the right.

According to Congressional Quarterly (via Tapped), it looks like that prediction will pan out.
Although he still has considerable penance to perform, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., appears to have withstood a massive campaign by social conservatives who want to block him from the chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee.
I'm not a subscriber, so I don't have access to the full article. But if I had to guess...

-It's possible that Specter will be allowed to keep a relatively hard line about protection of reproductive rights, in exchange for allowing judges to slip through who would gut other aspects of the post-NewDeal federal government.

-Specter will do that because Bush personally saved him in the Pennsylvania primary from a defeat at the hands of the Club For Growth-endorsed Pat Toomey.

UPDATE: Tim Noah has more on the Club for Growth and their efforts regarding Specter and others.

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