Democrats Protecting America From the 'Far Right'

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:31 PM EDT

( - Democrats say momentum is on their side -- "public opinion is tipping our way," Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a message to friends of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

"I have been so energized by the tens of thousands of you who joined the DSCC to show Bill Frist and the rest of the Senate Republicans that whenever they pander to the far right, we will be there to make sure their actions do not go unnoticed," Schumer said.

Schumer mentioned Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist joining "that absurd Family Research Council telecast that labeled Democratic judicial filibusters as 'against people of faith.'"

He also expressed disgust at Pat Robertson's recent comment that in the grand scheme of things, activist judges are more of a threat to this country than al Qaeda.

"Senate Republicans do not have the courage to stand up to these far-right-wing extremists, but don't worry," Schumer said. "We will hold them accountable to the voters in November 2006."

Schumer called Senate Democrats "the last line of defense against the right wing's court-packing scheme"; and he pointed to the "latest opinion polls" showing that the public opposes the nuclear option (a rule change that would do away with judicial filibusters) by a 2-1 margin.

Press reports on Wednesday said Sen. Frist may schedule a vote on judicial filibuster issue next week.

Conservatives are demanding that the Senate do away with judicial filibusters once and for all, rather than negotiate a deal with Democrats who have threatened to shut down Senate business in response to a rule change.

Democrats are blocking President Bush's most conservative appeals court nominees now, rather than allowing Republicans to position those nominees for a possible opening on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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