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    •  Filibuster, How to: (4.00)
      While we have to generate the pressure on all Senators, the decision to filibuster (or not) will also be a leadership decision.

      Call the Leadership Offices!

      Harry Reid, NV Democratic Leader (202) 224-3542

      Dick Durbin, IL Assistant Democratic Leader (202) 224-2152

      Patrick Leahy, VT Ranking Member Judiciary Committee (202) 224-4242

      CALL YOUR OWN SENATORS!

      1-888-355-3588
      or
      1-888-818-6641

      If Repug, tell them "No" to Alito; if Democrat: FILIBUSTER!
      If the Washington lines are busy, the Senators' home office numbers and fax are listed here: CONTACT YOUR SENATORS (Click here)

      For extra credit, use the same numbers to call all 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 FORGET ABOUT YOUR SUPPORT. 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/...

      •  Senator Byrd: (none)
        "The people of West Virginia were appalled at the Alito hearings"

        "These were not letters from special interests groups, these were letters on lined paper..."

        The point: Call, email whatever, get in touch.

        We are the precedent.

        ... we now know a lot of things, most of which, we already knew... (-dash888)

        by Tirge Caps on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 11:27:40 AM PST

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        •  Beautiful n/t (none)

          "Let him that would move the world first move himself." --Socrates

          by joanneleon on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 11:38:01 AM PST

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          •  Well, I got that one wrong. (none)
            Apparently people were appalled at Mrs. Alito crying, not the fact the hearings are a sham. He's voting yes.

            ... we now know a lot of things, most of which, we already knew... (-dash888)

            by Tirge Caps on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 11:49:05 AM PST

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            •  So sorry to hear this (none)
              and the fact that the crying game was a factor, just makes it so much harder to take.  I don't get it. This is the man who reveres the Constitution.  This makes no sense.  

              Mrs. Alito's crying is more important than the little book he carries and cites and the Constitution he so loves?  

              Her crying is more important than the crying of the miners' families and the rights of workers?  

              No sense, I tell you, it makes no sense.

              "Let him that would move the world first move himself." --Socrates

              by joanneleon on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 01:17:32 PM PST

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            •  SHAME, Senator Byrd! (none)
              Shame!
              Let's hope he's equally moved when he hears 14-year-old pregnant girls crying.

              -9.0, -8.3. The less a man knows about how sausages and laws are made, the easier it is to steal his vote and give him botulism.

              by SensibleShoes on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 01:50:01 PM PST

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        •  Byrd...????? (none)
          Byrd...just went "yea" on Alito...WTF???????
          •  That doesn't mean he won't support a filibuster (none)
            He may well argue to his electorate that the filibuster is a matter of principle (minority senate rights), in which case his vote for Alito is essentially a freebee.  Wait and see how it pans out.  
          •  yeah, I know (none)
            I got that one wrong. The letters were complaining about the fact the hearings somehow made Mrs. Alito cry. Played right into their hands...

            ... we now know a lot of things, most of which, we already knew... (-dash888)

            by Tirge Caps on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 12:23:47 PM PST

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          •  How Quickly He Forgets The Dead Coal Miners (none)
            It was the Bush administration pro-business, anti-worker safety and anti-envoronment that allowed the relaxing of safety rules that killed how many coal miners THIS MONTH?

            For God's sake, Senator Byrd, if there was ever an obvious NO vote for the confirmation, and an equally obvious YES for fillibuster with aa NO on cloture, this has to be it.

            Alito will do nothing but help the Bush agenda to become and imperial president and continue to gut safety, the environment, and human rights.

            If this is the same Senator Byrd that keeps a copy of the Constitution in his pocket at all times, support a fillibuster and help STOP ALITO.

            Thank you.

        •  Aw geez (none)
          he's voting for him.
          Aw geez

          tenacious questioner scratch... do not fear the death rattle of the dying dragon

          by arbortender on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 11:54:19 AM PST

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          •  Just Talked to his office - (none)
             a very unhappy staffer, in response to my expressing my disappointment in Byrd and that I thought he cared about the Constitution, said "He does care about the Constitution, he is representing the people of West Virginia."  BS.  The man couldn't go out in a strong way? He cares more about keeping his seat at his age than he does about his country? This is just terrible.

            "You know you have created God in your own image when God hates all the same people you hate."

            by md jeffersonian on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 01:52:27 PM PST

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        •  And do it on lined paper. n/t (4.00)
          n/t

          -9.0, -8.3. The less a man knows about how sausages and laws are made, the easier it is to steal his vote and give him botulism.

          by SensibleShoes on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 01:46:59 PM PST

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      •  Maybe it is time to add that failure to filibuster (none)
        Might be enough reason to start proceedings for the repeal of amendment 17, the amendment allowing the direct vote of senators.  Maybe the founding fathers had it right after all.  Maybe legislatures can stand up to lobbying as a group than we as individuals can.  Maybe legislatures are better at picking true statemen than the general public is when all the general public gets now is a choice between which candidate has the most money to run an election.
        •  oops (none)
          as a group better than
        •  That's what we need : new ideas! (4.00)
          Here's another one: I'm tired of being told I'm not a constituent. My taxes go to pay for the individual senator's health-care and retirement, which makes me a constituent. I also pay for the health-care for the snotty staffer who answers the phone. I'm paying for their health-care and I don't have any myself? Maybe its time for this to stop.

          It's Dick's and George's world. We just have to live in it. Assholes!

          by hoplite9 on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 11:56:21 AM PST

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      •  It just takes one to get the ball rolling (none)
        the decision to filibuster (or not) will also be a leadership decision

        The hell with that. Just do it. Force the rest of the Senate to come down on one side or the other and let the chips fall where they may.

        It's interesting to note that "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" is still the clearest picture of the Senate that exists in the public imagination. And what's the heroic action in that movie? Yep: a filibuster.

        There is nothing to lose, and everything to gain. Filibuster now.

      •  My comments ... (none)
        I have contacted the staffers I know in these offices.  My message:

        •  Alito is make or break for my potential support -- fiscal and otherwise in the primaries -- as it is with many other concerned Democrats

        •  The Alito vote risks being like the 'war' vote in 2002 -- viewed as a temporary political irritant that should be brushed away rather than a defining moment.  In 2002, Democratic Senators went the wrong way -- they shouldn't do the same to the Party and the Nation in 2006.

        •  A President who merits impeachment more than any other in U.S. history does not merit any deference in his making appointments -- especially lifetime appointments.

        9/11/05, Day 1469, A count worth keeping? Or, Osama Bin Forgotten?

        by besieged by bush on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 02:35:18 PM PST

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      •  Call &^**Hillary! (none)
        Tell her to stand up and fight.  We don't need no spineless democrats running for president!!!

        Her NY is not getting calls!  Nice intern.  I think I was the first to call.

        Her NY office phone number is:212.213.3717

        "I don't want to name names, but they know themselves." Koffi Annan

        by Sue in NH on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 02:47:48 PM PST

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      •  Here is one to add to your list, Judy (none)
        Send fax to key senators in support of Kerry's call to filibuster:

        http://www.SaveTheCourt.org/...

      •  Quit thread-spamming. (none)
        Troll ratings for you, as long as you keep spamming dozens of threads with the same message, over and over.

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