May 21, 2005: At the Brink (U.S. News & World Report)

  • “Total fiction.” Democrats, of course, see it differently. Vermont’s Patrick Leahy, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, says Republicans are willing to destroy the Senate in an effort to pack the courts. “The effort to appoint loyalists to courts in the hope that they will reinterpret precedents and overturn the very laws that have protected our most fundamental rights as Americans is base and wrong,” he said. “The American people deserve better than … a majority willing to sacrifice the role of the Senate as a check and balance in order to aid a president determined to pack the federal courts.”