Tuesday, April 28, 2009

How Specter's Defection Could Make It Harder to Confirm Pres. Obama's Judicial Nominations

Does Arlen Specter's defection from R to D strengthen the President's hand in Congress? Perhaps overall but not on judicial appointments because breaking (the equivalent of) a filibuster in the Senate Judiciary Committee requires the consent of at least one member of the minority. Before today, Specter was likely to be that one Republican. Now what?

Posted by Mike Dorf