I spent nearly seven years as a constituent of Arlen Specter, and for me, this was the defining moment in his seemingly endless tenure in the U.S. Senate:
Does anyone else remember that awesome year of 1991, when we were schooled by the Senate Judiciary Committee that an obscure Oklahoma law professor was Public Enemy Number One, and surely a great danger to the republic? I sure do. I was in a graduate seminar in which the professor asked at the end of the semester if the Clarence Thomas nomination hearings would be something we’d be lecturing about in our American history courses 20 years hence. Many of my classmates said “yes,” and one even reported that he was taking notes for future lectures at that moment. I disagreed, probably because I naively approached the question as meaning, “will this change anything for women who experience sexual harassment at work?”
Well, don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Arlen. Scumbag. But let’s not let the Democrats off the hook. (If you recall, Snarlin’ Arlen was a Republican back in 1991). In the Thomas hearings, Joe Biden was a fatuous disgrace, and Ted Kennedy a complete coward. Maybe that was understandable: after all, if he hadn’t have had to testify at his nephew’s rape trial earlier that year about running around without his pants on, he would have been just a wee bit more effective.