I usually enjoy Peggy Noonan’s columns, and I think this is the first one I completely disagree with. I understand her point: We just won a big election, now let’s can all the argument for a little while so we can rest. But I do disagree with it.
She says we should “Shush” over the Arlen Specter controversy.
Conservatives have been angry with him for a long time and for good reason. They have expressed their unhappiness. They have made their point. Mr. Specter has been chastened and warned; the leadership of his party told him to fight for himself. He knows the Republican Party will expect him to support the nomination of judges free of a Roe v. Wade litmus test, or any litmus test, including a religious test. Many believe, and with reason, that a practicing Catholic isn’t allowed to be a federal judge in America anymore. Mr. Specter will have to be more open-minded, more supportive, than he’s been in the past. But he looks like a man who got the message, doesn’t he?