So some may remember Arlen Specter for his brief debacle in which he recommended against nominating Roe killers. Now he’s gone and disagreed with the president. There is all of this fantastic fuss around this issue — “How dare a republican disagree with the president? How dare a republican be disloyal?” I really don’t understand this. A senator’s primary job is not to be loyal to a president. Their job is not to be loyal to their personal ideals. Their primary loyalty is to their constituents. If they do not feel a decision is the best one for their constituents then they may have to make a decision that is orthogonal to that of the president. They may have to make a decision that is orthogonal to their own views. Doing everything the president commands upsets the balance of power and belittles the point of having separate branches of government.
Perhaps if we had a liberal president in place and a liberal majority, I would find myself in a different position, but I can’t really see it. I don’t have to like that somebody would disagree with my president, but that doesn’t make what they’re doing wrong or disloyal. I guess I just don’t get it. I know Mr. Specter has come under fire for this sort of thing before, but I don’t think the conservatives get it, and when other senators and congressmen are joining the party, tossing around these words like trust, loyalty, traitor … it is childish. “You didn’t give me the cookie from our lunch, so you can’t play on the jungle gym anymore!” That’s the sort of games that are going on right now. Why can’t the politicians act like grown-ups?