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War of Words


  logomachy--1. A dispute about words. 2. A dispute carried on in words only; a battle of words.
logomachon--1. One who argues about words. 2. A word warrior.



What goes around comes down on Snarlin' Arlen

Arlen Specter is chairman of the Judiciary Committee. He’s all out of sorts because VP Cheney talked to Republican members of the committee without clearing it with him.

MSNBC reported: "Specter complained that Cheney was lobbying other GOP Judiciary Committee members to oppose efforts to subpoena phone company executives."
He wrote Cheney a letter:
Specter said he was surprised that Cheney “sought to influence, really determine,” the committee’s actions without even calling first.
“This was especially perplexing since we both attended the Republican senators caucus lunch yesterday,” Specter wrote, “and I walked directly in front of you on at least two occasions en route from the buffet to my table.”
Cheney replied, saying What’s the big deal. That’s how politics gets done. (Translation: Stuff it!)

Maybe Specter should remember the reputation he takes pride in:
The 73-year-old Specter is one of the Senate's best-known but least-liked members. . . .

Specter may not be the most unreliable GOP senator . . . but he is almost certainly the most harmful, because he is smart, ruthless, and influential.” . . .

[Lawmakers] regard Specter as one of the prickliest pols in Congress — a humorless man who is cold to colleagues and cruel to staff.” . . .

"There are two kinds of senators: Republicans who don't like Specter and Democrats who don't like Specter," says a former leadership aide. In a Washingtonian magazine survey, Hill staffers rated him the Senate's meanest member. This has given rise to one of Specter's nicknames: Snarlin’ Arlen.


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