Thursday, November 18

GOP Deems Specter Fit for Duty

From the pen of Nick Anderson

Arise, Knave Specter. Thou has shown remorse for thy reality-based blasphemy and thou has displayed the proper worship of thine president of faith and virtue. Now for thine final test of loyalty...

(I don't want to go there...)
Senate leader backs Specter for Judiciary chairmanship

WASHINGTON - Sen. Arlen Specter on Wednesday went before his toughest audience to date, all the Republican members of the U.S. Senate, and won fresh support from many of his colleagues in his quest to secure the chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee.

Perhaps the most significant statement came from Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, who only a few days ago had sounded less than enthusiastic about Specter's prospects.

"Today, he had the opportunity to make some comments, which were received very well by members of the caucus," Frist said at a news conference after the meeting of the Republican Conference.

Specter is expected to complete his penance by issuing a written statement clarifying his post-election remarks in which he appeared to signal that anti-abortion judges would have a rough ride through confirmation.

The 74-year-old Pennsylvanian has since vowed to support all of President Bush's judicial nominees and impose no litmus test on abortion.
"Penance." So that's what our elected officials must go through these days. Swell.