The Washington Times does their part to scare you:
Now that control of the U.S. Senate is clearly in play in the congressional midterm elections next month, it is instructive to contemplate how the federal judiciary will be affected if Democrats gain at least six seats, which would give them majority status in Congress’s upper chamber. For President Bush and anybody else who espouses a traditional conservative judicial philosophy comparable to the views of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, Democratic majority control of the Senate would be disastrous. The very liberal Sen. Patrick Leahy, Vermont Democrat, would return as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
After Republicans regained control of the Senate in the 2002 elections, Mr. Leahy became the principal architect of the unprecedented systematic filibuster campaign against appellate-court nominees. In the 108th Congress (2003-2004), Democrats successfully filibustered 10 appellate nominees; they prevailed in seven cloture votes against Mr. Estrada alone, and threatened filibusters against more than half a dozen others.
If Mr. Leahy reclaims the Judiciary gavel, it is safe to say that he will do everything possible to effectively strip President Bush of his constitutional power to appoint appellate-court judges, including any nominations to the Supreme Court.
Look- from my standpoint, Patrick Leahy as Judiciary Chairman probably would be a disaster. My beliefs haven’t changed- I still oppose many of the Democrats and many of their views, and I still believe many of the same things I always did. What has happened is that the Republicans have had power of Congress, and systematically violated most of what they claimed to believe in. Remember- these are the folks that started out with the Campaign Finance Reform, holding their nose and hoping the Supreme Court would overturn the mess they created. The Supremes didn’t, and we have to live with their legislation. It has gone downhill since.
So would Leahy be a disaster? Probably. But at least it would be a different kind of disaster, and I won’t be responsible for it.
Read this editiorial for a reality check.