Reid says: Not enough filibuster votes, Alito is in

It's over.  Alito is in.  Reid admits there just aren't enough votes.  A sad, bleak day...

Here's the article:

http://today.reuters.com/news/newsarticl e.aspx?type=politicsNews&storyid=200 6-01-27T162642Z_01_N27346565_RTRUKOC_0_U S-COURT-ALITO.xml&rpc=22

Tags: Alito, Filibuster, Reid, Supreme Court (all tags)

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13 Comments

This was the end most predicted

Forget about it and move foward to the next battle.

by THE MODERATE 2006-01-27 07:56AM | 0 recs
Re: This was the end most predicted

Bush chose the terms of the battle and he chose a battle he knew he would win.

Alito is smart, extremely well qualified, squeaky clean, and generally fair minded. He also has a very conservative view of the law.

Bush chose a nominee who would only be vulnerable from an ideological perspective. The Democrats could have chosen to take this ideological battle, but instead they, rather foolishly went after character.

This may have been one of those times where the Democrats best move would have been to just drop back and punt, much like the Republicans did with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. They didn't have the votes to stop (or even delay) Alito.

Losing elections has consequences. This is one of them.

by wayward 2006-01-27 05:19PM | 0 recs
Not enough votes -- yet!

First : Call the three Democrats (Mary Landrieu, Ken Salazar, and Dianne Feinstein) who oppose Alito but also said they oppose a filibuster. We must persuade them that a vote against Alito is meaningless if they don't support a filibuster. Senator Salazar (D-CO) 202-224-5852 Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) 202-224-5824 Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) 202-224-3841

Second : Call your own Democratic Senator: 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641. If you can't get through, look up the Senator's District Office number in your phone book or here: http://capwiz.com/pdamerica/dbq/official s/?lvl=C

Third : Unbelievably, three Democrats (Ben Nelson, Tim Johnson and Robert Byrd) support Alito! Tell them to either support filibuster or at least "don't get in the way." Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) 202-224-6551 Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) 202-224-3954 Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) 202-224-5842
888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641. If you can't get through, look up the Senator's District Office number in your phone book or here: http://capwiz.com/pdamerica/dbq/official s/?lvl=C

Fourth: Call the "Red State" Democrats: (Message same as above -- "No" is meaningless) Tom Carper (DE)
Kent Conrad (ND)
Byron Dorgan (ND)
Blanche Lincoln (AR) Mark Pryor (AR)

Fifth : Call these "Blue State" and pro-choice Republicans: (Message: A "Unitary Executive" is dangerous to balance of powers--please do not get in the way of a filibuster.) Lincoln Chafee (RI)
Susan Collins (ME)
Lisa Murkowsky (AK)
Bob Smith (OR)
Olympia Snowe (ME)
Ted Stevens (AK)

For extra credit, call all of the 2008 Presidential candidates who are sitting Senators--Evan Bayh, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Russ Feingold, and John Kerry--and tell them to either LEAD THE FILIBUSTER or KISS YOUR SUPPORT GOODBYE. 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641. If you can't get through, look up the Senator's District Office number in your phone book or here: http://capwiz.com/pdamerica/dbq/official s/?lvl=C

You can also send that message to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (202-224-2447) and the Democratic National Committee (202-863-8000).
Polls and public opinion are another way to apply pressure -- get word out about why Alito needs to be filibustered:

Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. (Click here)


People for the American Way has collected nearly 65,000 signatures to send to the Senate, please add yours: Save the Court Petition


John Kerry has endorsed this anti-Alito petition, signers' names will be read into the Congressional Record:http://www.johnkerry.com/...


by judybrowni 2006-01-27 08:21AM | 0 recs
Re: Not enough votes -- yet!

Well, one should probably call Gordon Smith (OR), although I doubt he's on the fence about this one. Bob Smith (NH) had enough of an oddball libertarian streak that he might view Alito dimly, but he hasn't been in the Senate since 2002.

by Crazy Vaclav 2006-01-27 10:19AM | 0 recs
This Was Predicatible

This was predictible since the "agreement" on fillibusters that was reached last year.  As I said then, this agreement "nuetered" the use of the fillibuster.  After allowing Brown, Owens and the others, how can they say any nominees views were so extreme as to present the "extraordinary" conditions that would permit a fillibuster.

The final irony, which I predicted then and I reaffirm now, is that when the Democrats retake the White House and the Senate, which will probably happen by '08, the Republicans will use the fillibuster much more actively then the Democrats ever did.

Thus, while negating our use of judicial fillibusters, we have managed to preserve it for future use for Republicans.  

Typical.

by Andy Katz 2006-01-27 08:44AM | 0 recs
Re: This Was Predicatible

So called bi-partisan agreements on filibusters are all BS. A constitutional amendment requiring the agreement of 2/3s of the Senate to confirm any judicial nominee to the Supreme Court would take the lowest common denominator out of the equation.

Chicken shit politics end up with predictable results. Let's start talking constitutional amendments, making them part of the program and taking them to the people on election day

by Seldom Seen Smith 2006-01-27 10:42AM | 0 recs
Re: This Was Predicatible

I support that notion.  Not so much because of Alito, but because a majority vote system allowed Clarence Thomas onto the court, and that's just pathetic.  Thomas is by far the lightest weight class fighter on the SCOTUS (although, in fairness, Bush tried really hard with Harriet).

2/3 would certainly bring moderation to the court.

by jcjcjc 2006-01-27 02:10PM | 0 recs
Reading my mind?

Funny you'd say this because it was actually Thomas as opposed to Alito I was thinking about when I made the post.

A constitutional amendment is a hard road but I believe it's time we start thinking in these terms in order to de-politicize the nomination process. I believe everybody across the entire political spectrum would trust this amendment except the Christian fundamentalists and I may even be wrong about them.  

by Seldom Seen Smith 2006-01-27 09:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Reading my mind?

Plus, if the extemists start screaming bloody murder, that's usually about the time the moderates decide it is a good idea.

I doubt it would ever pass, especially now that the parties know they raise huge money and then do utterly nothing about the nomination process.

Thomas, by a very long stretch, is the weakest candidate to make it through.  In fact, warts and all, Bork was a better candidate than Thomas.

Thomas is just -- even now -- unbelievably unqualified for the Court.  He still very rarely writes opinions, and largely seems to just be a sure vote for the conservatives.

In fact, this is one of the reasons I hold out some hope for Alito.

Generally, the smarter a nominee is, the more likely they'll find their way away from the far right.  Sure, you get an occassional Rehnquist, but that's still far better than a Thomas or even a Scalia (who has gotten worse and sketchier and dumb over his tenure).

by jcjcjc 2006-01-28 05:19AM | 0 recs
Re: Reid says: Not enough filibuster votes.

Especially when the blue dog conserv Dem Harold Ford calls for an up or down vote.  He doen't speak for minorities.  I don't know what he is trying to do but he trying to say since he is for an up or down vote, blacks endorse an up or down vote.  The Black caucus didn't endorse an up or down vote, so he doesn't speak for minorities, and neither does Salazar on behalf or Hispanics.  Neither does Johnson for native americans.  All of the minority caucuses came out against Alito and they have their rep in Menendez and Obama.  It tells one about the state of the Blk Dem party in TN they are rep lite.

by mleflo2 2006-01-27 09:52AM | 0 recs
Re: Reid says: Not enough filibuster votes.

guess what? there is no one who SPEAKS for minorities. And just because of someones skin color doesnt mean that they have to speak for minorities. Stop breaking people down my group. Instead, we should be building people up.

by yomoma2424 2006-01-27 11:42AM | 0 recs
Re: Reid says: Not enough filibuster votes.

It just seems that suspicious, when the filibuster momentum got started, they put Ford out against it, a minority.  

by mleflo2 2006-01-27 12:57PM | 0 recs
Hillary & Feinstein for FILIBUSTER!

They signed on to fight with Kerry, but only we can make it happen:


First : Call the two Democrats (Mary Landrieu, Ken Salazar) who oppose Alito but also said they oppose a filibuster. We must persuade them that a vote against Alito is meaningless if they don't support a filibuster. Senator Salazar (D-CO) 202-224-5852 Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) 202-224-5824


Second : Call your own Democratic Senator: 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641. If you can't get through, look up the Senator's District Office number in your phone book or here: http://capwiz.com/pdamerica/dbq/official s/?lvl=C


Third : Unbelievably, three Democrats (Ben Nelson, Tim Johnson and Robert Byrd) support Alito! Tell them to either support filibuster or at least "don't get in the way." Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) 202-224-6551 Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) 202-224-3954 Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD) 202-224-5842

888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641. If you can't get through, look up the Senator's District Office number in your phone book or here: http://capwiz.com/pdamerica/dbq/official s/?lvl=C


Fourth: Call the "Red State" Democrats: (Message same as above -- "No" is meaningless) Tom Carper (DE)

Kent Conrad (ND)

Byron Dorgan (ND)

Blanche Lincoln (AR) Mark Pryor (AR) Fifth : Call these "Blue State" and pro-choice Republicans: (Message: A "Unitary Executive" is dangerous to balance of powers--please do not get in the way of a filibuster.) Lincoln Chafee (RI)
Susan Collins (ME)
Lisa Murkowsky (AK)
Bob Smith (OR)
Olympia Snowe (ME)
Ted Stevens (AK)

For extra credit, call all of the 2008 Presidential candidates who are sitting Senators--Evan Bayh, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Russ Feingold, and John Kerry--and tell them to either LEAD THE FILIBUSTER or KISS YOUR SUPPORT GOODBYE. 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641. If you can't get through, look up the Senator's District Office number in your phone book or here: http://capwiz.com/pdamerica/dbq/official s/?lvl=C

You can also send that message to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (202-224-2447) and the Democratic National Committee (202-863-8000).
Polls and public opinion are another way to apply pressure -- get word out about why Alito needs to be filibustered:

Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. (Click here)


People for the American Way has collected nearly 65,000 signatures to send to the Senate, please add yours: Save the Court Petition


John Kerry has endorsed this anti-Alito petition, signers' names will be read into the Congressional Record:http://www.johnkerry.com/...


by judybrowni 2006-01-27 11:27AM | 0 recs

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