The longtime Republican evangelical activist said Arlen Specter's critics did not give him enough credit for his work in the Senate. "I don't think that Clarence Thomas would be on the Supreme Court today if not for Arlen Specter," said Bauer.Arlen Specter's most important role, and the one in which he's wielded the most power, has been as a member of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, where federal judges are screened.
He also supported and voted to confirm the last two Supreme Court nominees, John Roberts and Samuel Alito. Few Democrats joined him, especially in Alito's case. Obama voted against both.
While Specter opposed Robert Bork, contrary to revisionist Republican persecution mythology, Bork made his own bed with his radical views and his suspicious "confirmation conversion."