Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan has left Senator Arlen Specter in
quite a bind. When the Pennsylvania Democrat was a Republican, he opposed her nomination for solicitor general. This stance now looks a bit bad, and it doesn't help Specter as he faces a tough
primary challenge from Representative Joe Sestak. His explanation of his former opposition to Kagan has amounted to something along the lines of "that was different." How does this impact his chances?
- Not a Great Explanation "How does Specter plan to
navigate this inconvenient truth in the upcoming confirmation battle?
If this statement is any indication, poorly," proclaims National
Review's Daniel Foster.
He quotes Specter: "I voted against her for Solicitor General because
she wouldn't answer basic questions about her standards for handling
that job. It is a distinctly different position than that of a Supreme
Court Justice." His reaction: "Huh, and here I'd always though that SG
and Associate Justice were indistinctly different positions."
- No Kidding Wonkette's Jim Newell responds to Specter's statement with characteristically cutting hyperbole. "Specter would
really help himself more if he just said, 'I voted against her because
I was a REPUBLICAN AND WE HAD TO, YOU IDIOTS, THAT’S WHY I SWITCHED
- Actually, It's a Pretty Good Explanation, says Big Tent Democrat
at Talk Left. Specter had said at the time that his problem lay in not
knowing "very much more about [Kagan] now than I did when we started
the process." Says Big Tent Democrat: " In my view, this is precisely
the attitude that the Senate should take towards all judicial nominees."
Good That Republicans Will Be Using It When Specter stated his problems
with Kagan before, it was for the position merely of solicitor general.
The Weekly Standard's John McCormack
posts part of an email from a Republican aide on the Hill in which
Specter's objections are brought up: "Surely Ms. Kagan's constitutional
and legal views are more relevant to a lifetime position as an
Associate Justice, than they are to a temporary position as an
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