You’re all assuming there is a strategy at work here. But remember that the Judiciary Committee Charman does not schedule floor votes in the Senate; that job belongs to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and the Republican leadership. So Chairman Specter’s hand in this drama is pretty much played after a candidate is voted out of committee. Whether he wants Bill Myers or Tom Griffith brought to the floor first is pretty much irrelevant. He may be able to hold others in committee, but once voted out, it is up to Frist and company to decide who the first candidate is to test the filibuster waters. That issue is very much up in the air still.

Shannen W. Coffin — Shannen W. Coffin is a contributing editor to National Review. He previously served in senior legal positions in the Justice Department and Office of Vice President during the George ...

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