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Specter: Santorum

Another side note: I’m hearing a lot of understandable conservative grief aimed at Rick Santorum–but not all of it is completely fair right now. Listen, I was a Toomey gal. We were a Toomey mag. I hated when Bush campaigned with Specter, and when Santorum did. But life goes on. A couple of things at this point: a) Santorum doesn’t have a heck of a lot of public freedom on Specter. Same state. Same party. You know this all. He already campaigned for him. Member of the leadership. Etc. But b) if a few someones on the Judiciary Committee take leadership on this, and get Specter to step aside (and there is no reasonable reason seniority has to rule), something tells me Santorum would not be heartbroken. (I think it helps Santorum in his reelection bid not to have Specter there, reminding conservatives of his primary support.) That said, Santorum is not on the Judiciary Committee, so he’s not the one to be focusing on, pressure wise. Mike Dewine. Lindsay Graham. Jon Kyl. Jeff Sessions. Saxby Chambliss. Larry Craig. Orrin Hatch, …Republicans on the Judiciary Committee. (Did I mention? Call Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee. See here. for contacts.) These are the men to buck up right now. I’m told it is still helpful.

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