New(?) democrat, Arlen Specter, came to house speaker Nancy Pelosi’s defense in an address given to the American Law Institute today.
Specter questioned the CIA’s honesty and lauded Pelosi for being “reliable and very able”.
From TheHill dot com:
“The CIA has a very bad record when it comes to — I was about to say ‘candid’; that’s too mild — to honesty,” Specter, a former chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a lunch address to the American Law Institute. He cited misleading information about the agency’s involvement in mining harbors in Nicaragua and the Iran-Contra affair.
The article later moves to Specter’s involvment on the Senate Judiciary Committee and credits his questioning of Reagan appointee, Robert Bork, with derailing his nomination. Anthony Kennedy was later confirmed in place of Bork.
Specter has been involved in every Supreme Court nomination fight since being elected to the Senate in 1980. His questioning of Robert Bork is credited with helping take down President Reagan’s nominee in 1987, and he played a key role in questioning Anita Hill during Justice Clarence Thomas’s confirmation hearings in 1991.
I can’t help but wondering how different the Supreme Court, its decesions, and our country would look had Bork been confirmed instead of Kennedy.
Congratulations Specter, defending Pelosi, disparaging the CIA, and destroying Bork’s nomination are wonderful achievments.
God help us!