The Arlen Specter — Russ Feingold tiff

The famous fight between Arlen Specter and Russ Feingold of the Senate Judicial Committee discussing a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, which went along these lines:

“I don’t need to be lectured by you. You are no more a protector of the Constitution than am I,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., shouted after Sen. Russ Feingold declared his opposition to the amendment , his affinity for the Constitution and his intention to leave the meeting.

“If you want to leave, good riddance,” Specter finished.

“I’ve enjoyed your lecture, too, Mr. Chairman,” replied Feingold, D-Wis., who is considering a run for president in 2008. “See ya.”

… was all held in secret.

And yet we know all about what happened.

I suppose when such high drama conflict occurs, the news is just going to have to be leaked out. Probably by the staff of Russ Feingold, who makes the point about the Republicans Congress’s warped priorities. Arlen Specter’s point is simply how tedious he (and seemingly the 99 other Senators, give or take a Senator Byrd) of Russ Feingold’s branding himself as “Mr. Constitution” — in his case to put a finer point on it “Mr. Civil Liberties”.

What Arlen Specter is branding himself as these days I do not know.

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