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Senator Specter, Majority Leader Frist, and the Rest of the GOP

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Bill Frist must be feeling a little like Ike during various phases of WW II when he repeatedly encouraged British General –later Field Marshall– Bernard Montgomery to get moving. Montgomery was a sometimes brilliant and sometimes overly cautious general, whose occasional bursts of inexplicable tactical decisions drove his colleagues to distraction.

Just as Arlen Specter’s tenure as Chair of the Judiciary Committee often infuriates Republicans.

To be sure, Specter has won led the effort on victory on the big ones –the two SCOTUS nominations/confirmations– and he has never not supported a Bush nominee, but at times his willingness to be rolled by Senate Democrats is maddening.

As happened today, when Chairman Specter agreed to yet another delay in the proceedings concerning nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Democrats have been demanding a new hearing for Kavanaugh for a long while, and today Chairman Specter agreed.

So Mr. Kavanaugh will be in front of the estimable Pat Leahy, Slow Joe Biden etc next Tuesday, with a Committee vote next Thursday –though I fully expect another delay due to the invocation of some obscure rule, followed by additional delays on the floor, though GOP sources remain confident of confirmation by the end of May.

But once, just once, couldn’t the GOP simply act like a majority?

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