The swords have been drawn. Let the bloodletting begin.

Sen. Charles Schumer, chairman of the Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts has let it be known that President Bush's judicial nominees, if they appear conservative will be shot down. "There will be no more right-wing judges, period," he told the New York Daily News. "(Bush) will have to negotiate with us, because we'll have the majority."

This means that potential nominees who want to interpret the Constitution verbatim will not have a snowball's chance in Hades of being confirmed by the Senate. Apparently, being conservative in today's political climate is the kiss of death. If you believe that progress is being made in Iraq, that embryonic stem-cell research is wrong, or that taxes shouldn't be raised, you are viewed as backward religious freak with limited intellectual resources.

My question to the Democrats is this: What are you afraid of?

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