Icould not agree with this sentiment less:
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said he urged President George W. Bush today to delay nominating a replacement for retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Senator Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania, said he talked to Justice O’Connor about staying on the high court. “She’s prepared to do that” through the court’s term ending in June, Specter said. The president “was noncommittal,” Specter said. “The body language was not very positive,” Specter said.
Specter said the delay 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.
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee said he urged Bush to submit a name to the Senate promptly. “I feel we should proceed with the nomination as anticipated,” Frist said. If so, the confirmation process could be completed “around Thanksgiving.”
Nominate someone, give them a few months for opposition research, and then have the hearings. No delays.