November 2004
New Republic;11/29/2004, Vol. 231 Issue 22/23, p10
The article criticizes Senator Arlen Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The groveling we've witnessed from the senator as he tries to rescue his chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee has been so prolonged and painful that some of us at The New Republic have even begun gathering up sticks and beating ourselves. It started, of course, when Specter, after weathering a tough Republican primary in Pennsylvania, won a fifth term in the Senate and held an incautious press conference. Specter noted that, "when you talk about judges who would change the right of a woman to choose, overturn Roe v. Wade, I think that is unlikely." Suddenly, Specter's chairmanship was in jeopardy. The begging that followed was not pretty. Now that Specter has completed over 30 repentant TV interviews and, one assumes, many more closed-door flagellation sessions, the worst may be over. Since this has been dreadful to watch, however, let us weigh in, just to be safe: Republicans, please stop tormenting Arlen Specter.


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