TNR ONLINE'S GUIDE TO THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
by Alexander Barnes Dryer in The New Republic
No one knows yet whether William Rehnquist plans to resign this week. But if he does, the stage will be set for the most contentious nomination battle since the Clarence Thomas hearings of 1991. That battle will in all likelihood provide Washington's primary political drama of the summer; and at the center of that drama will be the eighteen members of the Senate Judiciary Committee--ten Republicans and eight Democrats--each pursuing his own agenda, some nurturing their own aspirations to higher office. Below, TNR Online's guide to the committee members who will likely play the biggest parts.