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Jon: I’m not at all surprised by Martinez the ex-trial lawyer coming out in favor of damage caps. He came by the NR office in DC earlier this year and we quizzed him on legal reform–he seemed open to a range of ideas that our team generally supports. Now, it’s possible that he was saying what he thought (correctly) that we wanted to hear, but I think there was more to it than that. My guess is that he’ll be a perfectly reliable vote in the Senate on legal questions. His main GOP primary opponent, Bill McCollum, tried to tar him as an ambulance chaser, but that accusation was more about name calling than substance. Any Republicans who remain wary about Martinez at least should remind themselves that his Democratic foe, Betty Castor, surely won’t ever cross the trial bar.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.