New York Daily News columnist <A
HREF=”http://www.nydailynews.com/news/col/ershipp/”>E.R. Shipp on Arlen
Specter, prospective chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee:
I am part of the America that did not give President Bush a mandate to do
anything, let alone push through a conservative agenda that feeds on fear
and a go-it-alone notion that if the U.S. ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. …
So what do those of us who opposed the President do now?
Even though he ran on a platform of fear, we must not be afraid. We must
resist the Bushies’ Christian jihad that could lead to an America that not
just our European friends, but we ourselves no longer recognize.
Arlen Specter makes me optimistic. A Republican who is set to take over
the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he’s telling the
Bushies that he does not want to see judicial nominees who are extremists
from the right.
Because liberals depend upon the government, their instincts are frankly
better than are conservatives on personnel. If Shipp is optimistic about
Arlen, conservatives have no reason to be.