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Rove On Specter

I had a somewhat different take on that than most of Specter’s supporters and opponents in the blogosphere. Rove neither endorsed nor repudiated Specter’s chairmanship, and neither endorsed nor repudiated the campaign to deprive him of it. What he did was take to the bank the concessions that the campaign has forced Specter to make (“We’ll take him at his word”). If a continued campaign against him forces him to make more concessions to the president, I’m sure Rove will be happy with that. If he’s forced out in favor of someone else, I suspect Rove would be fine with that, too. “That’s up to the United States Senate to decide, not the president of the United States.”

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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