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Monday, November 15, 2004


The chances of Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) becoming chairman of the Senate Jusiciary Committe continue to dim.

The latest blow came on Sunday when Bill Frist (R-TN), Majority Leader of the Senate, refused to issue a statement of support for Specter but indicated he would defer his decision.

Frist's stance should be a warning to Specter!

What are the possibilities for Specter? He might simply be rejected for the position he covets, an embarrassing event for him. Or he could withdraw his name gracefully for, as he would say, "the good of the Party." Or he could accept the chairmanship but understand that he has been de-fanged completely: he would docilely have to accept and promote and vote for any judicial nomination that President Bush puts forth.

Whatever way, Specter has been defeated!

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