From remarks by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) in the Senate last Friday:

In the immediate wake of the nomination of Judge {Douglas} Ginsburg to the Supreme Court of the United States, there are already some signs that positions are beginning to harden, even though at this moment it is less than 24 hours since President Reagan announced his nomination of Judge Ginsburg. . . . I urge my colleagues in the Senate, and all Americans, not to rush to judgment on the nomination of Judge Ginsburg.

. . . Already the people have started the ideological argument with people dividing into camps. At this early stage I think there is time to change that approach. The news stories are filled with contentions that one faction headed by the attorney general of the United States took one position and another faction headed by the chief of staff of the White House took another position. . . . I do not know whether any of that is true. If it is true, I would suggest that it is not important.

What is important is the qualification of Judge Ginsburg to be on the Supreme Court of the United States. In this city, regrettably, people are frequently more interested in claiming victory for what is happening than they are in the substantive result of what is happening. If that becomes the order of the day as to Judge Ginsburg, then a very important process in the U.S. Senate will be defeated. At the very outset we ought to give this man a chance. . . .

When Judge Bork spoke out three weeks ago today asking that voices be lowered, he sounded a clarion call for deliberative proceedings on Supreme Court nominees. Voices ought to be lowered and we ought to find out about the man.