Meet Your New Liberal Leaders

Carl Levin, the Democrat who’ll be the next chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is just itching to wave the white flag in Iraq:

“The Bush administration must tell Iraq that U.S. troops will begin withdrawing in four to six months, the next chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Wednesday, as Congress began re- examining U.S. policy in the wake of last week’s Democratic election victory.”

Meet the new Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, Barbara Boxer:

“Automakers and manufacturers, beware: There’s a new environmental policy boss in town, she scowls a lot, and two of her favorite phrases are “global warming” and “extensive hearings.”

… But Boxer said Tuesday that starting in January, her priority will be to begin “a very long process of extensive hearings” on global warming.

“I think there ought to be a global-warming bill that looks at all the contributors to carbon-dioxide emissions,” she said. She cited California’s legislation requiring automakers to reduce emissions as “an excellent role model.”

Chuck Schumer is vowing to prevent any judges who believe in sticking to the Constitution from getting to the Supreme Court:

“Exultant Chuck Says He’ll Veto the Next Alito

…More than the inability to influence Iraq policy or the President’s tax cuts, Chuck Schumer says that the single greatest failure of the Democrats as an opposition party was allowing Samuel Alito to join the Supreme Court.

“Judges are the most important,” said Mr. Schumer, who orchestrated the implausible Democratic takeover of the Senate last week. “One more justice would have made it a 5-4 conservative, hard-right majority for a long time. That won’t happen.”

From now on, all the President’s judicial appointments will need to meet the requirements of Mr. Schumer, the Park Slope power broker who has happily accepted the mantle of chief architect for the Democrats’ effort to build a majority for the 2008 elections and beyond.”

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