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Last time I checked, Article II didn't give the President the power to appoint a nominee with the advise and the consent of the media. Yet so many take the media's smug words that "Alito will be confirmed" as gospel. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy, where the media and the GOP tell us we'll fail, so we believe them, and we do.

Senators have yet to cast their votes, and we're already putting another black robe on Alito and bringing the hangers out of the closet.  Sure, Feinstein and too many Democrats have come and said they don't think a filibuster is warranted. But you know what? It isn't their damn decision. It's ours. They represent us.

Don't tell me a filibuster isn't warranted when 56% of this nation says Alito SHOULD be blocked if he'll overturn Roe. Don't tell me a filibuster isn't warranted when Alito implied Bush could invade Iran without the consent of Congress. And don't tell me a filibuster isn't warranted when it's my rights, my body, my way of life on the line.

I keep hearing the Dems needs to "grow a spine." That we need "angry" Dems, we need Dems with courage.  We need Dems with courage.  Well guess what-- we HAVE angry Dems, we HAVE courageous Dems.  Look in the damn mirror, people. WE are the party.  WE are the Democrats. We're angry, we spit fire, and our time has come.

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isappointed with the Democrats' performance during the hearings? So am I. Want to opt out the party because of it? Do whatever you want in the midterms. But today, right now, we either stand up for our ideals or we surrender our party's soul forever. Republicans and their handmaidens in the media have already taken so much away from us. Don't let them take away our hope as well.

I remember sitting in front of the TV as the 2004 election results came in, and as the dark reality of what had occurred surrounded me, I suddenly felt tears streaming down my cheeks. And I distinctly remember thinking to myself, "what the fuck, you're crying about politics"?  But I wasn't tearing up because of politics. I was tearing up because I am an American. I love my country, and I could foresee the wounds this President would inflict on our nation. I felt desolate, lost, and hopeless. But I soon found hope again.  Where?  Not in the words of Biden, or Reid, or Obama, but in myself. I knew that this liberal inside of me would never die, no matter how red the world became around me. So don't look for hope amongst career politicians; you'll find it fleeting. The truest hope--the type of hope that sparks social change and progress--comes from you, and the fact that you're here, giving a damn, while millions in this country do not.

So let those who don't have the stomach for this fight stand back and let us who do lead the way. Because we cannot live a life of regret. I hear so much of what we will lose if we get into this fight, but what of what we'll win? There is so much to be gained by taking our stand, here and now.  And I want to be part of that.  When I have children, I'm going to look them in their eyes and tell them that yes, your mother was there.  When the rest of the nation was blissfully unaware of the fate that had befallen us, me and a few million of my anonymous friends stepped up to the plate and saved this nation from the brink of fascism. I'll them I was there when Congress rallied up and shook off the yoke of its President King. That I was there when the clock was running out and America's back was up against the wall--and I helped her fight back.  Never will I utter any phrase with more pride than "I was there."

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ut Georgia, you say, there's only so much we can do, and the Democratic leaders themselves aren't up to the fight.  Yet reluctance on the part of our leaders to fight is not a surprise--they're politicians, for fuck's sake. What IS a surprise is how many liberals take that reluctance to be the curtain call of this sad play.

When our leaders fail us, that isn't the end of the battle--it's just the beginning.  Every time a Democrat drops his sword, we pick up ten.  Every time they stumble, we scoop them up, throw them on our backs, and force them to journey with us as we save this nation.

There are millions of us, yet we get crestfallen when one of 246 Democrats backs down.  But it is our duty as citizens and liberals, when we see hesitance on the part of our leaders, to push them back in the ring.  It's our hands--millions of them--which should be pressing upon their backs, forcing them to confront the fight which must be fought.

Call your Senator. If you've never contacted your Senator before, now is the time.  Put their number on your fucking speed dial. Call them morning and night, call them every goddamn day until the vote.  Fill their email boxes and their voicemail. There is no excuse for inaction.  We are each citizen soldiers in this fight.  It'll be a tough fight, for sure, with an uncertain outcome. But we're armed with an unparalleled love for this country, and, above all, an immortal hope that we will prevail.  Let's show the world what it truly means to be a Democrat-- a protector of this great nation, and a fighter 'til the very end.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:22 AM PST.

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  •  Yowza n/t (4.00)

    The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.

    by ccnwon on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:23:42 AM PST

  •  Amen. (4.00)
    Great piece.  Don't just read and lament!  Celebrate MLK Jr. tomorrow by getting active in the political process!

    "You know it took me about a year to start hating the 9-11 victims' families? Took me about a year." -Glenn Beck 9/9/05

    by cuatb on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:24:27 AM PST

    •  More to celebrate (none)
      Michelle Bachelet is leading in Chile 53-46 with 67% of votes counted. Latin America is politically the most hopeful continent on the planet, by far.

      After centuries of mostly authoritarian governments and U.S. interference they have found their feet and their voices.

      In memory of the first elected socialist government in the western hemisphere murdered on that other September 11 in 1973, bless the human spirit.

    •  How to Celebrate MLK day (none)
      I plan on tuning into C-SPAN at noon eastern time to watch Al Gore speak live at Constitution Hall in Washinton DC. And Bob Barr is the warm up act.
  •  Fillibuster his ass! (none)
    You rock georgia10!

    The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.

    by ccnwon on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:24:44 AM PST

    •  Filibuster what exactly? (3.66)
      This is where the question moves from convictions to politics.

      Democratic Senators did not prepare the argument for a filibuster while in the hearings. Americans can't easily identify a reason to reject Alito. Dems neither put together a compelling picture of Alito's history nor made a serious proposition about the likelihood of his reactionary, right-wing, inperialist decisions.

      This explanation would be the basis of a serious filibuster. But we don't have that.

      I'm not arguing against a filibuster exactly---at least it would show some political spine---but clearly Democrats didn't do the homework required to sell it. This is what the other questions here today in other diaries are talking about, I think. Why are the Dems so dimbulby at the big picture arguments?

      •  IT'S NOT OVER! (3.71)
        Why do people like you keep trying to say that it's all over? It's not. WE determine whether there will be a filibuster or not. Not the Senators! It doesn't matter how well or how poorly a few Senators did on TV. NO ONE WATCHES THOSE THINGS ANYWAY.

        Give me filibuster or give me death!!

        •  I won't diss your enthusiasm for democracy. (3.00)
          But I think we both have a right to expect that our Senators do indeed determine whether or not there will be a filibuster. It's their first job to protect us and the Constitution, and the filibuster is part of their institutional arsenal.

          So is the bully pulpit of nationally televised hearings.

          Having to beg, plead, and cajole them into leading on this sort of begs the larger question of why they're there in the first place, no?

        •  "WE determine whether there (none)
          will be a filibuster or not.  Not the Senators!"  Get serious.  WE don't determine anything.  We don't have a vote.  And the Democrats don't have the votes to sustain a filibuster.  By all means sign petitions, make phone calls, write letters.  It will show you are alive and take your citizenship seriously.  But don't expect a filibuster.  There are no miracles out there.  

          "He that sees but does not bear witness, be accursed" Book of Jubilees

          by Lying eyes on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 01:45:16 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  Dems are compared to Repubs (none)
        who've been practicing the art of ambiguity for years enhanced by extended rehearsals for their staged productions. You think the BIGOT comment wasn't planned??
        Dems erred by not challenging it!

        Bush is NOT America!

        by annefrank on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:40:24 AM PST

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        •  I agree almost completely (none)
          I would call what the Republicans are good at manipulation and obfuscation rather than ambiguity.  They do not want the truth to come out so they muddy  the water and they are expert at it.  

          The Dems should definitely have spit the bigot comment back in their faces, but they were too chicken to.  They need to get with their focus groups and find a way to counter such abuse in a way that is politically palatable or better yet just speak from the heart about helping the little people and what Alito would do in contrast.  They should know by now that such things are coming and plan for them!!!  Where are the strategists?

          When you are going through hell, keep going! - Winston Churchill

          by flo58 on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:10:26 PM PST

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          •  Exactly!! where are the Dem strategists? (none)
            Dems should also PLAN by prefacing comments with "I know this will be misinterpreted by the rightwing media" or something like that - before Rush and Fox do it.
            Yes - speak from the heart - personalize it.

            Bush is NOT America!

            by annefrank on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:22:19 PM PST

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      •  It's not over. (4.00)
        Americans can't easily identify a reason to reject Alito. Dems neither put together a compelling picture of Alito's history nor made a serious proposition about the likelihood of his reactionary, right-wing, inperialist decisions.

        The overwhelming majority of Americans simply do not know who Alito is. And, while the Dems didn't do as good of a job at laying down the rationale for a filibuster as I would have liked, the burden was on Alito to demonstrate that he wouldn't be the kind of extremist judge his record suggests he'll be.  

        What all of this means, I think, is that the Dems --if they can muster the cajones-- can mount a successful filibuster so long as the filibuster is accompanied by a clear rationale.  That rationale can either be simple (e.g. Alito's record implies he'll overturn Roe and in the hearings he gave no indication he would uphold Roe) or more comprehensive (e.g. Altio's record implies he'll be an extremist judge on a host of issues, and he didn't obviate the concerns of mainstream Americans during the hearings).

        "You can't talk to the ignorant about lies, since they have no criteria." --Ezra Pound

        by machopicasso on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:51:30 AM PST

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      •  Because the President and Alito (none)
        Think the President should have powers not spelled out in the constitution. The Alito nomination, like the other nomination, is unethical. We could see impeachment against Bush for these manifest ideas. Alito nomination is innappropriate.
        •  "Imperial Presidency" (4.00)

          The Imperial Presidency at Work; NY Times Editorial


          January 15, 2006


          You would think that Senators Carl Levin and John McCain would have learned by now that you cannot deal in good faith with a White House that does not act in good faith. Yet both men struck bargains intended to restore the rule of law to American prison camps. And President Bush tossed them aside at the first opportunity.


          Mr. Bush made a grand show of inviting Mr. McCain into the Oval Office last month to announce his support for a bill to require humane treatment of detainees at Guantánamo Bay and other prisons run by the American military and intelligence agencies. He seemed to have managed to get Vice President Dick Cheney to stop trying to kill the proposed Congressional ban on torture of prisoners.


          The White House also endorsed a bargain between Mr. Levin and Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, which tempered somewhat a noxious proposal by Mr. Graham to deny a court hearing to anyone the president declares to be an "unlawful enemy combatant." The bargain with Mr. Levin removed language that stripped away cases already before the courts, which would have been an egregious usurpation of power by one branch of government, and it made clear that those cases should remain in the courts.


          Mr. Bush, however, seems to see no limit to his imperial presidency. First, he issued a constitutionally ludicrous "signing statement" on the McCain bill. The message: Whatever Congress intended the law to say, he intended to ignore it on the pretext the commander in chief is above the law. That twisted reasoning is what led to the legalized torture policies, not to mention the domestic spying program.


          Then Mr. Bush went after the judiciary, scrapping the Levin-Graham bargain. The solicitor general informed the Supreme Court last week that it no longer had jurisdiction over detainee cases. It said the court should drop an existing case in which a Yemeni national is challenging the military tribunals invented by Mr. Bush's morally challenged lawyers after 9/11. The administration is seeking to eliminate all other lawsuits filed by some of the approximately 500 men at Gitmo, the vast majority of whom have not been shown to pose any threat.


          Both of the offensive theories at work here - that a president's intent in signing a bill trumps the intent of Congress in writing it, and that a president can claim power without restriction or supervision by the courts or Congress - are pet theories of Judge Samuel Alito, the man Mr. Bush chose to tilt the Supreme Court to the right.


          The administration's behavior shows how high and immediate the stakes are in the Alito nomination, and how urgent it is for Congress to curtail Mr. Bush's expansion of power. Nothing in the national consensus to combat terrorism after 9/11 envisioned the unilateral rewriting of more than 200 years of tradition and law by one president embarked on an ideological crusade.

          "You know it took me about a year to start hating the 9-11 victims' families? Took me about a year." -Glenn Beck 9/9/05

          by cuatb on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:57:07 AM PST

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          •  Sharpen your swords (none)
            The points are:
              *  Alito will overturn Roe v. Wade
              *  Alito will transfer power from the Constitution to the Executive under the thin guise of the 'unitary theory'
              *  Alito favors power over the rights of the people and will rule accordingly.
              *  The people of the USA do not want Alito confirmed.

              Alito's dissembling has not, in any manner or means, denied any of these things.

              Stop arguing Republican points and stick it to Alito in broad strokes.
              Make him prove differently.

             

            Energy and information are the primary elements of the universe.

            by walkshills on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 01:10:53 PM PST

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            •  Power to the people (none)
              Alito's convictions will return power to the legislature (not the executive branch) to determine social policy.  This is where it belongs. If you don't like the policy, then get a majority of others to think like you and get control of the House and Senate.
          •  Allegiance to Democray's Checks & Balances (none)

            please pardon non-response to hidden messages, I have not been able to read them for many months. many blue, yellow and green dogs are a majority

            by Prove Our Democracy with Paper Ballots on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 01:30:36 PM PST

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      •  dimbulby Dems (4.00)
        The Dems either don't realize that the political sands have been shifting under their feet or they simply don't know what to do about it.  In either case, it is a failure on our part - the People's part - to educate them as to the right course of action.  Senators are like children, they need clearly defined boundries, limits, and direction in order to function normally.  It is our job to provide that direction.  Did the Democrats fail to definitively call out Scalito on his fascist, bigotist ways?  Probably.  Does that change the fact that the man is still a fascist bigot who does not desrve to be elevated to the position of Supreme Court Justice?  No.  It does not.  And one failure should not lead to another.  I believe that for many Democrats (myself included) this nomination represents a tipping point for the future of the Party: either our representatives in the senate (and elsewhere) show some sign of life and responsiveness, or we will find other means in which to have our voices be heard.  And every single Democratic senator should be made aware the following: those of whom are interested in a continuing job with this political organization had better step up to the plate and back a filibuster.  This is not only a re-election issue, it is perhaps the single most important issue to come to bear on their future as public servants.  I don't know about you, but I intend to let them know this in no uncertain terms.

        Fienstien, you listenin'?  Holla back, girl!

      •  Know Nothings (none)
        I disagree that there is no compelling case made for a filibuster.  There is no case at all being made for no filibuster: the stage is set and the lights are down, it is clear to everyone that the show is set to start and still we are hearing that this point or that detail hasn't been fleshed out yet or that there is a good reason to just take another licking lying down when it is blatant and apparent that this administration is claiming powers far in excess of its jurisdiction, has started an illegal war, and there is nothing, I mean nothing in the nominee's background that can assure us that he is ready to act in a manner that preserves us our liberties.  WTF can it mean for anyone to say that he got through the hearings without saying anything that should cause a filibuster???  Nothing these guys do should not be filibustered unless we are sure that it is not contrary to our interests.  If it is contrary to our interests we should fight it.  Clear and simple.  Object, deny, and fight.

        Feinstein is my Senator, no help to her from me, and full support for any democrat that runs against her.  It was a shameful interview that she gave this morning.

        "I felt as if I alone of all my townsmen had paid my tax." Thoreau

        by NearlyNormal on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:30:51 PM PST

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        •  Missed my point . . . (3.00)
          Certainly Alito shouldn't sit on the Court.

          Do you think the argument against him has been made well to the American public by Democrats? Would Americans understand why Alito would be filibustered?

          I don't think so. Feinstein is case-in-point.

          So, we can push Dems into a grass-roots reason to filibuster, but in the face of no concrete argument for doing so it goes nowhere. And the Rethug-induced public discourse ends up being about a Democratic hissy fit instead of Alito's scary potential on the SC.

          The whole thing is just pathetically bad politics on our side.  

          •  I understand (4.00)
            I do understand your point, and you are correct that it is a bad place that we are in.  The question is not whether its a great idea to filibuster, it is whether it is a better idea to filibuster than to go along and lose without trying.  If Alito is not worth filibustering, then what is?  Where do we draw the line?  This is the Supreme Court, we really need the Supreme Court.

            Diane Feinstein has long been a identified with the pro-corporate /elite wing of the Democratic Party, she has little feeling for and not much in common with the average person in California.  She has prospered from her wealth and connections and our apathy and foolishness.  This should be made into a fundamental test for her in this party, if she does not go to the mat to protect her constituency, then is there not someone else to represent us?

            There are many like me who have been apathetic and distracted.  I have felt like things are going to hell for 25 years and done little about it being distracted by the daily stuff.  But we do not merely wish to bid godspeed to our rights as they leave so we are moving, leadenly and creakily, back into action.  We hope to bring help to many   of you who have been doing the heavy lifting, at the very least we will write letters, send cash, and volunteer.  What we can't do is filibuster, for that we need the politicians to do their job.  We just want them to know we are awake now and watching.  

            "I felt as if I alone of all my townsmen had paid my tax." Thoreau

            by NearlyNormal on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 01:06:27 PM PST

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          •  Exactly. (none)

            "He that sees but does not bear witness, be accursed" Book of Jubilees

            by Lying eyes on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 01:48:09 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

          •  You're wrong (none)
            The politicians can easily justify a filibuster like this:

            "Hundreds of thousands of my constituents are calling me / writing me / demanding that I filibuster Alito. I can't ignore that and I can't ignore them."

            It's called grassroots. You're just as badly trapped in the media hole as anyone else if you can't see that.

            --simon

            •  Please, give me some more ratings abuse . . . (none)
              with another 1 . . .  And while you're at it, why dontcha provide a link to any time where any segment of the American people successfully rose up and demanded a "grassroots" filibuster. Obviously, you've got some evidence that "politicians can easily justify a filibuster like this."

              Newsflash for you: a filibuster is a serious political machination designed by the Senate as a last resort for the minority. It's a political thing, not some ho-hum button to be pushed because there's enough emails in some Senator's inbox. As a political tool, it obviously requires politics.

              There ain't been any comprehensive politics supporting a filibuster out of Senate Dems. None, beyond the normative quips about "keeping the option open." THAT'S the problem here---not some lack of willingness to think that a grassroots barrage has no place. Our frickin' LEADERS have already decided that Alito is getting on the Court.

              And none of this makes me against an 11th hour filibuster attempt, as I said previously. I'm ranting about the lack of urgency and imagination in our leaders. We can be all a grassroots can be, but we're still not voting on the Senate floor . . . .

          •  The public already know what they want (none)
            70% of the public don't want Roe v Wade overturned. A clear majority finding out about the presidential spying don't want warrantless spying EVEN on terror suspects.
            .
            That's permission to stop scAlito. You're talking as if Wolf Blitzer and Katy Couric are the ones who need to be sold.
            .

            If conservatives are today's mainstream, why all the weaseling? Anyone? Bueller? scAlito?

            by Peanut on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 03:37:59 PM PST

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      •  Who assed you? (none)
        And your rating pussies.

        Go find another give up party to join.

        Filibuster Alito Special Edition

        The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.

        by ccnwon on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:42:55 PM PST

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  •  Is the reaction 'Huzzah!' or 'Clap LOUDER!' (3.00)
    on dKos today?
  •  Thanks (4.00)
    A good antidote, I think, to some reactions I've been seeing, which amount to standing on the tilting deck of the Titanic and shouting into the cell phone at your travel agent.
  •  Good Job, G10 (none)

    "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed." General Buck Turgidson

    by muledriver on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:26:26 AM PST

  •  small correction (4.00)
    I think you want "yoke", not yolk.

    Granted our president is slimy, and all...

    yuck, yuck, yuck

  •  Sunday morning talk... (4.00)
    I watched 2-1/2 hours of ALL parties on ALL the talk shows discuss the shortcomings of the Democratic party.

    Not one - not even the "liberals" wanted to discuss the facts of the Alito case, or the incredible impact this appointment might make on the country - just how the Democrats acted, and how they might have done a better job.

    No wonder even liberals are disheartened after listening to this clap-trap.  

    •  Yes - Sunday morning (none)
      was all about Dems dissing Dems!

      Bush is NOT America!

      by annefrank on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:41:28 AM PST

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    •  And yet (4.00)
      many here ARE calling and emailing their Senators and telling them to filibuster Alito.Do they have the numbers to do so? Here in my neck of the woods, Durbin isn't confident of it, yet we are still calling and emailing. His perspective is seemingly echoed from his fellow sentorial Dems, let alone the corporate media, while we STILL are calling and emailing demands to filibuster Alito.
      So what gives? If our Dem. Senators are being inundated with demands to "F" Alito from their Dem. constituency, why don't they think they have the numbers to do so? Who are they representing actually anyway, us or their status quo?
      Jesus my head hurts!

      Can anyone tell me why my American flag was made in China?

      by Skid on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:48:48 AM PST

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      •  sent to Senator Feinstein (4.00)
        "I have read that you do not think a filibuster of Judge Alito's nomination is justified. If that's what it's going to take to keep him off of the Supreme Court, it most certainly is justified. In fact, it is necessary. I'm sure you understand the issues. I want you also to understand that your constituents are counting on you to represent us in our firm opposition to Judge Alito. Whatever it takes, for as long as it takes."

        I just sent her that via her website contact page. I already know I can count on Senator Boxer. It's that damn DINO Feinstein that pisses me off!

        "Instead of asking what you could do, you ought to have been asking what needs to be done."

        by khaavren on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:59:48 AM PST

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      •  Where is the downside? (4.00)
        Don't filibuster, Alito approved:

        1. Democrats are slimed and portrayed as weak to the point of treasonous.

        2. Alito acquires an unexceptionable authority.

        3. The decline of democracy continues, especially the decline of the power of Congress.

        Filibuster attempted, but fails:

        1. Democrats are slimed and portrayed as weak to the point of treasonous.

        2. Alito acquires an unexceptionable authority.

        3. The decline of democracy continues, especially the decline of the power of Congress.

        Filibuster holds:

        1. Democrats are slimed and portrayed as weak to the point of treasonous.

        2. Nuclear option proves a dud or empty threat. Sandra Day O'Connor continues to stand in for the creep behind the curtain. One Cheney fang pulled without anaesthetic.

        or

        1. Democrats are slimed and portrayed as weak to the point of treasonous.

        2. Nuclear option exercised. Alito rises to court in a constitutional crisis that will last his entire tenure. Procedural warfare becomes a terminal convulsion for this Republican Congress.
  •  They can filibuster - and they can win (4.00)
    Here is a hint for our Senators - when you filibuster, you actually get to speak.

    If you speak clearly whaat you say will eventually get reported, even if over the medais dead body.

    Just say:

    "Judge Scalito will overturn Roe v Wade. We all know this and on that fateful day whne he votes I want every American citizen to remember what Senators, and what party, voted to overturn Roe v Wade.

    It will be on the record, and I will not be one of them".

    Just say it - over and over again.

    Just, for once, do the job you were elected to do.

    •  We've spent $ billions to install them... (none)
      The least the Dems in congress could do is fight to protect our interests.  In addition to Roe, PRIVACY itself stands to be written out of the constitution as interpreted by the Bush court.
    •  Great idea (4.00)
      Perhaps if we keep it simple enough our senators can get it right.  However, I hate to be a conspiracy theorist, but does anyone else find the degree of complicity from our democratic representatives chilling?  And what explains that? Really, can you keep assuming that they just don't get it over and over and over again?  Does that make sense?  I really don't know and I'm long past the point of thinking Congress is a brain trust, but I never thought it was rehab either.
      •  Yes - i think they need explicit direction (none)
        DON'T talk about unicameral presidencies or exhibit your knowledge of constitutional ephemera.

        Dont apologize or equivocate or pander ot tell us what school you wint to.

        (and dont wear your princeton hat)

        Just follow oreers and do you job.

    •  I Pledge Allegiance to Democracy (none)
      Alito will make Bush king, ending Democracy.

      I pledge Allegiance to Democracy and to the Checks and Balances by which It Stands.

      And so must all Democrats and as many Republicans as possible.

      Servants of a King or Citizens of a Democracy?

      please pardon non-response to hidden messages, I have not been able to read them for many months. many blue, yellow and green dogs are a majority

      by Prove Our Democracy with Paper Ballots on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 01:10:48 PM PST

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  •  For those contacting Feingold... (4.00)
    He has a page on his website set-up for responses about Alito.  In addition to calling his office (202-224-5323), it would probably good to submit your thoughts via this form.
    •  A plea to Senator Feingold (4.00)
      Thank you for this information on Senator Feingold.  Here's a copy of the letter I just sent him.

      Senator Feingold, As a lifelong Democrat I've had ups and downs with this party.  Everytime my party compromises my rights as a woman to have an abortion under Roe v. Wade I'm livid.  Every presidential election cycle that comes and goes without women's issues being a number one priority I am incensed.  Every year that goes by without the passage of the ERA I say to myself, "maybe next year."

      I always brush myself off and pick up the mantle of the Democratic Party because I have been a member of this party for almost 40 years.  40 years of support, 40 years of phonebanking, walking precincts, fundraising, GOTV, the list goes on and on.

      I'm loyal to this party but I have a very hard time believing this party is loyal and/or commited to me.  I am beyond angry or livid or incensed today though.  I am frightened by where the Republican Congress and administration are taking us and I'm scared that the only thing that stands between Americans and the evil and corrupt government we have under the Republican leadership is the party I've believed in for almost four decades.  

      It isn't always about losing in and of itself, it is often in the way we lose that counts.  Alito's beliefs on where this country should go is a snapshot for every other Republican in roles of leadership.  It's abortion rights, unitary executive status, the environment, worker's rights, civil rights, the rights of the hungry and unsheltered, women's reproductive rights, equal pay, Medicare and so much more.  

      I've drawn my line in the sand Senator.  That line is what you do as a congressional body to stop the confirmation of Alito.  We will most likely lose but what I know for sure is this.  If the Democratic senators can't make me feel safe in my home from my government essentially spying on me with wiretaps and surveillance then you surely can't make me feel safe from terrorists.  If the Democratic senators can't address violence against women then you cannot protect me from the terrorists.  If you can't protect our children then you can't shield us from the terrorists.

      Samuel Alito will set back the advances we have made in the lives of women for decades to come.  He will stifle our children's rights to an education that will surely speak to the quality of their lives and their children's lives.  Samuel Alito will have a say in the air they breathe, in the water they drink and in the availability of national parks we have come to take for granted.  

      Samuel Alito will be the defining moment for many of us, for the bloc of women voters this party has come to rely on, it will spell the future for us in many ways.  You have a say in what that future will be for us and for you as leaders of our party.  I will stay home for the first time since 1972 if you don't stand up for me.  I have placed my vote for the D candidate for 34 years.  I have proudly done so, it will break my heart not to ever do it again, but stay home I will unless you give me reason not to.

      That history for me will come to an end if my party refuses to protect my rights and the rights of my daughter and her daughter.  I will stay home before I vote for one more Democrat if you fail to listen this time.  

      It's no less than women's lives that are at stake here.  There has never been as compelling a reason in the 30 plus years I've voted as there is now.  Don't take lightly when I say it's women's lives.  I was a pregnant teen in high school in 1966 without a choice.  One Monday morning the news of Charlotte's death rang throughout the halls in my high school, she bled to death after she tried to self abort.  A boy named Bobby beat his girlfriend until she lost the baby she was carrying.  There were abortion wards, all the girls my age knew of them, that was our choice.  

      If you send us back to that world we will not forget for a very long time.  I hope you do what's right, what's right for us and what's right for you.

      Make no mistake, me are deadly serious.

      Sincerely,
       

      Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less. Susan B. Anthony

      by caliberal on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:17:45 PM PST

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  •  Thank you (none)
    for getting the point.  I will not capitulate to conventional wisdom that the Democrats can do nothing because they are the minority party.  I will not capitulate to the insidious belief that Democrats are obsolete or worthless.  I am a Democrat, and I will simply push back every time I'm backed into a corner.  Every time I will push back harder than before.  Every time.
    •  Push back ... (4.00)
       ... all the time, cornered or not.  The Republican party declared a zero-sum war on Liberals over a decade ago.  Don't give them an inch, ever.  Make them bleed at every encounter.  Start laying the groundwork for the ascension of long-term liberal, progressive values, and the decimation of the greedy, immoral, selfish, Republicans toasting themselves around their corrupt party fountain as it bubbles and flows with the blood of our soldiers and foreign innocents.  Remember this:  they mean us harm, they steal, and they are winning.

      BushAmerica -- Now killing 24/7/365. *Your tax dollars at work*.

      by Yellow Canary on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:56:37 AM PST

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  •  Off topic (none)
    Love the drop caps.  Too bad you had to spec it manually (at least ti looks liek that in the source).  Would love to see Kos add a drop cap style to the css for the site.

    Torture, spying on citizens, war on false pretenses. We're one long line for toilet paper away from becoming the USSR.

    by nightsweat on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:36:56 AM PST

  •  This is why I read DailyKos (none)
    Thank you for your impassioned idealism. I have also received good response - actual letters back - when I have handwritten letters to Senators and Congresspeople. But fill their phone lines, fill their email boxes, get to them anyway you can. We must.
    •  And faxes! (none)
      The fax is our friend this week.  
      •  Do Senate fax lines get answered? (4.00)
        I have tried to fax the Senators on the Alito panel, and I have never been able to get through.  Morning -- evening -- middle of the night -- busy.

        Here are the numbers I'm using (I've actually only queued the first four).  Does anyone have any others?

        Fax numbers for Senate Committee members:

        The Honorable Arlen Specter
        (202) 228-1229
        The Honorable Orrin G. Hatch
        (202) 224-6331
        The Honorable Charles E. Grassley
        (202) 224-6020
        The Honorable Jon Kyl
        (202) 224-2207
        The Honorable Mike DeWine
        (202) 224-6519
        The Honorable Jeff Sessions
        (202) 224-3149
        The Honorable Lindsey Graham
        (202) 224-3808
        The Honorable John Cornyn
        (202) 228-2856
        The Honorable Sam Brownback
        (202) 228-1265
        The Honorable Tom Coburn
        202-224-6008
        The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy
        (202) 224-3479
        The Honorable Edward M. Kennedy
        (202) 224-2417
        The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
        (202) 224-0139
        The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
        (202) 228-3954
        The Honorable Russell D. Feingold
        (202) 224-2725
        The Honorable Herbert Kohl
        (202) 224-9787
        The Honorable Charles E. Schumer
        (202) 228-3027
        The Honorable Richard J. Durbin
        (202) 228-0400

        BushAmerica -- Now killing 24/7/365. *Your tax dollars at work*.

        by Yellow Canary on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:01:04 PM PST

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  •  Exactly!! (4.00)
      I am more pissed at the people who are buying into this media madness that dems are weak. You say the traditional media is owned by the right and then YOU buy into what they say! Puhlease.

      Remember, Harry Reid, and Phase 11 of the 9/11 investigation. He forced the Congress to shut down.

      Remember the Bush call to be civil. Well the dems were civil. That does not erase Altio's lies about PAC, or his kowtowing to big government, or his Vangard scandal, in which he has represented that the govt can take away a penniless woman's IRA.

      Just look at Alito's record. It stinks. It is inconsistant judicial philosophy at it's finest.

      No fucking way am I giving up and buying this republican crap.

    I watched almost all of the hearings, and the dems did not do that badly. But the Press did. And you buy it. The repugs just bascially licked Alito's ass. They asked no hard questions at all.

    Senator Kennedy's last statement he read regarding Alito, and why he is voting No, should be the bible of the Democratic stance on this man, that wants to give the President the uncheck authority to do whatever he wants in the name of fear.

     If nothing else, we can impeach Alito, and nueter the President. He is the leader of a completely corrupt and unaccountable Washington.

      And if you want to check out in '06 you are Insane! That is EXACTLY what Karl Rove wants you to do.

      Jesus f***ing Christ.

    You want the Dems to get some spine? Then you get a spine.

    Thanks for the great dairy Georgia! You are an inspiration!

     

    inspire change...don't back down

    by missliberties on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:38:37 AM PST

    •  eh. (none)
      grab some popcorn and relax.

      people act as if this crisis we are in today just happened overnight.  I was telling people what an asshat Bush was in 2000 and that we would be going to Iraq then.  I was telling people in 2002 that Iraq was going to be a quagmire.

      very few people were listening then, very few listen now.  I remember sitting and watching Powell's marketing campaign at the UN with disgust.  Knowing the depth of the lies.  Knowing that other people can smell the bullshit, but they don't care.  And then the democrats went along with the war.

      Our society is built on a lie.  The lie that there is morality in America.  There is no such thing.  Hiding behind apathy doesn't make one a moral person.  It just makes a person FEEL moral.  The only reason people feel outrage today is because their fragile bubble world of morality has been popped overnight.  Welcome to reality.

      Don't be surprised to find that the emperor has no clothes.  You just weren't looking the last fifty years.

      I'm not sure what people expect the democrats--or anyone--to achieve now.  You can't very well prevent a train wreck after it has happened.

      Allow me to jump out on a limb here.  We had 9/11 coming.  And our nation is just as apathetic now as before.  I see no reason why more tragedy will not make its way back to the US.  And I'm not even talking about terrorism.  Call it Karma, if you believe in that sort of thing.

  •  Filibuster on. Colorado, call Ken Salazar. (none)
    This is not a game.  My Senator Ken Salazar needs to be reminded of that.  Coloradans, please call him:

    Washington, DC
    (202) 224-5852

    Denver Metro Region
    (303) 455-7600

    Pikes Peak Region
    (719) 328-1100

    High Plains Region
    (970) 542-9446

    Arkansas River Region
    (719) 542-7550

    Four Corners Region
    (970) 259-1710

    Western Slope/I 70 West Region
    (970) 241-6631

    North Central Region
    (970) 224-2200

    Alamosa
    (719) 587-0096

  •  Thanks, I've lifted my chin off the floor now. (4.00)
    As a resident of Pennsylvania, I feel a bit helpless sometimes. With Specter and Santorum it's hard to feel very represented. When it comes to those two, usually no news is good news.

    It is sometimes necessary to recieve a kick in the pants like the one you've delivered.

    Time wounds all heels.

    by kumpf on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:41:07 AM PST

  •  Rock on. (none)
    I used to be very reluctant to get involved with any type of activism out of fear of failing or just wasting my time. When I took my first tentative steps by boycotting "red" companies, writing to newspapers and my congresspeeps, joining activist and political groups, getting petitions signed, and so on, I'd have friends ask what difference it really made. I never knew how to respond and it bothered me, until I really thought about the question and I found my answer: It makes a difference to me. I'm doing something worthwhile, and screw everyone else who would rather coast through life playing ostrich. They'll get their rude awakening eventually, that politics is personal and no one can avoid being involved no matter how hard they try. I figure, you might as well get involved if for no other reason than you'll be aware of what's coming down.

    "How freeing it must be to walk through this world heeding neither conscience nor soul." - the rude pundit, 5/4/05

    by pattyp on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:41:20 AM PST

  •  "Do whatever you want in the midterms" (4.00)
    Jeezuz Krist. There are only two important things that can be done between now and fascism. One is to prevent the Alito confirmation. But the other IS to participate VIGOROUSLY in the midterm elections. They are FAR MORE IMPORTANT than the race in 2008. If we lose the midterms, we will see the government so changed that it will take much more than the seatholder in 2008 to set things aright.

    PLEASE don't make light of the midterms. They are all that stand between democracy and utter fascism.

    •  Lisa in LA is right -- this is idiotic advice (none)
      ...So idiotic it virtually negates everything else in this post.

      I too would like to see a Democratic filibuster -- as the Repugs showed when they were on the outside, fighting like hell always reaps dividends, regardless of the outcome (if nothing else, it keeps you in shape for the next round).  But liberal despair in the Alito affair boils down to the numbers -- the Democrats just don't have the votes to prevail, and they can't expect support from the so-called GOP moderates like the truly hideous Spector, who talk of choice but tow the line when the White House cracks the whip.

      Obviously, the ultimate solution is for the Democrats to take back Congress -- which they won't if progressives take the suggestion to "do whatever you want in the midterms."  This is essentially a rehash of the Naderite nonsense of "Vote your Conscience" -- and what was the result of all that vacuous moral preening?  No Daily Kos reader needs reminding.

      I guarantee you the Repugs won't be doing whatever they want come November.  They will show up in force to vote for whomever their party runs.  Progreessive Democrats have to do the same.  

      My God, Georgia10, what the hell were you thinking?  I hope your screen name doesn't mean there are nine more people who think like you do!

      Fox News - We Distort, You Imbibe.

      by richter on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 01:54:03 PM PST

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      •  what the hell was i thinking? (none)
        Maybe that, according to your own words, "it boils down the numbers."

        If Democrats stick together, we have enough to mount a successful filibuster, simple as that.

        As for doing whatever you want in November, that phrase is merely a recognition that every voter is entitled to vote their conscience, and neither I nor any anonmyous person online can cast a vote in their place. You twisting my words into a claim that I'm not advocating for a Democratic majority is just ludicrious.

        You want a Democratic majority in 2006? You show that  Democrats listen to their constituents and follow through on their ideals.

        As for nine others like me...sorry to disappoint, but I've got thousands that think just like me.

  •  I so admire the spirit of this, (none)
    not to mention the style, but I wonder about its logic.  It's such a rousing pep talk, but at its end the only pragmatic advice is "call your senator."  According to this diary, that would be the same senator who stumbled and had to be picked up and is now on our back?  

    I hate to be pissy (though that is very much my mood today).  But it's hard to solve the problem of hope when it seems that the only actions available to me are futile ones.  

    What really gets me is that fact that the 44 Dems in the Senate represent over 50% of the country's population.  And, as Georgia noted, 56% of people (at least) don't want Roe overturned.  The numbers are on our side, Republican corruption is at its most obvious, and still we have to sit and watch as criminals score another victory...

    Ach.  Again, sorry... I should probably not be posting in this state of mind.

    •  I dunno... (none)
      I see the depressing points you bring up as all the more reason you need to start fighting.
      •  didn't mean to imply that I haven't been fighting (none)
        I have been for years--both in my workplace and my community, also writing letters, making phone calls, regularly giving money, attending protests and peace vigils, putting up posters, and doing my level best to instill a love of reason in my students.  This seems to be all that's within my purview to do.
    •  No - I agree (none)
      I agree - it's not ENOUGH to call your Senator. Do it, by all means.

      But I'm quite serious in suggesting the Dems in the country need to organize a GENERAL STRIKE to show the media and the world that we do not approve this nomination. We need something really HUGE. Small won't cut it.

      Our country IS at stake, and this could be the stake in its heart. If that isn't worth protesting than nothing will ever be.

      •  That is right (none)
        First get the attention of the Senate, but get something along these lines organized.  Maybe not a strike, maybe something else, but something, big, soon.  Spring march in DC??

        "I felt as if I alone of all my townsmen had paid my tax." Thoreau

        by NearlyNormal on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:44:25 PM PST

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      •  General strike against Dems and GOP! (none)
        I agree, the people need to rise up, but not in support of the Democratic Party. We need to confront the administration directly, since the Dems refuse to do so in any meaningful way. Shutting down some business districts for a few days seems a good way to go, but such action will never come from the wimps in DC. We need to support organizations of progressives that are willing and able to mount mass protests that will disrupt things sufficiently.

        No business as usual as Bush builds his Gestapo and infiltrates the courts!

        We don't have Abbie Hoffman around, so we await a new leader. It sure won't come from the Democrat politicians.

        I'm a linguist, licensed to use words any way I want to!

        by MakeChessNotWar on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 01:06:22 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Bring in Democracy's Noise during Bush's Address (none)
        Via Mark Crispin Miller's site:
        http://markcrispinmiller.blogspot.com/...

        http://www.worldcantwait.net/

        BUSH STEP DOWN, and take your program with you!

        Join the latest signers of our Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime: Major Owens, 11th Congressional District, D-NY; Niles Eldredge, curator of the Darwin Show at the Museum of Natural History, NYC; Lewis Lapham, former editor, Harper's Magazine; Martin Garbus, NYC

        Listen to our PSA's currently running on Air America.

        Make your plans now to participate in the State of the Union protests:

        TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 8pm EST:
        In large cities and town squares across the country, we will rally one hour before Bush's address. At 9:00 PM let the world hear us as we symbolically drown out Bush's lies bring your own noise - drums, pots and pans, musical instruments - your voice. Let taxi horns blare and church bells ring, as we bring our own state of the union message: BUSH STEP DOWN! Find a protest in your area.

        SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 11:00 AM, Washington, DC:
        We will take our demand to the White House. This regime is immoral, dangerous, and criminally indictable. Bush Lied. Bush Spied. Bush Step Down. 2006. 2008. Too late. Turn your outrage into mass political action. Buy a bus ticket now.

        Donate to get more ads on the radio and in newspapers, reaching the millions who need to be part of this movement.

        International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration starts Friday. Final Session. Be There! Witnesses include: Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, former head of Abu Ghraib prison; Craig Murray, resigned British ambassador to Uzbekistan; Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector, Ray McGovern, ex CIA.; Katrina victims...and more.

        NEWS & VIEWS:

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        Mark Leno, California Assemblyman: "Why the World Can't Wait"

        EVENTS & PROTESTS:

        Drop the Charges and Stop the Harrassment Against Kristopher "Joey" Waller

        Evening of Conscience at Oakland's Grand Lake Theater

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        Alito: the Masking of a Conservative or the Showboating of a Nazi?

        Sign the Call to Drive Out the Bush Regime

        Your government, on the basis of outrageous lies, is waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq, with other countries in their sights.

        Your government is openly torturing people, and justifying it.

        Your government puts people in jail on the merest suspicion, refusing them lawyers, and either holding them indefinitely or deporting them in the dead of night.

        Your government is moving each day closer to a theocracy, where a narrow and hateful brand of Christian fundamentalism will rule.

        Your government suppresses the science that doesn't fit its religious, political and economic agenda, forcing present and future generations to pay a terrible price.

        Your government is moving to deny women here, and all over the world, the right to birth control and abortion.

        Your government enforces a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance.

        People look at all this and think of Hitler -- and they are right to do so. The Bush regime is setting out to radically remake society very quickly, in a fascist way, and for generations to come. We must act now; the future is in the balance.

        Millions and millions are deeply disturbed and outraged by this. They recognize the need for a vehicle to express this outrage, yet they cannot find it; politics as usual cannot meet the enormity of the challenge, and people sense this.

        There is not going to be some magical "pendulum swing." People who steal elections and believe they're on a "mission from God" will not go without a fight.

        There is not going to be some savior from the Democratic Party. This whole idea of putting our hopes and energies into "leaders" who tell us to seek common ground with fascists and religious fanatics is proving every day to be a disaster, and actually serves to demobilize people.

        But silence and paralysis are NOT acceptable. That which you will not resist and mobilize to stop, you will learn -- or be forced -- to accept. There is no escaping it: the whole disastrous course of this Bush regime must be STOPPED. And we must take the responsibility to do it.

        And there is a way. We are talking about something on a scale that can really make a huge change in this country and in the world. We need more than fighting Bush's outrages one at a time, constantly losing ground to the whole onslaught. We must, and can, aim to create a political situation where the Bush regime's program is repudiated, where Bush himself is driven from office, and where the whole direction he has been taking society is reversed. We, in our millions, must and can take responsibility to change the course of history.

        Acting in this way, we join with and give support and heart to people all over the globe who so urgently need and want this regime to be stopped.

        This will not be easy. If we speak the truth, they will try to silence us. If we act, they will to try to stop us. But we speak for the majority, here and around the world, and as we get this going we are going to reach out to the people who have been so badly fooled by Bush and we are NOT going to stop.

        The point is this: history is full of examples where people who had right on their side fought against tremendous odds and were victorious. And it is also full of examples of people passively hoping to wait it out, only to get swallowed up by a horror beyond what they ever imagined. The future is unwritten. WHICH ONE WE GET IS UP TO US.

        The World Can't Wait! Drive Out the Bush Regime!

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        Haki R. Madhubuti, chairman, publisher, Third World Press
        devorah major, poet & novelist
        Make the Road by Walking, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY
        Lucinda Marshall, Founder Feminist Peace Network*
        Bill Martin, philosopher
        Allen Michann, owner, Grand Lake Theater, Oakland, CA
        Ellen McLaughlin, actress and playwright
        Camilo Mejia, conscientious objector
        Dave Meserve, Arcata California city council member
        Carol Migden, CA State Senator
        Carly Miller, Clothing of the American Mind
        Mark Crispin Miller, author, "Fooled Again"
        Millions More Movement, Pittsburg /Antioch CA organizing committee
        Bill Mitchell, co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace*
        Leon Mobley, musician
        Tom Morello, Audioslave
        Tracie Morris, poet
        Andrew Muñana, Images Salón, East Los Angeles
        National Lawyers Guild
        Armando Navarro, chair and professor, Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside
        Bill Nevins, teacher, Albuquerque
        Not in Our Name
        Mike and Julie Nussbaum
        Efia Nwangaza, director, African American Institute for Policy Studies, Greenville, SC
        Brian O'Leary, PhD., author, former astronaut
        Bertell Ollman, prof. Dept. of Politics, NYU
        R. Tomás Olmos, President, Mexican American Bar Foundation, Los Angeles County*, Dean Emeritus, People's College of Law*
        Outernational
        Ozomatli
        Jose Padilla*, executive director, California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA)
        Grace Paley, writer
        Patrick Henry Democratic Club
        Rosalind Petchesky, prof., Hunter College & Grad. Center, CUNY
        The Network in Solidarity with the People of the Philippines
        Peter Phillips PhD, Project Censored, Sociology Dept Sonoma State University
        Jeremy Pikser, screenwriter, Bulworth
        Harold Pinter, Nobel Prize winning playwright
        Frances Fox Piven
        Sterling Plumpp, poet
        Kevin Powell, writer
        Progressive Democrats of America
        Queers for Economic Justice
        Jerry Quickley, poet and playwright
        Malik Rahim, New Orleans Community Organizer
        Michael Ratner, Center for Constitutional Rights*
        Reach Hip Hop Coalition
        Raghava Reddy, stem cell biologist, biomedical scientist, film maker
        Maggie Renzi, filmmaker
        Eric Resnick, Gay People's Chronicle* reporter, peace activist, one time candidate for US Congress
        Allan Rich, screenwriter/actor
        Boots Riley, The Coup
        Walter Riley, lawyer
        Douglas Rushkoff, author
        Kalamu ya Salaam, Listen to the People
        JD Samson, Le Tigre
        Sonia Sanchez
        Rev. Henry Sanders, Fountain of Life Missionary Baptist Church, Watts, CA
        San Francisco Bayview Newspaper
        Sapphire, poet, writer
        John Sayles, filmmaker
        Rinku Sen, Colorlines*
        Richard Serra, artist
        Lou Shaw, writer, creator of Quincy MD
        Cindy Sheehan
        Martin Sheen
        Stanley Sheinbaum, economist, LA
        Nancy Spero, artist
        Dona Spring, Berkeley Council member
        Serj Tankian System of a Down
        Sunsara Taylor, Revolution newspaper
        Studs Terkel
        Marianne Torres, Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane*
        Dwight Trible, jazz vocalist
        George Tuttle & Ben Cushman, grapegrowers
        Gore Vidal, writer
        Kurt Vonnegut
        Alice Walker
        Wavy Gravy
        Leonard Weinglass, lawyer
        Rev. Dave Weissbard, senior minister, The Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford, IL
        Cornel West, Princeton University
        Rev. Phil Wheaton, Episcopal Co-pastor, Community of Christ, Washington DC
        Saul Williams, poet
        Standish E. Willis, National Conference of Black Lawyers
        Krzysztof Wodiczko, artist
        Ann Wright, former US diplomat, resigned in protest of Iraq war
        Leland Y. Yee, Speaker pro Tem, California State Assembly
        Juanita Young, courageous resister, leader in October 22nd Coalition*
        Dave Zeiger, filmmaker, "Sir, No, Sir!"
        Zephyr, graffiti artist, writer
        Robert Zevin, Robert Brooke Zevin Associates, Inc.
        Howard Zinn, historian, "A Peoples' History of the United States"
        David Zirin, author, "What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States"

        *Organization for identification purposes only.

        please pardon non-response to hidden messages, I have not been able to read them for many months. many blue, yellow and green dogs are a majority

        by Prove Our Democracy with Paper Ballots on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 02:56:55 PM PST

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  •  Well I sent an email... (none)
    of course I live in VA (2 republicans senators.)  Still I have Jack Warner a try.  At the very least I asked him not to vote on the nuclear option should it come to that.  I'll keep trying.
  •  Excellent call to action.... (none)
    Call your Senators. Write them. Email them. Then fax them.

    But also go to progressive groups and demand they launch a campaign to filibuster. All progressive issues are threatened.

    I have launched a campaign to get democracyforamerica to use their resources and email lists to support a filibuster. Tomorrow might be a good day to do it, the day we honor a civil rights hero. ALL of our rights are at stake.

    Please go to:

    Blog for america

    and ask them (be nice) to support a filibuster.

  •  Online actions you can take (none)
    are detailed here in judibrowni's Filibuster his ass diary.
  •  Filibuster, yes... (none)
    ...expectation that it will do any good? Zero. We have nothing close to the numbers needed to stop them from changing the rules to prevent a filibuster.

    Calling Republican senators and asking them to align with us is sort of liking paging the Nazi party to come participate in Democracy.

    Your sentiment is marvelous though and I support you and your diary.

    I also support the reality-based. Rah-rah-rah let's stop Alito is not reality. It can't happen.

    "What luck for rulers that men do not think." - Adolf Hitler

    by Bensdad on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:45:49 AM PST

    •  This is how we lose... (4.00)
      by accepting defeat before it is over.  Been going on now for years.  Just fight damnit!  I mean the worst that happens is you look back and think "well at least I did something."
    •  Defeatest (none)
      attitude is ALWAYS self-defeating. Be gone. pfft.
    •  I should clarify (4.00)
      that you should call your Democratic Senators. I agree, calling GOP ones is a pointless task.

      As for not having the numbers to resist the nuclear option, I don't know. Maybe, I recall many moderate Republicans being leery of pulling the trigger.

      In any event, though, are we so sure the GOP is willing to go through with it? What would cause more of an outcry, our filibuster or their abolishment of all (judicial) filibusters?

      It's rolling the dice, I agree.

      •  Well calling GOP ones may be pointless... (none)
        but I did it anyway (since I don't have a dem to call here in VA).  What the hell.
      •  Well... (none)
        They don't need to exercise the nuke option. The mere threat of it has been enough.

        Time to call the bluff. They will NOT vote away this cherished tradition. No Way.

      •  Hey georgia10, miss a day of law school and drag (none)
             Armando to DC to visit Harry Reid...

             You may get put on academic probation, but you'll save America! (heh)

      •  Call The Republicans, Too (4.00)
        First, if any of the moderate Republicans are on the fence about voting to confirm Judge Alito to the Supreme Court, they need to know your feelings.  Do you think a Republican Senator can really justify voting for Judge Alito if their constituents overwhelmingly come out against confirmation?

        Second, it is possible that a Senator will vote against confirmation, but will not vote against cloture.  

        Finally, all Senators, both Republicans and Democrats need to know how strongly people feel about this confirmation vote.

      •  What? I Only Have Republican Senators (none)
        And they hear from me regularly. Two of the so-called "moderates" - Snowe & Collins. It can feel useless, but these people are elected to represent all of us and need to hear our views, too.
  •  The boldness of the move (none)
    may draw along the approval of the American people.

    I have thus far been inclined to advise caution, and to avoid filibustering because it risks public disapproval, but I am willing to admit that a bold move now might show a strong Democratic party, and therefore draw more folks to it.

    If there is a filibuster, though, it would be good to give better reasons for it than, say, CAP, and I'm not sure the Dem senators are up to it.

    •  I know you mean well... (none)
      but these words "because it risks public disapproval" should be etched on the DNC's tombstone should it ever pass away.  Just fight and stop worrying about the fine points.  At the very least maybe you will inspire a few around you and they will inspire more...
      •  OK, but politics isn't just about fighting. (none)
        It's about picking the right fights.

        As I said, I'm beginning to think this is a good fight to pick.

        But "just fight and stop worrying" is no standard for anyone who wants to win elections.  You have to fight the most important battles, and while some things are worth losing elections for, not every issue is.  We don't need to go out of our way to become unpopular.

        Nonetheless, on this issue of filibustering, I'm agreeing with you that it looks like it's time to go all the way.

        •  Fair enough but... (none)
          it's not like we are looking to expend an incredible amount of resources here.  We just want people to call and email.  That's easy!
          •  Resources (none)
            It's not just amount monetary resources, it's about political capital. If you put your heart and soul into a battle and lose, it shows weakness, not strength.

            True, it shows courage as well, but you can be weak as well as couragous.

            Courage, in this context, is the willingness to impose your will. Strength is having the means to actually be victorious.

            The question for the Democratic party is: Would they rather show they are couragous, but too weak to get what they want done, or would they rather let a battle they are liking to lose go, and save their strength for another one?

            It's a tricky question, and deserves some study, not a casual dismissal.

            Note that I'm not saying that people shouldn't be writing/calling/emailing their elected representatives to voice their opinions, but the people who are elected are politicians, and they weren't elected to tally the amount of "Yes" "No" "Maybe" respones they get in their snail mail/voice mail/email. They have brains too (you may argue about the size).

            I've read comments on here with people saying things alone the lines of "WE have the vote on whether or not the fillibuster, not them." I find this a funny and terribly ironic statement when we're talking about the Constitution and the nomination of a Supreme Court justice to interpret that Constitution. Let's at least familarize ourselves with the document, shall we? We don't have a vote in this. We have a voice, but not a vote.

    •  unchecked executive power (none)
      should do the job nicely. Especially if the threat of filibuster includes on-record promises by the head chimp and his minions.
    •  RISK it NOW! (none)
      I have put a large IMPEACH sign in my front yard.  My spouse asks if we can expect to be firebombed.  "Of course not", I say, "Not YET."  Do it now, while you can, so that you can do it in the future.

      Moreover, courage is contagious.  My gesture is small, but not meaningless.  As with dKos, a thousand puffs is a wind, and a wind can change the weather in Washington.  Substantially.

      The NYT lays out perfectly good reasons to reject the Alito nomination in today's editorial -- worth reading slowly.

      I think the arguments for the rejection of Alito can be put simply:

      1. Will allow additional un-Constitutional arrogation of power by the about-to-be investigated Executive who appointed him.
      2. Lacks wisdom.  He has no feel for justice.
      3. Disrespects women's sovereign right to their bodies.

      BushAmerica -- Now killing 24/7/365. *Your tax dollars at work*.

      by Yellow Canary on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:15:01 PM PST

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  •  Thank you G10 (4.00)
    We must never lose HOPE.
    IF we do not have hope, there is no reason for any of us to even be here at Dkos.
    The give up and defeatist attitude here is horrible.
    We knew if Bush was in the WH for a 2nd term and they controlled the Congress that everything would be an uphill battle.
    He told us and the country that he would appoint Justices like Scalia and Thomas. Why the Dems were not better prepared I do not know, but just because of that, it is no time to give up. They removed Miers just to have this fight. They wanted what is happening to happen. I will not give in to their wishes and contribute to the bashing of the Democrats. How anyone here can buy into their wishes is beyond me. I will fight. I will fight for the Truth. I will never give up Hope. Thanks again Georgia10 for this Diary... Front and Center where it belongs.  

    *"We are a Nation of Laws"-11th Circuit..Something's wrong when our judges keep having to remind our government and our people of this?*

    by Chamonix on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:48:41 AM PST

  •  here's my approach (none)
    Dear Dem Senator,

    Your performance during the hearing was racksmaggledeefanfuckingtastic.  Filibuser please.

    thanks.

    your faithful constituent.

    not sure if that's any better than...

    Dear Dem Senator,

    You're a fucking pussie.  Filibuster him or I'm never voting democrat again.

    fuck you,
    your faithful constituent.

    it'll be hard to tell which kind of letter.... which kind of attitude makes for the best message we should be communicating to our senatrors.

    i can't say for sure.

  •  Well said! (none)
    My grandchildren give me the stamina and passion to continue the fight.  If you can't wait that long for hope, get the book: The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in  Time of Fear, edited by Paul Loeb.
    In chapter 42, K.C. Golden writes "(don't) fall for the inevitability trap.  It's just giving ourselves an excuse for allowing the wrong choices to be made, and a feeble excuse at that.  Among all the reasons for making the wrong choice, I think the least satisfying, the least noble,, the hardest one to forgive ourselves for is 'It wasn't up to me.'
    Well it is up to somebody. Who's is gonna be?"
  •  Thank you, georgia10 (none)
    I wish I had written it myself, but I have two wingnut senators.
    •  I have Schumer and Clinton (none)
      They're gonna vote no.

      When you couldn't get a real journalism job, there's Fox News.

      by The Truffle on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:56:20 AM PST

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      •  The issue is not (none)
        whether or not your Democratic Senators will vote no. The issue is whether they will filibuster to block Alito's confirmation.

        Frankly I'm beyond sick and tired of seeing the stories splattered all over the NYT day after day about how the Dems won't be able to block Alito. That alone is worth having the Senate Democrats stand up and block Alito.

        Well OK, I'm exaggerating. That alone isn't at all a reason to filibuster Alito.

        But the fact that the guy blatantly lied during his hearing (he doesn't remember joining a sexist, racist organization in college that he managed to remember to put on his resume), he thinks Bork was one of the best nominees of the 20th century and he does not believe in constitutional checks and balances on executive power, combined, are all reason to filibuster, even if you don't want to wade into abortion politics.

        This guy does not belong on the U.S. Supreme Court. At this critical juncture in American history, he will be dangerous.

        FILIBUSTER.

    •  Call Them Anyway (none)
      They represent you and need to hear from you. If enough people call, it could make them a little nervous [though not change their vote]. It only takes a minute, so why not?
  •  Faxs on the way!!!! Thanks, Georgia (none)
    for kicking my ass---some of us needed to get out of the WTF attitude!!!! Much like Howard says: Fight them at every opportunity!!!
  •  Dem party in critical condition (none)
    This is really crunch time. Heartbeat is failing. Breathing shallow. CPR necessary. Call your Senator and give 'em the shock treatment. Paddles please!! Clear....
  •  take a deep breath now (3.00)
    georgia,

    No fillibuster will be supported because no case for it has been made. Hysterically crying "the sky is falling" on Democracy for the last 5 Republican nominees for the SCOTUS has exhausted credibility for a lot of principled opposition (remember Sen Kennedy's proclaimations about women dying when SOUTER was nominated!).

    The only Democrats who acquited themselves with thoughful questions to Judge Alito were Sens. Feingold & Schumer because in large part they ignored the desperate smear tactics of the CAP & Vanguard distractors.

    Alito was bright & articulate. He actually discussed many controversal areas in much greater detail then previous nominees. He was baptized by the ABA & praised unanimously by his peers. There was no way he was going to be trashed by many of the tactics discussed here on the Kos becuase he is in no way able to be successfully painted as outside the mainstream.

    •  unchecked executive power (4.00)
      is reason enough. Too much evidence from past writings and not enough assurances that he won't give the chimp a blank check to trample over our constitution.
    •  Yes, (none)
      truly did the Democrats do the mashed potatoes on the last nominee.  Oh wait . . .

      "In the beginning the universe was created. This has been widely criticized and generally regarded as a bad move." -- Douglas Adams

      by LithiumCola on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:56:06 AM PST

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    •  Just what we need more reality checks (none)
      I think we are gonna reality check ourselves into oblivion as a party.
    •  i strongly disagree (4.00)
      He actually discussed many controversal areas in much greater detail then previous nominees.

      Re-read the hearing trascripts. Every controversial question was answered with a boilerplate answer about procedure. I'm serious, I found it infuriating. So it made him sound like he was giving a lot when in actuality he was giving an answer any 2nd yr law student could give.  

      This post by Robert Gorden sums it up nicely:

      Alito tends to looks reasonable and moderate because of his style. But his style conceals a strategy. In his Justice Department days, Alito was up front about this. He often advised his superiors not to seek direct overruling of the cases they disliked, such as Roe v. Wade, but to pursue an incremental strategy -- to whittle away, case by case, at the surviving legal legacies of the liberal period. In the current political stalemate, where neither side can muster the votes to significantly amend legislation, whoever controls executive agencies and the courts can accomplish repeal of liberal policies, even those that command widespread public support, by stealth. At present the stakes in this battle are about as high as they can be, because the courts are assigned an essential role in preserving the Constitutional balance of power and the rule of law, against an executive that claims for itself dictatorial discretion. In particular, if the courts will not protect the liberties of unpopular subjects, such as those accused of aiding terrorists, no one will.

      John Roberts played for Democratic votes in the Senate simply by asserting his independence from factions and patrons and declaring, "I am not an ideologue". This seemed to work in his case, and now only time will tell if it is true. Clarence Thomas told the Senate the same thing, that he had an open mind and no agenda. In his case it turned out not to be true. In Alito's case, unfortunately, almost nothing indicates that he has the independence to deviate from the causes that impelled him into law and a lifetime of federal service as a soldier in the conservative movement. If he is unwilling firmly and forthrightly to declare his independence from the ideologies and executive authorities he has served his entire career, the Democrats should try to keep him off the Court by filibuster.

      •  And Alito's 'independence from ideolog[ues]' (none)
        could have been a Dem stratergery to lay down during the hearings.

        Peter Dauo had it exactly right:

        Weeks before the hearings, Dem leaders would have set a trap for Alito by using his obvious and easily anticipated strong point against him, namely his demeanor. The Bush tactic, as evidenced by John Roberts, is to suck the life out of the proceedings by making everything as boring and pedantic as possible. The media then obediently claims the hearings are proof of the nominee's thoughtfulness and composure. In a functioning triangle, Dems, with the help of the netroots and honest media figures, would have prepared the public by making Alito's demeanor an issue using 'question of the day' framing, as in: "Are you troubled by the gap between Alito's radical views and his matter-of-fact attitude?" or something along those lines.

        This was all doable with some leadership.

        •  Interesting Theory (none)
          In a functioning triangle, Dems, with the help of the netroots and honest media figures, would have prepared the public by making Alito's demeanor an issue using 'question of the day' framing, as in: "Are you troubled by the gap between Alito's radical views and his matter-of-fact attitude?" or something along those lines.

          I'm not sure this would actually work, mainly because so much of the public reaction is predicated on appearances.

          It's that old thing about people who listened to the radio thought Nixon won the debates, but people who watched television thought Kennedy won, mainly because Nixon looked like a shifty used car salesman.

          As you noted, in the hearings Alito came across (by design) as calm and measured.  That's what the casual viewer took away, that here was a man who was not easily ruffled, nor did he seem "extreme".

          By comparison, the Democratic senators who questioned seemed a petty, hectoring, bloviating, pack of idiots.   There's no way this would have worked with Kennedy and Biden leading the charge in the Sente, as the negatives they bring with them are too much to overcome, especially when they act like total buffoons.

      •  Okay, but... (none)
        In order to win the war, you need to pick your battles wisely.

        Alito is a qualified nominee. Meaning that the guy knows his stuff, the Democrats were unable to scathe him during the hearings (before anyone bashes me on this, you can't claim the Democrats didn't fight hard enough and at the same time claim that Alito came out looking like a bloody pulp).

        Republicans during the Clinton Administration have given deference to Clinton's nominees. If you want to set a precedent that you vote against a nominee based on ideology, then you'd better be sure you have control of the Senate.

        Even if the Democrats win the Presidential Election in 2008, if the precedent of fillibustering a Supreme Court nominee because of a decision he might render stands, it will give the Republicans, who may retain the Senate in 2008, a reason to fillibuster any perceived left-wing judge.

        With the precedent the Democrats are perhaps about to set, then if the Republicans continue to control the Senate, they will actually be able to force right-wing nominees onto the bench even when a Democratic President is in office!

        So you say, "well then, we'll make sure to keep the Senate." Well, fine, that works. Except everyone here is sending off their Senator emails and phone calls claiming they won't vote for the Senator again if they don't fillibuster. Maybe some will want to fillibuster, and some won't. Net result: Alito gets confirmed, and some Dems who didn't fillibuster face the wrath of people on sites like this one, causing the Senate to remain in Republican hands.

        Play it out. It's not a winning strategy.

    •  'SwiftBoat his Ass'---nothing you've said . . . (none)
      would've prevented Democrats from painting Alito as a radical, women-haing fundamentalist baby eater; if they had either the conviction or ability to do so.

      That's what's been so distressing to me. The Rethug Wurlitzer has been sitting out there as a model for how many years now, and we're still acting like it                   doesn't matter, doesn't exist, or doesn't offer a political methodology.

      You're point is well made. I would suggest that a good Democratic opposition could have trumped all of it and made Alito radioactive.

  •  Pryor and Lincoln (none)
    are my Senators - swingers on almost every vote. Here's my take on Alito - Bush needs to be punished - and Alito should be Bush's whipping boy.
    Blanche, Mark - I'm talking to you! And I'm calling you tommorrow.
    Bush lied to get us into a war
    Bush lied and 2400+ Americans have died
    Bush lied about what his "litte war" would cost
    Bush lied about FISA

    I could go on for hours...now YOU Senators want to believe "that" Bush, that Alito would make a good SCOTUS member...trust me? Alito is a good actor but a Shiite Thug under his respect black robe.

    Every single Senator needs to ask themselves - do they believe Bush or their "lying eyes"?
    Fillibuster - it is the only way to stop the lock-step march of an Imperial Presidency as Bush crowns himself king.

    He shit on me, then slapped me for stinking!

    by Arkydem on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:53:00 AM PST

  •  Well I called Voinovitch (none)
    doubt it'll help, but what the hell.

    "In the beginning the universe was created. This has been widely criticized and generally regarded as a bad move." -- Douglas Adams

    by LithiumCola on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:53:05 AM PST

  •  I'm in Texas (none)
    Who the Hell do I call? My senators will cut their hands off to vote for Alito.
  •  Dems revealed again, how much does it take? (none)
    So, as the Democrats sell us out again, another plaintive cry that if we "stay the course" we will achieve "vicotry". What is it going to take to convince people that the Democrats are a complete and total failure as an opposition party, and that they, not we, participate in the decision making process.

    Feinstein comes out against the necessary filibuster, and dirtbag Bayh defends blowing up innocent civilians in their Pakistan treasure hunt. Sez he:

    "It's a regrettable situation, but what else are we supposed to do?" Bayh told CNN's "Late Edition.""It's like the wild, wild west out there. The Pakistani border is a real problem."

    These people do not deserve our support in any way. If you think that you can somehow remake the decrepit, right-leaning party, I have to disagree. Sure you can point to some good ones, like Finegold and Finegold, but we'd be better off if they banded together to create a true opposition party.

    My "elected" representatives include DiFi and the miserable Tom Lantos (San Mateo/Tel Aviv). After the Nader debacle I supported dems in 2004, and got slammed with the least effective opposition party this country has ever seen.

    So don't ask me to support these bums in 2006. I'd rather make a statement by voting for a 3rd-party fringe candidate then be associated with the gutless bastards who let the war criminal Bush impose fascist laws on my country.

    The people will have to find some way to remove this criminal administration, but don't look for help from the democrats. We may have to replace all of them before impeachment becomes possible.

    Sorry, Georgia, but America is almost beyond hope, and nothing but a popular uprising will change things. Having faith in people like Finestein is less effective than prayer or Santa Claus. They are (mopstly) unfit to represent progressives and do not deserve our support.

    It may take decades for a legitimate third party to take root, but the Democrats aren't going to solve anything now or in the future, if they won't even safeguard our rights by filibustering Scalito and defend the administrations war crimes in Iraq.

    I'm a linguist, licensed to use words any way I want to!

    by MakeChessNotWar on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:53:48 AM PST

    •  Oops! (none)
      I meant Finegold and Boxer, as good Dems, and I could add a few more (Obama, Kennedy) but I can't get past the fingers on both hands. My slip (Finegold and Finegold) implied that there was only a single decent Dem, and that of course isn't the case. But there are too few to matter.

      I'm a linguist, licensed to use words any way I want to!

      by MakeChessNotWar on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:07:45 PM PST

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  •  I'm so sick of the despondency (none)
    That's why I applaud Georgia's post.  Even after Alito, it isn't the end.  Remember how psyched everyone was in November?  Think of it as a runup of things to come.

    When you couldn't get a real journalism job, there's Fox News.

    by The Truffle on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 11:53:58 AM PST

  •  A price to pay for cowardice (none)
    Democratic senators like Feinstein should pay a political price for their cowardly policy of going along to get along. If they are not willing to do the right thing and filibuster Alito than they no longer support the vast majority of Democrats and Independents. They should no longer receive any campaign contributions or support in any way. This is the only language they understand. They need to fear being thrown out of office more than they fear the consequences of opposing the punditry class and corporate media.
  •  Excellent post, Georgia. (none)
    I think everyone needed this "pep talk" in some way, shape or form.

    I also think some people don't understand that January has always been the month of the President.

  •  FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!! (none)
    You go Georgia you go! I'm with you 110%. My great aunts and uncles were murdered by the Nazis in Romania and I know exactly what sort of world the American radical right is trying to put into place. OVER MY DEAD BODY!

    Fight as if your life and your country depended on it, because it does!

  •  Worthy of Henry IV of Shakespeare (none)
    in terms of stirring battle speech.

    Good job'

  •  Act - and demand our 30 hours of debate! (none)
    As noted, we're in a Constitutional Crisis on several fronts.  Many worry that we won't have the votes for a filibuster Samuel Alito.  But don't forget - even after a vote for cloture on Alito's nomination, the Senators are allowed 30 hours of debate - and up to 1 hour per Senator - before a confirmation vote.  Handled wisely, this can be our Mr. Smith Goes to Washington moment whether we start with 41 votes or not, and whether Alito is filibustered or confirmed or not.  Extended debate can expose the truth, shame extremists, win over moderates, and build critical support on core issues.

    This comment is aimed as a call to arms for Senators, including Reid and Leahy, and especially those who we know visit DKos - like Russ Feingold and Ted Kennedy - who take this crisis seriously.  Whether they filibuster, or publicize this crisis through other extended debate in the Senate, this is the time to go on the record by every means possible.
    We have multiple opportunities here to take back our government for the people using the Senate.  And  it doesn't start or end with Alito - he's just the latest lever, a very important one.  There are startlingly many others, ongoing and upcoming this month, including:

    • the PATRIOT Act vote due this month
    • the FISA hearings on illegal, unconstitutional warrantless wiretaps, also due this month
    • an illegal, now famously corrupt lobbying franchise run by the party in power
    • the President and Attorney General's latest effort to illegally cancel pending habeas corpus reviews to Guantanamo detainees, despite explicit language in the newly signed Graham-Levin-Kyl bill
    • the President's reluctance to abide by the new anti-torture statute, reflected in his signing statement
    • the continued efforts to hide the president's pre-war deceptions, by delaying reports promised but never delivered - recently the subject of a Rule 21 Senate shutdown.  The motive for the delay is clear: Polls show a majority of Americans already think such deceptions should result in impeachment.

    All of this can be exposed in 30 hours of debate before the Alito confirmation vote, if Democrats plan it properly.  The result can be damning, overwhelming, and history making.  These are skilled debaters and lawyers with an airtight case for unconstitutional abuse of power - they just need to commit, rally and present it.

    So yes, until these issues are resolved, the attempt to co-opt the Supreme Court using Alito makes defeating him an immediate priority.  But he's not the only issue.

    • Even evil Lindsey Graham has acknowledged that the latest efforts to dismiss pending Guantanamo cases violate the terms of the Levin compromise recently passed.  So does Senator Levin, of course.
    • Even McCain and Graham acknowledge that the anti-torture bill is wrecked, endangering our troops, when the president insists he can choose whether to follow it.
    • Of the other Republican Senators, 9 favor keeping torture legal and 16 refused to co-sponsor last year's Senate condemnation of lynching.  Predictably, this includes Senators from Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas.  We need to face the reason so many unconstitutional and illegal actions are tolerated: some Americans will hand over all our rights, if they're convinced at first that only Arabs and Muslims will lose theirs.  These Senators, ever hostile to civil rights, represent a minority of Americans, but much of the Republican party.

    Our case for stopping - in effect, arresting - an outlaw government until these issues are resolved can go on in the Senate whether we stop Alito or not, and whether a nukular effort to prevent filibusters on any of these issues succeeds or fails.

    Will the Organizer, Armando and others have smart, inspiring diaries making some of these connections.  I've pointed Veto-Alito.com to Will's new site aimed at this action.

    Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi may be getting organized.  His Rule 21 Senate shutdown last quarter, his claim last week that Chertoff should resign (which he should have made during Katrina, not the day his own state lost $8M is Homeland Security funds!), and his comparison with the mob on Friday, mustn't be momentary fits of pique - they must be part of a sustained, consistent effort that unites his party.  He's got to finally get that party started.

    Democrats need to put these many pieces together, expose, and slow or stop this administration until its habit of doing illegal things can be curbed.  Does anything prevent Reid from invoking Rule 21 again?  What are the limits on extended, non-judicial debate, slow-walking and suspensions of Senate business?

    Bottom line: the things Reid threatened to trigger if the Senate goes nukular should probably be happening anyway - it's critical to expose and impede government's corruption rather than become accessories to it.

    (If we don't put these pieces together, the Democratic party will hand us the worst of both worlds - no more leverage than 44 independents, yet still hobbled by accusations of partisanship.)

    Let's contact the strong ones who have been raising their voices lately - Feingold, Boxer, Kennedy, Schumer, Reid, Leahy, Durbin - and make sure they spend this week putting together these pieces and showing the public, the press, and the rest of the Senate that their only patriotic option is to fiercely challenge this adminstration - not just on Alito, but on wider its effort to remold the Courts to endorse its many illegal actions.

    •  You should make this a diary entry... (none)
      imo
      •  I have one right now on this (none)

        The GOP rushed us into war, we won't be rushed into Monarchy.

        by Will the Organizer on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:09:14 PM PST

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      •  I did, thanks -- here's a link. (none)
        It's here.

        We could get so much more organized if only we had better ways to make such things persist.

        We'll get this and other diaries up at Veto-Alito.com.

        •  Have you registered yet on the site? (none)
          Ive been using  the url filibuster-alito.com but I guess veto-alito.com is catchier

          The GOP rushed us into war, we won't be rushed into Monarchy.

          by Will the Organizer on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 02:23:17 PM PST

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          •  Yes, I registered both domains and they both work. (none)
            And I've registered there as Freiheit.
            •  OK your a moderator now (none)
              at the highest level under administrator.

              Im going to write a press release artice on who we are and the idea we are trying to push. Then I want to get it out as far and wide as possible to try to get booked as guests on some radio and tv shows.

              We need to pick representatives to speak for us.

              We also need to put some more content on the site, and more links. Ill be working on it more tonight. By tomorrow it should be decent.

              We are getting more and more members also. I just read an article about how liberal activists have "not yet begun to fight" and how the one week delay was given to get the opposition together.

              Yes the GOP has gotten a head start and we went in with too open a mind and are off to a slow start but we can pull this off.

              If we do this it will be such a huge blow to the wingnuts who have worked 40 years for this moment, and such a  big win for us.

              It will rally our people so much and get us off to a great start for November.

              I really think Many Senators like Schumer want to block this guy.

              It only looks bad because a couple senators have come out saying a filibuster is unlikely, all the ones who want to block have kept their mouths shut so far.

              They could just be bluffing....

              The GOP rushed us into war, we won't be rushed into Monarchy.

              by Will the Organizer on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 03:17:39 PM PST

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          •  I'd like to see this great Georgia10 piece there (none)
            Here's another great Georgiat10 piece I'd like to see in a persistent spot:
            Downing Street & King George: A Duty to Impeach

            It's a really strong case and analogy with the original King George and our fight for independence from tyrrany.  It keeps getting more relevant.

            If I was filibustering I'd want to hear it read into the Senate record.

  •  Media Lies with Metrics to Support Alito (none)
    The media spin on this has been pretty overwhelming, repeatedly reporting that Alito would be confirmed, and that there wouldn't be a fillibuster.

    But I agree with you.  We all need to contact our senators, you can do so at Congress.org, all you need to know is your zip code.

    Without being longwinded, here's four reasons why I oppose Alito.

    -Alito isn't willing to say that Roe is settled law.  And he seemed close to describing how settled law might overturned in the hearings.

    -Alito isn't willing to say that the President can't unilaterally declare war without consent from congress, and generally supports an expansive view of executive power, power that is already approaching dictatorial.

    -Alito seems to support corporate claims of power over citizens rights.

    -Alito's contention that his 15 year record won't be representative of his future views is hardly convincing, and in Alito's performance before the Senate he was unwilling to clearly answer questions.

    But I have to note that I was taken in for a few days by a powerful and masterfully created piece of propaganda on Alito last week, until it was revealed the media was using statistics to lie.

    The propanganda I am reffering to are detailed metrics on Alito's 15 year voting record.  The stats were for the number the number of times he dissented with the democratic and repubican positions. For the most part these metrics showed Alito's views to be a wash, he dissented from Democratic views and Republican views in nearly equal proportions, certainly not enough to block his resignation.  

    It wasn't until a few days later that a guest on Air America actually explained what the (lying) metric meant in more detail.  The guest explained that when Alito dissented from the Republican position, it wasn't that he agreed with the Democratic position, instead it was that he didn't think the Republcan position went far enough to the right.  The reality is that the true meaning of the metrics was that Alito overwhelming supported conservative positions, rather than the missrepresentation being spread that his positions were equally balanced between the left and right.

  •  Let's coordinate this mofo! (none)
    I'll post a diary everyday as an open thread about the day's efforts to this end...if people are interested...

    Anything's possible with Commander Cuckoo Bananas in charge. -Homer J. Simpson

    by Cheez Whiz on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:04:02 PM PST

    •  Yes do it (none)
      This is my life until Alito is blocked or confirmed.

      We have a web site Filibuster-Alito.com as a place to coordinate our campaign to block vote until after FISA hearings. We can frame this a compromise between allowing him on and filimbustering.

      The GOP rushed us into war, we won't be rushed into Monarchy.

      by Will the Organizer on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:11:16 PM PST

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  •  Im asking the defeatists to shut up (none)
    We can still win this thing. I believe Harry Reid is planning to fight, thats why de delayed the vote one week.

    Thank you G10 for bringing thins message of hope.

    Surely DailyKos, the #1 Liberal Blog has enough clout to get some stories in the papers that democrats arent glum, that democrats are pissed and ready to fight and we want our leaders to filibuster, at least until after the FISA hearings.

    Surely Dkos has enough clout to get some of our best booked on TV to explain that we aren't glum, that we are in a great position to mount a filibuster.

    There are several scandals to choose from for a justification of a filibuster.

    What the defeatists dont get is that even if we dont have 41 votes for cloture (which I think we do) we get 30 HOURS of debate to get 41 votes. Thats 30 hours to get the media and the American people listening.

    A filibuster is drama and the outcome will go from decided to up in the air which will geh people paying attention.

    Ive been talking to people all week, most dont even know who Alito is, a filibuster will change that.

    I got news for the defeatists, Americans dont want a king, or SCOTUS justices who will crown a king.

    Those who want to stand and fight, to get the word out that were not glum, that we want to delay vote until after FISA hearings rendezvous @ Filibuster-Alito.com and register as a user.

    Keep these messages that we're not glum on the front page please, its the most important issue for the next week or so.

    The GOP rushed us into war, we won't be rushed into Monarchy.

    by Will the Organizer on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:05:46 PM PST

    •  I agree... (none)
      It's been one non stop series of "strategic retreats" for years now.  Godamnit just start fighting consequences be damned.  And to the defeatists what really are the consequences?  That you made a useless phone call or email?  Look you don't need to prepare us for losing.  You are not our mommies and daddies trying to explain the cold hard world to us.  We've been living in that world for quite sometime now.  We accept that despite our best efforts things may not always turn out right.  But there is virtue in fighting for what you believe in.  It makes you stronger not weaker in my opinion.  Just fight damnit.
      •  The worst is they think theyre smarter for it (none)
        They like to act like theyre realistic, more than the rest of us.

        Personally I think some are part of the GOP's Alito confirmation team, the rest are just plain wrong.

        What has 5 years of retreat got us?

        This is the last straw, they dont get if the party retreats on Alito, the party will split

        The GOP rushed us into war, we won't be rushed into Monarchy.

        by Will the Organizer on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:13:27 PM PST

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        •  They have good intentions... (none)
          but if you find yourself fighting a series of battles where all you are doing is retreating...you are losing the war.  What georgia is asking for here is for people to make phone calls and emails...that is not a big sacrifice to make imo.
        •  SPLIT THE DEMS OVER ALITO....? (none)
          Split the Party...?  That's the kind of Perot style thinking that elected Newt's majority...in the first place.  

          A fillibuster will only radicalize the right and make last week's grandstanding look tame.  

          And it could cost the Democrats new seats in the House and Senate in November...

          PROGRESSIVES SIMPLY MUST GO INTO NOVEMBER ON THE SAME PAGE...

          More Content, Less Chat. gloomanddoom.blogspot.com

          by BALTHAZAR on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:27:07 PM PST

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          •  Thats the effect it has (none)
            Lots of people here are saying things to that effect

            The GOP rushed us into war, we won't be rushed into Monarchy.

            by Will the Organizer on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:36:31 PM PST

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            •  Because... (none)
              Maybe it's true...?  

              My hunch is that if the Dems would just start talking health care and economics again...  We won't have these problems in the first place.

              Dubya has been a TOTAL disaster as president...  But does the media, OR THE DEMOCRATS, mention this?  Do the Bubbas who listen to AM Hate Radio see this?  NO.  The entire Republican "game plan" is based on public distration...

              Democrats can win on Walmart...but not on the "social issues"  

              Progressives had better start betting on their "fast horses"...or else.  This notion that the Dems can only win by "default" is just nuts...  The problem is that the party leadership still thinks they can win by being "Republican-Lite!"

              More Content, Less Chat. gloomanddoom.blogspot.com

              by BALTHAZAR on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:45:52 PM PST

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          •  The GOP is already radicalized! (none)
            Are our Dem reps as afraid as you?
            Indys and Repubs are watching the Dems.  Will they roll over as usual - or stand up?

            Bush is NOT America!

            by annefrank on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 02:21:46 PM PST

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    •  False roses (4.00)
      Believing in fairy tales does not help the cause. As I noted in my comment above, the existing Democratic party is a failure in opposition. Dem Senators betray us almost daily, from DiFi's insistence on no filibuster to Bayh's approval of the bombing of Iraqi civilians.

      We are not "defeatists", we just realize that our team simply doesn't have the talent in the starting lineup, deespite the presence of some superstars, to stand up to the fascist agenda (I mean that literally) of the war criminal Bush. And the gutless majority of Dems still won't even discuss impeachment seriously.

      If you want us to root for the Dems, you need to put a team of repect-worthy individuals. Right now there are far too many wolves in sheep's clothing, supporters of the war-mongering policies of Bushco.

      It is not that we are rooting for the Dems to fail, it is just that anyone with eyes open sees them failing day after day. Those of us who see reality clearly shouldn't be subject to negative vibres and ridicule here. We simply see the failures while you all dream with your eyes closed.

      The Dem powers have decided that Alito will be confirmed, and the American people are just getting a big "fuck you" from them. They keep on funding his illegal war, with excuses that the have to protect the troops. And as for the troops who are committing torture, murder and slaughtering civilians from the air, they are praised as heroes.

      The few decent Dems find themselves up against the mighty centrists and right-wingers and though they can talk a good game, they have zero results to show for it.

      It is the Dems in the Senate who are defeatist, refusing to mount a challenge to Alito. Those of us who are fed up with the incompetence of the Dems are not defeatists, just realists.

      I'm a linguist, licensed to use words any way I want to!

      by MakeChessNotWar on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 01:00:48 PM PST

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      •  I have no problem with that comment (none)
        if they let Alito on.

        Right now theres still hope theyll decide to fight.

        The GOP rushed us into war, we won't be rushed into Monarchy.

        by Will the Organizer on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 02:12:27 PM PST

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        •  Right on, Will (none)
          Having read many of your fine posts, I was hoping you'd agree. And if they do rise up and stop Alito, I'll join the cheerleading team. But we have to put more pressure on them to do the right thing, and it would be best if we could convince them that their political lives are at stake. If they believed that an attempted filibuster would help get them elected, then we'd have more to look forward to.

          I'm a linguist, licensed to use words any way I want to!

          by MakeChessNotWar on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 02:24:16 PM PST

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          •  Thanks alot - Agree 100% (none)
            We have to let them know how much they are letting down the people who support them most.

            I never thought Id say it cause I always knew 3rd parties were a bad idea in America but if they let us down on this I'll be looking for alternatves in primaries or 3rd parties.

            They should fear splitting their party.

            Do the right thing Senators.

            The GOP rushed us into war, we won't be rushed into Monarchy.

            by Will the Organizer on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 02:35:13 PM PST

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  •  BACK TO JIM CROW AND THE COAT HANGER....? (none)
     Now that "Machine Gun Sam" is PROBABLY heading for the high court, it's going to be back to Jim Crow and the coat hanger for the American Public...!

    And, those liberals who opposed him can expect a "knock on the door" any day now to be taken off to Gulag Dubya....!

    Well, maybe not...   But;

    Now that the Alito "thing" is over, the media can start re-focusing on Kongressional Korruption...

    The war in Iraq...and how it "empowered" the Iranian radicals to thumb their noses at Bush and the Neocons with impunity...

    And how China is financing this whole mess by accepting our increasingly dubious "paper assets" eg Bonds.

    And that should be enough to give the Democrats PLENTY of arugments going into the November elections...which I predict will return BOTH houses of Kongress to the Democrats...

    Yes, I know that is technically impossible...but November is a long way off in political terms.

    And a lot can happen....and probably will.

    My hunch is that Alito was given his seat on the court with the express condition that he NOT overrule RoevWade; which has been the gift that keeps on giving for the Republicans...

    Mostly, Roe gives Republicans a 'CHEAP' wedge issue that allows working class Bubbas to vote to abolish their pensions, and send their jobs to China...and the kids to the middle east.

    All under the assumption that Republican elites really care about abortion (which is so 70's!) and homos and Jesus!

    Trust me....Wall Street doesn't care about abortion, homos or Jesus!

    They only want to keep on looting the US economy in the name of International Capital...and Globalism.

    So, back to Jim Crow and the coat hanger? I don't think so...

    Wall Street and the Republicans had too good a week this week to make any changes now.

    And Gulag Dubya? Probably not...

    But the "no fly list" is "doable!"

    http://gloomanddoom.blogspot.com

    More Content, Less Chat. gloomanddoom.blogspot.com

    by BALTHAZAR on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:14:17 PM PST

  •  When is the Alito vote? (none)

    Bush is NOT America!

    by annefrank on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:14:46 PM PST

  •  Yea, but ..... (none)
    Now according to John Aravosis on americablog we have the Dems appointing someone who is tainted by the Abramoff/Delay scandal to spearhead the Dems ethical reform push:

    "First, we have Nancy Pelosi announcing the choice of Cong. Clyburn to run the ethics battle:

        Congressman James Clyburn of South Carolina, the newly and unanimously elected Chairman of the Democratic Caucus who has lived his life with a commitment to a high ethical standard, will head the Clean House Team.

    Then we have NPR confirming that Clyburn has his own ethics accusations to deal with:

        House Majority Leader Tom DeLay isn't the only politician facing ethics charges. South Carolina's James Clyburn and Mississippi's Bennie Thompson, both Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus, also had to answer tough questions last week. In 1997, both men traveled to the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. commonwealth. The trip -- and an earlier trip to the Marianas by two associates of DeLay -- appears to have been paid for by lobbyist Jack Abramoff. It is a violation of House ethics to accept gifts from a registered lobbyist. Abramoff is now the subject of a federal corruption probe.

    And finally, as would be expected, the National Republican Congressional Committee blasts Pelosi for picking someone to lead the ethics reform battle who themselves is under an ethical cloud:

        Clyburn, however, had been connected to the very lobbyist around whom Democrats are building their "clean up Congress" campaign - Jack Abramoff. In 1997, Abramoff paid for a trip costing more than $10,000 that Clyburn took to the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean. (Roll Call, 5/5/05)

    What is it with these people? Are they so suicidal that they insist on shooting themselves in the foot every single chance they get? What possible reason could there be to appoint Clyburn to this position, let alone keep him there now that we all know he's got his own explaining to do regarding Abramoff?"

    It's hard to maintain when our "leaders" are idiots.

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

    by accumbens on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:19:57 PM PST

  •  Feinstein just threw in the towel for us. (none)

    "... Let us stop, look and listen. Let us not give this president or any president unchecked power. Remember the Constitution." Sen Rob't. Byrd 10/11/02

    by LEP on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:22:13 PM PST

  •  My recent email (none)
    Thank you Georgia10.  Reading this diary struck such a chord with me and reminded me of an email I recently sent to my local grassroots group.  Some of it is specific to Tarrant County, Texas where I live, but it can apply to any grassroots group.

    On November 3, 2004, I woke up with a sick feeling in my stomach.  I went to work and managed to get through the day without crying but just barely.  I took the train home, surrounded by Republicans who, to their credit, were kind to me even though they knew how strongly I oppose the Bush administration - it's not like I'm shy or there weren't a number of heated debates.  But still, no one was smug, no one jeered, no one got in my face to rub it in.  Most just didn't say anything.  Some asked if I was okay.  One elderly man walked by, patted me on the shoulder and said "It's only four more years."  I replied, "Bbbbut, but the Supreme C" and that's all I managed to get out before I broke down and sobbed.

    I remember reading an article that day, and the author mentioned that he had received a one-word email from a friend.  It said "Despair."  That one word summed it up for me.  Despair.  That's what I felt.  Actually there are many De- and Dis- words that could describe how I felt - depressed, discouraged, disheartened, demoralized, deceived, defeated - you get the picture.  It wasn't until I came across the sorryeverybody website that I slowly began to heal, rekindle my inner fire and turn my feeling of desolation into one of determination.
    Sorry Everybody was started by one guy who wrote an apology to the world that we as Americans (at least half of us) elected George Bush - again.  He took a picture of himself holding the note and posted it on a webpage.  It caught on and became a phenomenon.  There are now thousands of individual pictures posted on the site.  Many of the pictures are Americans holding their own apologetic message to the world.  Some pictures are citizens from all around the globe accepting our apology.  I've read them all.  It took a quite a while to get through them all, but it was the most therapeutic time I've ever spent.  But it occurred to me that there was one overwhelming recurring theme from Americans - one that I felt myself.  "I voted, but I wish I had done more."  Over and over people lamented that they wished they had done more.  That next time it would be different.  Next time they wouldn't just vote, they'd walk their precincts, make phone calls, volunteer and just DO MORE.

    It's 2006 and NOW is the time for YOU to do more.  There's a real opportunity to change the politics in America this November.  There's a Democratic Primary this March.  The Democratic Convention is being held in Fort Worth this June.  And not least of all, there's an election this November.  However, no change will be made unless YOU get involved NOW.  It cannot be the same too few people who will make a difference.  It will be all of us.  It will be each of us.  Every single one of us.  And the time is now.  I do not want to wake up on November 8, 2006 with a sick feeling in my stomach and Rick Perry in the Governor's Mansion and Sen. Kay Bee headed back to DC - again.  We can survive the next 3 years of King George if we have a Democratic House and Senate to stop him from devastating our country any further.  We can make education a priority in Texas if we send a Democrat to Austin.  But to succeed, we need to start - RIGHT NOW.

    There are many ways to help.  Money is, of course, always appreciated.  But money isn't everything.  Your time is also needed.  We need volunteers.  We need YOU.  There are many ways you can help.  Do you like to go out for dinner or cocktails?  We need people to scope out venues for different events.  Are you artistic?  We need help designing flyers.  Are you computer savvy?  We need help maintaining databases, doing mail merges, updating websites.  Are you friendly?  We need people to welcome attendees at events.  Do you live in an apartment complex or regularly visit family and friends in apartment complexes?  We need people to post flyers at mailbox areas.  Are you healthy and strong?  We need people to set up tables and chairs.  These are only a few of the little things YOU can do that will add up to a very big difference this November.

    Everyone's left of the extreme right.

    by gnutpnut on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:24:49 PM PST

  •  Georgia, thanks even tho I am not as heartened as (none)
    some.  I believe we have been pushing very hard on Alito and communicating the will of the people to our elected representatves but (some of) our Senators are turning a deaf ear and blind eye.  

    However, what I appreciate is your message of don't give up so.....

    Senate Switchboard: 1-877-762-8762 (sob-u-sob)  

    Works for any senator (in Washington) and is particularly good for use on vote days.  Call your Senator, call the "good" senators, call the senators who sit on a particular committee (such as judiciary....).   And with SOB-U-SOB you don't have to remember a bunch of #s!

    And yes, it's on my speed dial.  So is my congressman.

  •  Why do you think (none)
    they are rushing this through?
    Could it be because Congress is out of session ?- and Dems can be discouraged? OH NO!
    I live in VA and so both of my Senators are hopeless.
    OTOH- those of you who DO have Senators that can be swayed- make a LOT of noise- our democracy is at stake.
    Thanks for your impassioned and well- reasoned posts Georgia!
    Did I mention that my favorite aunt was named Georgia?  :)
  •  Well, you'd better start organizing (none)
    Feinstein.

    "... Let us stop, look and listen. Let us not give this president or any president unchecked power. Remember the Constitution." Sen Rob't. Byrd 10/11/02

    by LEP on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:34:29 PM PST

  •  Liberal March on Washington (none)
    is what the fuck we need. I'm not talking million man, I'm talking 10 million men and women. We need to do something BIG. I'm starting to despair.

    Stop using Jesus as an excuse for being a narrow-minded bigoted asshole.

    by joeesha on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:37:29 PM PST

  •  On their worst day DEM Senators are Better (none)
    than the  "Rethuglicans."

    Yes, I believe the basic stratagy utilized by the dem committee members during the hearing was in error, however when dealing with most of mindless America, scandal sells. The Princeton and Vanguard issues were calculated to draw more attention that nuts and bolts law issues. The filibuter is probably a non starter. The key is the 2006 elections and winning control of the house and senate. Then Row V Wade can be underpinned with new laws and or new judges. The supremes are not invinceable. Like the thug repugs a focused effort by Democrats, shouting out their (repugs) failures must be done daily from the roof tops. The media is slowly begining to report the truth. The tide is turning.

    "Give me some words I can dance to...and a melody that rhymes" J. Buffett

    by Quarternote on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:38:33 PM PST

  •  Passion (none)
    Wow.  I can only admire someone who brings that much passion and caring to a political argument, even if it is more than a bit hyperbolic.

    Unfortunately, as much as I would like to see Alito vigorously opposed, I do think that a sober assessment would say that this fight has been lost.  The country, even the blue parts of the country, are just not out in enough force and the liberal activists are not numerous and/or organized enough to sway the votes.

    But I certainly take exception to the remark that one should "do what you want in the midterm elections."  Electing Democrats, any way, any how, is the only way to exert any degree of influence over judicial nominations.

    Fight the good fight on Alito, but keep your eyes on the prize: November 2006.

  •  I'm a huge fan of yours (none)
    and no stranger to hope... but now the dems appt Cong. Cyburn head of the dem caucus to lead the ethics charge, and he's one of the few dems accused of Abramof connections? how do you spell suicide?

    What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? unknown

    by moon in the house of moe on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 12:45:19 PM PST

  •  Roe would still have 5 votes (none)
    I think it's an exaggeration to say that we're "bringing the hangers out of the closet" already.  I'm not disputing that Alito is very conservative, but I do think people need to remember that Alito being on the Court won't be sufficient to overturn Roe.

    Assume for the moment that Roberts will follow in Rehnquist's footsteps, which I'm not sure is true.  That still leaves Justices Stevens, Souter, and Kennedy, on record as supporting Roe in Casey, plus Justices Breyer and Ginsburg (who weren't on the Court at the time of Casey but whose views on Roe are not in doubt).

    If Alito is confirmed, he won't be the "swing vote" on the Court.  The key vote will be the significantly-less-conservative Justice Kennedy-- who wrote the majority opinions in Lawrence v. Texas (striking down sodomy laws) and Roper v. Simmons (prohibiting executions for crimes committed as a juvenile), among others, and is widely suspected of having written a large part of the plurality opinion in Casey.  True, he's also suspected of being responsible for part of the per curiam opinion in Bush v. Gore-- but so is Justice O'Connor, who Alito would replace.

    I'm not saying Alito making Kennedy the swing vote would have no effect; Kennedy voted to uphold a law against "partial-birth abortion" in Stenberg v. Carhart, and is somewhat squishier on church-state separation than O'Connor (though he did write the majority opinion forbidding clergy-led prayer at a public school graduation in Lee v. Weisman).  But the situation is not as apocalyptic as people are making it seem.  The end of the world would come with the next Bush nomination (assuming it was to replace Stevens or Ginsburg), not this one.

    •  Kennedy will (none)
      be he swing vote, and didn't he vote to restrict abortion significantly in Planned Parenthood v. Casey?

      He can be swayed by Roberts and Alito. I think we'll see further erosion of abortion rights and then eventually overturning Roe giving states the right to restrict. Alito is the line. We can't afford to wait. Filibuster now.

      •  _Casey_ upheld a 24-hour waiting period... (none)
        but struck down a spousal notification requirement.    So there was some restriction on abortion, but the reaffirmed right to an abortion wasn't reduced to lip service or anything like that.

        I don't think Roe will be overturned with Alito on the Court if Stevens and Ginsburg make it to 2008 and are replaced by a Democratic president.  Roe may be eroded with respect to things like "partial-birth abortion" per Kennedy's dissent in Stenberg, unless Kennedy  repeats his performance in Casey and upholds a precedent he didn't approve of as an original matter.  But Roe won't be reduced to an empty shell, or overturned outright, unless Bush gets to appoint another Justice (and that justice as well as Roberts vote to overturn Roe).

        •  24-hour waiting period (none)
          has made abortion unavailable for many women. See "The Last Abortion Clinic" that was shown on PBS for real life examples.
          The reduction in access to abortion through these ongoing "chipping away" decisions is the same as making it illegal for women in America who are too young, too poor, or who live in rural areas.
  •  Dems etc. (none)
    IMO it is time to say "f--k you" to the Dems.  They are, for the most part, a pack of slimy weasels who basically "get along and go along." They don't want to lose their club privilege which is why they won't filibuster.  They are gutless.  We have no hope because this pack of turds operates without a moral compass. The windbags in the Congress cannot think their way out of paper bag. With the exception of Bernie Sanders, I have trouble thinking about folks in the House or Senate with the guts to talk about what the hell is happening in our country.  For the most part they just do their obligatory submissive pees when Rove et. al tells them to shut up. For the most part, the Dem caucus is a collection of wankers.  Look at that chickens--t, pompous and arrogant fool Kerry -- who got his ass kicked by Shrub.  He shoulda told Shrub to stick the Switboaters up his ass.  Mrs. Heinz wife showed more guts and moxie and they hid her throughout most of the campaign.

    How many Dems in the Congress recognize that this country is facing a series of really serious decisions? For the most part, they are idiots fiddling away and acquiescing in the destruction of our Republic.

    I say it is time to create a progressive party and leave behind all of the enabling DLC types AND THAT INCLUDES H. CLINTON!

    BTW this Sammy thing has me really pissed off.

    •  I hate to say it, but I agree with you... (none)
      Splitting the party only helps the republicans get even stronger. But as it is now, I don't see where democrats are ever going to be effective.

      The problem is this: if the dems do win some seats back this year, whatever is indeed leftover from the old democratic party apparatus will remain. The ONLY way to revitalize the democratic party is to get rid of the remnants of the old system still in existance now.

      Having Howard Dean as Democratic Party Head was a good start.

  •  This Is Hopeful. (none)
    http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/...

    The latest Zogby poll commissioned by AfterDowningStreet.org found:  

    ...that 52% agreed with the statement:
    "If President Bush wiretapped American citizens without the approval of a judge, do you agree or disagree that Congress should consider holding him accountable through impeachment."
    43% disagreed, and 6% said they didn't know or declined to answer. The poll has a +/- 2.9% margin of error.

    The article also notes:  
    The strong support for impeachment found in this poll is especially surprising because the views of impeachment supporters are entirely absent from the broadcast and print media, and can only be found on the Internet and in street protests. The lack of coverage of impeachment support is due in part to the fact that not a single Democrat in Congress has called for impeachment, despite considerable grassroots activism by groups like Democrats.com (http://democrats.com/...).  Emphases added.

    Responses to the Zogby poll varied by political party affiliation: 66% of Democrats favored impeachment, as did 59% of Independents, and even 23% of Republicans. By ideology, impeachment was supported by Progressives (90%), Libertarians (71%), Liberals (65%), and Moderates (58%), but not by Conservatives (33%) or Very Conservatives (28%).

    Responses also varied by age, sex, race, and religion. 74% of those 18-29 favored impeachment, 47% of those 31-49, 49% of those 50-64, and 40% of those over 65. 55% of women favored impeachment, compared to 49% of men. Among African Americans, 75% favored impeachment, as did 56% of Hispanics and 47% of whites. Majorities of Catholics, Jews, and Others favored impeachment, while 44% of Protestants and 38% of Born Again Christians did so.

    Majorities favored impeachment in every region: the East (54%), South (53%) and West (52%), and Central states (50%). In large cities, 56% support impeachment; in small cities, 58%; in suburbs, 46%; in rural areas, 46%.


    http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/...
    http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/...
  •  My Letter to Harry Reid (3.25)
    Dear Senator Reid,
    I am a retired m.d. living in Connecticut. I am 57 yrs old and a life-long democratic voter. My beloved country no longer resembles the country in which I grew up. Because of that and the spineless way in which the democratic party deals with the republicans and their "issues" I have been contemplating registering as an Independent for the past few election cycles. So far I have not switched.

    The Alito Nomination is the last straw. Unless my party fights the confirmation of this nominee, unless you can muster a filibuster, you can count me out.

    If you guys can't get it together to protect the women, the poor, the workers, and children from this extreme right-wing, "under-oath- liar"  than what are you good for? This is it.  This is a test. This is a big test. If you lose me, you'll be losing thousands just like me. Please please fight. Fight for the 10 yr old girl that was strip searched, fight for her mom, fight for that 16 year old female stranger whose life will be ruined, and perhaps ended, if she has to get an abortion in a back alley. Fight, Senator Reid, Fight!!

  •  Call Republicans! (none)
    Thank you, georgia10 for the speed dial comment.

    Really, there is no excuse that we don't have our reps and Senators on speed dial. I'm adding mine now.

    Please everyone, call your Republican Senators and Congressmen. Our Republican representatives so far can honestly say they are representing their constituents because they don't hear from us! They only hear from the other side. Call! Write!

    CO. Dem Sen. Salazar's office commented that Alito phone calls for and against are running about even. I doubt it, but it sounds good. I hope Dems in Colorado are calling, but I know the fundies in Colorado Springs and elsewhere in CO are calling him. They don't say "Well, he's a Dem, no use calling him. They voice their opinions to our people, and we list our Democratic Senators and emails to write, and don't voice our opinions to the others!

    Call and write your Republican senators and reps.

    Say no to hate, bigotry, and the author of the Fed. Marriage Amendment, Marilyn Musgrave. Please donate to Angie Paccione.

    by OLinda on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 01:11:06 PM PST

  •  We need to get over it (1.00)
    Face it everybody. Alito is thru. We are wasting our breath. The longer we prolong this, the more attention we are taking away from Iraq, Abramoff, Delay, Frist, corporate corruption, Plame, Bush, etc...... Lets admit it, we lost this battle. We cannot win every battle. BUT WE WILL WIN EVERY OTHER FIGHT. Libs have to learn that you win by defining the battle. And fight it on your terms. We have that with all the other issues. The ONLY way we can win Supreme Court fights is to WIN ELECTIONS!!!
  •  I Want Them to Hear Us! (none)
    I e-mailed my Senators, and I'm posting my views on DFA and HEP.  Here's some of what I wrote as a comment on the Howard-Empowered People blog:

    "Alito has been a shill for whichever employer he has worked for his entire career. He has lied to get jobs, and for all we know, he has lied to keep them. Many, if not the majority of his judicial decisions have been overturned by appeal, because his decisions are often too radical even for the most conservative courts."

    God, what else do they need to hear?  What more do they need to know.  Win or lose, take a stand, damn it!

  •  Bah! (none)
    America is getting the government it's deserves. The time to FIGHT, GET ANGRY, and HAVE HOPE was during the RECOUNT of the ELECTION in 2000. The time to FIGHT was 30 YEARS AGO, as this conservative movement was maturing. Instead, everyone on the non-conservative side had their heads up their collective asses.

    We lost the soul of our party a long time ago. We didn't lose our soul because of corruption or greed primarily. We lost our soul because we just sat there and let it waste away.

    I really hope Crashing The Gate works. Because as it is, it's the only chance of saving America from the NEOCONS.

    I realize that explaining the truth to America is actually like trying to explain Syriana. That is why the neocons win, because what REALLY is happening in America cannot be put into a 30 second commercial. It's just to damn convoluted.

    I suppose that Democrats are not done losing seats yet. As it stands now, I'm not even planning on voting in the next election. How the hell does one reform the corrupt government, when the electronic election machines are rigged?

  •  agree with SoLeft, the DNC doesn't represent me (none)
    This is a FAX that I sent today
    Dr. Howard Dean, DNC
    FAXED TO DNC HQ:  (202) 863-8174
        Your files will show that I gave time and money to your campaign and that of Senator Kerry (straddled the big issues, no wonder that he lost). You often ask me for money. There's an old saying, don't throw good money after bad. The DNC is a rathole. No money, no emails or phone calls, no shoe leather will I give to the Democratic Party until it changes:

    1. Do something about Presidential usurpation of power (Pelosi, Rockefeller and other leaders kept silent)
        Mr. Bush's spying without authorization (even though the FISC court is very accommodating) and his signing statements, his belief that he decides what laws apply to him, are dangerous. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. I am more frightened of Bush, Homeland Security and clumsy FBI agents than of Islamic terrorists. Cronyism has corrupted FEMA and other parts of Homeland Security, the FDA and the Mine safety bureau. Government computers can't handle Medicare changes, making the elderly suffer. They can't handle the much more complex voice recognition data from massive data mining and unrestricted snooping. Those of the wrong political persuasion will suffer.
        Islamic terrorists threaten us, but can never bring down our country. Unlimited Presidential spying, declaring war on his own, keeping war going for 25 years, this will bring disaster.
    2. Stop election fraud
        No rocket science necessary. Read Mark Crispin Miller's "Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They'll Steal the Next One Too." Miller is not "extremist"
    3. Stop Senate Bloviators    Senators missed their chance to show that Judge Alito, an honest but ideological man, is too deferential to Presidential power (Senators didn't keep silent but they bloviated)
    He should have been asked, "What would be clearly excessive for President Bush to do in the name of national security?" Instead, Alito came out looking wise and your Senators looked like windbags. There will be another confirmation hearing. Justice Stevens can't hang on much longer. Senate Democratic blowhards must take instruction from smart lawyers (judge candidates all get coaching & instruction, why not the windbags?) and insist that they stay in the room during all the questioning. What the senators is noticed and it sure helped Scalito.
    4. Gutless Democrats must insist: no bombing Iran        Expanding the evil and thoughtless Middle Eastern war is not the answer to our problems, but it may be coming. Iranian president Ahmadinejad is an idiotic blowhard who loves to annoy foreigners, like Bush and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. Bombing Iran will cause their opposition to support idiotic Ahmadinejad. That's what happened in the US after 9/11 and that's what will happen in Venezuela if the US tries to "take out Chavez". Canada has no right to bomb other countries and neither do we. We should fight only if attacked. Our bombing is a great recruiting tool for Islamic terrorism.

    Best wishes Dr. Dean. Maybe you can prescribe some testosterone and replace some of the straddlers like Bidden, Squintin and Squerry...

  •  My action diary from today (none)
    has letters you can email as well!!
  •  YES! (none)
    I was afraid this would be another one of those Goodbye Cruel Democrats diaries that have been making me feel like shutting the computer off and cleaning the house today. Thanks for an impassioned appeal to our liberal spunk--now I can leave the dust to collect in peace.

    And I cried myself to sleep after the networks called the 2004 election for the same reason as you. That, to me, was the lowest point. Now? Alito is just a setback in the long climb out of repug canyon. We just have to keep looking up.

  •  Georgia10 (none)
    Lovely rant. Rock on!
  •  Republican judiciary guarantees one party rule (none)
    Do not forget that the impeachment and witch hunt against Clinton was led by a cabal of Republican judges starting with Rehnquist. It was also this cabal, as demonstrated by the 5 to 4 Bush vs. Gore decision, that installed Bush and as a consequence has further cemented their control and perversion of the judiciary.

    With Alito sworn in as a member of this cabal it will make it very difficult for Democrats to win elections. It will also expose them to a hostile and conspiratorial judiciary if they do find themselves elected.

  •  Are they being blackmailed? (none)
    Have we considered the possibility that the seemingly spineless Democratic senators who dismiss the idea of a filibuster of the Alito nomination are being blackmailed into acquiescence by stuff the NSA has picked up wiretapping those senators' phones and e-mails?  If that seems paranoid, which of the following steps is unreasonable?

    Did Republicans consider having the NSA spy on Democrats?  The thought MUST have crossed their minds.

    Did they decide not to do it because that would be wrong?  I can't think of an error anyone has made by underestimating the ethics of this administration.

    Did they decide not to do it because they thought they might be caught and exposed?  Perhaps, but this administration has gotten great mileage out of 'plausible deniability' even when they've neglected the 'plausible'.  

    Did they think they could brazen it out even they were caught, or if several Democrats came forward and said, "They're blackmailing me,"?  Maybe; after all, they're masters of being brazen.

    I'd like to see journalists ask, point blank, the Democratic senators who've said they don't think Alito merits a filibuster if they're being blackmailed.  It's no longer an off-the-wall question.  

    I'd also like Harry Reid to take the whole Democratic caucus into a completely secure location so he can ask them the same things, and plan a strategy to counter it.  I honestly think that the simple fact of the Democrats holding a caucus under those conditions would give Republicans the willies.  Conspiracy-minded sneaky people would suffer from their own imaginations run wild.  

    We're all pretty crazy some way or other; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is just a setting on my dryer.

    by david78209 on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 02:00:46 PM PST

  •  Need to really, actually stop alito (none)
    Georgia, I think you're right. I think this is an issue where we need to whip the senators into line. Alito is going to end legal abortion, it's as simple as that. There's no doubt now, after the hearings, that this is what he's going to do. This is something that we cannot stand for. If the politicians have any responsiveness to their constituents they need to show it now.

    If there's a grassroots campaign and they actually do it, maybe the party will have a chance in the midterms and beyond. Otherwise they're just useless.

    --simon

  •  Applause, simply applause (none)
    georgia10, Well done.  This needed to be repeated.

    And for those of you like me who have two Republican Senators (mine are Dole and Burr, by the way), please take time to do the seemingly futile.  Email them, call them, and get everyone you know who wants this nomination blocked to contact them too.  Especially if you live or have like-minded acquaintances who live in Republican-majority counties.

    This time the grassroots need to make a loud enough noise to overcome the media propaganda.  Fight the blowback.

    And once again, lights on for filibuster.

  •  Market segmentation (none)
    The democratic party needs our energy (from the left) to provide passion and spark during political battles and primaries, but you can forget about the establishment swinging the party our way. Any party that would consider Hillary Clinton the front runner in an election 3 years away is tipping its hand (to flip us the bird?) to deny its liberal underpinnings. Much has been made of the republicans running from the right wing and denying that Alito is in fact a conservative activist just to sell him to the public at large. Well, dont you think the Democratic party uses/abuses us in the same way? All of the buzz for the next couple of years will be about this candidate and that candidate...I can assure you, there will be one for every ideology, just to consolidate the party vote. And come the general election, like good little sheep we will all march in and vote for Hillary.
    C'mon, this isnt cynicism, and it surely isnt news. Be activist if you will...but sometimes you just have to wait out a generational cycle. Our problems arent political they are sociologiocal.
  •  now i get (none)
    why you're on the FP, georgia.

    inspiring, a lioness' roar.

    very powerful, thanks

    why? just kos..... *just cause*

    by melo on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 02:24:14 PM PST

  •  Someone tell Gore (none)
    To come out tomorrow for filibuster. Strong.

    Lead our party Al! You are the legitimate President of the US.

    If Al led us to filibuster and pledged tog et us out of Iraq he would win the primary and the '08 election handily.

    I hope his staff reads this page.

    The GOP rushed us into war, we won't be rushed into Monarchy.

    by Will the Organizer on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 02:38:35 PM PST

  •  Solution to Bushism -win f'n Presidential election (none)
    Stop moaning. Get winning issues and to oppose Bush policies don't nominate a Bush lite who votes with Bush on major issues of war, trade and taxes.
  •  Well-written (none)
    I think we should get this in e-mail form.  This should be going out to every mailbox we can stuff it with.
  •  Drezner blog awarded stupidest comment of the week (none)
    to Diane Feinstein. Drezner is a moderate Republican and no fanatic. I think that Scalito will be too easy on Presidential power and if the Prez can wiretap everybody then other issues like abortion, pension rights don't even come to a vote. So this is the critical issue. I hope that all Democratic Senators and Sen Specter will vote against him.

    Scalito had lots of coaching and practice- the Republican coaches studied the Bork hearings and they made sure that Alito knew what to be careful of. The blowhard Senators didn't study anything- they sure seemed bad on the radio- they assumed that they could just get up and say whatever came into their minds. When the Stevens replacement is nominated, the Democratic Senators must cancel all their other activities, meet with lawyers (in a room that can't be bugged- remember that Reagan got the Jimmy Carter briefing book in 1980) and plan a strategy for the media, to force specifics from the next conservative nominee and say things like, "If you want my vote, I need a specific answer to this question". Alito prepared, the Democratic blowhards didn't. I personally don't think that Feinstein was the worst- just typical of the Democratic leadership that can't bring itself to insist that Bush stop his spying because they are afraid someone, anyone will say that they are soft on terror.. Give me a break.

  •  All I can say is (none)
    Awesome, Georgia10!

    Well said.  You have captured so very much in so few words.

    Sure you don't want to run for office?:)

    It is difficult to get the right answers if you don't ask the right questions!

    by wgard on Sun Jan 15, 2006 at 06:49:06 PM PST

  •  Don't give in to defeatism (none)
    Hell, we need to filibuster on general principles even if Scalito is ultimately confirmed. The Democrats owe it to us and our children.

    If they are unwilling to fight the good fight, who will?

    Taking to the streets with pitchforks is beginning to look like the only option.

    Surely, we have SOMEONE who can come up with a coherent message. Al Gore?

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