One of the most prominent conservatives on the Judiciary panel, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah), has already said he plans to support the nominee.
OK, so Hatch is a yes vote.Â Not good.Â Specter still seems to be wary of supporting Holder.
Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary panel, said he is awaiting Mr. Holder’s responses at the hearing before deciding on his vote on confirmation. In a Senate speech last week on Mr. Holder’s nomination, he said, “Sometimes it is more important for the attorney general to have the stature and courage to say ‘no’ than to say ‘yes.’ “
So where has the Republican Party come to when it has to depend on Arlen Specter to be its conscience?Â By the way, you can contact Senator Specter here, and thank him for his questioning of the nomination, reminding him to vote no, and tell him gun rights are the reason.Â We’ve also lost Bob Barr on the Holder deal.Â Barr doesn’t have a vote on the Senate floor, but it doesn’t speak well for being able to defeat Holder.