Lets look at Article 2 Section 2, the relevant portion, of the U.S. Constitution.
He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States...
Look closely. Where treaties need two-thirds of the present[ie they are in attendance] Senators to concur, an appointment to the Supreme Court by President does not. The Republicans have enough votes, assuming the McCain 7 don't bug out, to approve any nominee the president sends to them.
Judging how Sen. Schumer [D-NY] is acting, I think Schumer thinks no Justice can be approved until his little feelings are satisfied. He talks about going to war over Supreme Court nominees. Going to war? This from the party who has trouble even calling Saddam Hussein's evil tyranny something worth going to war to topple? Sheesh. Earth to Sen. Schumer, check your O2 levels. And he is also tossing out that perjorative word, 'extreme' when warning President Bush about any of his nominees for the Supreme Court. To use the moral relativism that Schumer and his fellow travelers believe in, who's extremism again? Yours Senator Schumer which means anyone right of Ginsburg is an extremist. Or President Bush's view? Or Senator Schumer, what about the American voters, do you even know what their view of extreme is?
Let me give you some advice Senator Schumer, if you do carry out your threats of treating this nomination process as war, many American voters will see you as an extremist and by extension the party you represent as extremist. Go ahead you Democratic Senators, treat this as war. Fight tooth&nail to vilify and destroy any nominee President Bush sends you way, all in the media spotlight. Let the American public see who is truly the successors to the Spanish Inquisition, who votes along ideological lines and destroys anyone who does not hew to those ideological beliefs.
One may ask, so smarty-pants what are your criteria for a nominee to the Supreme Court. That is easy. Someone who has a track record of listening to the arguments, of thinking, coming to a decision, and then showing the thought process that lead to that decision. And when that nominee is asked their opinion of international law and the U.S. Constitution, falls out of their chair laughing. That is all I ask. What about you Schumer, Kennedy, and Clinton; what do you want in a nominee?
Heh, spell-check wants to replace Schumer with Schemer. Methinks it doth know the Senator.