K-Lo reports this over at The Corner. I can’t say I am surprised. To push the Dems would simply trigger the sort of obstructionist tactics that we witnessed on Tuesday.
I don’t think the extra time is going to do much to help or hurt Judge Alito. The broad themes are already set, and there isn’t going to be any sort of blockbuster revelation. And there isn’t going to be any filibuster.
But there will be some significant SCOTUS hearings between then and now –especially the parental consent hearing– but I also suspect that the Court will not rule on that or any other extraordinarily controversial matter prior to the arrival of the new justice given Specter’s estimate of a vote by Janury 20th.