Specter just took questions from the press gallery. Said he wants to consult with Leahy and WH on timing of hearings. Said he spoke with the President a few times on the issue of consultation but, when asked if a failure to consult would be a disappointment, he said “No.” Suggested that pre-nomination consultation is not required.
As discussed here, Specter is entirely correct that pre-nomination consultation is not required. Indeed, as Andy McCarthy has explained, the Framers recognized that such consultation would have a tendency to produce bad choices.