"I don't need to be lectured by you. You are no more a protector of the Constitution than am I," Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pennsylvania, shouted [at] Sen. Russ FeingoldAre you sure, Arlen? Sen. Feingold does seem to take his oath to protect the Constitution rather more seriously. I suspect that he might even put a key witness under oath at a hearing. But that's just me. He's certainly not averse to taking a stand. Specter, you might recall, is pretty useful on these issues "as long as you don't need him", "taking a stand" by mouthing some platitudes about oversight and then...well we've heard that story from the gentleman from Pennsylvania a few times now.
If there is a positive, it's that I can fairly safely put Specter into the 'pandering' category any times he "takes a stand" on something. This blowup came in the midst of commitee debate over the proposed amendment same-sex marriage ban. Specter, being a good guy, voted "yeah", however:
Not all those who voted "yes" support the amendment, however. Specter said he is "totally opposed" to it, but felt it deserved a debate in the Senate.
Right. Having your cake, as well as eating, absorbing, ingesting and possibly even smoking it for good measure.
Ezra also asks "but really Mr. Chairman -- what would ya say you do here? to which a commenter offers "I have PEOPLE skills! Can't you understand that? What the hell is wrong with you people?" HehIndeed.