July 12, 2007

Renewing the battle for Southwick

In the news today: a promising and principled stand from Sen. Arlen Specter on the matter of Leslie Southwick's stalled confirmation process in the Senate.

Both The Politico and The Hill are reporting that in the aftermath of a Tuesday afternoon meeting held in Specter's office and assembling 'several leading conservative activists', Specter emerged ready to fight once again for Southwick's confirmation.

Now that Specter "has fired an early volley in what Senate Republicans and conservative activists predict will escalate into another pitched battle with Democrats on judicial nominees", as described in The Hill, it is time to rally the troops and renew the battle for Southwick. This highly-qualified nominee deserves at the very least a fair up-or-down vote on the Senate floor.

Let's hope, moreover, that Ed Whelan is right in believing that "Senate Republicans have the ammunition they need to win this fight, either by getting Southwick confirmed or by exposing Senate Democrats as the puppets of the Left."