From Powerline is Frist's speech today.
Mr. President, over the last three days, for more than 25 hours, the Senate has debated a simple principle – whether qualified judicial nominees with the support of a majority of Senators deserve an up or down vote on the Senate floor. A thorough debate is an important step in the judicial nominations process. But debate should not be the final step. Debate should culminate with a decision. And the decision should be expressed through a fair up or down vote. The Constitution grants the Senate the power to confirm or reject the President’s judicial nominees. In exercising this duty, the Senate traditionally has followed a careful and deliberate process with three key components: 1) We investigate, 2) We debate, 3) We decide. We investigate by examining nominees in committee hearings and studying their background and qualifications. We debate by publicly discussing the nominees in committee and on the floor. And we decide through an up-or-down vote. Investigate, debate, decide. That is how the Senate and the judicial nominations process operated for 214 years.
If the Democrats are smart, they would hold back the filibuster until they really need it rather than risk losing it tomorrow.