Darlin' Arlen:

Coming out of his meeting with Senate leadership and the Republican members of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Arlen Specter (R.-Pa.) seemed to have the chairmanship locked up. “I’m for Arlen,” said outgoing chairman, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R.-Utah). “I believe he’ll be a great chairman.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R.-S.C.) said, “I think that Senator Specter will be making a statement in a few days that will be very reassuring to all of us.”