One of the outcomes of yesterday’s election will be the changing face of the Senate Judiciary Committee which is tasked with raking federal judiciary and U.S. Justice Department nominees over the proverbial coals. I say that in jest. Their role is a vital component in the U.S. Senate’s advise and consent capacity when it comes to Presidential nominees.
Of the twelve Democratic members currently seated there will be three that won’t return. Russ Feingold (WI), who lost on Tuesday, Ted Kaufman (DE), who was filling a vacancy, and Arlen Specter (PA), who failed to win his party’s primary.