At 2 pm Senator Specter will convene a “Forum on Judicial Nominations”. The central concern of the hearing is not in fact nominations, but confirmations — or the lack thereof during the year and a half of this Democratic Congress. Specter will call the meeting to order in Russell 385, and give a brief opening statement. Each Senator present will have a chance to speak for a few minutes. The witnesses include Professor John McGinnis of Northwestern Law School and Steve Rutkus of the Congressional Research Service.