It now appears nearly certain that the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge John G. Roberts, Jr., will be delayed, although the length of the postponement appears not to have been settled yet. The Committee had planned to open hearings on Tuesday.
GOP leaders of the Senate reportedly have been discussing a delay at least until after the Chief Justice is buried on Wednesday. Senate Democrats have indicated they will join in the delay.
I’d prefer a delay until next Monday. That gives time to bury Justice Rehnquist and to recover and bury a few more bodies in New Orleans, Alabama and Mississippi. Maybe we’ll know who else the Judiciary committee will be questioning.