NUCLEAR OPTION ...
I agree with Mark Tapscott in this post:
Now that Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, President Bush, the Senate and the nation are back at square one and facing the same issue - How can the nomination process function so long as the minority party can block an up-or-down vote on a nominee by requiring a super-majority?
The "nuclear option" of a simply majority vote to change the Senate rules on how many votes are required to bring a nomination to the floor for an up or down vote must be taken. There is no way to avoid it that allows the nomination and confirmation of the kind of conservative judge Bush promised to appoint and the majority of Americans voted for in the last election.