Michael Dorf (via Legal Insurrection) points out that the Pennsylvania Senator's party switch might actually assist Republicans in mounting opposition to judicial nominations because of a peculiar Judiciary Committee rule: "breaking (the equivalent of) a filibuster in the Senate Judiciary Committee requires the consent of at least one member of the minority. Before today, Specter was likely to be that one Republican. Now what?"
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