My own analysis is - there will be a PO, there will be a Trigger. It will probably get 52-54 votes . Whether reconciliation or cloture I'm not sure but I'm guessing it will be the former since Liberman will not vote to close. Snowe might be the only GOP vote, and while she won't relieved any Repugs she will bring along a couple of spineless dems.
The guy sounds like an ass. Federal judges get $170000 a year. Plus free health care and other benefits. For life. That mean no mandatory retirement at 60-65. He can keep collecting that salary till the day he s laid in his coffin. That's a huge potential earning and a financial security that most can only dream of.
Whatever he may say, basically he's leaving because of GREED.