Delaying Commitments

by Jonathan H. Adler

The Associated Press reports that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is discouraging Democratic Senators from pledging to vote for or against Judge Alito’s confirmation prior to their caucus meeting next Wednesday. The story also notes that some of the Gang of 14, including Senators Ben Nelson, Lincoln Chafee and Olympia Snowe, have indicated that they have seen no “extraordinary circumstances” that would justify a filibuster.