When Arlen Specter needed help in his last bid for 6 more years as a Pennsylvania senator, who helped him win a Republican primary last year? The President of the United States. So how does Specter pay him back? By moving back Supreme Court nominee hearings, supporting liberals and their Roe vs. Wade escapades and going so far as to climb on board the Howard Dean/MoveOn/John Kerry movement to impeach George W. Bush.
WASHINGTON -- Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter said Wednesday he remains skeptical about a government surveillance program despite an explanation from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
The two met for an hour Sunday to discuss the rationale for the warrantless eavesdropping by the National Security Agency that President Bush approved without obtaining any court orders. "I would summarize it by saying I have grave doubts about his legal conclusion," Specter, R-Pa., said of a meeting with Gonzales, who was confirmed before Specter's committee early this year.
"I'm skeptical, but I'm prepared to listen." Specter said he expects Gonzales to be the leadoff witness at a hearing on the surveillance, which he said he would like to start next month after confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. There likely will be a national debate about whether the president really has the kind of power he's been using, said Specter, a five-term senator and former prosecutor. "There may be legislation which will come out of it to restrict the president's power," Specter said.
Specter said he would seek a copy of the resignation letter of U.S. District Judge James Robertson, who stepped down from a special court set up to oversee government surveillance. The Washington Post reported that the resignation stemmed from Robertson's concerns over whether the surveillance was legal.
Specter said he wants to meet with Robertson, and may ask him to appear before the committee.
So a liberal judge appointed by Bill Clinton makes a little noise by leaving FISA and suddenly his word is more important than both the President and the Attorney General? After their "Downing Street Memo" trick didn't work, liberals are clearly trying to turn "Snoopgate" into a latter-day Watergate and Arlen Specter is right there to cheer them on. When will the GOP step up and get rid of this man, a clear obstructionist to conservative views. Instead of telling the press off for trying to make something out of nothing, instead of helping out a man who helped him keep a job he cherishes, Specter spits in the President's face and gives us another example of what a traitor he is.