The Corner

Specter & Staff

The power a Chairman Arlen Specter would have to staff the Senate Judiciary

Committee deserves more concern from Senate Republicans than it has

received to date. Personnel

is policy. The people a Chairman Specter would hire will be well to

the left of the average moderate Republican, let alone the average


In 1987, I visited with a Specter staffer in support of Robert Bork’s

Supreme Court nomination. I told him that a Justice Bork would not be

predictable, unlike, say, California’s former Chief Justice, Rose Bird, who

was much in the news at the time.

Justice Bird famously HREF=””>overturned 61 consecutive

death penalty cases. California voters removed her in 1986.

Specter’s man stopped me. “I think Rose Bird is an excellent justice.”


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