Ben Buchwalter


Specter Gets a Small Carrot
May 7, 2009, 10:11 am
Filed under: General Politics | Tags: , , ,

In a switcheroo, Arlen Specter will become chairman of the Judiciary Crime and Drugs Subcommittee. This is a bit of a surprise because the Dems had initially decide to strip Specter of all seniority, which would have meant that he would not have any chairmanships through 2010.

The Democrats had the choice between the carrot or the stick. It seemed they initially chose the stick by taking away Specter’s seniority, hoping this would scare him into staying closer to the Democrats’ agenda. Today’s announcement, though, indicates a partial cave and the offer of a small carrot. They’ll let Specter keep some seniority, hoping that it will make him more sympathetic to more liberal goals and Democratic lawmakers.

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