The Real Specter Returns:

The Associated Press reported April 29 that no sooner had President Bush helped liberal Sen. Arlen Specter (R.-Pa.) defeat a conservative opponent, than Specter staked out his opposition to much of what the President hopes to achieve. “Less than 12 hours after defeating conservative challenger Pat Toomey,” said AP, “Specter touted his efforts to trim tax cuts; retain overtime pay for workers; resist school vouchers; and expand embryonic stem-cell research–all in opposition to President Bush’s agenda.”

Asked by HUMAN EVENTS’ John Gizzi why Bush had done so much to defeat Toomey, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the President “typically supports incumbent senators who support his policies.” McClellan then brushed off a follow-up question about why the President had failed to do anything to save conservative incumbent Sen. Bob Smith (R.-N.H.), who faced a primary challenge in 2002.