In a rhetorical flourish sure to peeve his political opponents, Senator Arlen Specter says his views on the Employee Free Choice Act have been “consistent, and suggestions to the contrary by those intending to run against me are incorrect.”
Specter made the assertion in a letter to the editor published in Wednesday’s Inquirer. He was responding to a column that detailed his shifting public statements on the legislation.
Indigo Montoya responds on Specter’s use of the word “consistent”:
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
To be clear, Specter was a cosponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act in 2007 while he was a Republican. Earlier this year, he voiced objections to the legislation, which was identical to what he had previously cosponsored, on the grounds that he did not like the majority sign-up provisions. For Specter to say he has been “consistent” on Employee Free Choice and not immediately become a cosponsor of the legislation is laughable. He hasn’t been consistent and it is his lack of consistency that can be pointed to as a major cause that this important piece of reform legislation has stalled.