There is a huge distinction between circuit judges and a potential USSC vacancy.
Circuit judge confirmations will either be buried under Leahy or slow to a crawl for confirmation. The media will keep this obstructionism under the radar, in their continued role as handmaidens for the Democratic party.
This scenario is not true, however, for a USSC vacancy, particularly if it comes in 2007. Everyone on this thread is too pessimistic. The media cannot and will not play cover for RAT obstructionism for a USSC vacancy. The stakes are too high, and the controversy is too delicious for the MSM to ignore. First, Bush can play the diversity card and nominate a superb strict constructionist woman or Hispanic. RATS want to filibuster that nominee in committee? Nope. Even if they report the nominee to the floor with a negative one-vote recommendation, we can and would win that floor fight. Senator Pryor is up for re-election in 2008; so is Mary Landrieu and a few others. We can win a Senate confirmation vote for the right nominee.
I agree with your analysis.
I was disagreeing with the person(s) who said this Freshman group of Senators took the Senate more right. Brown is as liberal as you can get.