A. Specter Gets Away With Murder
Arlen Specter has two biographies on his official website. The first paragraph in each is bland boilerplate. Here is the second paragraph of each:
His legal background and experience in constitutional law provided the skills to chair the dignified confirmation hearings of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito. In earlier confirmation hearings he had the courage to cross party lines in opposing Judge Bork and disagreeing with conventional wisdom in supporting Justice Thomas after dissecting the contradictory and highly charged testimony.
Senator Specter has been a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee since he came to the Senate. As such, he has played an instrumental role in many of the Senate's most important issues, including the confirmations of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. and Justice Samuel Alito to serve as Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Near the top of Arlen's own list of accomplishments in the U.S. Senate is giving lifetime tenure to John Thomas and Veto Scalito. And he supported Clarence Thomas not for his legal competence or knowledge, but because he wasn't convinced Thomas victimized his female staff. The pool of qualified jurists has grown exponentally.
It's Specter's party; we're just Lana Clarkson.