Insight from Kausposted by Rob at 10:08 AM
Kaus trends toward my thinking:
Conservatives, a D.C. Republican friend tells me, wanted a fight over the O'Connor seat for its own sake--and not just for tacky fundraising and self-promotional reasons. They think they represent the majority position on judging; they needed a confrontation to draw the line and prove it. Plus a confirmation battle would be "consciousness-raising," as we used to say on the left, serving (in theory) to actually increase their ranks.
Given how great the party has been at "consciousness-raising" with regard to federal spending and the federal response to national disasters (or terrorist attacks), I'll pass.