Arlen Specter celebrated his re-election to the U.S. Senate by throwing down a gauntlet to President Bush, warning the President that Conservative Judicial Nominees need not apply at Specter's Senate Judiciary Committee. The reaction from Conservatives was swift and impressive, as Senate mailboxes were jammed and phone lines shut down, by a flood of demands to deny Specter the Judiciary Chairmanship. Specter quickly tried to tap dance out of his tactical error, denying that he ever said the things he was captured on tape saying, and assuring Republicans that he would support the President's nominees, more or less.
So how should President Bush's supporters judge wanna-be Chairman Specter's putative repentence? Well, Senator Specter, see if you can understand this: if we were under Scottish Law, Conservatives would vote "Case Not Proved."