The Republican expected to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee next year [Sen. Arlen Specter] bluntly warned newly re-elected President Bush on Wednesday against putting forth Supreme Court nominees who would seek to overturn abortion rights or are otherwise too conservative to win confirmation.
Legal scholar Dennis Hutchinson said Specter's message to the White
House appears to be "a way of asserting his authority" as he prepares
to chair the Judiciary Committee when Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is
term-limited from keeping the post next year.
"What he may be trying to do is say, 'Don't just think that I'm going to
process what you send through. I have standards, I'm going to take an
independent look, you have to deal with me,'" said Hutchinson, a law
professor at the University of Chicago.
Pat Buchanan hosted "Deborah Norille Tonight" tonight, and for about thirty minutes he SLAMMED Specter for crossing bush. They were even talking about taking Spector's seat away, and how "Arlen Specter owes his election to george bush".
Add to that, the news that Ashsroft's taking a walk, and you gotta wonder...
Are republicans turning their backs on bush? Did they only support him, because they were "phoning it in" for the party? Are they in as much shock over bush's victory as democrats are?
McCain campaigned for bush, but everyone knew he didn't really mean it, and was just looking to secure himself a strong position for the next election.
Schwarzenegger campaigned for bush, but all the while was pushing stem cell research, after school programs, and the importance of the environment.
Jeb put his foot down with oil refineries off Florida's coast, and I even heard a rumor about Alabama putting it's foot down, when they were asked to outlaw inbreeding.
(I kid, I kid)
but seriously, just look at his cabinet. Ashcroft is just the first. Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, Tom Ridge... they're all leaving.
Giuliani can't replace 'em all.