NY Times Headline: "G.O.P. Leader Says Specter Must Show He Deserves Chairmanship"
Shouldn't any prospective committee chair be required to be the best qualified member of the majority party? The system, as it stands now, is seniority-based: denying him the chair for political reasons throws the system into potential chaos. Not that that's a bad thing; it would force the parties to be meritocratic, or reveal their political reasons for violating merit-based appointment standards.