The Corner

Thomas Vs. Specter

The top story on Drudge today says that President Bush is giving serious thought to nominating Clarence Thomas for Chief Justice, if the position becomes available. And who might stand in the way? Well, there’s Arlen Specter. Although he was critical in confirming Thomas to the Court during the Anita Hill controversy–something he likes to remind conservatives about–Specter has since expressed his “disappointment” in Thomas’s performance. The prospect of Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter presiding over the hearings of Chief Justice nominee Clarence Thomas does not thrill me. Does it thrill Bill Frist?

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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