Arlen Specter May be a “NO” Vote on John Bolton


Did Arlen Specter misspeak? TWN hopes not.
In his commentary about newly confirmed judge Janice Rogers Brown, Specter argued that she was “undiplomatic” but deserving of confirmation — because “she’s not in the State Department.”
Full stop.
Senator Specter — John Bolton IS in the State Department and doesn’t belong there. We hope that your lucid, grounded clarity on this matter holds.
This from the Washington Post:

But Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) called Brown “a superb judge” who has been subjected to “harsh and, I believe, unfair attacks.” Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said Brown “has made undiplomatic statements, but she’s not in the State Department.” He called her “worthy of confirmation.”

More later.
— Steve Clemons