Sen. Arlen Specter’s challenge of President Bush, the self-proclaimed decider-cum-decision-maker, has triggered a long overdue debate about the War Powers Clause.
Specter, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and editor of the Yale Law Journal, schooled Bush, a C student, on the U.S. Constitution:
I would suggest respectfully to the president that he is not the sole decider. The decider is a shared and joint responsibility.
While Specter has had his moments, including kowtowing to Bush and Karl Rove to secure the chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee and trashing Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearing, he has been a voice of reason and moderation.
Specter’s decisive rebuke of wannabe King George is a reminder that “debate is the price of democracy.” And democracy begins at home.