Permanent Minority.

Three Democratic senators– Patrick Leahy, Russell Feingold and Herb Kohl–voted for archconservative Supreme Court nominee John Roberts in the Senate Judiciary Committee, despite Roberts’s extreme views on privacy, civil rights and women’s rights.

Toward the Majority. With nine in ten Americans telling pollsters that oil companies are engaging in price-gouging, Senator Byron Dorgan is crafting legislation to create a windfall-profits tax on the oil industry.