Stealing Defeat From the Jaws of Victory


With exit polls, which undercounted Republicans, showing a solid portion of voters voting for President Bush on moral values related issues, the Republicans seem intent on shooting themselves in the foot and stealing defeat from the jaws of victory.

Redstate proved that, unlike Kos, we can raise money, back candidates, and win. To make sure we do not defeat ourselves, it is time to call our Senators and block Arlen Specter from becoming Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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.”

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Erick Erickson


  • The worst Republican Senator
    I have to admit that I found myself rooting against a Republican on Tuesday night. His name is Arlen Specter, and he is anything but a conservative.

    Take a look at this picture, and you’ll see why I have serious regrets this morning; I should have…

  • I just sent this email to Senator Lugar here in Indiana:

    Greetings, Senator Lugar:

    Congratulations to you and our fellow Republicans for our fabulous victories this week. I know you were not running for re-election, but I believe we all deserve a pat on the back for turning out in droves to repudiate the Left’s onslaught on our culture.

    With that in mind, I wish to express concern to you regarding the Judiciary Chair, and as my Senator I am requesting that you *not* vote in favor of seating Senator Specter to that position.

    Please know that I do not expect the Senate and House to simply sit back and give free pass to President Bush on every agenda item, and I respect and appreciate the check that the Senate in its authority places on the Executive Office. Nevertheless, I am concerned about the comments I am reading in the news by Senator Specter, and I am not surprised. It appears as if he is already assuming the role, and rather prematurely asserting some self-perceived ‘weight’ that role may bring. I am simply not comfortable with many of Senator Specter’s beliefs, voting record, and actions in past sessions, and it appears to me he is more interested in controlling the Committee than he is in filling much needed seats with good, honorable judges. It is time to open the logjams and this is one area where the right leadership can effect positive change quickly and visibly. As a side note, I do not doubt for a moment that the main-stream media will pounce on every opportunity to depict honest, intra-party debate as ‘a house divided’, and I believe that Senator Specter is simply too polarizing of a figure to run this committee.

    It is my understanding that many of the President Bush’s past selections for Judicial appointments were filibustered or blocked, and our party and the country will be better served by a Chair who’s primary concern is efficient and positive results.

    Thank you for your service and attention to my concern.

    Respectfully Submitted,

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