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The Specter of Santorum
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I appreciate Quin for his reply to my query as to why he believes Rick Santorum’s endorsement of Arlen Specter in 2004 is less objectionable than Newt Gingrich’s endorsement of Dede Scozzafava in 2009.

He makes the case that Santorum was motivated to support Specter’s re-election so vigorously because he believed that Specter was the only one who could stop Democrats from fillibustering Samuel Alito and Bill Pryor in his capacity as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Fair enough.

But then Quin criticizes Bush for also campaigning on behalf on Specter during the GOP primary calling it “beneath a president’s station to get involved in that way in an ordinary primary battle.” But wait a minute! What about the conservative judicial nominees? Why is Santorum sticking up for Specter a profile a courage but Bush doing the same is undignified? After all, it was Bush who appointed Alito and Pryor to the bench in the first place. If keeping Specter in the Senate was the only thing standing between Alito, Pryor and a plague of locusts didn’t Bush also have a vested interest in campaigning on behalf of Specter?

Despite the fact Alito sits on the Supreme Court and Pryor sits on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, Santorum would come to regret his support for Specter. At the 2010 CPAC, Santorum said, “In 2004 I endorsed, against the advice of my wife, I campaigned for Arlen Specter in the Republican primary.” Maybe Santorum should have listened to his wife.

Quin characterizes Santorum’s endorsement of Specter as the exception that proves the rule with the rule being that Santorum, unlike Newt, is “a reliable and effective conservative.” But how can a conservative be reliable and effective if he loses his Senate seat by nearly 20 points?

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