I waited a few days to mention this, to see how it would play out. I think I would be negligent to put it off any more if I want to call this a pro-life blog. I have signed the petition at notspecter.com
and I would encourage everyone of like mind to do the same.
To me, it's not just a matter of ingratitude from Specter to President Bush, who deserves all the credit for helping Specter win a close primary race against Pat Toomey. I see it as the prospect of a judiciary committee chairman who will not base his support for or opposition to any judicial nominee on purely constitutional grounds. Besides, a judge has to hear a case before ruling, so to say one would block any nominee for a political position is to insult the public.
That the Senate usually lets most senior committee members become chairs is customary but is not an entitlement. If there's one thing senators notice, it's a high volume of mail and phone calls from constituents. More information is available at the website.