Payback time?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Nov 04, 2004

President Bush supported Pennsylvania's pro-abort Senator Arlen Specter for re-election-- even when Specter was running against a pro-life Republican challenger.

This is what is known, in the political world, as a "mistake."

Specter hasn't taken long to pay back the President for his support.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Dr. Ken - Nov. 07, 2004 10:12 AM ET USA

    I am confused as to why Sen. Santorum backed Specter. Which issue of Crisis does Santorum address this situation? I voted for President Bush. My thought on Bush campaigning for Specter and Specter's day after election comments: "With friends like him(Specter), who needs enemies?"

  • Posted by: Laertides - Nov. 05, 2004 10:58 AM ET USA

    Santorum's weak justification of why he supported Specter recently graced the pages of Crisis (a/k/a "Catholic Newsweek") -- the fact is, party loyalty is far above loyalty to values... or, for that matter, voters...

  • Posted by: - Nov. 05, 2004 1:06 AM ET USA

    I encourage all to email their own Senator, Sen Frist and Sen Santorum ASAP and send them a regular overland letter as well and do so soon. Also send letters to Pres. Bush and let it be known at your local GOP headquarters - if you voted GOP thinking they would stand with us on life as I did - that this will not stand and votes will be lost at the next election. More people voted on "values" than any other issue and these overwhelmingly for Bush. The GOP must hear that its time to pay up.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 05, 2004 12:00 AM ET USA

    Don't get to excited, since moral issues are being credited for the win. We need to make sure the government continues to give substance. Not to mentiong other issues like education and health care. Dont be afraid to tell your congress rep what you think. The honeymoon will be over soon. Some are just hoping that these moral issues are a passing thing with the election. You must back up votes with substance, or the reps won't either. Politics won't mean much, until deeper conversions happen.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 04, 2004 7:33 PM ET USA

    Sen. Santorum is another "pro-lifer" that can not be trusted. It's odds on that he supported Spector in the primary because he is looking to run for President in 2008. What other explanation can there be? Self promotion comes first!!!

  • Posted by: - Nov. 04, 2004 7:19 PM ET USA

    Arlen the Weak is our gift from Rick Santorum. I have no idea who put the idea into Rick's head to back him. Let's all flood Frist, Allen, Santorum and the rest of the GOP leadership telling them not to let Arlen thwart our plans!

  • Posted by: - Nov. 04, 2004 2:12 PM ET USA

    Though I supported Mr. Bush, I have had my doubts about his willingness to risk political capital in an effort to secure the appointment of conservative judges willing to admit that the Constitution nowhere mentions a woman's right to choose to kill her unborn children. I hope my doubts prove to be unfounded. I hope the President goes right for the jugular on this issue of judicial appointments. "Give 'em hell, George!"

  • Posted by: - Nov. 04, 2004 1:39 PM ET USA

    IF, the second-term President fails to appoint strict constructionist justices, i.e. there is no privacy right to abortion in the Constitution, then the coalition that elected him will cease by the next election due to lack of good faith. And that will be the end of Republican presidents for eight years.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 04, 2004 12:48 PM ET USA

    Unfortunately, Specter isn't the best choice but we in PA weren't offered a better choice with Hoeffel since he is 100% pro-abortion.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 04, 2004 10:43 AM ET USA

    Seems to me that it is time that we right to lifers need to get Senator Specter in line, we right to life democrats tried on our side of the fence now its your turn on the Repuablican side.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 04, 2004 10:41 AM ET USA

    This is our first battle here with the 2nd Bush term. We need to all inundate the White House as well as our representatives and let them ALL know that allowing Mr. Specter to succeed Mr. Hatch is not going to be acceptable by any stretch of the imagination. Pres. Bush owes all of us. I did vote for Pres. Bush but I will not sit back and allow Specter to sit on the Judiciary Committee without a fight. Sen. Santorum is a far better choice Mr. President.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Nov. 04, 2004 10:34 AM ET USA

    This would be a good time to pay back the pro-life voters for Bush by kicking Specter off the Judiciary Committee. Let him change party affilation and join the Jeffords loser club.

  • Posted by: - Nov. 04, 2004 10:32 AM ET USA

    Yes, I have already emailed Sen. Frist and Sen. Santorum at and emailed our parish's respect life committee to do the same. What is really disappointing is all the promises that Sen. Santorum made publicly about Sen. Specter being able to be worked with on pro-life issues. I guess Sen. Santorum was more concerned about a guaranteed win of an incumbent as opposed to Toomey who was pro-life.