This makes no sense to me:
As Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens continues to weigh a possible retirement, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter said Sunday that he thinks President Obama’s choice of a successor could trigger a Republican filibuster in the Senate.
“I think the gridlock in the Senate might well produce a filibuster which would tie up the Senate about a Supreme Court nominee,” Specter, D-Pa., said on Fox News Sunday.
Specter, a former Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that if Stevens waited a year, there would be a greater chance for consensus among senators.
I can’t think of one single advantage to waiting a year for Stevens to retire. The chances for gridlock are even greater next year, because the Democrats are going to lose seats, and the Republicans are going to think the appropriate response to picking up seats is more obstruction. I have no idea what Specter is thinking.