Transcript: Sens. Chuck Schumer and John Cornyn

WILL: ... the "something elses."

IFILL: Yes.

WILL: Let me tell you three "something elses" that are going to come up. She has said that campaign contributions are inherently, kind of, bribes. Now, that would overturn campaign finance regulation and -- and postulate whole new laws if she adhered to that.

Second, she has suggested that disenfranchisement of felons, which is a state option, and most states, to some degree or other, violates the Voting Rights Act. And the third, because of a subject we'll come to in a moment; that is, gay marriage, same-sex marriage, they're going to want to know if that is an equal protection question.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Is that what you think, Ed, that Republicans are going to go, here?

What kinds of questions do you think are going to draw the most attention?

GILLESPIE: Well, I think -- I actually think Bush will come up in the hearings, obviously. And I think, where the media's concentration has been, over the past week, and where the hearings goes could be two very different things.

And I do think they will probe, in terms of whether or not this notion of empathy, you know, is going to be brought in to bear. How much do you, you know, of your own personal feelings, do you bring into your judgment as a -- or would you, as a justice on the Supreme Court.

And I think the challenge for Republicans is going to be, at the end of the day, would they adopt the standard that Democrats apply to particularly Justice Alito and say, well, he may be qualified in terms of intellect and experience and judicial temperament, but we disagree with where we think you may rule, down the line, and 40 out of 44 voted against, breaking from, you know, kind of, an historic standard that, well, elections have consequences and presidents should be able to nominate, unless there's...

(CROSSTALK)

STEPHANOPOULOS: ... the fact that then-Senator Obama joined the filibuster of Alito.

GILLESPIE: Right.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Here's how explained it back in 2006.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I will be supporting the filibuster because I think Judge Alito in fact is somebody who is contrary to core American values, not just liberal values.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

STEPHANOPOULOS: So, Paul, the Democrats really did change the standard, there, and that opens up, kind of, a free no vote for Republicans, if that's the way they want to go? KRUGMAN: Well, except, you know, the real story of this whole thing has been the sheer craziness displayed by a lot of the Republican Party. I think the Republicans have got a real problem here. Because, if they do go no, they're going to seem to be the party of Rush Limbaugh, the party of Newt Gingrich, the party of completely crazy accusations against someone who is, after all, a highly respectable, very smart, middle-of-the-road jurist.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You guess that's the way they're going to go?

GREENBURG: Well, yes, I think they're going to take the long view. They know this is not the last nomination that Barack Obama is, you know, going to be making to that Supreme Court. And this nomination's not going to change the Supreme Court. That's not why -- that's why we're not seeing, I think, abortion, at this point, being such a big issue.

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