Arlen Specter Now Backs Eric Holder

Just a few weeks ago Arlen Specter came out strong against President Obama's nomination of Eric Holder as the new AG for his administration.

Sen. Arlen Specter, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, has just thrown a wrench into the Eric Holder hearings planned for early January, saying Holder's involvement in the Marc Rich pardon is a "red flag" and a "very serious matter.

But Specter is already applying the brakes, indicating that Republicans are going to make a big deal out of Holder at the hearing. Specter said he sees no way in which the Holder hearings could happen before Jan. 26. Specter said he still needs to see thousands of pages of background documents and Holder's FBI background check.

"There are questions that need to be addressed," Specter said in a Senate floor speech.

Suddenly out of the blue, Specter is now going to back Holder.

Eric Holder's confirmation as the first African-American attorney general was assured Tuesday when Sen. Arlen Specter, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he will support confirmation.

"He will have significant Republican backing," the Pennsylvania senator told a news conference.

Specter's said he would not support any Republican filibuster to block the nomination.

d-day has an opinion on why he changed his mind and asks "Is there anyone more pathetic than Arlen Specter?"

There are many that are more pathetic than Specter, but I get d-day's point.


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