``I believe it's a little too soon for Attorney General Gonzales to move up,'' Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican, said on NBC's ``Meet the Press'' program. ``He's an able fellow, but we just went through a tough confirmation hearing, and my sense is that the national interest would be best served if he stayed in that job right now.''Pretty bold words from a Republican who was recently targeted by Bush conservative supporters, after Bush's re-election. Conservatives wanted Specter to be stripped of the Judiciary Committee's Chairmanship due to his moderate views. Ironically, Specter speaking out against Gonzales as a nominee actually pleases conservatives as they are unsure of Gonzales' views. But still, this is quite a seachange for Specter and a sign that Republican moderates may no longer be so cowed by the Bush team...
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Republican moderates feeling emboldened?
Senator Arlen Specter, the Republican Judiciary Committee Chairman and a moderate Republican, sets down his marker on the potential Supreme Court appointment of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Bush's longtime friend and confidant: