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F4GIB
November 15, 2004, 10:22 PM
Specter’s Second Amendment Surprise
Chairman Specter could be as antigun as he wanted to be
By Larry Pratt
November 15, 2004, 9:04 a.m.

http://www.nationalreview.com/comme...00411150904.asp


The same Arlen Specter who awaits his expected coronation as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee has a long record of betraying both his party and America's gun owners.

To hear Specter talk, his fellow Republicans count on him. They do.
Senate Republicans count on Arlen Specter to vote their way only until his vote is absolutely critical to the issue at hand. When he is most needed on the political battlefield, Arlen is either AWOL or preening in the enemy's tent about casting a difficult vote of conscience, to the applause of CBS, NBC, and the Washington Post.

Proof? The good people of Pennsylvania like to hunt and they think
highly of the Second Amendment. Arlen Specter knows he can't always vote with anti-gunners like Ted Kennedy and remain in office. So he saves his anti-gun votes for when they are most needed — as on July 20, 1989.

That day, the Senate Judiciary Committee was voting on a broad ban of
certain rifles and shotguns. Arlen Specter was not present. Excuses were offered. At the last minute, in came Arlen Specter, only to announce he was not prepared to vote on the issue, thus allowing the gun ban to pass by a single vote.

Wayne LaPierre of the NRA told the Erie Morning News, accurately, that "basically, Specter just decided to be absent." Had Specter voted against the bill in committee, that would have killed it then and there.

Specter's real views on gun ownership were made crystal clear in the
days following September 11, 2001. Even antigunners such as California Senator Barbara Boxer saw the need to allow airline pilots to once again carry handguns if they chose to do so, if only to provide a last line of defense against terrorist hijackers. On September 6, 2002, Arlen Specter was one of just six senators to vote against arming airline pilots.

As a lame-duck senator and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Arlen Specter could be as antigun as he wished to be in deciding the committee's agenda. That post will also allow him the power to decide which, if any, pro-Second Amendment judges attain the federal bench.

Senate Republicans, many of whom owe their seats to pro-gun voters, would do well to tell Arlen Specter he has no shot of chairing the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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2nd Amendment
November 15, 2004, 11:01 PM
Amen!

AZRickD
November 15, 2004, 11:11 PM
It appears that all of our e-mails, calls, faxes, and news coverage has been used to make Arlen backtrack on his statements and tell everyone he'll be a good boy. He has stated that he will allow nominees to go to the floow for a straight, up or down vote. Some Senators are unconvinced, and rightfully so.

Although this isn't set, he'll likely "earn" the Chairmanship via the senority rule and he'll know that he was warned and that if he makes a misstep, he'll be removed at the next go-round.

The GOP is unwilling to damage their majority by "offending" him with reassignment.

The other issues for the senate is the "Nuclear Option" which would get rid of the recent spate of filibusters which the Democrats have unprecidently used to block Dubya's appeals court nominees.

If the Senate GOP does use this option, it should be used quickly, at the first sign of Demo hanky-panky. To wait only strengthens the Demo's hand.

Frist, the GOP Senate Majority Leader must stack the Judiciary Committee with some of the new bloods such as John Thune of S. Dakota who all campaigned on this very issue.

Rick

Standing Wolf
November 15, 2004, 11:54 PM
The GOP is unwilling to damage their majority by "offending" him with reassignment.

Actually, the Republicans are hiding under their beds in acute, chronic terror that someone might not like them.

beerslurpy
November 16, 2004, 12:31 AM
I agree that Thune should be in and Specter should definitely be out.

Specter pretends to be conservative to avoid losing elections but he always votes the wrong way when it counts. Specter needs to be put on some minor committee where he cant cause any more harm, especially with likely supreme court and appelate court nominations coming up. Bush has a perfectly good chance to nominate judges who will turn back the decades of intellectual dishonesty in applying cases like Miller and Cruikshank to rob us of 2nd amendment rights. That a RINO like Specter could completely prevent this pisses me off to no end.

Lets say we can him and he defects to the democrats... If he caucuses with the democrats, it wont take away our majority and it will make him a shoe-in for replacement by a REAL republicans in 6 more years (jesus what an eternity). And since he votes with the democrats ANYWAY, why the ???? should we care what party he "officially" belongs to when we have like a 5 seat lead in the senate?

Fletchette
November 17, 2004, 02:00 AM
Who do we contact to fight the Specter nomination? I'd love the chance to thwart a RINO.

wdlsguy
November 17, 2004, 12:24 PM
Who do we contact to fight the Specter nomination? I'd love the chance to thwart a RINO.

Your senators: http://www.senate.gov

And President Bush: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact

Bubbles
November 17, 2004, 01:37 PM
Who do we contact to fight the Specter nomination? I'd love the chance to thwart a RINO.

Judiciary Committee Republicans

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch
104 Hart Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-5251
Fax: (202) 224-6331


Sen. Charles E. Grassley
135 Hart Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-3744
Fax: (202) 224-6020


Sen. Jon Kyl
730 Hart Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-4521
Fax: (202) 224-2207


Sen. Mike DeWine
140 Russell Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-2315
Fax: (202) 224-6519


Sen. Jeff Sessions
335 Russell Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Tel: (202) 224-4124
Fax: (202) 224-3149


Sen. Lindsey Graham
290 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-5972
Fax: (202) 224-1189


Sen. Larry Craig
520 Hart Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-2752
Fax: (202) 228-1067


Sen. Saxby Chambliss
416 Russell Senate Building
Washington, DC 20515
Tel: (202) 224-3521
Fax: (202) 224-0103


Sen. John Cornyn
517 Hart Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-2934
Fax: (202) 228-2856


Republican leadership

Sen. Bill Frist, Majority Leader
461 Dirksen Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510-4205
Tel: (202) 224-3344
Fax: (202) 228-1264


Sen. Mitch McConnell, Majority Whip
361-A Russell Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510-1702
Tel: (202) 224-2541
Fax: (202) 224-2499


Sen. Rick Santorum, Conference Chairman
511 Senate Dirksen Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-6324
Fax: (202) 228-0604


Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Conference Vice Chairman
284 Russell Senate Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-5922
Fax: (202) 224-0776

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