Arlen Specter and Joe Sestak’s race to the left continues! And of course that means, another hypocritical switch for Arlen Specter.
Monday, in an appearance at the Pennsylvania Press Club, Specter said President Obama should consider ideology when picking retiring Justice John Paul Stevens’ replacement. The nominee, he said, needs to “compete with Justice Scalia on the ideological battlefield,” (PoliticsPA.com, 04 19 10).
But in 2004 and 2005, then-Republican Arlen Specter sang a very different tune, declaring on CBS’ Face the Nation: “The fact is that I have supported all of President Bush’s nominees in committee and on the floor. I have never applied a litmus test,” (Toledo Blade, 11/07/04).
Then in October 2005 Specter said: “I don't believe that you ought to make a decision on a Supreme Court nominee based on a litmus test. I'm pro-choice, but I voted for Justice Scalia, I voted for Chief Justice Rehnquist although he voted against Roe versus Wade. I think that takes much too narrow a view. The jurisprudence is important and the jurisprudence is complicated.” (ABC News, 10/09/05)
“As Arlen Specter and Joe Sestak ratchet up their race to the left, Arlen Specter is abandoning the principles and policies he claimed to believe in before he switched political parties,” said Toomey Communications Director Nachama Soloveichik. “It is no surprise that Pennsylvanians all across the Commonwealth are rejecting Specter’s political opportunism in favor of Pat Toomey’s principled fiscal responsibility and commitment to hardworking families.”