- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 10, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Washington Times reported that Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Democrat, is pushing for the nomination of a minority to replace the retiring Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter (Nation, Monday). On CBS’ “Face the Nation” last Sunday, Mr. Specter said that he would “like to see more diversity. I think another woman would be good. I think that ultimately maybe now we need an Hispanic. African-Americans are underrepresented.”

If Mr. Specter is so disheartened by the lack of diversity on the Supreme Court, why is he not similarly upset about the lack of diversity in the Senate? His recent tergiversation in disassociating with the Republican Party strengthened the majority party. Perhaps Mr. Specter should offer his Senate seat to a woman or a minority if his guilt about underrepresentation is so overwhelming.

MATTHEW PASALIC

Catonsville, Md.

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