Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R.-Pa.) is holding a news conference in the Capitol at noon. I’ll be there and will report back on what happens.
Meanwhile, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D.-Calif.), who proclaimed during John Roberts’ hearing that she, as the only woman on the Judiciary Committee, was representing all females, put out the following statement:
While I am pleased the President has named a woman to succeed Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, it remains critically important that the Senate Judiciary Committee, and, indeed, the American people learn more about her positions on some of the most important issues facing our nation.
This new justice will be critical in the balance with respect to rulings on Congressional authority, as well as a woman’s right to privacy, environmental protections, and many other aspects of Constitutional law in the United States.