Should Majority Leader Frist follow through with the "constitutional option", as Bob Novak suggests he will, he will likely become the front-runner for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination among those who count: those who write the checks and those who knock on doors in New Hampshire.
A scenario for an unspecified day in 2005: One of President Bush's judicial nominations is brought to the Senate floor. Majority Leader Bill Frist makes a point of order that only a simple majority is needed for confirmation. The point is upheld by the presiding officer, Vice President Dick Cheney. Democratic Leader Harry Reid challenges the ruling. Frist moves to table Reid's motion, ending debate. The motion is tabled, and the Senate proceeds to confirm the judicial nominee -- all in about 10 minutes.