Something funny has happened on BushCheneyCo’s favorite federal appeals court circuit, where The Regime gets its horrible detention, torture, and wiretap cases rubber-stamped by compliant judges.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, long considered one of the nation’s most conservative appellate courts, is shifting to a moderate direction with the balance up for grabs. A growing list of vacancies — now five — has left the court evenly divided between Republican and Democratic appointees.

With an election year approaching, experts predict the court will tilt decisively to the left if Democrats keep control of Congress and reclaim the White House.

The Favoring Fascists Fourth is all tied up. Let’s keep it that way, shall we? Chairman Leahy, your confirmation hearings need to stop right now.

No more Bush judges!