If Senate moderates can't drag their parties into a compromise, a showdown over judicial nominees looks inevitable. If all goes according to script, first the Republicans revoke Democrats' ability to filibuster nominees, and then in retaliation, Democrats begin a threatened slowdown of Senate business.
Amid talk of the "nuclear option" and filibusters, it remains possible that the Senate could shut down. Would anyone notice?
Andy Kohut, director of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), Member of the Group of Twelve trying to reach compromise over filibuster
Ron Elving, NPR's Senior Washington Editor