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Conservatives For Specter

Ramesh has a very good piece on a recent temper tantrum the American Conservative Union’s Don Devine decided to turn into a memo. Before Devine starts venting his anger at National Review for its alleged failure to be conservative, he should check out what ACU president David Keene has been doing lately: Celebrating Arlen Specter as one of America’s great senators. Keane’s latest column is a mash note to Specter, a very liberal Republican who is facing a conservative challenger, Rep. Pat Toomey, in next year’s GOP primary. This article in the Lehigh Morning Call shows that Toomey’s voting record is substantially more conservative than Specter’s–according to the ACU’s own tabulations. There may be a case for supporting Specter over Toomey–it would have to focus almost entirely on electability and the risk of losing the seat to an outright left-winger–but Keene doesn’t make it. Maybe Don Devine will.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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