The Corner

Gang of 14 Update

Sen. Mike DeWine: “I think it’s a good nomination. I think the judge is a solid judge, and i think he’s going to be very well received. . . . Our group of 14 will probably meet within the next day or two, just to kind of take a preliminary look. It’s hard for me to believe, though, that what every one thinks of this nomination that this nomination rises to the level of what we call in this group of extraordinary circumstances, so it’s just hard for me to believe that anyone would think this nomination is so far outside of the mainstream that it would qualify as filibuster material.” Assuming that Specter votes for the “constitutional option” in the event of a filibuster, Graham and DeWine get the Republicans to 50. The next question is where Warner comes down.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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