When is comes to getting Obama’s SCOTUS nominee through the Senate,Arlen Specter may have been more useful to the Democrats had he stayed in the Republican minority. According to Sam Stein, “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?”
Judiciary Committee’s rules for the 111th Congress clearly shows, a member of the minority party does have to cast a vote in favor of a nominee in order to end committee debate over that nominee.
Looking at the list of Judiciary Committee Members leaves me wondering who, if anyone, may be the lone Republican to vote for an Obama nominee. Chuck Grassley? Orin Hatch? They seem like the only possibilities to me. So, get ready. Obama and we may have a fight on our hands.