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  •  Biden was just on CNN, (4.00)
     repeating that he doesn't support a filibuster. I'm still waiting to see any Senator who actually supports one to appear.
    •  Obama did, this morning, on This Week (none)

      Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

      by bumblebums on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 09:05:21 AM PST

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      •  Obama DOES Support Filibuster? (none)
        That's promising.

        If it fails we need to do a postmortem to figure out who was merely posturing for us--perhaps knowing it couldn't succeed--vs those who spent political capital actually trying to make it happen.

        The lobbyists would certainly ask this kind of question.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy....--ML King, "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 09:34:05 AM PST

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        •  Obama does NOT support filibuster (none)
          and demeaned the Dems who do!!

          Bush is NOT America!

          by annefrank on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 09:50:23 AM PST

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          •  Wrong (4.00)
            He's voting no on cloture.

            Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. - Tennyson

            by bumblebums on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 09:52:37 AM PST

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          •  Obama (4.00)
            I agree, it was difficult to tell since he went on about reasons to NOT filibuster. But, he did say on This Week just this morning that he is supporting a filibuster. I heard it and I have it recorded.

            Obama - grudgingly supports a filibuster.

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            by OLinda on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 10:00:45 AM PST

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          •  He will support this filibuster (none)
            but he said on This Week that in general he does not support the use of procedural votes as a tactic to defeat a nomination.  His position instead is that the Democrats should have made the case to the nation about why Alito was a bad choice.  

            Now, how one goes about doing that in this political climate is something he has not clarified.

            "I'm not interested in that same liberal claptrap. That meow, meow, meow, ironic detachment." -- Stephen Colbert

            by SneakySnu on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 10:43:45 AM PST

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            •  So why did'nt he make it? (4.00)
              He should have been visible and outspoken against Alito and he would have been a hero around here, instead of the prevaricater he now appears to be.Does this guy have what it takes, namely fire in the belly?
            •  I have a big problem with that (4.00)
              argument. Reducing the fillabuster to being a mere "procedural" technique misses two points a) he assumes the majority has no responsibility to the minority in what is decided (ie, that the Republicans choice of nominees isn't a factor) b) that the case to the American people would have mattered given the legalistic arguments that they would have to be asked to understand (as a lawyer he should know better) and c) that there is not reason ever to protect the minority from the power of the majority regardless of what the majority thinks. That he is making these statements as a lawyer is troubling to me.
    •  Biden is a gasbag (none)
      I can't stand his nonsense....
    •  biden needs to be reminded... (none)
      ...that if he wants to run for president, he better damn well support the filibuster!  same goes for evan bayh.

      i am recommending this diary because this is the only way we can reach these folks now.  their washington voice mails are full, the inboxes are full... now it's time to turn to these local phone and fax numbers and FLOOD THEM.

    •  he says he will vote for it initially (none)
      which will help us complete the first step.  remember, one step at a time!
    • reports Biden will vote no on clotur (none)
      but he says only once, then he will vote for it.  Keep the pressure on him.
    •  NO. Biden said he will vote NO tomorrow on (none)
      cloture, for the initial cloture vote.

      He is a reluctant filibusterer tomorrow, as the remarks you heard on CNN said.

      His first remark to Blitzer was he'd vote No on cloture, then he proceeded to naysay the effort.  You heard the second part of what Biden told Blitzer, but not the first part.

      It was uninspiring, but I'll take what I can get now.  This is good news. The numbers are starting to work for us.

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