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Nuclear Inventory

Taking stock of GOP senators and the filibuster.

3:00 PM, Apr 26, 2005 • By DUNCAN CURRIE
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Arlen Specter (Pennsylvania): True to form, Specter has tended to deploy on-the-one-hand-on-the-other-hand appraisals of the filibuster spat. Thus, in a floor statement last week, he first zinged the Democrats' "unprecedented use of the filibuster," but then said doing away with judicial filibusters would mark "a serious blow to the rights of the minority." Nevertheless, pro-nuclear Republicans trust Specter will side with them if and when the time comes for a vote.

As the filibuster battle drags on, the list of GOP holdouts might well shrink. It certainly has over the past two months. "Everybody's breaking towards us," says one pro-nuclear Republican Senate aide.

Does that mean Frist has reached the magic number? The answer should come before Memorial Day.

Duncan Currie is a reporter at The Weekly Standard.