It was amusing to read Al Hunt’s political column in the Wall Street Journal today as he did his best to put an encouraging twist on Tuesday’s party debacle for the Democratic Party. But Hunt, like most other liberal observers in the media, are in a state of shock as they contemplate the liklihood that President Bush—after two years of obstruction by Vermont’s Sen. Patrick Leahy—will get most of his conservative judicial nominees through the Senate.

The President’s nominations to the Federal bench will be the big political story out of Washington in 2003 as the National Organization of Women (NOW) pressures their favorite senators, Leahy and Ted Kennedy, to go all out, even filibuster, against Bush’s nominees. The biggest battle on the Judiciary Committee will focus on the President’s selection of the next chief justice of the United States Supreme Court to succeed William Rehnquist who is expected to retire.

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