Specter's Defection Could Help Republicans Block a Nominee to Replace Souter
At first glance, with Democrats a hair away from a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, one would expect President Obama to have no trouble hand-picking a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter.
But in an ironic twist, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's switch to the Democratic Party this week could give Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee the upper hand in rejecting a nominee they find unacceptable.
That's because the Judiciary Committee, where Specter was the ranking minority member, requires the consent of at least one Republican to end debate and move a nominee to the full Senate for a vote.
"I think, in narrow terms, it could present a procedural problem at the committee level, unless the Democrats are going to change the rules of the committee midstream," William Jacobson, a professor of law at Cornell University, told FOXNews.com.
"Most people presume in a controversial nomination that Arlen Specter would have been the one most likely to vote with Democrats, since he prides himself on being independent of Republicans. But now that he moves over to the Democratic side, the president and Democrats lost their most likely minority vote."
Obama is going to appoint a liberal justice and while I don't like it, it is his prerogative. Like it or not it is how our system is set up and we have to support it, good or bad. The real issue is how liberal the appointee is. If this holds, this could keep Obama honest and keep him from appointing a extreme left liberal which he would have given the chance.
On a more personal note, if it does come to pass that this disloyal scum costs his new friends their shot at remaking the court, I may never stop laughing.
This is small and petty I know. Don't worry though, I'm learning to live with it.