Peggy Noonan, a reliable right-winger, opines here (WSJ) that Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) should be chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee after all. It also appears from the Washington Times that the Republican leadership has agreed not to block him. Apparently Specter’s repeated promises not to actually act on whatever principles he may hold have started having the desired effect.
Kind of sad, but it’s really par for the course for Specter. Ever since his famous anti-Bork vote, he has talked a good game about being a "moderate," and "pro-choice," but when the chips were down, he has reliably voted party line.
UPDATE: the NYT reports here that Specter will almost certainly be named chairman in January.