However, if pressed I do have a few gripes against him and Arlen Specter is one of my biggest. Why did W & Rick Santorum support Arlen Specter in the primary of 2004 over his conservative challenger Pat Toomey? It makes absolutely no sense to me. I have been fed a bunch of excuses but they still don't wash with me. The guy who led W's campaign in KC was someone who knew W from his Texas days. I asked him and he said "the devil you know is better than the one you don't know." That isn't good enough for me.
I think the thought is even though he's a social liberal he will be loyal because Bush supported him in the primary. One big problem, Specter seems to have forgotten that part of the deal. I have a list of Traitor Republicans and McCain is #1 but he is followed closely in the #2 spot by Arlen Specter with Chuck Hagel #3.
All of this leads up to Specter's latest stunt yesterday. I heard about it on the news and was just beside myself. Here is an excerpt of his comments:
A Senate Republican on Tuesday directly challenged President Bush's declaration that "I am the decision-maker" on issues of war.
"I would suggest respectfully to the president that he is not the sole decider," Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said during a hearing on Congress' war powers amid an increasingly harsh debate over Iraq war policy. "The decider is a shared and joint responsibility," Specter said.
You've got to wonder if Bush isn't kicking Karl Rove or whoever it was that told him that Specter was the better bet.