Here come the attacks.
ABC News has an article about Rick Santorum’s endorsement of Arlen Specter over Pat Toomey and Santorum’s vote in favor of appointing Sonia Sotomayor to the Circuit (not Supreme) Court. (Hat-tip, Memeorandum.)
Here’s the shortest answer I can give you, but you may also want to read this article at American Thinker.
No pro-life organization I am aware of scored the vote on Sotomayor to the Circuit Court. It’s a lower court. If we fight over every Circuit Court nomination, we are just spinning our wheels. Personally, I would have voted no, as my own Senator Mitch McConnell did, but what did Pennsylvania want Rick Santorum to do? He was, after all, their Senator, and again, pro-life groups don’t score Circuit Court appointments.
The people making this charge against Rick Santorum are not social conservatives. They are social liberals who are trying to make social conservatives doubt the most pro-life person ever to serve in the United States Senate: Rick Santorum. (Click here to see Rick Santorum debate Barbara Boxer on the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, which outlawed a procedure so horrific, even some pro-”choice” Democrats supported the ban. Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich opposed a motion made to keep the RNC from funding candidates who approved of this hideous procedure that borders on infanticide.
For Mitt Romney’s record on abortion and judicial appointments, click here. (.pdf)
Rick Santorum endorsed Arlen Specter in exchange for his commitment to help ensure conservative nominations would be approved, particularly to the Supreme Court. From American Thinker:
So, what did Specter do after Rick Santorum endorsed him in 2004? Do we remember the 2005 hearings for John Roberts and Sam Alito? Chairman Specter skillfully guided both of those worthy gentlemen to seats on the Supreme Court.
I worked for both of those nominations, and I knew that it was by no means assured that they would get though the Kennedy-Biden-Leahy-Schumer gauntlet of the Judiciary Committee.
But they did. And we can thank Arlen Specter for that. He ruled the narrowly divided Judiciary Committee with a firm hand. He put Ted Kennedy down, sharply. That was a joy to see. And all the while, Specter was undergoing chemo and radiation for a brain tumor!
I agree with all my conservative brethren. I don’t like Arlen Specter. I wish we had not had to support him ever. But Ronald Reagan backed the infinitely worse Lowell Weicker and got nothing from Weicker in return.
The article also notes that Specter is responsible for the approval of Clarence Thomas. Remember what a mess that was? We have Specter to thank for Clarence Thomas being on the Court, as well as Alito and Roberts. That’s three. Three Supreme Court justices. And Rick Santorum’s opponents want to make a big deal of his support for Sotomayor to a Circuit Court?
Well, okay then, let’s compare him to Toomey, the man everyone is claiming would have been the better choice over Arlen Specter. Toomey supported the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court…something I’m sure Rick Santorum would never have done.
One last thing. Do you remember the young woman who told Arlen Specter off at a townhall meeting in a video that went viral on the internet and helped to energize the Tea Party movement against Obamacare? Her name is Katy Abram, and as far I know, no one has disputed her claim to being “Arlen Specter’s worst nightmare.” Abram has endorsed…you guessed it…Rick Santorum.
Katy is the first person at the time that I heard use the term I was desperately hoping someone would use on camera: “You have awakened a sleeping giant.” If Katy can trust Rick Santorum, so can we.