Arlen Specter’s Bush bashing

The party-switch Senator Specter weighs in on checks and balances in Washington

Senator Arlen Specter’s sudden switch to President Barack Obama’s Democratic Party, after decades as a prominent Republican, has made him one of the most-watched politicians in Washington. Some saw Specter’s move as a pure bid for power and influence. But what does the guy stand for?  In this essay, submitted early enough that the New York Review of Books  still identifies him as “the Senior Republican United States Senator from Pennsylvania,” Specter  weighs in against George W. Bush’s warrantless wiretapping and the former president’s frequent use of so-called signing statements in order to disobey more than 750 statutes. Overall, it’s an impressive defence of the U.S. system of checks and balances.

The New York Review of Books

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