It seems to me this shouldn’t change Republican strategy over the Supreme Court very much. Assuming the opportunity comes sooner rather than later, I still think Michael McConnell should be Bush’s first pick. If he sails through — as he should on the merits — so much the better. Why blow things up on the first pick when you know there will be fights over the second and third no matter what? And if the Dems consider McConnell an “extraordinary” pick justifying a filibuster better to demonstrate their bad faith as early as possible.