Pickering losing heart for confirmation fight?
This article includes a quote from Senator Lott which indicates that Charles Pickering may have decided to end his quest for confirmation to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Specifically, the article quotes Lott as follows:
He could be reappointed at some time in the future, but I don't think at this point he wants to... He's a good man, and this has been a smear on his reputation.
If so, it is unclear whether Mississippi's Republican senators are prepared to submit other potential nominees for Bush's consideration or whether they might wait and see if Pickering has a change of heart after, for example, the implementation of the "nuclear option."