Specter thinks keeping O’Connor indefinitely in place would give Congress and the rest of America more time to know John Roberts as chief justice. "When we know a little more about Judge Roberts it’s going to be easier with the next'’ nomination, Specter said. Memo to Sen. Specter: You and your colleagues already know what you need to know about John Roberts to decide whether to vote up or down. It’s no more the Senate’s job today to "balance" the court ideologically than it was the Senate’s job to do so during any other presidential administration in Amewrican history.
And what’s this business of senators calling sitting Supreme Court justices and asking if they’d be willing to postpone their retirement for obviously political purposes? What’s Sandra Day O’Connor got in mind by even taking such phone calls? Arlen Specter and his ilk clearly aim to start running out the clock on Bush’s political capital, hoping to delay the process until more of Bush’s term is history so they can filibuster if necessary. Memo to the White House: Narrow your short list fast and nominate a constitutional conservative with dispatch. There’s a pivotal battle to be fought about the future of the Supreme Court and the future of America. Let’s get ready to fight it now. Let’s be prepared to win.