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Do I support a filibuster? The answer is yes.  

Yesterday Senator Kennedy and I spoke with our colleagues about it. I don't have a shred of doubt in my opposition to Sam Alto's nomination. I know Senator Kennedy does not either. He has truly been a great leader in the effort to oppose Judge Alito.  

I spent a lot of time over the last years thinking about the Supreme Court and who America needs on the highest court in the land. So I don't hesitate a minute in saying that Sam Alito is not that person. His entire legal career shows that, if confirmed, he will take America backwards. People can say all they want that "elections have consequences." Trust me, more than anyone I understand that. But that seems like an awfully convoluted rationale for me to stay silent about Judge Alito's nomination.

I voted against Justice Roberts, I feel even more strongly about Judge Alito. Why? Rather than live up to the promise of "equal justice under the law," he's consistently made it harder for the most disadvantaged Americans to have their day in court. He routinely defers to excessive government power regardless of how extreme or egregious the government's actions are. And, to this date, his only statement on record regarding a woman's right to privacy is that she doesn't have one.  

I said yesterday that President Bush had the opportunity to nominate someone who would unite the country in a time of extreme division. He chose not to do this, and that is his right.  But we have every right, in fact, we have a responsibility, to fight against a radical ideological shift on the Supreme Court. Just think about how this nomination came to be. Under fire from his conservative base for nominating Harriet Miers--a woman whose judicial philosophy they mercilessly attacked--President Bush broke to extreme right-wing demands.  

This was a coup.  

Miers was removed and Alito was installed to replace the swing vote on the Court. The President gave no thought to what the American people really wanted--or needed. So it's up to us to think about what America really needs - that's part of the true meaning of "advice and consent."  

Here's the bottom line though and I'll just be blunt and direct about it. It takes more than one or two people to filibuster. It's not "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." I'm doing what I can, Senator Kennedy is doing what he can, but if, like me, you want to stop Judge Alito from becoming Justice Alito, we can't just preach to our own choir. We need even more of your advocacy.

Originally posted to John Kerry on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:28 PM PST.

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  •  Go John go! (4.00)
    Fight the *****!

    We've got your back!

    •  Senator, some may impugn your motives (4.00)
      for calling for a filibuster at this point in the game.  While we cannot know your thoughts, most of us agree on one thing: filibustering Alito is the right thing for the country, torpedoes be damned.  I, for one, am proud to have voted for you.

      Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.

      by Cream Puff on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:39:50 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Certainly the Republicans (3.94)
        will question motives...but this is a political risk
        and I, for one, am glad the good senator think it's worth it!!

        Don't go there? Oh yes, I'm going there!

        by coigue on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:43:27 PM PST

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        •  I don't think of it as a political risk. We hope (4.00)
          it succeeds, but if it fails, it can be turned around to a political success. Here's why, IMO.

          If a filibuster occurs, it can have a successful outcome. Success

          If a filibuster is broken by the Repugs going nuclear or if it fails, then the Democrats can argue when things go awry, that Repug policies don't work; right to choose was taken away by the Repugs; the working class is struggling because the Repug Supreme Court rules against the working class; etc. Success

          This would have been particularly keen if all Dems voted no and then joined the filibuster. The Repugs could not then argue bipartisan support for Alito as they can now.

          There's extra political gain if the Repugs do go nuclear, because it will show they have no respect for the Constitution or the Senate rules and traditions, are power-mad, and when they dig a hole for this country, continue digging deeper and faster. Success

          There's no risk for trying. The above lays out a case against the Repugs long term.

          Real Democrat/Real Democrat 2008 (Example: Clark, Dean, Gore, Boxer, Feingold)

          by davidwparker on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:18:49 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Risk (none)
            is for the Senator's future ambitions.

            Don't go there? Oh yes, I'm going there!

            by coigue on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:41:28 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  The risk will not come from wonks like us (4.00)
              but from those who watch CNN, or believe what they are told without checking things out for themselves.

              Make no mistake, the media will portray this in the worst possible light for the Senator, and some will believe it.

              But those of us who are paying attention are grateful nonetheless.

              "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

              by Kerrycrat on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:46:37 PM PST

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              •  I used (none)
                to watch CNN religiously

                Not any more after the BS coming out of everyone but Anderson Cooper and Jack Cafferty

                And seeing that their advertisers are all companys involved in wrecking the environment, etc, so CNN won't investigate them

                •  Filibuster, How To: (2.00)
                  First : Call the three Democrats (Mary Landrieu, Ken Salazar, and Dianne Feinstein) who oppose Alito but also said they oppose a filibuster. We must persuade them that a vote against Alito is meaningless if they don't support a filibuster. Senator Salazar (D-CO) 202-224-5852 Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) 202-224-5824 Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) 202-224-3841

                  Second : Call your own Democratic Senator: 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641. If you can't get through, look up the Senator's District Office number in your phone book or here:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                  John Kerry has endorsed this anti-Alito petition, signers' names will be read into the Congressional Record:

              •  Despite what the media says (none)
                NO ONE votes against a candidate because they fillibustered a judge. Except the religious right, and they vote against every Democrat anyway. There is no downside to fillibustering, IMHO. Dems who won't do it merely show the world that they don't have the strength of their convictions. And people do vote against you for that.

                [-7.88/-6.67] Forged Demon - Zen Politics

                by sohei on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:14:47 AM PST

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            •  With the press doing the Swift-boating, what more (4.00)
              can they possibly do to Kerry. Kerry has no future outside of MA if he does not fight the * administration. I'm from VA and know him from his campaign. He does not want to leave with me the impression he left conceding and then ask for my vote in 2008.

              Real Democrat/Real Democrat 2008 (Example: Clark, Dean, Gore, Boxer, Feingold)

              by davidwparker on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:29:21 PM PST

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              •  David, ....BUT (none)
                Perhaps he should have organized a filibuster before all the Democrats committed.  (a Jon Stewart look)

                Hello, Senator Kerry, you were against the filibuster before you were in favor of it.  

                Perhaps you should have done this while the hearings were going on so that you would have been able to shut the mouths of the talking heads who said a filibuster was impossible and turning the entire country against filibuster.  Perhaps you could have drawn attention to some of the good issues that were being talked about instead of the phony Rove-tears from Mrs. Alito.  Perhaps you would have made people aware of what is at stake, especially young women who never vote.

                Your timing is horrendous, but what else is new?

                I don't believe Kerry thinks there is any more of a chance of this filibuster going through than a Swift Boat captain getting to ask questions at a Bush rally.  I think Kerry is doing this to try to get in favor with us but it's toooooo late!

                If he was serious, he would have had at least 25 Senators with him when he made the announcement.  Pathetic again.  I didn't see the announcement, so, if he did have 25 Senators with him, I stand corrected, but experience tells me he didn't!

                •  Well argued! (none)
                  This should have been a Diary, unto itself.

                  I reserve the right to revise and extend my remarks in Sozadee CA.

                  by The Messenger on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 06:54:41 AM PST

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                •  Do you know what's missing? (none)
                  Anger and Disgust!

                  Where are all the speeches from Senators about all the women living in states where abortion becomes illegal.  Imagine women in Louisianna who get raped and the same way they had no money to get out of New Orleans before Katrina, they will not have money to travel for an abortion, like the Bush girls would, in a heartbeat.

                  Where are the speeches about how overturning Roe will embolden pure white trash scum desciples of Karl Rove and that twit Ralph Reed, like Eric Rudolph who blow up abortion clinics, killing inocent men and women or how this sludge terrorizes and threatens and kills doctors who perform abortion?

                  What about all the Catholic hospitals in the big cities refusing to tell women who have been raped about the morning after pill.  Under the Bush Court, thse hospitals will have carte-blanche to unfairly spread Vatican philosophy, that most Catholics don't even believe, on women, Catholic and not Catholic, who were raped by the most brutal of men.    

                  My God, if you are going to do it, do it right!  You put the blood of these women who will have back-alley abortions on the heads of these Senators so that they know when the first woman dies by bleeding to death, her blood will be all over their heads, on their faces, dripping down onto the Senate floor.  You charge those individual Senators who would not stop this man, with all the deaths of all the women who have to live by rules that they themselves would not live by nor be constrained by.  You charge them with forcing raped women to give birth to children borne out of violent attacks on their bodies by societies sickest men. You tell them to swear an oath that their children and grandchildren will live by the sames rules and the same monetary contraints as anyone else in their states.  Charge them with hypocrisy and negligence.

                  You charge these Senators, Republicans also like Chafee, Snowe, Spector and Collins with knowingly playing roulette with these women's internal organs because they knew what Alito would do and they knew what kind of pigs Bush and Rove are.

                  Kerry's ploy is another f___g joke like the last election.  If you want to stop Alito, you talk about the damage he can do.  That is exactly why there is a filibuster, to force the party in power not to go too far overboard and pick judges in the extreme.  How can they let such an evil imbecile and Karl Rove select lifetime appointments to the Supreme Ct. after what these men have done?

                •  Then Kerry does what he didn't do at the time of (none)
                  the Swift-boating and the flip-flop: He puts it back on press.

                  A reponse like this: During the campaign, I tried to take the high road and speak to the issues. I see that in these times of journalist getting paid to have an opinion, and corporate-controlled media who spread RNC talking-points, that that was a mistake. Rather than address the voted-for before I voted-against allusion, I will forward the press here for information about my position on the Iraqi war and to C-SPAN archives where I gave a detailed address on the Senate floor. So, if the press cares to do its job and report what I said, rather than RNC talking points, you'll find there was no flip-flop, but a careful analysis of handling Iraq. Not proceed half-cocked as this administration consistently does.

                  I haven't been a Kerry fan, but I'm cutting him some slack. At least he did something and if it turns out to be an attempt to court favor, then time will tell. As far as votes go, the voting is preliminary and votes can be changed. The cloture vote is suppose to be Monday and the vote that counts is Tuesday from what I last heard. Some have argued that a trojan horse is in play. I hope so.

                  But, for now, I'm cutting Kerry some slack.

                  Real Democrat/Real Democrat 2008 (Example: Clark, Dean, Gore, Boxer, Feingold)

                  by davidwparker on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:58:11 AM PST

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                •  Response to cpa1 (none)
                  cpa1, what a load of horse crap. All you hear is bitching and whining on this blog about how the Democrats in Congress are weak and don't have the spine to stand up and filibuster.

                  Then Kerry filibusters...

                  When you are out numbered and out gunned, you take anyone you can get in the foxhole that is willing to fight. You don't turn your gun on them.

                  If you want to fight, protest the Democrats not filibustering.

                  •  It's not about what he's doing it's about WHEN/HOW (none)
                    I think it was armando or kos who had a post about this earlier today or have to generate a campaign and a "media" train to follow along with it.  Timing is crucial, and when you let the Corporate controlled media run with the story for more than a month and keep pushing Alito on the country (as usual to push Admin agenda's), you lose momentum and the half wits, sheep and people who don't have time for "staying informed" are swayed to think something is wrong with the Filibuster, and then many of those Senators who are in those "close call" states believe they can't support a Filibuster.  So I disagree with Clean the House, and I actually quite agree with cpa1.  
            •  Alito lied (4.00)
              when he said he did not remember belonging to Concerned Alumni of Princeton nor even what the organization stood for. Ask any Princetonian graduating between 1972 and 1987. It is impossible to have forgetten about CAP.

              This lie is reason in itself to filibuster Alito.

              In addition, the fact of his affiliation with CAP may (in my opinion may very likely) be confirmed by documents currently in someone's possession. This person (or persons) are obviously now friendly to Alito and highly supportive of his candidacy. In time, however, these same people may use these very documents against Alito in an adversarial or pressuring fashion; much as, for example, Abramoff currently threatens the White House with the possible release of personalized (Bush-signed) photos.

              This reason -- the constant threat of blackmail -- in addition to Alito's lie about CAP, should doubly disqualifies his nomination. He will always face pressure from outside interests, specifically from this Executive.

              I believe Alito is there to do Bush's bidding until well after Bush is out of office. He was put there for the same reason Miers was, to assert Bush's influence over future decisions regarding the legality of actions taken during Bush's presidency. For this reason as well, Alito cannot be allowed on the Supreme Court.

              Alito is not acceptable. He is not worth the risk.

              Thank you, John Kerry and Ted Kennedy. Filibuster.

              "And I hope you'll understand if any of us come before a court and we can't remember Abramoff, you'll tend to believe us." - Senator Lindsey Graham.

              by QuickSilver on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 12:33:56 AM PST

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          •  I agree (none)
            You said it well.  No risk, no gain.  The base wants  our Democratic leaders to make our case known loud and clear.  Even if the filibuster fails, it shows it was given the good ole' college try and will rev us up in the primaries and going into Nov.  If they change the rules, it'll show they won't or can't play by the rules.  The history books need to have a record of what the Democratics did or tried to do with the nomination.  IMHO
        •  No risk from my Perspective (4.00)
          When Mr. Kerry's term is up, should he choose to run for Senate again, he'll get my vote as he's done so twice before (once for senate, once for pres...)


          •  I agree (4.00)
            I left a message for the Senator last night - I said that I would not support him in the future should he not lead the filibuster - I'm not so self-important as to think it is what made up his mind - but I will live up to my word.
          •  I agree. (4.00)
            There is no risk. If John Kerry is not apart of the government with Alito on aboard and a neocon
            supreme court, well, he's not missing much anyway.

            KUDOS Sen. KERRY!

            Thanks for keeping in touch!

            And more importantly thanks for standing up
            for us, even though everyone else is chickening


            MATTHEWS says Bush sometimes "glimmers" with "sunny nobility" (Hardball, 10/24/05)

            by Krush on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 10:04:01 PM PST

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            •  SEN. KERRY: THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! (none)
              Admittedly, I haven't always been the biggest fan of yours....but now, NOW I sincerly see you differently.
              Thank you, WE GOT YOUR BACK on this! Whatever it takes to fillibuster Alito! Thanks so much for standing up for us!!!
        •  Risk (4.00)
          The risk is in not fighting.  I so much enjoyed reading "...we have every right, in fact, we have a responsibility, to fight..."  Yes, Yes, Yes.  I'll call Senator Feinstein again.  Thank you so much.

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

          by NearlyNormal on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:19:12 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •   We don't need 41 votes. Frist NEEDS to find 60. (4.00)

          The proof is here in the 1993 roll-call vote. See the cool graphic of the recorded vote. It takes an affirmative 60 votes to prevail and shut debate.

          So you don't need exactly 41 NAYs. You just need fewer than 60 votes in favor of cloture.  >>   See the Republicans' 39-vote filibuster of 1993, for example, that required the Dems to round up more votes of support from the other side to confirm.  It just might work!  Show that Alito does not have enough bipartisan support.

          If some of the wafflers can vote "present," there are roll call votes that show how this works.

          If Republicans cannot muster 60 votes to shut down debate, they don't have enough support.

      •  Filibuster, How To (UDATE!) (3.66)
        Fifth : Call these "Blue State" and pro-choice Republicans: (Message: A "Unitary Executive" is dangerous to balance of powers--please do not get in the way of a filibuster.) Lincoln Chafee (RI)
        Susan Collins (ME)
        Lisa Murkowsky (AK)
        Bob Smith (OR)
        Olympia Snowe (ME)
        Ted Stevens (AK)

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

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

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

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

        John Kerry has endorsed this anti-Alito petition, signers' names will be read into the Congressional Record:

        •  BUT FIRST (TO FILIBUSTER): (3.62)
          First : Call the three Democrats (Mary Landrieu, Ken Salazar, and Dianne Feinstein) who oppose Alito but also said they oppose a filibuster. We must persuade them that a vote against Alito is meaningless if they don't support a filibuster. Senator Salazar (D-CO) 202-224-5852 Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) 202-224-5824 Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) 202-224-3841

          Second : Call your own Democratic Senator: 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641. If you can't get through, look up the Senator's District Office number in your phone book or here:

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

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

          •  Done, Done,& Done! (4.00)
            Now I am working on all my friends and relatives to do the same.
          •  What's really important is to call your Senators (4.00)
            if you are from those states --- and get every person you can muster who is also a constituent to call them too.

            For instance, I'll be drafting email promptly to all my fellow Californian friends.

            But calling a Senator from out-of-state is wasted effort.  Or, rather, just tires out the aides answering phones.  Instead, put that effort to good use.

            Secondly, since when is DE a "red state"?  I mean - went for Kerry, went for Gore, has two Dem senators???  Sure, there's always room for improvement, but... maybe my Delawarean roots are showing...

            War is NOT a preventative measure.

            by demandcaring on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:04:02 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  All Democrats: Hold up Copies of the Constitution (4.00)
              high in the air while you filibuster.  Then at Bush's State Of The Union Address, when that liar tells more lies, every senator and congressperson should hold up the Constitution in a show of American and Democrat solidarity.

              That will bring it home to our citizens.  It's the Constitution we're fighting for and Alito will help this rabid Administration destroy it.

          •  I can't take much more of this spam. (1.61)
            It must be stopped. 0's for you.
            •  Judy's spam is the first spam I ever loved (4.00)
              Or at least never wanted to get rid of (sortof)

              In God we trust. All others must pay cash.

              by yet another liberal on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:59:55 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  Hey, I dig the message. (4.00)
                But the way it is delivered makes me grind my teeth. Do a diary with the info, get it recommended, set up a website and put the URL in your sig - fine.

                But spamming every single thread and diary with the same message is wrong, no matter how you slice it.

                •  I know (4.00)
                  But this particular diary is in context I would think.  Yeah, she's probably over doing it.  Who am I to say.  Go Judy, you know what you're doing.

                  In God we trust. All others must pay cash.

                  by yet another liberal on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:05:43 PM PST

                  [ Parent ]

                  •  Judy has some sort of search alert (4.00)
                    because it is EVERY diary that contains the name "Alito" and up until recently it was the exact same message AND it is always the second or third comment in the diary.  I haven't given her a zero, but I am really tired of having to scroll through the same message that appears to be auto-generated based on its timing, appearance and content in every Alito diary for the past many weeks.
                •  Please justify (none)
                  the zeroes you have given this user.

                  Things fall apart-the center cannot hold...The best lack all conviction While the worst are full of passionate intensity (-9.25\-7.54)

                  by kestrel9000 on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:32:00 PM PST

                  [ Parent ]

                  •  I'm glad you asked. (4.00)
                    What if we had bots?

                    Bots and robotrons that randomly posted messeges of the day throughout all Diaries?
                    Or even auto-diary bots?

                    Diary bots.

                    Strolling through the Internets.
                    Posting their botlike comments of the day.

                    I think there's something to be said that comments and  Diaries shouldn't be cut and paste wallpaper.

                    Next issue:

                    This comment/spam was posted in an Alito related "suicide" Diary yesterday, it turned out to a sick joke, but it was obvious the poster didn't know shit about the Diary, only that it had "Alito" in it:
                    Suicide Diary

                    Which, in my opinion, that Diarist should have been banned. A fake GBCW suicide Diary.
                    On Yahoo or any other chat room, the Police would have been called. This crap ain't funny.
                    (so stop laughing - you, you and you)
                    Somethiing like this could and would bring down this site. It's morally negligent not torespond to a suicide call.

                    Now look, if people have been banned in the past for "tin-foil" Diaries or even recommending such Diaries, then how are anti-semite and racist Diaries allowed to be posted? (film nuts)
                    Speculation is worse then hate crimes on Kos?
                    I hope that isn't true ... Kos.

                  •  ZappoDave is spot on. (4.00)
                    But I'll take it further. The rules of dKos say you don't spam the same message in multiple threads. This poster is doing that.

                    The rules of netiquette say you don't spam a message to a diary you haven't read. This post does that.

                    The rules of common sense say, if you have a message you want to spread, you write a diary about it and let people read it in due course. This poster not only puts her 'diary' in every single thread, but she's also written diaries with the same message - multiple diaries.

                    She may have the best of intentions, but she's been asked to stop, she refuses to do so, reasoning that 'some people haven't seen my message', and that, my friends, is trollish behavior.

                    I'll give a zero to every single Alito post she makes if it's similar to the last 100.

                    •  thanks (none)
                      just curious

                      Things fall apart-the center cannot hold...The best lack all conviction While the worst are full of passionate intensity (-9.25\-7.54)

                      by kestrel9000 on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 02:36:49 AM PST

                      [ Parent ]

                      •  Waaaa Waaaa Waaa (none)
                        You must think very little of the information presented if the sacred Kos posting rules override the fact that not everyone has the time available to read through every diary, and finds the information presented more topical and important than your twitching over encountering it in every Alito thread.

                        That's the case for me; I'm only alighting here  for a moment, as during the work day, I have demands placed on my time.

                        I'm glad that "spam" is contained in this diary.
                        Maybe if you did what you lament others aren't doing, and put up a diary with the information, I wouldn't have to write snarky responses.

                        Continuing the national debate---People for Change --*help us TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK*

                        by MikeHickerson on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:49:04 AM PST

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                        •  Huh? (none)
                          Why the hell are you blasting ME? All I did was ask what was going on. I always question a zero rating if I don't understand it.
                          Please redirect your "snarky response" to the ones lodging the objection to judybrowni's material. I be neutral and shit. Switzerland. I like chocolate. And yodeling. And tricked out pocketknives. And FN FALs. And cheese with holes in it.
                          And pie.

                          Things fall apart-the center cannot hold...The best lack all conviction While the worst are full of passionate intensity (-9.25\-7.54)

                          by kestrel9000 on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:09:50 AM PST

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                          •  If you disagree with a zero rating (none)
                            Usually the best thing to do is to just give the comment a 3 or 4 yourself and let things average out.  Unless, of course, you're trying for the endless commenting on something not very important which of course I'm participating in myself.  Phew!

                            In God we trust. All others must pay cash.

                            by yet another liberal on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:18:11 AM PST

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                          •  I would never do that. (none)
                            Never would I do the endless commenting thing on an unimportant issue. It makes for skinny little columns on the right side. Would you ever do that? If so, why? If not, why not?

                            Things fall apart-the center cannot hold...The best lack all conviction While the worst are full of passionate intensity (-9.25\-7.54)

                            by kestrel9000 on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:36:26 AM PST

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                        •  Oh, how nice for you... (none)
                          ...that in the five minutes you can spare to be informed, the information you need is right there in front of you, no matter what diary you look at. That must be wonderful, for the world to revolve around you.

                          OR... maybe the spambot could write a diary with the information, and people could recommend it to the front page. Or maybe the powers that be could manually move it to the front page, so you, and your tiny moment of attention, could find it without having to click the tag button and type 'alito'.

                          But no. Instead of writing one diary, this person wrote duplicate diaries - almost word for word the same - and posted the same identical message in over 100 threads, some of which were on topics such as suicide and abortion experiences.

                          But hey, let's not fret if dKos becomes a place where it's okay to spam your message across the board - as long as YOU can find it in any thread you happen to glance at, the world will be a happy, functional place.

              •  meaning (4.00)
                while anything repetetive can become annoying to me or you she's doing what she's doing because it's an important thing to do

                In God we trust. All others must pay cash.

                by yet another liberal on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:03:35 PM PST

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                •  And I understand that too (none)
                  but what if this response - was an "auto-response" that picked up "liberal" in your handle and posted a comment you might be responsive to?
                  •  But believe it or not.... (none)
                    I read on another thread a post from someone complaining that nobody on KOS is advocating for even though you and I have seen this judibrowni thing when we close our eyes at night...what the hay, some people have missed it!!
                    go figure...

                    Illegitimi non carborundum-- Don't let the bastards wear ya down!

                    by fireflynw on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 09:14:34 PM PST

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                •  True but (none)
                  Her spam posts are still wrong, also.

                  It's not BOB SMITH, it's GORDON SMITH from Oregon.

                  But her stuff floods out threads and gives some false concepts.  We don't need people from say, Utah jamming the phone lines in CA.  Voters in that state need to contact their senator and get through rather then their staff dealing with people from other states who they don't represent.

            •  You who rated me zero... (3.25)
              ..are an absolute disgrace.

              Either you're unaware that spamming multiple threads is against the dKos rules, or you don't care. Fine, but troll-rating me because I'm trying to enforce the rules, the same rules that keep this place from degenerating into chaos, is the height of stupidity and childishness.

              You should all be ashamed of yourselves.

              •  Never had that problem here (none)
                So, Thank you for being the rules enforceer. I'm sure it must have been really serious and ugly before you got here.

                A 4 since you seem to really value numbers on a computer screen as an expression of worth.

                Or is it a coincidence that if you hit the Shift key and the 4 key, you get "$" ?

                Continuing the national debate---People for Change --*help us TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK*

                by MikeHickerson on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:56:03 AM PST

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                •  It's not about numbers... (none)
        's about losing Trusted User status.

                  And just so you understand how a blog community works, it's self regulating. That is, people like us are supposed to keep things from getting to the point where everyone puts their pet causes above the good of the site.

                  And if every thread contains the same posts as every other, the site will suffer.

            •  Can somebody explain (none)
              why it's worth contacting those who have already annouced publicly that they will vote yes? I think it is a wasted effort, better spent with those who said they will vote no, but might also vote for cloture.
            •  My email to Byrd (none)
              Dear Senator Byrd,

              I am speaking to you as one of the People of these United States.

              I listened to you speak on CSPAN. First about miners, and how 14 deaths and 276 safety violations deserve our outrage and call for something to be done, but this has been going on forever and once the cameras are gone people forget and do nothing.

              Then I listened to you speak about Mrs. Alito and how you had received a large number of notes written in pencil on lined paper, and how that sort of message impressed you more than something cut and paste into an email. People you knew were outraged at the loss of civility.

              Then you spoke about Mrs Alito's husband how you liked conservative justices and came from a conservative state and had talked to him and found him a decent and competent man and believed he would preserve protect and defend the constitution as he says. !!!. Suddenly it was dark and hard to breath...

              I am hoping that we will be rescued from this cave in, and that Monday at 4:30 you will be at Randall McCloy's bedside welcoming him back to the world he almost left and not voting for cloture.

              I know that you probably are much more aware than I will ever be of separation of powers issues. This advocacy of the unitary executive theory written by Alito allowing one man to set himself above the law and to act as a tyrant scares most Americans more than any terrorist attack.

              To give one man, one not particularly bright or competent man, power to declare war without consultation with congress  worries us. To allow this one man to break the law at will, and because he deems it necessary, to kidnap, torture, murder, hold without due process, and subject Americans to unreasonable searches and seizures is equivalent to declaring war on the constitution and the bill of rights and the nation it binds together.

              This vote on Alito is not just about a judge. Its a line drawn in the sand that says the American People do not approve of these things.

              Live Free or Die (-8.88 -9.49) IMPEACH

              by rktect on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 05:38:44 AM PST

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            •  My letter to Salazar (none)
              Dear Senator Salazar,

              I am writing to you as one of the American People.

              Our founding fathers gave their lives to fight for what they believed in. Right now our troops are giving their lives and body parts to preserve, protect and defend the constitution.

              Of all the many reasons you gave to vote NO on Alito the ones which resonate the most with me speak to the qualifications of being a judge.

              A judge should be possessed of good judgement, a strong moral compass, the ability to tell right from wrong and be possessed of an awareness that we are a nation of laws and that no one man is above them.

              That a judge has so little of these qualities as to be able to justify the strip search of a ten year old girl is more than just troubling, its revealing.

              That a judge can find necessity or even convenience sufficient grounds to allow a president to set aside the law and declare war without consulting with congress, and to kidnap, torture, murder, and hold without due process and subject Americans to unreasonable searches and seizures is terrifying.

              Indeed we find it more terrifying that one man, one not particularly bright or competent man, should be granted the power to set himself up above the law, and given the power to declare war without consulting with congress than any threat of an airplane flying through our window.

              President Bush is already saying that because of what Alito has written, he has the power whenever he deems it necessary, to set aside the law and to kidnap, torture, murder, hold prisoner without die process, and subject the American People to unreasonable searches and seizures.

              We need you to stand firm with us and having voted No on Alito for the reasons you gave, not vote for cloture.

              This is an important issue to all of the American People. Alito's theory of the unitary executive amounts to a Declaration of War on the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
              Its time to put it on the line and stand up.

              Live Free or Die (-8.88 -9.49) IMPEACH

              by rktect on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 06:20:23 AM PST

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          •  Don't Forget Hilary (none)
            According to her phone answerers, Hilary Clinton also plans to vote 'no' to Alito but refuses to support a filibuster.

            Her office phone is (202) 224-4451.

            Try to convince her that even if we can't stave off cloture, her support of a filibuster sends a powerful message.

        •  Wrong name (none)
          Oregon's Repub senator is Gordon Smith, not Bob Smith.

          this message is intended to inform. any annoyance, abuse, threat, or harassment is solely in the perception of the reader, not the intention of the poster.

          by horsewithnoname on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:03:27 PM PST

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          •  Judy is thinking of Bob Smith from NH (none)
            I'll wager ----

            the ex-Senator from the GOP who went Independent, and who endorsed John Kerry in 2004!

            Bob's in retirement now in Florida.


            "Rovus Vulgaris Americanus" nasty soon-to-be-indicted co-conspirator -7.63, -9.59

            by shpilk on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 10:53:37 PM PST

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        •  Mainers: Need to call Senators Now! (4.00)
          Sen. Susan Collins has announced she will vote Yes on Alito.
          I just returned from a Town Hall meeting that was supposed to be with staffers from both Senators, but Collins decided not to send hers.
          Snowe's rep said she was still "undecided" as of 7 PM EST, but keeping a close tally of the calls coming in to all of her offices.
          Tell everyone you know in Maine to call these 2 supposed pro-choice, "moderate" Repubs. Hit the local offices especially!

          Snowe: 202-224-5344 (DC); 207-874-0883 (Portland); 207-786-2451 (Auburn); 207-945-0432 (Bangor)
          Collins: 202-225-6306(DC);207-782-3704(Lewiston); 207-942-6935 (Bangor).

          •  Correct Numbers for Collins (none)
            Oops - too late at night to be typing.
            The correct numbers for Susan Collins are:
            202-224-2523 (DC); 207-780-3575 (Portland) 207-945-0417 (Bangor); 207-784-6969 (Lewiston).
          •  A Mainer here (none)
            and I will be calling Snowe's office tommorow and asking ALL of my friends to do the same. I know a few organizers in my hometown.. and LOTS of Democrats who are active.. we will do our best to create a mini-firestorm.

            Also, the most serious candidate, Eric Mehnert, who is running against Snowe has half-heartedly mentioned this issue on his web site. I have all day off tommorow, and in addition to calling Snowe (and Collins) I want our guy Mehnert to make an issue out of this- Which is higher priority for Snowe, toeing the GOP line or listening to the Mainers that voted for her?

            Any other Mainers around? Go to Mehnerts site and volunteer! We have to stir up Mehnert. I know Snowe is the most popular senator in the country but god damn... this is a blue state entirely (except for the senators,) this is a perfect issue for Mehnert to take up and help us with. If he has any chance at anything at all it is right here and now, and either way, he's a good ally in the Alito skirmish.

            I would love so much if we could shock the hell out of the rest of the country and put up a stand against Snowe in 06- and you'd think with such an entrenched Dem infrastructure here already and solid base of voters we could put a fight. I acknowledge how tough/unrealistic it may be, but that doesn't mean that no fight should be put up.

            I think we can really do something here and that a large amount of pressure should get focused on Snowe specifically by anyone who can reasonably afford to do it. When you call your local senators, please also call Snowe as well. Let's not let her think she can take her approval rating to the bank on Alito.

            •  I'm trying (none)
              to get my mother in law and her brother (Ken Curtis former Governor of Maine) to call.  I own land in Leeds and I'm going to call Collins

              "Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance (liberally)" Jude 2 Brother of Jesus

              by pinkpanther on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 06:38:55 AM PST

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        •  This is a myopic demand. (none)
          The litmus test should be "NO" in an Up-and-Down vote. By no means am I not going to consider supporting Feingold in 2008 because he didn't lead a filibuster now.

          You can't get a filibuster going, if you can't get Democrats to stand up in a party-line vote.

          That's what Americans expect. More you can't muster.

          This is, I repeat, MYOPIC!

          I reserve the right to revise and extend my remarks in Sozadee CA.

          by The Messenger on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 07:12:17 AM PST

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        •  Obama is working against the filibuster (none)
          Word is out...please call Obama's office.  The fallen hero continues to fight the people.

          Can he be persuaded?  I don't know.  He definitely knows what he is doing, and he thinks his ethnicity gives him cover.

          Please call:

          (202) 224-2854 in dc
          (312) 886-3506 in chi

          Q:"You've called Bush a loser." A:"And a liar." Q:"You apologized for the loser comment." A:"But never for the liar, have I?" - Rolling Stone with Harry Reid

          by alivingston on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 12:05:59 PM PST

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      •  Proud! (4.00)
        I echo these sentiments absolutely.

        Senator Kerry, I felt you made a mistake in the 2004 campaign by not taking the national security fight to Bush. I thought you should have put him on the defensive on what he took for granted as his main strength.

        That having been said, I remain proud to have voted for you.  I disagree completely with those who believe any other Democrat would have had a better chance than you.  You are a smart, tough man and you would have been a great president.  You may still be.  If you run again, you have my vote.

        Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

        •  rating messed up (none)
          Dunno why but on a couple of ya'll i tried to give you a rating for a post and it just add's a 0/11 (so like 4/16) after it was just 4/15...kinda defeats the purpose of having case anyone cared about the #'s :D
      •  Ditto that (4.00)
        You have done the right thing, Senator, in calling for this filibuster. Installing Alito as a SCJ is terrifying to me.  Bush has pretty much gone unchecked in his "interpretation" of the presidency and I fear Alito will only add to the runaway train we know as the Bush Administration.  I, too, am proud to have voted for you.
      •  Filibustering *is* the right thing to do (none)
        But if this move has messed up any plan of Reid's, I swear I will work to make sure Kerry never wins another election.
        •  what kind of (none)
          "plan of Reid's", do you think?  if he's not sharing that plan with other Democratic Senators, then shame on him...and if he DID share some kind of plan (like, not talk about a filibuster, then suprise the Republicans maybe?), then shame on Kerry....maybe..
          •  I'm hoping that it is part of the plan (none)
            I'm no boxer - but don't sometimes you make a feint with one hand before jabbing with the other? Reid (and Kerry) may both be in a position where it's not clear to them how to win but they know they have to fight.

            But if it does turn out that Kerry is working at cross purposes with Reid I'll be very disappointed and angry.

      •  Agree... (none)
        Filibustering Alito is right.

        The "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" story's message would not change if Mr. Smith failed. Not that much, at least.

        The story is about a stand for principle.

        Certainly--considering, for instance, the long term strategy--pulling some political jockeying might have a certain effect. But standing up to be counted even when you lose matters, also. Think about how much weight Feingold gets around here for his vote WRT the Iraq War and USAPATRIOT Act--and rightly so! But he was on the losing side both times. He was just correct and losing.

        Better to be on the side of truth and losers than untruth and winners. No (or at best: little) point in joining the winning side just to be winning, in my view.

        The Shapeshifter's Blog -- Politics, Philosophy, and Madness!

        by Shapeshifter on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 11:45:36 PM PST

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      •  I am also proud of you (none)
        I expected you to show leadership in fighting against Alito. This diary renews a small amount of hope that a filibuster will happen.
    •  Give 'em hell! (4.00)
      Scalito=wrong for the country.  

      Thank you Senator Kerry!

      Fox News--As fair as a Florida Election, as balanced as Ann Coulter when she forgets her medicine.

      by Dizzy on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:05:53 PM PST

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    •  Fifty-some million Americas should support you (4.00)
           here, just as they did in November 2004.

           Heck, all real Americans should support you.

           Go JFK! You are the JFK for our generation! Filibuster Alito!!!!!

    •  Go John Go , and Keep Going (none)
      You've come a long way, Senator Kerry.

      Thank you for coming to engage us on this site.

      Thank you for leading the fight against Alito in the Senate.

      But please, go a little further.  Talk to us candidly:  tell us who to call.  Share, honestly, your political assessment of our chances, and let us know who to focus our efforts on.

      Become a grassroot, Senator Kerry, and join us not as a general shouting through a megaphone but let us join you, alongside you and the other courageous Dem Seantors, hand-in-hand in this fight.  

    •  Filibuster Alito (none)
      Senator, you need to get the other Senators on board for this action...we need a full frontal Democratic stand. If they won't stand up for this, they won't stand up for anything. You Senators are our voices and you represent us...

      Nothing less than our system of Democracy and our Constitution is at stake. I have made my calls and're up!

      I will not support anyone or any party who does not care enough about this.

      Good Luck!

    •  Senator Kerry: (4.00)
      1. I am glad to see you field a filibuster and thank you for the same.

      2. It would 've been better to do this a few days earlier. Even a day or two earlier would've made a big difference. But no matter, better late than never.

      3. The key points to drive home (to the public) are these (as I compiled here. more links in that diary).

      The powder IS Dry: A 4-Point case for an Alito filibuster
      1. Alito's support for the unitary executive fringe theory (as was pointed out eloquently by Al Gore in his historic DAR speech) attempts to give extra-constitutional powers to the the executive branch.
      2. Alito's disposition appearing contrary to the principle of one person, one vote
      3. His possible support for overturning Roe V. Wade, a chance which can not be taken given that this is a life time appointment.
      4. His 1985 memo in which he has recently apparently admitted to have colored the truth in order to land a job. If he did so at the none-too-formative age of 35, why should his recent testimony be taken at its face value? One should judge how he would rule as a SC justice by examining his long standing judicial record and public statements instead.

      1. Re. Harriet Miers, it is my strong hunch that the Miers nomination was simply a smoke screen, a decoy tactic, that was designed to blunt the impact of Fitzgerald indictments. As you will note, the nomination was withdrawn the day after Fitz announced his indictment of Scooter Libby.

      2. Most of the polls on Alito confirmation have been  by the rightwing-freindly pollsters. But there was a poll by Harris from December at this link. Here were that poll's findings:

      Almost equal thirds of all adults believe Judge Alito should be confirmed (34%), should not be confirmed (31%) or are not sure (34%). However, a majority of Republicans (65% vs. 9%) favor his confirmation, while a plurality of Democrats (48% vs. 14%) oppose it. Independents are split (34% for confirmation; 38% against).

      Opposition to the confirmation of Judge Alito would probably grow substantially if most people believed he would vote to make abortion illegal. A 69 to 31 percent majority of the public say they would oppose his confirmation if they thought he would vote to make abortion illegal. Majorities of Democrats (86%) and Independents (74%) feel this way. However, a majority of Republicans (56% vs. 44%) would support his confirmation if they believed he would vote to make abortion illegal.

      The numbers probably shifted in Alito's favor after the hearings, but the indications are that they only did so in single digits, which doesn't change the 69% oppose/31% support parity under the premise of Roe V. Wade being in jeopardy.

      Note also that fewer Republicans are unsure compared to Democrats and Independents in this and other polls, which skews the net result in favor of the Republican viewpoint on the matter.

      Dean inspires me, Katrina stirred me, Gore leads me. Draft Al Gore for President!

      by NeuvoLiberal on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:10:31 PM PST

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    •  Just take them the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Papers (4.00)
      Take it to them, and make them read it. (link)

      Have Senator Kennedy take the CAP publications to them, and make them read it.

      Then make them vote.

      It's sad it must be said, but you have to shame them into voting against the nominee most hostile to civil rights in a generation.

      Hey Roberts lovers, a link to a CNN story PRIOR to the nomination: Big Biz Draws Up Supreme Court Wish List

      by DWCG on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:27:29 PM PST

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    •  Fight the Fight????? (none)
      Don't worry, fight is not offensive at all.
    •  Yes, we do (none)
      I was proud to vote for Sen. Kerry in 2004.
    •  Senator, OT--please run for MA Gov. (none)
      Create a perfect Blue State--a microcosm of what the country should be--subsidized health care, high level of public education, etc., using the full power of States' Rights.
      Let's show them what a Dem model gov't looks like and fill the red staters with envy--a shining beacon on the hill!

      Please, please, please, please, please, please

  •  Are the numbers there for a filibuster to be (4.00)
    successful? Who needs prodding?

    Reigning Welterweight Female Piefighter since 1998

    by ablington on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:28:27 PM PST

    •  Successful? (4.00)
      Even if it's not successful, it makes a powerful statement about who we are and what we are willing to accept, even from these lunatics.


    •  Please take this message to TV, Senator (4.00)
      I have to think there will be a groundswell of support once the word "Filibuster" enters public discourse.  

      There are numerous Bush administration policies, of course, that the US public would like to filibuster.  I am convinced the opportunity to block just one will galvanize progressives, moderates and independents who are convinced the Bush White House poses significant dangers to the nation and our rule of law.

    •  Are the Dems being deceitful? (4.00)
      If the Republicans think that the Dems have the numbers on their side to prevent a vote for cloture, they'll be doing even more arm-twisting, conniving, and squirming.  

      Perhaps (and this is just wishful thinking) the Dem senators that don't back a filibuster are just saying that to keep the Republicans from being on their guard.

      When the vote for cloture comes up, that's when we'll see the true colors of our elected officials.  

      It's time to call this bluff.  Whether they have the numbers or not, we need to stand up for what we believe in.

      Sit at the feet of the master long enough and they start to smell. - John Sauget
      -8.00, -6.05

      by Jensequitur on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:01:23 PM PST

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      •  Great post (4.00)
        Get these bastards on the record.

        On a side note.  It is becoming increasingly obvious to me that we are engaged in a civil war with the media.   We have to continue to challenge them EVERY time they parrot a GOP talking point.  Make them fear our side's screaming as much as they fear that of the right.  This poll on Kerry on CNN is total bullshit, and Katie Couric this morning makes me want to puke.

        From now on, we go after this shit aggressively.

        It is my new year's resolution.  I will phone the networks every friggin day if I have to.

        The Republican Party: Redefining Oppression for the 21st Century

        by daveriegel on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:06:13 PM PST

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        •  We absolutely are at war with the media- (4.00)
          read Daou's treatise on this.  The Katie Couric-Dean interaction was a good example.

          It's not even subtle any more.

          I'm beginning to think that in order to be a big time television "journalist" nowadays, you basically have to forgo being a real journalist and agree to become The Company Spokesperson.

          You have to LOOK like you are being a journalist, but you are to stick to the spoken or unspoken parameters and platitudes.  

          It's hard for me to comprehend how so many otherwise intelligent people could simply shelve their consciences and sit there like sheep while these political mafiosos lie to them.  

          The Republicans play this card again and again and it always seems to bring them luck - people will do just about anything for money, power, and access.

          "There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice." - Montesquieu, 1742

          by hopesprings on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:24:36 PM PST

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        •  It's what needs to be done (none)
          I wish I could muster up the time energy to keep up with that pushing against the media.   I have to be selective--like most Democrats I work hard.  

          You are completely  right.  This IS where the rubber meets the road.   The media -- print and broadcast--is both colluding and intimidated.

          How come they didnt have a war on Christmas or other stupid crap when Clinton was being impeached?

          "In my line of work you gotta repeat things over and over again. You gotta catapult the propaganda"  Prez Bush

      •  WHOA! Talk about cut throat (none)
        Man that would be too cool if they did that, although the repercussions would not be pleasant.
    •  When prodding, (4.00)
      here's a four-step guide to chase your "nuclear option" blues away:

      1. The filibuster is constitutional.

      2. The "nuclear option" would require a majority of Senators to vote that the filibuster is unconstitutional.

      3. Bill Frist, on the hallowed floor of the Senate, admitted that the filibuster is constitutional.

      4. Samuel Alito endorses and acts upon legal theories that are unconstitutional, which makes him unfit for the Supreme Court.  

      No choice but to filibuster.  Simple as pie!

      Just because we can, that doesn't mean we should.

      by Simplify on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:04:47 PM PST

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    •  And Were the Numbers Any Different... (3.37)
      ...a week ago?

      Sure, I'm fine with calling for a filibuster now.  Whether or not the Dems can prevail in the nuclear option wasn't my concern, because I've always taken Senator Reid at his word that if the Repubs nuked the Senate, the Dems could bring business to a crawl by invoking every rule imaginable.  But I've felt that it was important to build momentum for a filibuster, and frankly, I don't know what anyone knows about Samuel Alito today that calls for a filibuster that they didn't know a week ago.  So why didn't you, Senator Kerry, call for a filibuster before so many of your colleagues had come out public saying they would either vote for Alito or would at least not support a filibuster.  Had this call been made last week, before the public statements, it may have prevented some Senators from making public statements and been a rallying cry around which people could have called on their senators to stand with you.  But coming now, after at least six Democrats have said they won't, I have to say I'm not impressed.

      Droping a blog diary from Davos saying we should have a filibuster is fine.  Calling for a filibuster last week, before six of your colleages came out and said they wouldn't stand with anyone calling for a filibuster, would have been better than fine.

      It would have been leadership.

      Now we're almost certain to get a failed filibuster, and an extremist Justice.

      This call should have been made last week, when it might have made more of a difference.

      The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

      by Dana Houle on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:09:37 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Like Armando said... (none)
        ... you gotta see the number of no-votes before you can get serious about building momentum for a filibuster. But I guess you're assuming the numbers were pretty clear a week ago already? (I honestly don't know.)

        Damn George Bush! Damn everyone that won't damn George Bush! Damn every one that won't put lights in his window and sit up all night damning George Bush!

        by brainwave on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:16:00 PM PST

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        •  I Strongly Disagree (none)
          I've worked in a legislative setting, and once someone committs their vote, they're very reluctant to change it.  Once people came out publically, in the absence of new information, it's highly unlikely they'll change their position.  

          The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

          by Dana Houle on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:20:17 PM PST

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      •  Second that (none)
        I don't understand, why so late with this?

        Thank you

      •  Kerry Strategy? (2.33)
        I don't think Kerry is giving folks here much credit. He waits until it's clear that there are well over 50 votes to confirm Alito and more than 60 to invoke cloture, and then he calls for a filibuster? And does it from Davos?

        Now I never thought filibustering Alito was a good idea, but I agree that Kerry's only interested in making an empty gesture. Pardon me for being cynical, but 2008 positioning seems to be his motivation. He has to be aware that many activists have grown tired of him & thought his 2004 campaign inept. He thinks merely being the 1st Senator to say filibuster will get him back in the good graces of those folks. I doubt it.

        What did he know today that he didn't know at the end of the hearings? Nothing but the vote count.

      •  so some would have said he was grandstanding (4.00)
        a week ago, outflanking Reid - a better question would be why did'nt Reid and the Dem leadership do it a week ago. Why pin the blame on Kerry? At least he's there now stirring things up.
      •  I'd be curious to see an answer (none)
        We've hashed this out elsewhere, but I prefer to think of it as an arguable mistake in judgment, rather than an intentional attempt to grandstand after it's too late.

        I take the Senator at his word when he says he discussed this with Sen. Kennedy just yesterday.  I respect the fact that the Senator was reluctant to alienate his colleagues by putting them in a difficult position.

        Let's keep in mind, whatever arguable lack of courage we want to attribute to Sen. Kerry for not demanding a filibuster earlier, every other Democrat is guilty of the exact same lack of courage.  And if it was really such a cut-and-dried political calculation for Sen. Kerry to bring up the filibuster once it was "too late," then you have to wonder why no other Democrat made the same easy calculation.

    •  Forget about numbers... (none)
      This is a time to stand up and take a very clear position on what is right for the country.

      Therefore, damn the numbers (and jelly fish).

  •  A coup? (4.00)
    Oooo...  I like that!

    "It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress." --Daniel J. Boorstin

    by mrhelper on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:28:52 PM PST

  •  Thank you (4.00)
    for fighting the good fight!

    Don't go there? Oh yes, I'm going there!

    by coigue on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:30:19 PM PST

    •  Thank you, Senator Kerry (4.00)
      My husband was a NYC firefighter who was disabled through 9/11 and I am a teacher; we are "regular" guys who are very worried about Alito's effect on the disabled, the poor, the middle and little class.  Thanks for fighting this fight.

      Better to fight and lose, and bring some attention to Judge Alito's extremism, than to turn tail and run away. Many of my republican friends believe the Democrats don't stand for anything - that they are weak and won't fight for what they believe.

      Let's prove them wrong; in the process, I bet you will gain a LOT of respect.

      Republicans to Americans: "Are there no prisons?...And the Union workhouses?...Are they still in operation?"

      by adigal on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:56:58 PM PST

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  •  Thank you Sen. Kerry (4.00)
    Thank you for stepping up on this when so many other Democrats have cowered before the "electoral mandate" of this administration. I have personally called several Senate offices to ask that they support this filibuster.

    How else can I help?

  •  Win, lose or draw, (4.00)
    the filibuster is the right thing to do.  Thank you gentlemen from Massachusetts.  Now, I have phone calls to make.  :)
  •  Thank you Senator (4.00)
    Thank you Senator! Even if unsuccessful (which is not a certain thing to no means), we are showing that Democrats finally can take a stand. When we reclaim Congress in another 10 months, our party which now has a backbone (thanks, now, in part to you), will truly challenge Bush on the issues! Thanks again!
    •  Thank you weathercoins (4.00)
      Keep up the fight.
      •  Thank You Thank You Thank You (4.00)
        Alito Is GWB's Get Out Of Jail Free Card

        Thank you Senator Kerry ... you may have saved the republic

      •  Guys, we got feedback! (4.00)
        Well done, Senator.

        We love it when high-profile posters can stick around for a few comments.  It shows you don't use us simply as an outlet for press releases.

        As a diehard fan of yours, I'm hoping that you can make innovative use of the netroots and whatnot in future campaigns.

        Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.

        by Cream Puff on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:47:03 PM PST

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        •  And if he keeps it up...... (none)
          he may get Trusted User status one of these days!
          •  I'm not sure... (4.00)
            He may be a centrist troll, I reserve judgement until I see a few more diaries.  Seems a little tepid to me.  I mean, the rest of us decided fillibuster was necessary weeks ago

            Seriously folks, I'm not sure whether this is "turning the boat in to shore" or "throwing his medals over the fence", but either way, its a good day for America, just like those.

            I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man - find out who said it!

            by TheGryphon on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:25:27 PM PST

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          •  I think Goth John Kerry would be better (4.00)
            He could write bad poetry about blood and darkness and then enter it into the congressional record so no one steals it.  Occasional blog fights with other senators who dress like KISS and then he can  log off and listen to Linken Park.

            Meanwhile Dick Cheney can start a blog about how he really IS an evil overlord.

            Or something.

      •  Thank YOU, Senator! (4.00)
        What we need right now is someone who is willing to stand up for what he or she believes, and who won't back down. You are showing them that they cannot run roughshod over our rights and the Constitution -- not without a fight. You are giving millions of us hope and courage again. Lead the fight, and we will stand with you!

        First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mohandas Gandhi

        by trueblue illinois on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:01:18 PM PST

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      •  Thank You Senator Kerry (4.00)
        Disregard those among us who doubt your intentions.  The vote is not tonight.  It is time we make our voice heard. We respected the Committee Hearings and its is now time to block this nominatee.  Justice Alito is a threat to all of our freedoms.  His positions on Government Intrusion scare the living heck out of me.  I value my freedom as an American.  Alito is no Patriot nor Friend of mine.  I can't wait to watch you on C-Span!!!
      •  Feedback is good! (none)
        It's nice to be heard.   Thanks!


        by dangangry on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:52:38 PM PST

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      •  Thanks to you (none)
        For standing up for America. America needs more statesmen like you, who can see what is wrong, and stand up for what is right. It takes courage to take a stand when those around you are spineless, and the opposition is loud.  
        I hope you will read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights in your filibuster, and explain it to those who place greed, ideology and party before country. I hope you will read the words of those who stood up for this country when it was founded, so those political hacks in Congress will be faced with what a patriot really is.
      •  Senator Kerry (none)
        Thank you for your continued service to America.

        How are things looking in Cam's campaign?

        •  Cam's campaign is no more (none)
          The current Dem Sec of State has decided to run for reelection. So Cam has dropped out of the race, so as not to oppose an incumbent Dem.

          Proud Massachusetts Liberal!

          by rox63 on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 03:40:12 AM PST

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  •  What kind of advocacy (4.00)
    do you recommend? What would be the most useful at this point, and how soon does it need to be done?

    If not for the cat,
    And the scarcity of cheese
    I could be content.
    --Jack Prelutsky

    by Reepicheep on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:32:09 PM PST

  •  Senator Kerry, (4.00)
    Thank you so much for your leadership on this issue.  You're standing up on this issue when few others will do it.

    It's a lost cause...but thank you for championing it.

    The last time people listened to a talking bush, they wandered 40 years in the desert.

    by DC Pol Sci on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:32:11 PM PST

  •  You heard the man... (4.00)
    Back to the phones, or for me, reach for the phone for the first time. It takes more than email--I know that-- but it's something that's easy for me to ignore. I am extremely guilty of feeling that I've done my part by clicking "Send." But I'm kicking it up a notch.

    "My own mind is my own church." Tom Paine

    by Snoutboy on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:32:56 PM PST

  •  A note of support (4.00)
    from your fellow Massachusetts Senator's office...

    "The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die." - Senator Edward M. Kennedy

    by Crystal Patterson on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:33:19 PM PST

    •  Crystal ... (none)
      what specific things, beyond calling our senators and emailing and faxing them, is Kennedy (and Kerry) recommending we do?
      •  You're doing it (4.00)
        Keep making your voices heard - people pay attention to what is said here (and not just officials who post here).  We're fighting for fairness and a true democracy - keep showing what it is all about.

        "The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die." - Senator Edward M. Kennedy

        by Crystal Patterson on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:42:10 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Could you do me a favor... (4.00)
      ...if you remember and get a chance?

      I've always said Senator Kennedy should be guided by the memories of his brothers.

      Tell him I think they'd be proud of him now.

      "They've got us surrounded again, the poor bastards."--Creighton W. Abrams

      by Raybin on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:42:34 PM PST

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    •  Crystal: Tell Sen. Kennedy we send our support (4.00)
      I am a constituent and have always been very proud of 'your boss.'  Tell him I love what he is doing and thank him for his amazing work on this and for his courage in standing up for the Constitution and our rights.

      I am very, very proud to be from Massachusetts today!

      •  asdf (4.00)
        Heard Sen Kennedy on NPR recently making a great case against confirmation of Alito. He's not my Senator (though I'd take him over Voinovich any day!) but he makes me proud to be a Democrat, as does Senator Kerry.

        Rove: the only real stones he has are in his kidneys.

        by MissAnneThrope on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:24:44 PM PST

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        •  Thank you... (4.00)
          ...and I feel your pain - I grew up in Ohio!

          "The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die." - Senator Edward M. Kennedy

          by Crystal Patterson on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:45:36 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  What the heck happened to this state? (none)
            Since we're both natives, you'd think we'd both understand what happened to Ohio. We've had the second highest growth nationally in unemployment so far this year; manufacturing is ghostly and Cleveland awaits tumbleweeds to roll down Lakeside Ave.  When I was a young girl, even living in this then rural little grapeland, our state was reliably blue. It's so depressing, living here now. When my parents are gone I'll be moving to a reliably blue state, or New Zealand.

            Rove: the only real stones he has are in his kidneys.

            by MissAnneThrope on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:15:45 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  I know (none)
              I find it almost uncomfortable to go back and visit - things have changed so much there since I was a kid.  It's especially hard to understand because it seems the things that people there are most upset about are really related to decisions that have been made by Republican lawmakers.  I think things will get better there, it'll just take time....

              "The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die." - Senator Edward M. Kennedy

              by Crystal Patterson on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 07:23:03 PM PST

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      •  I'm proud to work for him (4.00)
        An I will make sure he sees what you wrote - thank you!

        "The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die." - Senator Edward M. Kennedy

        by Crystal Patterson on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:43:54 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Shot heard 'round the world (none)
        This where is started.
    •  Crystal (4.00)
      I feel like Senator Kennedy is everyone's Senator.

      Please let him know how much we appreciate how he stands up for us.  Talk about slings and arrows.  Nobody gets more of them than Ted Kennedy does.  He seems to take them without even noticing.  He takes a lot of them for the team - I notice that and appreciate everything he does.  

      Filibuster away.

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

      by joanneleon on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 07:04:15 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Kennedy and Kerry... (none)
      Those two Senators make me feel so lucky to have been born in Massachusetts. But by the grace of God, I could have been born in a red state.
  •  If Nothin Else, Senator (4.00)
    Please explain to your colleagues that a lot of us have run out of trust because we've seen retreat after retreat over the years. Please explain that many of us feel this the time to stand and fight, and not "triangulate."

    I don't have a lot of sympathy for elected officials that complain about tough, unpopular choices. If you can't face that reality you shouldn't be in elective politics.

    Thanks for standing up, Senator, and please extend those thanks to Senator Kennedy as well, and any others who choose to stand with you. Who knows? Maybe there'll be some changes of heart this weekend.

    "Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight. You've got to kick at the darkness until it bleeds daylight." --Bruce Cockburn, "Lovers In A Dangerous

    by AustinCynic on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:33:45 PM PST

    •  hey now (none)
      that's really easy for us to say - we are not up for re-election.  and a dem majority is the long-term goal, after all.

      and while i support the filibuster because alito is just that bad, it needs to be presented right.  joe q. public needs to realize just what they're getting in him.

      but anyhoo...thank you Senators!

      weather forecast

      The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

      by Cedwyn on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 09:14:52 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Sorry, that don't wash (none)
        You get into elective politics--at any level--you have to recognize that sooner or later this is a choice you have to face. Do you do what's right, and risk losing your job, or do you do the easy thing and go along?

        I have little sympathy for "red state" Democrats. If they are going to vote mostly Republican, why not just run as a Republican? As someone pointed out elsewhere on this thread, this never seems to be an issue with the "blue state" Republicans, Chafee, Collins, and Snowe.

        So you'll pardon me if I skip the pity party for the likes of Ben Nelson, Robert Byrd, and Tim Johnson.

        "Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight. You've got to kick at the darkness until it bleeds daylight." --Bruce Cockburn, "Lovers In A Dangerous

        by AustinCynic on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 08:23:54 AM PST

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        •  i'm just sayin' (none)
          and it's not about putting principle before his/her own job - it's about restoring the Dem majority in Congress.

          weather forecast

          The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

          by Cedwyn on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 12:45:43 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  We keep retreating from our principles (none)
            And there'll never be a Dem majority.

            Read Team of Rivals. Lincoln had to compromise--a lot. But he did so in a way that moved him closer to the goals he had in mind and paved the way for what he eventually wanted to do. I see none of that in the Democrats on Capitol Hill. Is it any wonder why Nader and the Greens look so good to so many people on the left?

            People won't fight if they feel that they're going to be sold down the river by the ones they're fighting for. If the Democratic Party can't get people like us to work for them, or even to get out and vote on election day, we aren't going to see lefties elected dog catcher, let alone take back the House and/or Senate.

            "Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight. You've got to kick at the darkness until it bleeds daylight." --Bruce Cockburn, "Lovers In A Dangerous

            by AustinCynic on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 08:52:44 PM PST

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  •  Stand up (4.00)
    For the Constitution.
  •  Fight this to the end (4.00)
    And speak for all the voices that will be silenced, for all the liberties that will be lost, if this man is confirmed.

    Thank you.

  •  I believe you and I thank you (4.00)
    Seriously, I'm sure your staff is probably busy like nuts right now.  But I thank you for assigning someone to make sure they don't forget about us even at this critical time.

    As others have said, if you're going to lose no matter what, it's best to go home with a broken nose from fighting.  I hope we don't, but I fear your Senate colleagues don't have the strength of character you and Senator Kennedy do.

    If nothing else, this filibuster will force your fellow Democrats who don't support you to answer some very uncomfortable questions from their base about why they thought voting for a rabidly anti-choice, virulently anti-labor monarchist was a good idea.  I'd love to see the justification.  And like you already understand Senator, the fact that he has a high rating from the American Bar Association just doesn't cut it.

    Yours in the good fight,

    "It's time to come home, America"--Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), September 13, 2005

    by Raybin on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:34:08 PM PST

  •  Kerry, you da man! (4.00)
    Thanks for taking a stand even when the odds are against you. If you keep it up, you might just get a promotion in 2008. :)

    "This...this is the fault of that Clinton Penis! And that powermongering wife of his!"

    by CaptUnderpants on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:34:19 PM PST

  •  Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! (4.00)
    This country desperately needs a miracle.  I hope you can get OUR Senators to join you, and Us.

    While I'm here, please pop in for this MSNBC Live Vote:

    Should the Senate give Alito an up-or-down vote?  *  2376 responses

    Yes, he has been thoroughly examined and the outcome is certain anyway. Get on with it.

    No, he would be a dangerous addition to the court. Any means possible, including a filibuster, is justified to stop his nomination.

  •  Thank you, Senator (4.00)
    I'm glad some Democrats have the courage to stand up, because this may, in fact, be our final stand. I'm deathly afraid of what the Republicans have in mind if they get Alito on the Supreme Court.

    Thank you. I hope to God we have the votes to sustain the filibuster.

  •  THANK YOU!!! Tell Us What To Do and We'll Do It (4.00)
    What would help most between now and Monday?

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

    by md jeffersonian on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:34:42 PM PST

  •  Senator, I absolutely stand with you (4.00)
    and if the tea leaves are read correctly and Alito is seen as a threat to Roe v. Wade, then it is clearly the right thing to do, if you are an American, never mind a Democrat, to block his nomination.

    Thank you- I love you man- and I have definitely got your back.

    PS: Always a proud supporter, I am especially proud today.

    PPS:  Lead the rest of the Democratic Senators with you on what is clearly the right path.

  •  sort of (none)
    Senator, I agree that Alito should be filibustered.

    I just don't think you're the right choice to lead it.  Your presence will make it seem political and calculated, and will change the conversation to being about you, not about Alito.  I would much rather see Feingold (with his record of approving nominees) or Reid (pro-life, defanging the Roe question) out front.  I believe either one would improve our chances.

    But I do believe your heart is in the right place, and I thank you for that.

    Why are there no dinosaurs in the Bible?

    by Leggy Starlitz on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:35:08 PM PST

    •  Neither stepped forward (4.00)
      Thank you, Senator, for doing so.
      •  Elwood, absolutely correct!!!! (4.00)
        For all our bitching, Kerry was the only one (and Ted) that stepped up to the plate and did it.  Too late? Maybe; but where was everyone else??  So let's go fight with what we've got!!!!

        Thank you, Senator Kerry!!

    •  They will preach garbage (4.00)
      about whomever filibusters.

      They will lie, smear, distort, bribe, strongarm.
      It doesn't matter...Jesus Christ himself could lead a filibuster and they'd crucify him all over again.

      I think, considering that there is soooo much stuff being tossed around about crooked/irregular voting, scandals, corruptions, ad infinitum, that Kerry is the ideal spokesman.

      I understand where you're coming from, but we're just not dealing with equals (humans) in this situation.

      •  Let Them Preach... (none)
        ....both Senators have done so much for our Country.......and both have taken more than their fair share of garbage, and both of them still keep going, doing what is right, taking the high road.

        Let them preach garbage......these two are bulletproof!!

    •  .sorry.. (4.00)
      ..have to agree. But, we can't pull him back now.  Let's just do what we can to keep the momentum going for the filibuster.  The more I think about it, it is a very shrewd move.  You have to think ahead a ways to what it will force the R's to do.  Their emotional sweaty speeches this week showed they are very nervous about the nuclear option and what that will mean....
    •  I don't care who does it. (4.00)
      I care that it's getting done, and I will heap rewards on the one that does it.
    •  Life is political (4.00)
      Mr Kerry respectfully, kick butt!  
    •  There comes a time (4.00)
      when you simply have to stand up for what you believe. No matter the result, Sen. Kerry is doing the right thing. Let others join him. Nothing's stopping Feingold or Reid or any other senator from jumping up and declaring they support a filibuster too.

      First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. -- Mohandas Gandhi

      by trueblue illinois on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:54:13 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  The nomination is purely political (4.00)
      so that the response may be seen as political is a reason not to do so?

      C'mon.  John Kerry got my vote and that of many others because he is a man of principle -- but also a pragmatist who knows how to win for principles by political means.

      And knows that even if this political tactic doesn't stop the nomination, you stand up for the principle, anyway.  That is the difference between a political opportunist and a principled politician such as John Kerry.  

      And you will get my vote again, Senator Kerry -- you and your spouse.  I voted for her as well, as did many women I know, who admired her so much for her strong stances as well.  When you two came to town, we flocked to her for her autograph -- and my niece to whom I gave that autograph treasures it, as it inspired my niece to start reading about current events to find out more about Teresa Heinz Kerry.  

      And that niece will be able to vote in 2008, too.

      "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

      by Cream City on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:04:46 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  It's not like (none)
      everyone's stepping all over each other to champion this cause!  Thank you Senators Kerry and Kennedy.  
      •  i second cook's thanks... (none)
        and beg his/her forgiveness for hijacking his/her post!

        my dialup will crash before all comments are loaded and i desperately need to know if what i heard on the radio news is true - that harry reid has sabotaged the filibuster!

        if he has, then damn you! harry - and this will be last time i vote a straight jackass ticket!

        i am a staunch democrat - toe the party line (or the SHOULD be party line!) and the democrats cannot toe that line for ME, then - i will be looking for third party alternatives at every corner!

        i'll be damned (and so will the rest of the nation!) if the democrats simply roll over on this one!

        •  I'm doing the same thing. (none)
          No more straight Party voting.  Also, no more straight Party donations and volunteering.

          And this is what I've been telling Reid's office.  THIS IS WHAT ALL OF US HAVE TO TELL REID'S OFFICE.  If the Party, as a group, can't come together and take a stand on this one for a filibuster, then as a Party they have become DYSFUNCTIONAL.    

    •  Did it every occur to you (none)
      that Kerry or Kennedy didn't step out earlier because they considered it would be looked on as politically motivated, etc., but we are in the last hour now, AND NO ONE ELSE DID?

      Yeh, would have been great for someone like Byrd to champion this cause--defender of the Constitution!  Right.  

      I don't think it was a matter of choosing the best one to step forward.  What it comes down to is that those who do step forward ARE the best, by actually putting something out there.  Appears the odds are strongly against them.  Appears the Party leaders and other colleagues have not been able to convince them.  So, appears Kerry and Kennedy have given it a last ditch effort, thrown the ball out there, and the only hope is that WE, the voters, can influence our representatives by the sheer weight of our pressure.

      Don't just stop with one or two phone calls or e-mails.  Do both, and do it a couple of times a day.  After offices close, keep sending emails and faxes.  Continue over the weekend.  Call senators from other states.  So what if they say your not one of their constituents.  You're a citizen, so they do represent you--esp when it's related to a Supreme Court nomination!  

  •  Please don't back down. (4.00)
    It is important to go on Record that this is where we stand.
  •  Senator Kerry (4.00)
    Senator, I HAVE to tell you that my heart felt a blow in 2004, and the way those Ohio elections were handled. But today you are a boon to my heart, and I want to THANK YOU for your courage, for realizing the serious American (not Democrat or Republican) matter at hand, and taking this step of leadership.  Perhaps you personally comprehend better today than in 2004 of the danger our entire Constitution and country are with the likes of these present leaders trying to appoint such a man as Mr. Alito to the Supreme Court.

    GODSPEED, Senator, truly, humbly, deeply, earnestly I tell you, I am PRAYING, and GODSPEED in your endeavors to save this nation from a very dark path with this important step.
    THANK YOU...and God bless you!

  •  Thank you Senator Kerry (4.00)
      I called Bill Nelson in Florida and his office seemed very supportive of my views.  The danger of Bush not being kept on a leash.  The problems that my Staff Sgt. son is having in Afghanistan and the increasing danger for his buddies in Iraq.  Do you have the backing of your colleagues to stop cloture?  Tell us which ones need some arm-twisting.
  •  I hope you can encourage those (4.00)
    who have joined you and Kennedy to declare their intention publically, before the weekend. We're willing to advocate, but need to target our efforts.

    Thank you, Senator.

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

    by bumblebums on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:36:21 PM PST

    •  Targeting is simple (4.00)
      Anyone with a Democratic Senator, or supposedly moderate Republican Senator, should be all over them  until they declare. The same with Democratic Senators who are expected to run for President.

      Don't give up on Senators who have declared for Alito. Ask them to respect the concerns of their colleagues by not voting for cloture.

      From everything I've read here and elsewhere, calling Senators from other states is otherwise a waste of time. They (properly) focus on representing their constituents.

  •  Be prepared for attacks (4.00)
    You are doing something that is extremely important and that scares the heck out of them. They will put pressure on the media to attack you and people from your own party may attack you. They were attacking you on CNN earlier today for it. The spin is going to be that you are doing this for a 2008 run, but do not be afraid of their spin.

    Right now millions of progressives, democrats, and moderators are calling and trying to help anyway that can. We are here for you Senator and we have your back. We do need to get our messages out and one of the best ways right now is Air America Radio. Please call in tomorrow. You are very brave and truely a fighter. In this fight we will all do what we can to have your back.

    •  medorators= moderates (none)
      I always make that mistakes
    •  Remember..... (4.00)
      you're telling that to a guy who once had a job where, every morning, he'd go out and patrol a river where there were people shooting at him with everything from AK-47's and machine guns to RPG's and light artillery.

      And when they did that he'd charge his boat right into the fire and shoot right back at them!

      This Kerry fellow isn't too worried about attacks from CNN talking heads or draft dodging Repulican politicians I'm sure.

      •  Yep and (none)
        I have always been a big supporter of his because of that. John Kerry is the reason I became a political junkie. He inspired me and he keeps inspiring me in everything he does. John Kerry has always been a fighter and it isn't just the filibuster, but other stuff as well. I'm one of those youths that he has truely touched in order to bring back my country. If he can touch me a 24 year old who never cared about politicals before I heard him speak and then learned more about him and his life then he truely does connect.
  •  Who is persuadable? (4.00)
    Who should we call?  Why isn't Mary Landrieu filibustering?  She and her state are getting screwed by Bushco.  She needs to think about payback.
    •  Randi's belief was that she is trying to get her (none)
      state rebuilt. But, as she pointed out, Mary Landrieu shouldn't hold her breath.

      I don't know why politicians believe this pResident. Whenever he speaks, he lies. He gets before a camera, like he did in New Orleans, and makes promises during a photo op that he never keeps.

      When will they learn?

      Real Democrat/Real Democrat 2008 (Example: Clark, Dean, Gore, Boxer, Feingold)

      by davidwparker on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:00:16 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thank You (4.00)
    I fear that we are at a turning point in our nation's history. If we don't fight now, when? I made my calls(being a Texan, I called my home state people to irritate them) and I hope it helps! Fight on, Senator!

    They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~ Benjamin Franklin

    by melthewriter on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:37:14 PM PST

  •  And?? What's The Action Plan?? hello? (none)
    Where and to whom should Kossians focus this advocacy??

    [am I the only one? what's the plan, Stan? ;)]

    Stranger in a Strange Land EXPOSED ME today on Cheers & Jeers; Gotta Sweater?

    by PhillyGal on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:37:26 PM PST

  •  Thank you Senator Kerry! (4.00)
    Thank you for doing the right and courageous thing.

    You could have done the easy thing and just gone along with the crowd. Instead you've made a stand against nearly overwhelming odds.

    That's real leadership. That's real courage.

    You're still the same guy who commanded a little boat on a big river on a hazardous mission. Charging into danger when others might chosen a safer path.

    Thank you for being a true leader. Thank you for doing what's courageous instead of what's safe.

    Thank you.

  •  Stand firm (4.00)
    "No" means "No"!

    I called Senator Salazar's Washington D.C and Denver offices today urging support for a filibuster of Samuel Alito. It's time to make a principled stand - the stakes couldn't be higher.

    All together now, rise!

    The soul that is within me no man can degrade. - Frederick Douglass

    by Kimberley on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:37:44 PM PST

  •  Schumer's office needs more calls (4.00)
    NOW-NYC says he's opposing a filibuster.

    Call him: 202 224 6542

  •  please do (4.00)
    The truth is, if there is no filibuster then you are going to see a lot of newly registered independents. The democrats have a lot of unsatisfied customers but this is your chance to change their mind. Please, sir, please do not let us down again.

    First they came for MY choice...

    by sassy texan on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:38:12 PM PST

    •  Seconded, thirded, fourthed, fifthed... (4.00)

      Senator, I proudly voted for you.  I'm still proud I voted for you.  I've criticized the way your campaign was run, but that in no way detracts from my personal regard for yourself and your motives.

      But if Alito is confirmed, it will be more of a betrayl than I and many can stand.  For years we've been told "Vote Democrat because of the Supreme Court"  Well we did.  And now the Supreme Court can be shaped irrevocably for the next 30 years.

      You and your colleagues MUST come through on your promises.  

      "They've got us surrounded again, the poor bastards."--Creighton W. Abrams

      by Raybin on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:41:10 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Independents, anyone? (4.00)
        That's me.  I've felt the party has let America down again and again over the years.  That said, I've given lots of money to Democratic candidates - including you, Senator - and would like nothing more than to proudly register as a Democrat again.

        But you congress critters have to win me (and people like me) back. Filibustering Alito would be a good beginning.

        Senator, I truly believe you, if elected (well, I think you WERE elected, but that's another conspiracy theory) could have turned this country back from this downward spiral into this pit of darkness, repression, bigorty and fascism ...which is where I fear we are headed.

        Alito's confirmation will mark the beginning of the end of American democracy.  

        Thank you and Senator Kennedy (you are both from my wonderful home state!) for standing up for America - and Americans.  

        "There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice." - Montesquieu, 1742

        by hopesprings on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:16:30 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  I'm giving it until 2008 for the Dem leadership to (none)
      listen to us. If not, I'm Green. I will not vote for Hillary. I do not want NAFTA-signing Bill near the White House.

      Real Democrat/Real Democrat 2008 (Example: Clark, Dean, Gore, Boxer, Feingold)

      by davidwparker on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:04:15 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Alito Nomination (4.00)
    Dear Senator
    Thank you for fighting.  You have the support of good and true Americans.  We know you won't let us down and we won't let you down either.

    He seems to be inordinately fond of beetles. JBS Haldane, in answer to the question: what has your study of biology taught you about the Creator?

    by bodiddley on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:38:27 PM PST

  •  I said this, but not as artfully (none)
    "But we have every right, in fact, we have a responsibility, to fight against a radical ideological shift on the Supreme Court."

    How many votes do you have Senator?

    Please tell me 41.

    Pretty please.

  •  finally! (none)
     but if you don't follow through on this, you will have lost many of us forever--talk is cheap.

    We're very tired of people talking but not doing.

    •  Follow through? (4.00)
      Seems to me he's doing all he can....there is a cloture vote scheduled for 4:30 pm Monday...earlier today we didn't even know if there'd be a cloture vote.

      We have until 4:30 pm, Eastern time, Monday to convince 40 other Senators to stand with John Kerry.

    •  I Agree (4.00)
      I no longer am willing to hear that we only lost by a small margin.  Sen. Kerry, I worked for your election, but you were not my first choice.  My hesitancy was confirmed when you ceded the election even thought you promised you'd fight.

      This is the chance Democrats have been waiting for.  Once again you have promised to fight.  Show me that you stand behind the words you have written here today.

      Lead the filibuster against Alito!  Somehow, any way, persuade the Senators who are backing down to fight alongside you.  Lt. Kerry, report for duty!

  •  Filibuster Alito (4.00)
    Yes!!! I am proud to live in Massachusetts yet again! Please take this as far as it can go.
  •  I've called Smith and Wyden (4.00)
    all day and I'm going to keep it up

    No American left behind - in civil rights, in health care, in the economy.

    by JLFinch on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:41:15 PM PST

  •  RIGHT ON! (4.00)
    People are behind you.  Everyone I have spoken with is scared to death of the unitary executive theory.  If we don't use the filibuster out of fear, we have lost the right to filibuster.
  •  You are making me proud (none)
    Thank you Senator.
  •  Go John Go! (4.00)
    • Called Sen. Wyden and told him to filibuster last night
    • Emailed him instructing him to support your efforts this afternoon
    • Spread the word on my blog
    • Emailed my family

    Go get 'em.
  •  Thank You, Sen--I'm Calling!! n/t (4.00)

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

    by Gooserock on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:42:47 PM PST

  •  Way to go, Senator Kerry! (4.00)
    You got my support.  Please don't retreat.  if they win on this one, fine.  Just keep hammering them.  We cannot stop.  And if you and your colleagues keep up the fight, I can guarantee you,  2006 and history will judge you well.
  •  Ralph Neas (4.00)
    on with Randi Rhodes right now.

    He says that if Dems don't fight for this, down the road, when Americans have had their rights yanked out from uner them, Dems will be viewed as having been complicit.  Gotta make a record.

    No American left behind - in civil rights, in health care, in the economy.

    by JLFinch on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:42:59 PM PST

  •  PLEASE... (4.00)
    Get all of the Dems united on this!  And reach out to those few moderate Republicans too!  Please...  I'm honestly terrified by what may happen.  Our country is being destroyed.

    Never say never... AND... I HATE being filled with this much hate and rage. I just want to love...

    by shermanesq on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:43:04 PM PST

  •  Who to call? (4.00)
    Go to C-Span2 and look at who has not committed yet. Then call the Senate switchboard (888-355-3588) and ask for one of those Senators' office. Do NOT leave a message; talk to one of the staffers. Tell them you want that Senator to support the filibuster, and to vote against Alito.

    Be civil, be calm, play nice. But, be firm.

    Tell them thank you; then call another Senator.

  •  Thanks, Senator (none)
    I do have one question, though: are you going to be back in Washington for the vote? And a follow-up as well - do we even have the votes for a filibuster?
  •  Hello, Senator Kerry. (4.00)
    I used to be one of your constituents, living across Linden Park from Cam. One of my closest friends has worked with Theresa on issues of domestic violece. And I'm very proud of you.

    When you speak to our elected Democrats in the senate, please remind them, very clearly, that with Alito's appointment, we face a constitutional crisis; one that's already brewing over FISA and NSA spying.

    The checks and balances of our government are being altered by the Bush Administration. Please remind all of our Senators that in a future era, the precedents set today will shape future governments. There will be times when Republicans are the minority, Deomcrats the majority. The Vietnam War created such a shift in our government; Iraq may do the same.

    If Senators allow the Executive branch to usurp Congresses power now -- the power invested in them by the Constitution -- that future government will face these precedents. And Alito, with his positions on the Unitary Executive, has proven that he is not fit to oversee this Constitutional Crisis, should it fall to the Supreme Court. He has a demonstrated bias toward the executive.

    And ask your colleagues if this is the legacy they want to leave for their children and grand children?

  •  Thank you Sen. Kerry (4.00)
    This is the right thing to do.

    Win or lose we can all be proud of what you're doing for us.

    "Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere"

    by Morbo on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:44:41 PM PST

  •  John Kerry and Leadership (4.00)
    Thank you, Senator, for leading this filibuster.

    We live in an era of the perpetual campaign.  As our party's most recent presidential nominee, you still have an elevated national profile, and this all leads to success in 2008.  We need more of this type of thing from you.  Things like:  showing up in LA and MS the day after Katrina... asking other tough questions (why does Rove still have security clearance, why is Osama bin Laden still not in custody, etc)... basically, acting presidential and drawing a contrast between the current POTUS and the one that you would've been had you been elected.  Show America something BETTER and DIFFERENT than the GOP status quo, and they will respond.  You can beat Bush to the punch at every turn.

  •  Two Alito online polls could use a boost (4.00)
    MSNBC'S poll:
    Should the Senate give Alito an up-or-down vote?

    Yes, he has been thoroughly examined and the outcome is certain anyway. Get on with it.

    No, he would be a dangerous addition to the court. Any means possible, including a filibuster, is justified to stop his nomination.


    Why do you think John Kerry wants to filibuster Samuel Alito?

    Conviction   42%

    Politics     58%

    ps.  Thanks John Kerry.  We're here, and we're ready.

  •  Thank You Sen. Kerry (4.00)
    I called both my Senators (Lincoln,Pryor) to vote NO and Filibuster!  Also told every Dem I know to do the same. Is there any more we can do?

    (-7.50 -6.31) If the Republicans will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. --Adlai Stevenson

    by arkdem on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:45:10 PM PST

  •  Go Johnny Go, Go -- Johnny Be Good !! (4.00)
    Hang in there Big Guy!  

    Glad to see you taking the point.

    Lock and load 'cause there is an ambush up ahead, but not to worry we have your flanks covered and we are ready to join you on point.  

    You are doing the right thing.

  •  Senator (4.00)
    I want to thank you for standing up and fighting for what we believe. Failure or success, at least history will remember that we tried to preserve minority and individual rights. My children will know that everything was done to preserve the democracy we have today for them. Thank you.
  •  Thank you Senator Kerry and Senator Kennedy (4.00)
    for having the courage to promote this.  At this time fighting the good fight is needed.  Dems absolutely must make the effort.  I'm afraid I'm "called" out.  If any of these Sen. offices have caller ID I'm probably on a "do not answer again" sheet.  Thank you again.
  •  Senator... (4.00)
    The press will NOT talk about what the filibuster means until it begins.  You have got to start it.  If we don't fight now, we will never fight.  You're right.  It will take more than one or two.  But only one can begin.

    Certainty generally is illusion, and repose is not the destiny of man. - OWH

    by blockbuster on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:46:26 PM PST

  •  thank you (4.00)
    for trying.  You're great.
  •  Thank you Sen. Kerry (4.00)
    This is the right thing to do.

    Win or lose, we can all be proud of what you're doing for us.

    "Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere"

    by Morbo on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:46:54 PM PST

  •  Sen Kerry, We've got your back! (4.00)

    Count on me.  I'll do my part, as will many of us here.

    THANK you!

  •  Tell us what to do John!!!! (none)

    In loving memory of Sadie, my camping, hiking & swimming friend. August 9, 1995 - January 23, 2005. She was the very best.

    by jhwygirl on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:47:03 PM PST

    •  What to do (4.00)
      Posted at DU front page:

      Suggestion from Kerry's Office: Who to Call NOW for Filibuster
      Posted by bettyellen
      Added to homepage Thu Jan 26th 2006, 05:38 PM ET

      thanks to Jackster

      jackster (1000+ posts) Thu Jan-26-06 04:45 PM
      Original message
      Just talked to Kerry's office in Boston....
      I was told that Reid is on board for the filibuster - but calls need to be made to Landrieau, Salazar, Johnson, and Byrd BY EVERYONE no matter your location.

      Robert Byrd (WV)
      (202) 224-3954
      Web Form:
      FAX: (202) 228-0002

      Mary Landrieu (LA)
      (202) 224-5824
      Web Form:
      FAX: (202) 224-9735

      K. Salazar (CO)
      (202) 224-5852
      Web Form:
      FAX: (202) 228-5036

      Johnson, Tim- (D - SD) Class II
      (202) 224-5842
      Web Form:

      Also, worth a shot:

      Susan Collins (ME)
      461 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
      Phone: (202) 224-2523
      Web Form: /
      FAX: (202) 224-2693

      Olympia Snowe (ME)
      154 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington DC 20510
      Phone: (202) 224-1946
      FAX: (202) 224-1946

      •  Call everyone - (4.00)
        I was told that Reid is on board for the filibuster - but calls need to be made to Landrieau, Salazar, Johnson, and Byrd BY EVERYONE no matter your location.

        I want to point out the BY EVERYONE no matter your location!

        I would like to add, call Republicans too!

        Everybody, call everybody.

        I have made several calls and of course called my senators. I called Salazar at least 5 times, emailed and wrote snail mail.

        I'm considering faxing now since I work 9-6 and it's hard to call sometimes. I can put a "broadcast" type fax together tonight and send it in the early morning. I will try to make more calls too, but this seems like an idea for now in case I have trouble making more calls.

        I'll be looking up fax #s, so if anyone has any handy....

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

        by OLinda on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:53:50 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  A link to a fax form... (none)
        For those who don't have their own fax access, here's a link that'll let you (in one fell swoop) fax the 12 senators considered by the People for the American Way to be the most significant in this battle.

        These are
        Obama, Barack
        Dodd, Christopher
        Lieberman, Joseph
        Biden, Joseph
        Durbin, Richard
        Bayh, Evan
        Snowe, Olympia
        Reid, Harry
        Schumer, Charles
        Clinton, Hillary
        Chafee, Lincoln
        Feingold, Russell

        Stop calling them the Right if they aren't!

        by jmaps on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 09:39:32 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Thank you (4.00)
    Honestly thought no one would step up. How's my Wyden doing on this? Is it worth calling Smith? Ahh, screw it. I'm gonna call him anyway.

    You didn't do it.

    by Earl on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:47:16 PM PST

    •  For Smith (4.00)
      Here's a good route to try with Smith.

      Smith and Wyden are strongly against any federal meddling against oregon's right-to-die act.

      In contrast, the Bush administration, and also Alito, are for unchecked federal power against the states.

      To protect the right of Oregon and states in general to go their own way on issues such as these, we can't afford a supreme court that will be more likely to bow to the administration's wishes on federal power.

      Beatpaths: automatic graphical sports power rankings.

      by tunesmith on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:04:47 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Hold on (none)
        Smith went along reluctantly, if I remember correctly. Though it was because it was the will of the poeple.

        Another tack I thought of was standing up for your homeboy. Wyden got the shaft from Roberts on the Right to Die thing, as far as most read it.

        You didn't do it.

        by Earl on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:11:46 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  See JLFinch upthread (none)
      He said that Wyden is going to support a filibuster.  What a relief, but I can honestly say I didn't doubt it - too much.  :o)
      •  That's 'cause I wrote him (none)
        a strongly worded email! :)

        I have little faith that Gordy will break away (I had written him before he announced his yes vote the other day), but I will certainly call his office tomorrow!


        This signature line confers blanket acknowledgment and correction of any tpyo's that may or may not exist in the above text.

        by oregon blue on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:49:11 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Amen (none)
    'Bout damned time.

    You many now return to your regularly scheduled chaos.

    by becca00 on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:47:24 PM PST

  •  Thank you from my heart (4.00)
    I am so very very thankful that you are in favor of a filibuster.  Thank you Senator Kerry, for everything, and also Senator Kennedy.  I wish I lived in Mass!!

    Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box. -Unknown

    by FLPeach on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:48:40 PM PST

  •  thank you, senator (4.00)
    Senator Kerry, thank you for your leadership on this issue. I know that people on this site haven't always been kind to you, and even though I've disagreed with some of the things you've said/done since November 2004, I want to thank you for trying to what you think is the right thing. Our country needs the leadership of Democrats like you now more than ever.
  •  This is why... (4.00)
    I got the flu three times canvassing for you. Honestly, I supported Dean at first. But after I listened to you, I knew you would try your best to represent our values. I wish you were my senator. You are fighting the good fight.

    The left should be on the left, not the center or the right.

    by ThanxAl on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:49:27 PM PST

  •  Brave fight (4.00)
    John Kerry is standing up for the preservation of our CONSTITUTION by leading this fight.  Don't let Bush's get out of jail free card Alito rewrite it without a fight.

    Those who sleep and dream do not know that they can wake up.

    by Gram E on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:49:46 PM PST

  •  Thank you (none)
    For working to doing (some of) what's necessary to curb an executive hell-bent on arrogating to itself near-absolute powers acting to stop the accession of a judge who will likely allow for the excercise of those powers.

    (Now, please, Senator, do not focus your political energies on trying again in 2008, but rather work to expose the malfeasance in the electoral debacle of 2004 and for comprehensive national electoral reform instead.)

    "No one else could ever be admitted here, since this gate was made only for you. I am now going to shut it."- Franz Kafka, "Before the Law"

    by normal family on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:50:18 PM PST

  •  Stand and deliver Senator Kerry! (4.00)
    Thank you so much for having the courage to stand up and fight for the survival of our Democracy!  I stand with you and appreciate what you are doing for all of us!

    Kerry on!

  •  asdfsdf (4.00)
    Wyden may be on board.  I just called his office ready to let it rip and the staffer said "hold up! he's supporting the filibuster!"

    If true this is great.  Learned his lesson or Roberts with the DWDA.

    No American left behind - in civil rights, in health care, in the economy.

    by JLFinch on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:51:04 PM PST

  •  Senator Kennedy (4.00)
    Thank you, you've got my support on this.

    I believe that the majority of Americans would support you as well, if they knew what was at stake.

    Roe vs. Wade is one issue.

    Another issue is Alito's support of the unitary executive.

    The second message needs to be explained in a way that political non-wonks will understand. I hope that you and the rest of the Democratic party will go out in force tomorrow and make a clear argument why this nomination needs to be stopped.

    Again thank you.

    The Republicans have a fundamental problem with telling the truth - Howard Dean.

    by NYC Sophia on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:51:04 PM PST

  •  When they come after you Sen. Kerry (4.00)
    I wrote this in Jeffrey Feldman's diary.

    When they call you obstructionist try the following response.

    Obstructionist? Damn straight we are! The Democratic Party is committed to obstructing the Republicans push to turn this country into an Empire.  We, the Democratic Party, believe in a nation under the law and every American has to answer to those laws.  The Republican party no longer believes that.  I, as a Democrat, will obstruct with my life, the Republican's Party's attempts to annoint George W. Bush as the first king of this country.  Our patriotic obstruction is the last line of defence against Empire Builders in our midst.  It's that serious, folks.

    See my sig line.

    A vote for the Democrats is a vote for Democracy. A vote for the Republicans is a vote for Empire.

    by Bionic on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:51:07 PM PST

  •  Bravo (4.00)
    Applause for the new blunt and direct John Kerry.
    •  Speaking of levees (4.00)
      Letter to Senator Landrieu:

      These are extraordinary times. Hurricane Katrina has put the people of Louisiana in extraordinary circumstances. I respect your priorities, and I understand that for Louisiana, "importance" and "urgency" may seem synonymous. But not all important matters require us to take action rapidly.

      There is no urgency in finding a replacement for Sandra Day O'Connor. Let us postpone the decisions too important to be rushed, but not urgent enough to impede our progress on those both urgent and important.

      The President has put us all in extraordinary circumstances. Let us not make matters worse. The water is rushing in. Let us not tear down one of our main levees. At this point, supporting the filibuster is the only way this levee will hold.

      Thank you for your time.

  •  Senator Kerry (none)
    Thank you for your position and call to action. I would like to point out to everyone that this is clear, succint and to the point.  Whether you write this yourself or have someone do it for you, I wish you had found this voice a couple of years ago.  Heck, there are only single space after periods, which I still can't get used to.

    Thank you sir, my phone calls have been made.

    Embrace diversity. Not everyone is intelligent. -6.25, -6.31

    by FLDemJax on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:51:40 PM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator (none)
    You are doing your work, is your duty.

    I thank you, sincerely.

  •  We want you to lead. (4.00)
    It is your place in history.  Thank you, Senator Kerry.  Make us proud.
  •  Just heard Shrum (none)
    Stand up and support you strongly on Hardball

    I will be working all day tomorrow(even though my Senator is Frist)

    Lets show the power we have.
    Right March just sent an e-mail. this is a part of it........
    From  Right March
    That means that WE have to convince those red state Democrats to vote FOR Judge Alito's confirmation -- and we have to move FAST!

    Thankfully, there's a way YOU can help NOW: is part of a coalition of dozens of conservative organizations that have been fighting "tooth and nail" for President Bush's conservative judicial nominees. Now, this "Coalition For a Fair Judiciary" (CFFJ) is running television ads targeting red state Democrats, demanding that they do the RIGHT thing and vote FOR the confirmation of Judge Alito to the Supreme Court!

  •  What's the endgame? (none)
    Do we have the votes to not just begin a filibuster, but maintain it long-term?  Now that we've actually engaged the "enemy", what do we have to do to make sure we win this battle?
  •  sens. boxer and feinstein have heard from me (4.00)
    there is no downside to fighting as hard as you casn. best of luck with your collegues, don't hesitate to let us know what you need us to do. alito must be blocked by whatever means possible, for as long as you can. this is not an electoral game anymore, this is a fight for the very republic.

    crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

    by wu ming on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:52:35 PM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator Kerry, (4.00)
    for doing something that takes real courage.  You will of course be viciously attacked.  But of course you already know that.

    You are taking a principled stand on behalf of justice, fairness, and the rights and liberties of the American people.  

  •  Kerry From Davos at 2AM? (none)
    Is he really writing this from Switzerland at 2am?
  •  Scalito (4.00)
    Draw the line right here right now.  I am not willing to trade some fals sense of security for any freedoms.
  •  Go team, Go ! (4.00)
    We're here Senator! Thats a lovely outfit Teresa!

    Lets go get these guys!

    "The pen is mightier than the sword, but only at a range of greater than five feet" Malaclypse the Younger

    by buhdydharma on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:53:44 PM PST

  •  I can't tell you how grateful I am (none)
    that you and Senator Kennedy are doing this, and how proud I am that you are my senator.

    " I went to war for George W. Bush; I came home to vote for John Kerry." - Sam Poulton

    by whometense on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:53:49 PM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator Kerry (4.00)
    You are going to take a lot of heat for this, but know that we have your back. You are fulfilling your promise to filibuster when necessary, and we will remember.
    Thank you!
  •  GAME IS ON!!!!!! (4.00)
    Matthews just mentioned it.  So funny, he said that it was just being announced.  Thank You Senator Kerry for posting here!!!

    BOB SHRUM CAME OUT SWINGING.  He flat-out supported a filibuster.  He was freaking fantastic.  

    How come nobody has mentioned Alito's decision where he defended the U.S. marshals using, I believe, an innocent bystander as a human shield. Is that going to be breaking news?  Are you telling me people in Montana, North Dakota, West Virginia support????????

    Oh yeah, the best part was Pat Buchanan sounded scared. He was speaking gibberish, and Matthews had nothing to say.  Instead, he tried to turn it around on you Senator.  Like you weren't worthy or something.  I didn't hear what he had to say because who cares.  Screw you, Matthews.

    •  OMFG! (4.00)

      Those words are astounding. Bob F&#%ing Shrum? Hell must surely have frozen solid by now.

    •  Kudos to you (4.00)
      for watching Matthews and filling those of us in who can't stand watching him without wanting to throw things at the tv!  That must have been pretty neat to watch tonight.  I hope the Rethugs ARE scared.  Let 'em sweat a little!  Come Monday they'd better be quaking in their boots when the filibuster pulls off and the rest of America gets shouted awake and informed about the danger the Republican party represents to the future of democracy.    
  •  Thank you senator Kerry! (4.00)
    This is one fight worth fighting!

    I think it is a brilliant move on your part.  It's perfect that your putting yourself on the line... because the other democratic senators will have to decide at that singular moment on the floor, with their entire electorat watching whether they support you a democrat and the liberal couses you embody, or  George W Bush and the Republican destruction of the very fabric of this country.

    We'll do everything we can to convince the rest of the senators!

  •  Keep in touch to let us know how to help (4.00)
    Whatever it is.  
    We are with you.

    We are calling, emailing, faxing.

    Sending nasty emails to all the talking heads that are saying you are playing politics.

    Whatever you need, ASK!!!

    We got your back :)!

  •  Fire it up Senator (4.00)
    I can't agree with you more on this issue. If we don't fight now then when? Although there is good reason to be opposed to Alito because of Roe, Alito is so much more. Civil rights is going to go down the tubes if the Senate just lets him walk right over them onto the court.

    Good luck. I live in Newburyport, I vote and totally support your decision on this.

    •   Power to you Senator (none)
         Thanks for standing up,  I stood in the pouring rain for you on election day,  and i would do it again.  I think the republicans will live to regret the nuclear option should they try it.  Unless they can permanetly rig elections i think they see the writing on the wall.  They started scorched earth politics, we need to become the blowback that changes the medias death grip on this country.  I admire your courage and honor and intellect  Mr.Kerry rock on.    
  •  Is anyone (4.00)
    else getting busy signals? I live in NYC and i've been trying to reach Chaffe's office and it keeps disconnecting me. I'll keep trying but i'll take it as a good sign. Thank you Senator Kerry. Alot of us are still behind you.
  •  I have heard that Sen. Byrd (4.00)
    will vote in favor of Judge Alito. I am surprised and disappointed by this. Perhaps you or Sen. Kennedy could take a moment (along with Laurence Tribe perhaps?) to sit down with Sen. Byrd and discuss the impact of a Justice Alito on the various sure to be upcoming Supreme Court cases dealing with the unconstitutional acts of the Imperial Presidency position of the Bush administration.

    Samuel Alito is unfit for the Supreme Court on this ground alone. He is far too deferential to the concept of an Imperial Presidency... an idea abhorent to The Constitution and I abhorent to Sen. Byrd.

  •  Just say no to Alito! (4.00)
    Anything the Bush administration tries to do should be stopped. The failure is beyond words due to the coc (culture of corruption).

    Please get on board for lobbyist and campaign reform.

  •  Go, Senator, Go! (none)
    We're behind you!
  •  Thanks, John Kerry. (4.00)
    If you keeping dogging the * administration like this, I may add you to my real Democrats list. You're off it because I'm still mad about what could have been. <Insert Rep Conyer's findings here.>

    You and Al Gore were robbed and both of you need to keep standing up. Thanks for coming to the blogs to hear what the grassroots thinks. We truly have felt abandoned by the Democratic leadership.

    Real Democrat/Real Democrat 2008 (Example: Clark, Dean, Gore, Boxer, Feingold)

    by davidwparker on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:56:26 PM PST

  •  Re (4.00)
    I've petitioned my Senators by email and phone.  Trouble is: they are republican and have pretty much told me-uh,huh,yeah,uh,huh,uh.
    I tried to call the capitol switchboard-I'm locked out, it's busy.
    Lead us into the fray Senator, we've got your back.  God bless.

    Economic Left/Right: -7.75 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.62 Jesus is a liberal, commie-lovin, tree-huggin, dirty, smelly, stinky hippie.

    by Metalmaven on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:56:42 PM PST

  •  Thank you so much for standing against tyranny (4.00)
    I couldn't be prouder of my Senators than I am today.
  •  Senator Kerry (4.00)
    I volunteered hundreds of hours on your campaign, I'm proud of you on this one. Full speed ahead and good luck convincing them. Time to crack some skulls.
  •  God Bless, Senator Kerry (4.00)
    I wish you the best of luck in gathering senators to support your cause. Everybody here is thankful for this service to our country.

    GOP stands for Grand Old Problem.

    by LennyLiberal on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:57:41 PM PST

  •  But you know what, Senator (3.40)
    If you guys can't pull it together as a party to fillibuster and you allow the GOP to turn this country into a place we may not ever be able to recognize in ten years, then I have no use for any of you.
    Our advocacy, sure. But it's YOUR JOB.  Don't ask us to do it. That's a cop out. Sure, fans are iimportant in a game, but it's the guys on the field who are the pros who have to make the winning plays. Politics is a team sport most of the time and your team HAS TO win this time or you've lost the series and me and a lot of folks will be off you guys in a amajor way. Nobody remembers the big hero of the losing side in sports or politics. So you will get no points for your stand if your side doesn't win. That's just how it is. Show us something for a change. And while you're at it, stop allowing your party to get ripped off at the polls and do something about all the obvious dibold style election fraud.

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

    by moon in the house of moe on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 04:58:45 PM PST

    •  It's not a cop-out to listen (4.00)
      to your constituents and accurately represent them.  Geezus if you live in Maine call Snowe and Collins, RI. Chaffee, etc....
      Nelson has a good argument in Nebraska but a lot of these Senators do not.
      •  Nelson has no argument (none)
        Do you think that Nebraskans support dictatorship or monarchy?  
        Nelson and others of his ilk refuse to recognize to themselves or to those in their constituencies the nature of the Bush presidency, which is why Bush gets away with it.
        When Nixon (utterly benign in comparison to Bush)was abandoned by those pols with republican consituencies and the pols reaped a political gain, not a loss.

        "No one else could ever be admitted here, since this gate was made only for you. I am now going to shut it."- Franz Kafka, "Before the Law"

        by normal family on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:33:39 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Nelson has to fight for his seat (none)
          Look at it this way - if he voted no and lost his seat, which has to fight for in just a little over 9 months, is that gaining something? If the Republicans reach a number of 60, they will have automatic cloture, meaning you never will hear the voice of a Democratic senator again. They want to have 5 minutes debate on, say, privatizing Yellow Stone Park? Ok, fine. Do you understand the scope of evil they can do if they hit 60?
          So to a degree I understand senators worried about losing their seats. If we lose seats because of this, imagine what Bush would do with the next nominee if they have automatic cloture?
          •  If these seats vote for the other side, (none)
            what is the purpose of the seat for us?

            All that does is give us a false sense of security and the other side a 'bipartisan' cover for their crap.

            "I don't think the ethics committees are working very well." -- John McCain on Meet the Press, 12/04/05.

            by bablhous on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 07:10:37 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

    •  No, it's your job (4.00)
      to provide the support that we can as the public to those politicians who are there trying to rally others.  John Kerry is not a constituent of your Senators -- you are.  

      So call them.  He's busy doing his job.  Do yours.

      "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

      by Cream City on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:07:56 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Participatory (none)

      If you don't participate, you are copping out.

      Don't go there? Oh yes, I'm going there!

      by coigue on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:18:01 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Let me put this very directly (4.00)
      We are not sports fans.

      We are citizens.  The Congress works for us, although over half of them don't think so.  Calling your Senators is reminding them who they work for.

      Politics is not a sport; it is deadly serious.  But if it were, in a democracy, you would be part of the team not the crowd in the stands.  Since you want to use sports analogies, here it is.  This is a goal line stand and the guys in the Congress need a strong united line of citizens pressing hard on the wavering and the Republicans to stop the momentum.  So call your Senators.  If they're Republican, tell them to vote NO.  If they're Democrats, tell them to  vote NO and filibuster if that does not succeed.

      There are 59 million of us out here who are not fond of King George.  Let's make some noise.  That is a way to support the troops.

      •  Our job was getting them into office (none)
        which we did in the cases of those who are their. Their job is to represent us. They know damn well what's right in the case of Alito and have said so. We're done. The game is now. I's up to them to do the damn job they were hired to do.

        It's good for us to make some noise, but the dems aren't failing for lack of noise from out here. They're failing for lack of spine in there.

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

        by moon in the house of moe on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:52:23 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Wrong! We can never be 'done.' (none)
          Yes, it is our job to get them into office

          and it is our job to communicate our needs to them

          and it is our job to watch them

          and it is our job to encourage them

          And it is our job to back them

          and it is our job to hold their feet to the fire whe they're moving away from our goals

          and it is our job to let the oppostion know they have gone/are going too far

          It is the congresscritters job to be johnny-on-the-spot (you should excuse the pun) to listen to, represent, negotiate, investigate, speak and act for us.

          It is a full-time two-way proposition.

          "I don't think the ethics committees are working very well." -- John McCain on Meet the Press, 12/04/05.

          by bablhous on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 07:23:03 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Here's the rub (none)
          When Republicans like my two Senators, Dole and Burr, get into office they do not see any obligation to represent other than Republicans.  Hell, right now they don't see any obligation to represent the Republicans of North Carolina.  You might designate all Republican Senators as Senator X (R-Crawford,TX).  They don't have spine.  They have been whipped into a Rubber Stamp robotic force by the Republican leadership.  They operate out of fear of that leadership.  Their constituents cannot affect them, even their Republican constituents.

          Democrats feel obligated to represent their constituents.  Mary Landrieu feels obligated to represent the people of Louisiana.  Tim Johnson feels obligated to represent the people of South Dakota.  And so on.  They only have spine on a particular issue when their constituents are flaming their butts to vote in a certain way.  Which is exactly what is going on with our phone calls.  There is a lot of noise but it needs to be more geographically distributed and it needs to come from more than just us.  There are 59 million Americans who are onto what Bush is about.  We need as many of those to call their Senators as possible.  That takes grassroots work.

          Only Republican Senators are commercial packages that you buy once and have no maintenance.  Democracy, real democracy, is a high maintenance form of government.

          And people power can always trump money power.  The problem is getting people to decide to use the  power that they have.  Which is why Republicans have to hold their position by 24/7/365 wall-to-wall radio and TV propaganda and visceral wedge issues--to keep the people from thinking and figuring them out.

  •  It is not whether we win or lose (4.00)
    but that we came to fight, and fight hard.

    John Kerry, I will always remember that you led the charge on this, just like you led the charge on Vietnam despite the slings and arrows then.

    I'm doing that gesture where you thump two fingers over your heart, which says I will always remember.

    Thank you.  And Kerry on!

  •  Thank you, Senator Kerry (4.00)
    Thank you for leading an effort to filibuster this dangerous candidate.  I fear for our democracy and our freedoms more now than at any time I can remember.  And it's not Al Qaeda that scares me - it's the radical rightwing revolutionaries that I fear.  Roberts this week cast off his sheep's clothing and showed that he truly longs to keep partisan company with Scalia and Thomas.  Add Alito to this trio and we might really be in danger of having the radical view of executive power espoused by Bush endorsed by the SCOTUS, for the first time in our history.

    The view that the President has powers not bounded by law or the constitution (which are supposedly granted by Article II's CIC clause) was asserted by Lincoln, Truman, and Nixon and was rejected by the courts of their day.  I fear this court will make their decisions based on partisan loyalty, not historical precedent or the clear intentions of the founders.  

    These are dangerous times.  A time of constitutional crisis, created by the Republican Congress's complete abdication of its responsibility to serve as a check against excessive executive power.

    When we look back on these times, let it be said that the leaders of the Democratic party recognized the danger and fought with every ounce of energy to protect our liberties, freedom, and democracy.  

    Out here, away from Washington, many of us are frightened by the possibilities ahead and have been driven to a frenzy that our elected representatives seem to be treating these times as if they were just normal politics.  We want to see righteous anger, not timid calculation!

    Please try to convince as many of your colleagues as possible that NOW is the time to take a stand on principle!  

    •  Lincoln, Truman, Nixon (4.00)
      none of them claimed powers remotely as far-reaching as Bush. He thinks his powers as Commander in Chief are absolute in the name of fighting a "war" ("on teror") not bounded geographically or temporally.  He can do whatever he wants, wherever he wants, for as long as he wants.
      And Alito's defining characteristic as jurist is a deference to judicial power.
      It is almost unfathomable that any politician claiming to subscribe to democratic and constitutional principles and the rule of law could not do what it takes to block him.

      "No one else could ever be admitted here, since this gate was made only for you. I am now going to shut it."- Franz Kafka, "Before the Law"

      by normal family on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:05:59 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  We Are Behind You, Senator (4.00)
    You've energized the true base of the Democratic Party. We'll do what we can to help.

    Thank you oh so much for your leadership.

    "The collapse of confidence in the Republican leadership is not enough to elect Democratic leadership." -Dean

    by MarionCountyDemocrat on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:00:05 PM PST

  •  Thank you Senator, (4.00)
    I'm proud to have voted for you.  It is about time for men of courage to rise up and say no to the petty power grabbing tyrants and for public servants to set aside their personal ambitions to uphold their oaths to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign AND domestic.
  •  Thank you, Senator! (4.00)
    You and Senator Kennedy are showing exactly the courage and conviction we need right now.

    Thanks also for reminding the country that our system of checks and balances can never be taken for granted.  Not only is this a crucial moment for the Supreme Court, but for the Senate.  Because you are there, I have faith that the Senate is still a place where the best interests of citizens can still actually matter.

  •  I just faxed each Senator individually (4.00)
    It took me a couple of hours to do 100 Senators, but dang, sending each one a personalized fax is the least that I can do.

    Thank you, Senator Kerry.  Thank you.

    jotter's Lists of High Impact Diaries: daily and weekly archives (bring your own bendy straws)

    by sele on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:01:03 PM PST

  •  Props (4.00)

    For your courageous stance! Hang tough, Dems.

    What will survive of us is love

    by howth of murph on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:01:41 PM PST

  •  Thanks you Senator (4.00)
    I have called Sens. Obama, Durbin, Reid, and Leahy.  I have also sent emails. I tried to configure my computer to fax, but have not had any luck...yet.  

    I'm with you on this, Sen. Kerry.  Keep up the fight and thanks you for taking a stand on this issue!


  •  At Last! (4.00)
    I posted on another diary earlier that I felt that I could not support anyone that lacked the will to stand up and fight for what is right. Even if it costs them political capitol.  How can Democrat believe they will rally our base by sitting by saying "I voted NO, I did all I could" while King George consolidates his power.

    I say "YEA" John Kerry.

  •  The Republicans are walking in lockstep! (4.00)
    Not one Republican can think for him/herself and vote  no, yet they yell that the Democrats are too partisan?

    Can we start calling them on this bullshit spin?

  •  Senator Kerry; (4.00)
    Thank you so much for listening to us.  Most of the people here and on the other liberal blogs have been saying filibuster all along and I for one do not care who says it, as long as it gets said.  

    Enough is enough.  

    Thank you so much for taking liberty by the hand and speaking up for her when her voice is being threatened and/or silenced by this administration.  

    I am proud to be a yellow dog democrat in America today.  Thank you, Senator Kerry.  And yes, we do have your back!

    I am not your beast of burden: I will not be forced to carry your baggage.....Humanistic Property Manifesto (-5.13, -4.77)

    by panicbean on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:03:31 PM PST

  •  LOL (4.00)
    frist on cspan right now...

    whinging about the how alito hasn't gotten his "upperdown" yet.  he was carrying on about how the (R) caucus agreed - it wasn't our preference - to put the nomination off until after the holidays.  then they agreed - and this wasn't our preference - to put it off in accomodation of some travel schedules and planning.  and then we even agreed - and again, it wasn't our preference - to put the nomination off...

    it was hilarious.  if he's trying to sound gracious, he shouldn't act so begrudging.  he just looked weak and petulant.

    weather forecast

    The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

    by Cedwyn on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:03:57 PM PST

  •  I put Senator Bingaman on notice. (none)
    We must support Senator Kerry.

    Not the church. Not the state. Women will decide their fate.

    by JaciCee on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:03:58 PM PST

  •  Thank you Senator. (4.00)
    I thought my heart would break after the election. I saw you in Madison, and I was so full of hope. It's so nice to see you with the fire back in your eyes. I'm proud to have supported you.
    I called both my Senators (Durbin and Obama) and asked them to stand with you. Their phones were swamped, I hope that's a good sign.
    Thank you for your leadership.
  •  Terri Schiavo (4.00)
    That's the way to explain this to the public.  Terri Schiavo they understand, and Terri Schiavo is exactly what Alito is all about.  Schiavo was the first salvo in the wingnut war on the courts, and Alito is the man they picked.

    And thank you, Senator.  Thank you.

  •  Thank you Senator Kerry (none)

    Please remind your Democratic associates that the line has to be drawn somewhere.  Please tell them that they will be respected if they win, and please remind them that they are Democrats.

    Thank you and thank you for being with us.

  •  I would kiss you right now if I could, Senator!! (4.00)
    I'm positive my two Senators (Durbin and Obama) are on board with you. I've called them numerous times and they usually are already doing what I'm asking them to do:)

    I support you 100% and I'm off to make the appropriate calls for the swing Senators as soon as I finish this post.

    Keep up the good work!!

    At this point, it doesn't matter (as much) if we least we go down swinging!

    And then we're energized for November!

  •  A reminder call for Lieberman-- (4.00)
    Washington office voice mail is full.
    Connecticut office numbers:
    •  Yes! Call Lieberman (none)
      I absolutely second this. Even though Lieberman has come out against the Alito nomination he's still on the Gang of 14 and might oppose a filibuster. Tell him that its not enough to oppose a nominee when the vote seems like a foregone conclusion. Tell him that while we respect his defense of the right to extended debate if he can't use the filibuster to oppose someone he personally believes is unacceptable to the supreme court than the filibuster is useless and not worth saving.

      Even though Lieberman's Washington office mailbox is full you can still leave a message for his staff. Just call the Capitol switchboard and press 2 when they transfer you to his office. Also send him an email through his website:

  •  Senator, glad to see you take point on this... (none)
    ...I've done some phone calls today, and will do more tomorrow.  We'll follow your lead, as long as you don't back down to the SOBs!

    I'm glad to have you on the team.


    Remember New Orleans

    by AAbshier on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:06:53 PM PST

  •  John, please read this diary: (4.00)
    On the subject of civil rights, equal opportunity, and keeping some people permanently on the outside: Betrayal from the recommended list. It is not my diary, but I feel acutely for the diarist.

    Presidential Power
    Bush is caught in a tangle of lies about his domestic spying. When Bush spoke in Buffalo in May? of 2004, he went out of his way to say that roving wiretaps were always done with warrants. I heard the tape of the statement today. Nobody asked him about warrants--he just offered it. He offered it, knowing that he had authorized the FBI to do warrantless wiretaps in 2001. He explicitly and deliberately lied about this "program."

    Bush has just nominated the prosecutor conducting the Abramoff investigation to a judgeship or something like that. This is the second time he has interfered with a prosecutor looking into the Abramoff matter.

    The White House has made sure the photography company that took pictures of Bush and Abramoff destroyed them. (See Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo for details.)

    Bush is depending on Alito to keep him from being impeached and found guilty of violating the law repeatedly and the Constitution.

    If you have not seen it, please watch Al Gore's riveting, passionate speech a week ago Monday. It will alternately make you want to weep for what we are losing but it will lift you up and remind you why we have to fight.

    "And you can dream--So dream out loud--And don't let the bastards grind you down." Bono, Acrobat, Achtung Baby

    by lecsmith on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:07:03 PM PST

  •  Use and rebut (none)
    Action Alert to send messages about Alito   

    In February of 2003, the socialist wannabe's at led a coalition of 32 radical left-wing organizations -- including Feminist Majority, Greenpeace, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, National Organization for Women (NOW), and Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/Push Coalition -- in what they called the "Virtual March on Washington". Their agenda: to oppose President Bush, the liberation of Iraq, and the War on Terror. Their efforts were widely reported to be demoralizing to our troops in the field.

    In response to the left's "Virtual March on Washington", was formed in March of 2003 to lead the "Virtual March from the Right". is a conservative organization dedicated to giving hundreds of thousands of hardworking, patriotic Americans across the country a strong collective voice in the political process. Our goal is to counter the well-financed antics of radical left-wing groups like, by appealing to the grassroots "silent majority" to take action -- contacting government and business leaders; placing newspaper, radio and television ads; and holding the Left accountable for their anti-American antics. Our members have been responsible for literally MILLIONS of messages to our leaders since our beginning.

    We are the "Rapid Response Force" against the ongoing liberal onslaught. was born out of the frustration of thousands of decent, hard-working Americans when they saw the attacks from the left on President Bush and his conservative policies. We came together initially with a full-page nationwide ad in USA Today, in support of the President and our troops in Iraq, and in opposition to the liberal Hollywood elite. Thousands upon thousands of average citizens seized upon the opportunity to add their name to the "Virtual March from the Right" petition... and a bold new grassroots movement was born. is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit political organization, the PAC is a federal political action committee, and both are led by long-time conservative activist Dr. William Greene; working with other "movement conservatives," he's applied his years of expertise in online and offline political activism and fundraising to birth the most dynamic conservative grassroots movement ever seen online.

    It's time to STAND UP for traditional, conservative, patriotic American values. JOIN US TODAY as we lead the "Virtual March from the Right"!

    •  Thanks! I sent through them (none)
      Here's the letter I sent via their service:

      Watching Judge Sam Alito takes me back. Way back, like to the 1950's. Which is where he'll have us if he's placed on the Supreme Court, as his voting record clearly indicates. He's against minorities, against women and in favor of unchecked power for Presidents. Alito isn't just bad for America, he's bad for the 21st century.

      The Senate should vote NO on Alito.

      And to know I was sticking a fork in that group at the same time? Priceless.

      Rove: the only real stones he has are in his kidneys.

      by MissAnneThrope on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:46:19 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Good Luck, Senator Kerry (4.00)
    Do everything you can.  This nomination transcends mere politics - the fate of many of the rights and freedoms we've enjoyed, and the principle of checks and balances, both may hang in the balance now.  You know this, I'm sure, and that's why you're doing this.  We're all pulling for you...good luck.

    "...but the people aren't looking for a handout/they're America's working core, can this be what they voted for?" - Bad Religion - Let Them Eat War

    by Fraction Jackson on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:07:38 PM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator! (none)
    I called Tom Harkin (D-IA) today and asked him to support you in the filibuster.

    I didn't bother with Grassley.

  •  John Kerry (4.00)
    a true "Profile In Courage"

    Bless you Senator.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    GWB will pry my 20 and 18 year old sons from my cold dead fingers.

    by Momagainstthedraft on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:10:58 PM PST

  •  Damned straight. (4.00)
    No cloture.

    Trying To Maintain Rationality
    econatheist's bloggity blog blog

    by EconAtheist on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:11:59 PM PST

  •  Thank you for standing up and fighting this!! (4.00)
    I realize the odds are against us, but to just sit down and accept this without a fight doesn't seem right.  I have urged the people I know in states with senators who haven't committed to a vote to call them and urge a filibuster!  Alas, my state is represented by two Republicans who will vote yes.

    Sadly, we may not win this one, but if indeed Alito is confirmed and the no doubt horrible decisions he will make on the Supreme Court start coming out, real Democrats need to be on record as having fought this nominee until the end.  If it's not about stopping him, it's about showing to the history books that there was serious dissent, not just in the Senate but among a growing community of citizens who have just HAD IT with the direction of this administration.

    Thank you again, and I will help in any way that I can, and defend you anywhere I can!

    •  er, he doesn't say that he's going to fight (none)
      In fact his last paragraph seems to be an apology in advance for not fighting.

      Dems must be measured on their actions, not their words.

      W - all boots & hat, no cattle

      by Mosquito Pilot on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 04:50:06 AM PST

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      •  Actually a fight does start with words (none)
        If you have read the NY Times article (a hit piece, really), you will see that simply announcing that you want a filibuster turns you into Canon Fodder.  He's going to get seriously bruised by this AND the odds (as in the numbers) are against him.  So despite what the GOP talking points are (it's about '08!), this is all about political risk and no gain.  What it's about is principle.  No doubt in my mind.  He's putting himself out there to stand up for what he believes in, essentially before a firing squad of elitist pundits.  ALL he has on his side is principle and . . . us.  And, no, Harry Reid does not support this.  John Kerry is standing there with Ted Kennedy, alone.  Just like 1971.  And BCCI, the CONTRA affair.  And he's standing tall.

        As far as action goes, well, that's a collective thing, which will most likely not happen.  That's a complaint to be sent to the likes of Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Evan Bayh, who also have national ambitions.  And our esteemed minority leader, Harry Reid.

        •  I won't be impressed until (none)
          I see a Senator stand up and fillibuster.  Talking about fillibutering doesn't do anything.

          I don't measure people (particularly politicians) by what they say.  I look at what they do.

          W - all boots & hat, no cattle

          by Mosquito Pilot on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 09:26:55 AM PST

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  •  go for it..... (4.00)
    I would rather see us stand up for what we believe and lose then just lay down and play dead.
  •  YIPPEEE (none)

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

    by NearlyNormal on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:13:51 PM PST

  •  Thanks, Senators Kerry and Kennedy! (none)
    Thanks for standing up and doing the right thing.  We'll support you every possible way.  This confrontation between those who favor democracy and those who favor tyranny was bound to happen eventually thanks to the Bush administration.  Now is the time.  We're ready to fight.  Just lead us!
  •  I trust you, Senator Kerry... (4.00)
    ...and know you are standing up for us against the odds. Thank you so much for doing that. I just emailed 6 more Senators (the ones on the fence). I've also emailed and called Senator Feinstein (from out here in California) to try to change her mind about the filibuster...I know she and Barbara Boxer voted against the nomination. The voicemail boxes are mostly full...hence, the email. What do we do to get the media to tell both sides of this issue? It seems they are doing the usual spin. Guidance on the media would be helpful.
    Thanks again, Senator Kerry.

    At a time when many worry that we have become a society of MORAL relativists,I worry,and too few worry,that we have a government of FACTUAL relativists.-J.Kerry

    by YvonneCa on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:16:56 PM PST

  •  Thank you Senator! (none)
    I think you just grew another foot taller.  I'm so proud of your courage.
  •  Thank you, Senator. (none)
    It is right and it is important to make a stand, when so much is at stake.  

    Thank you.

  •  Filibuster (4.00)
    Please do it.
  •  Inouye voting no! (4.00)
    and giving a fine bit of speechery.  

    Thank you, Senators Kerry and Kennedy!  The birthplace of our country, represent!

    It is entirely valid to extend debate on this nomination until we have a handle on spygate.  the question of Alito's fitness for the bench is inextricably linked to his ideas of the "unitary executive" and support of expanded presidential powers.  

    And if it is all simply about being "qualified," there are any number of "qualified" judges that haven't espoused extremist viewpoints such as some of Alito's - they can find one of them to confirm.

    Thank you again!  


    Lott just whinged about how the vote was supposed to be today!

    weather forecast

    The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

    by Cedwyn on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:19:05 PM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator Kerry (4.00)
    Can you let us know when we get 41 so I can stop dialing?
  •  God Bless You Senator Kerry! (none)
  •  Stay strong JK (4.00)
    Keep you head down and focused on the filibuster.  We'll take on the media from here.  The most important thing is stay together and fight through adversity.  A lot of things will be said by many people but giving in would be the worst case scenario.  So stay strong and remember to speak up for us.  We need this fight.  The stand starts here.  Win this and your strengths will be legendary.

    Kick Ass !Kicking Ass& Take Names

  •  Stay strong! (4.00)
    I came out to hear you speak when you came to Nashville -- I wore a "Women for Kerry" sash and when I heard you speak, I was proud to be there.  I stood on the corner in downtown Nashville to watch you leave the Hermitage Hotel, standing in a crowd of people, most of whom wouldn't normally be caught dead standing on a street corner trying to get a gimpse of a celebrity -- all proud to be there.

    Your actions since the election, particularly on this issue, have made me firmer in my conviction that you were the right man for the job.  We supported you then -- we support you now.  

    Stay strong!

    "No self-respecting woman should wish or work for the success of a Party that ignores her sex." -- Susan B. Anthony

    by Yellow Dog Dem Woman on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:25:46 PM PST

  •  Bravo Senator! (4.00)
    To defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic

    As someone said in another thread:

    Today is a good day to die.

    Win or lose, we must make this stand.  Time to unpack that dry powder and fight.

    BTW, for any who are wondering, I am told that 'today is a good day to die' is a traditional Lacotah Sioux battle-cry (no, it didn't originate on Star Trek!)

    I had to destroy my tinfoil hat because it was beaming coded messages into my brain.

    by stevelu on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:25:50 PM PST

  •  Filibuster=yes (none)
    What are they waiting for, this is something that must be done. Thanks Sen. for taking the lead.
  •  Thank you for being blunt (4.00)
    with the truth , this is what is needed most of all at this time .  the Kst.corp.coup of our democracy will be put down  .  the faith based zealots vision of america  will not come to pass , if we here have a word to say about it  .  thank you sir  .
  •  We Spoke, Kerry Listened (4.00)
    Who am I to say that the response last week when Senator Kerry first posted had an impact....All I remember is the constant beat of Fillibuster! Fillibuster!  

    Thank you Senator. I respect your service and it is fantastic when you are not hindered by focus groups and analysis paralysis.

    I have not wavered in my support for you and will not waver in this fight.  

    It would be great to have John Edwards join you in a speech sometime....

  •  Thank you Senator (4.00)
    Even more than his attempts to hide his personal agenda, I think what scares me about Alito is his support of unfettered executive power.

    You do not stand alone. Many of us have your back.

    Give em hell!

    "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

    by Kerrycrat on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:29:50 PM PST

  •  Massachusetts Resident Here (4.00)
    Last week, I called your Boston office and left a message (as well as the obligatory name, address, and phone), explaining how strongly I feel about the unacceptability of Alito.  To my surprise, I received a call back the next day and had a chance to articulate my feelings more fully.  

    The responsiveness of your staff was impressive, and I thank you sincerely for your efforts here to save us from ourselves.

    Democracy is wasted on Americans.

    by lightiris on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:31:24 PM PST

  •  All due respect (4.00)
    Senator Kerry. What I really want to hear is.."I'm going to Filibuster Alito", come what may. That's what Senator Feingold said about the Patriot act. You say that, and then see how your support explodes.

    I prefer DKos News to Google News

    by inetresearch on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:32:44 PM PST

  •  Message from my 6 year old (4.00)
    John Kerry,

    I like your idea.  You're sure right.  

    Love (my daughter)


    (give 'em hell, John)

  •  By the way... (none)
    People for the American Way has an email you can send to some swing addition to your calls, of course:)

     Click here to send your letters NOW!!!

  •  for the record (none)
    Lott just said that he does not support the notion of recess appointments for judges.

    and now he's carrying on about how "elections have consequences" and that we should have expected a conservative from shrubya.  how quickly they forget their reagan worship - no following in his reasonable example set by the appointment of Sandra Day O'Connor.

    (a bit later in time) - Lott just said he "sure hopes" that alito's confirmation will change the balance of the court.  and he keeps using his Ginsberg vote to tout his reasonableness.  it's quite strange.

    It is also maddening to hear the ridiculous "elections have consequences" line, as much as they like to remind that SCOTUS Justices aren't elected.  if SCOTUS is not election-dependent and therefore not required to have a balanced, representative outlook, why is its constitution a "consequence of the election?"  why not strive for a court for the country, instead of the party in the White House?  

    weather forecast

    The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

    by Cedwyn on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:34:12 PM PST

  •  Senator Kerry (4.00)
    One word: ARMTWISTING!

    I don't ever want democrats to become like Tom DeLay and the rest of the fascists. But this is our democracy at stake - this is our country! What could possibly be as important? If not now, when? What are those democrats savin' it for?

    What are the democrats afraid of? Backlash in their states? If the democrats explain to their consituents that this is FOR them - not against them - and explain it really well, they'll get it - I know they will.

    So, you need to threaten, cajole, promise, appeal to their altruism - whatever it takes - Congress will not mean spit if Alito gets in. Their jobs will not mean spit if Alito gets in. So what are they doing trying to save their jobs? The executive and the rightwing judiciary that's controlled by the executive will have all the power and the Congress will mean nothing.

    However you have to do it, MAKE THEM ALL FILIBUSTER AT ALL COSTS - PLEASE!

  •  called and emailed FL Senators (none)
    also sent email to Sen Byrd. thank you Pr/Sen Kerry.

    Bush/Cheney04 Because it takes 8 years to Destroy the Country Download GeckosAgainstBS song

    by demnomore on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:34:48 PM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator Kerry. (none)
    We've been calling, e-mailing, faxing and sending telegraphs to our senators and other key senators in the cloture vote.

    Many of us have signed your petition and many other petitions, but I still feel that there is more we should be doing. Please let us know how we can help.

    "Values are not just words, values are what we live by. They're about the causes we champion and the people we fight for." - Senator John Kerry

    by dynamicdems on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:35:00 PM PST

  •  Like I said last time, Senator. (4.00)
    Stop these closet monarchists.

    They call themselves Republicans, these people who despise the Republic.

    The stakes could not possibly be higher; they would prefar war with us, rather than with terrorists.

    Consider how much money the GOP devotes to hating Americans and enriching cronies, as opposed to providing the troops on the ground with the materiel they require to win the War on Terror.

    What the soldiers get is not even close.

    It is no accident that out of 44 Iraq vets running for Congress this year, only 1 is Republican...and he's from Massachusetts.

    Something about True Blue Americans and True Blue states brings out the best in us all, I suppose. :)

    The Republicrime Party is coming for your money and your life.

    by cskendrick on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:35:12 PM PST

  •  Doormat Dems (4.00)
    Glad you are not one of them.

    Thanks for standing up and doing the right thing.

    Support the project that believes in the best our community has to offer! Support YearlyKos

    by gina on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:35:21 PM PST

  •  Thank you for taking a stand (4.00)
    Senator Kerry,

    I thank you and Senator Kennedy for your efforts to protect the rights of Americans and all people in light of the signing statement that was attached to Senator McCain's torture ban.

    I made that argument to Senator McCain and other Senators in a letter asking them to say no to Sam Alito.

    Senator Kerry, you make me proud to be an American, and I am proud to be one of your supporters.

    God Bless You!

  •  Thank you, Senator. (4.00)
    All I really dared to hope for is that someone would stand up and fight. Thank you.
    •  Exactly. (4.00)
      I daren't hope we can win.  Republicans have a majority, and chances are you get your nominees confirmed one way or another when that's the case.

      The point is the FIGHT.  I want to see Dems at least TRY.  I need the encouragement, to keep on trying myself.  I need to know that when I try, our elected representatives will also try.

      Markos has this regular thing about "Fighting Dems".  Well, of course John Kerry himself is a Fighting Dem, and not just in the sense that he's a veteran of the services.  He's fighting NOW.  That, I dig.  That, I want to see more of.

      Republicans want Roe Vs Wade overturned and that's what their Supreme Court will be expected to do, when the first opportunity arises.  And when that time comes, and when the time comes to tell an apathetic nation "Told you so!" as their daughters are forced to carry pregnancies to term against their wishes, I want a good big stable of Democrats out there able to say "And THAT is what we were FILIBUSTERING for.  Get it now?"

      And that is how you win more seats in the Senate.  Not by any of this namby-pamby pussyfooting around and asking nicely stuff.  That shit doesn't work any more, dudes.  This is not the 1800s any more, and these aren't "gentlemen" running the country.  They're thugs from top to bottom, who seek to control your lives, right down to how you are born and how you die.

      A filibuster is the only right thing to do.  Democrats must show they are at least WILLING TO FIGHT otherwise why the hell should WE be?

  •  wonders never cease (4.00)
    even joementum is saying no.

    weather forecast

    The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

    by Cedwyn on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:38:56 PM PST

  •  Thank You, Senator Kerry! (4.00)
    Go Go GO!!!

    This is perhaps the most important moment we will face as a party and country- we can not let this go without trying. I cannot bear to watch my country slip away... I support you 100%.

    And if any other Dem Senators out there are reading tonight, I hope you are encouraged to listen to the people who support you.

  •  Thank you John! (4.00)
    I will call my senators Feingold and Kohl. Surely just this once Russ can stand up to a nominee...
  •  Well fuck it (none)
    You've got my vote in the 2008 primary, that's for sure.

    The rest of the no-filibuster dems can just kiss my ass

    Wars always bring bigger problems then they settle... It's up to us to have such a good democracy that other people want it too. -Woody Hayes 1986

    by Irrelevant Prolixity on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:42:44 PM PST

    •  Actually, I take that back (none)
      I want action, not words.
      I'm sick of words.

      You and Kennedy go up there and start reading the bill of rights over and over and over and over and don't quit until you are forced to by a vote.

      Anything less than an ACTUAL attempt just doesn't cut it.

      Wars always bring bigger problems then they settle... It's up to us to have such a good democracy that other people want it too. -Woody Hayes 1986

      by Irrelevant Prolixity on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:10:13 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thanks for standing up. (4.00)
    Again. Born in Mass served F 2/7 Chu Lai 66-67. It's excellent that Massachusetts leads again in the fight for Liberty.

    We've got your back, Sir.

  •  This is an AMERICAN issue (4.00)
    Not a party issue.  Republicans will lose rights too when the Constitution is  reinterpreted by Alito.

    Those who sleep and dream do not know that they can wake up.

    by Gram E on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:45:37 PM PST

    •  Oh yeah (none)
      And they should not forget that all the executive powers they're shovelling in Bush's direction will belong to a Democratic President soon enough.

      That alone should be enough to back them off some of this crap.  Problem is, they don't anticipate losing any elections any time soon, do they.

      •  Or (none)
        How about they really think, like his colleagues think, that Alito is a good judge who will do his duty well.

        Not everyone buys the "he's going to cause a Constititional Crisis" line.

        •  This is about Bush. (none)
          This is not about Alito.  Alito would give Bush unfettered executive power.
          •  Yet (none)
            Other judges who know, served with him, and are solid liberals, appointed and confirmed by a Democrat and a Democrat Senate, think he is "emminently qualified" and deserves the seat.  

            Alito would give Bush unfettered executive power.
            You've simply been drinking the kool-aid too long.  He's going to tilt the court-rightward, absolutely.  That's enough to oppose Alito.  But quit with the pretending that's going to overthrow the government and install Bush as monarch.

            Look up unfettered, and get back to me.

  •  For those of your colleagues who despair (4.00)
    Remind them, sir, that there are people who have been through far worse than a filibuster.

    Some of them are Americans.

    Some lyrics to keep their story alive:

    Sudden storm descends on all
    A nation mourns the towers' fall
    A city drowns in deep despair
    A country stands united there

    And through the dark and hapless time
    Through shadowed ruins roam
    Still there stand twin rays of hope
    That shine, and call us home

    For we will hold our heads up high
    And never think to fear the sky
    And dare to hope and dare to save
    For we are, when united, brave.
    For we are, when united, brave.

    Sudden storm descends anew
    A nation takes in multitudes
    Neighbors, friends, and countrymen
    The call for aid made once again

    And though in time the last banner
    At taps' sound be furled
    While we the people yet endure
    Hope shall prevail this world

    For we will, gather'd, know that we
    Are truly one and truly free
    No matter what the storm may take
    We stand fast for each other's sake
    We stand fast for each other's sake

    So when adrift and lost you roam
    Know that you yet shall have a home
    For we are one and you are free
    To take your place by me in need
    For "We the People" are, indeed.

    It's called "We The People".

    Why is self-evident.

    The Republicrime Party is coming for your money and your life.

    by cskendrick on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:46:41 PM PST

  •  Byrd is speaking now n/t (none)

    weather forecast

    The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

    by Cedwyn on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:46:57 PM PST

  •  Damn straight! (none)
    Thank you Senator.

    Yul Brynner was a skinhead, they said on the news, but I've never seen Yul Brynner wearing Doctor Marten's shoes

    by THX1138 on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:47:38 PM PST

  •  Yay! (none)
    Senator Kerry-


    It looks like a tough fight, but regardless the outcome you can say you tried.

    Right now the SCOTUS is the only thing that prevents the Republicans from passing an "Enabling Act". We cannot allow that barrier to fall without a fight.

  •  Thank You Senator (none)
    Please don't pay any attention to any distractors or critics.

    Please speak with your fellow Senators especially Sen. Byrd, Sen. Nelson, and Sen. Johnson in voting No on Alito. YES, for fillibuster.

    We need the filibuster now.  Mr Bush want to become "king".  I believe that our nation is at peril.

  •  Time to play hardball.. (4.00)
    With Dem holdouts.

    Over the past six months I have made contributions to the DSCC.  I have a pledge card in front of me right now that I haven't paid yet.  I am not going to pay it unless I see a successful Alito filibuster.  This is the deal:  Democrats have to stop being GOP-lite.  If they can't change their behvior and start protecting the people who voted for them, we have to stop supporting their re-election and wait another cycle to get real Dems in office.  Therefore, if they cannot stand up and act as an opposition party, I will withdraw my support for the DSCC.  I encourage everyone to do the same.  I do not want to support the re-election of DINO senators.  They should know this.  Triangulation loses elections.

    "Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber" - Plato

    by Dan Torres on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:49:07 PM PST

  •  Your Courage Makes Me Proud to Be a Democrat !! (4.00)
    Declaring the truth, loud and clear. Drawing a line in the sand.

    This is what Americans love to see in their leaders!

    One of the biggest problems the Democratic Party faces is the perception of weakness. Today, you put a dent in that perception.

    Now, let's get to work on your colleagues!

  •  Thanks for Your Opposition and Move to Filibuster (4.00)
    I've done what I can.  Write.  E-mail.  Call.  My own Senators and those who are swinging in the wind.

    But while I appreciate your effort, I need to say this -- something you can share with your Democratic colleagues, and something I've shared with them.

    A symbolic no vote is not good enough for me.  This is core.  This guy is clearly voting for the next 20-30 years to overturn Roe.  That's 4 solid votes against.  And I don't intend on raising my daughters in a country where they've lost their reproductive freedom to a bunch of religious zealots.  Great fight John.  And Ted.  But if you don't get "41" votes, I'm throwing in the towel on your party.  Not a popular thing to say on dKos.  But I want you to know what it means to me.  No more money.  No more volunteering.  No more votes.  Just don't give a crap.  I'll be voting for ineffective third-parties who share my views, or not voting at all.  Period.  Let them know that.  And I know I am not alone.  I'd rather be getting screwed over by Republicans, frankly, then by people who call themselves Democrats but don't stand for anything like the progressive values that I learned as core party principles.

    Good luck.

    "Have you no sense of decency, sir. At long last, have you left no sense of decency?" -- Boston Attorney Joe Welch, taking down Sen. Joe McCarthy.

    by BostonJoe on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:49:57 PM PST

    •  Clarification (none)
      By 41 votes, I mean for filibuster.  Sorry I wasn't more clear in my rant.  I'm not altogether coherent at this point.

      "Have you no sense of decency, sir. At long last, have you left no sense of decency?" -- Boston Attorney Joe Welch, taking down Sen. Joe McCarthy.

      by BostonJoe on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:51:47 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Senators - Please see this Poll: (none)
    What do the "American People" care about?

    Via The Randi Rhodes site -

    Senators take note:

    Abortion/Roe v Wade:  6%

    Corporate sympathy over workers/individuals: 14%

    GW Bush picked him: 30%

    Expansion of presidential powers:  50%

    "Expansion of presidential powers" and the true meaning of a so-called, "Unitary President" should be explained to all the American people who don't get what this means to them....and in simple terms.

  •  I've got your back, Senator Kerry. (4.00)
    I emailed the "gang of 14" last night, and tomorrow I will call Durbin and Obama and encourage them to stand with you and filibuster Alito.  You are a true American hero and I have never been prouder to be a Kerry supporter.
  •  Mr. Kerry.. (none)
    If you were this blunt in 2004, you might be President now.  While it aggravates me to see this "change of heart" so late in the game, I do welcome the tone provided that this tone is real and permanent.  If this is just another rouse for political gain, then please don't bother keeping your presidential campaign comittee open.

    "Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber" - Plato

    by Dan Torres on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:53:01 PM PST

    •  If you were this blunt in 2004 (none)
      With adr, I thought Sen Kerry was pretty damn blunt in 2004.  Unfortunately for U.S., it may not have mattered who the Democratic candidate was, or how fabulous the candidate was.  Bush&Co had/have no intentions of losing, whatever the cost, whatever the means.

      "Much Madness is divinest sense, to a discerning eye. Much sense, the starkest madness." Emily Dickinson

      by SherriG on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:47:08 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  If you're reading replies... (none)
    If you're reading these replies, please know two things:

    (1) Thank you.  Thank you very much.

    (2) Please let your colleagues know that, for me at least, this is much more than "I will support Senators who filibuster".

    Rather, this is "I will not support those who do not".

    I will never vote for any Senator who does not do anything and everything within his legal power to stand up against Alito's nomination.  Never.  Under any circumstances, for any position that they run for.  Ever.

    And if the Democratic party doesn't stand up, I will seriously consider changing my default party of choice.

  •  Enough talk (none)
    get to talking...a lot...for a long time...and make sure someone can take up the talking when you need to eat or go to the bathroom or sleep.  Jimmy Stewart you aren't.

    Pray for my Beloved Country

    by lubarsh on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:55:17 PM PST

  •  Take the floor (none)
    and go for a filibuster no matter what anyone else says. You must lead at this moment, and those who vote for cloture are voting for Alito's confirmation. And damn those people who support Alito to eternal hell for aligning themselves with the enemies of real freedom.
  •  Hillary? (none)
    Where's the Jr Senator from NY on this?
  •  Way to go, Senator Kerry! (none)
    Sometimes we just have to do what we have to do...

    Politics or conviction? What a silly poll on CNN!
    I assume politicians act politically d'oh... everything is political. Only your filibuster is good politics...didn't you realize you're ruining their perfect script? Alito easily confirmed, why the headlines are already written...Thank God somebody threw the gauntlet down! About time!

    Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought- John F. Kennedy

    by vcmvo2 on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 05:58:13 PM PST

  •  Thank you Senator (none)
    It's a long road back, we won't get there right away and we'll fall on our face from time to time. But we're on the road now for the first time in years.

    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (Who will watch the watchers?)

    by The Crusty Bunker on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:00:30 PM PST

  •  Bill Nelson (none)
    I've already contacted Bill Nelson (FL) to urge him to filibuster if necessary. He's a moderate though, not sure which way he'll go on it. No point in contacting my other senator, Mel Martinez. Pfffft!

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

    by pattyp on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:01:54 PM PST

    •  same here (none)
      I contacted Nelson's office yesterday. An earlier poster said we should even contact our Republican senators, but Martinez? He's pretty much a lost cause -- was a leader in the whole Terri Schiavo mess.

      The religious right stole homeschooling. We want it back.

      by red state liberal on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 08:04:59 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Please Get (4.00)
    Senator Patrick Leahy on board with this. We love him here, you understand, but we very much want him with you on it. Not just voting with you, but leading.

    And thank you.

  •  Thank You Senator (none)
    I don't know if this can happen, but I'm hoping and praying you can help pull it off.
  •  When the enemy attacks you (none)
    Throw the facts right back at them.  Expose the truth, their lies.  Watch them squirm.  They don't deal well with Democrats who go on the offensive.  May the force be with you.  We are.
  •  You make me proud... (4.00) be a Democrat and an American.
  •  Thank you Senator! (none)
    I can't say that you and I see eye to eye on all issues all the time, but I've got your back on this one. You ROCK!
  •  And, they should have mercilessly... (none)
    ...attacked Miers.  He could just as well have nominated one of his daughters.

    This is too little, too late, and holds no risk in you doing it at this point.  Someone (not necessarily you) should have been on this from the moment he refused to put forth any substantive answers on our key concerns.  Someone should have got out there promoting filibuster before Ben Nelson had the chance to recite his love poem.  Would it have been so horrible if you had been the only person to be in favor of a filibuster?  

    Sheesh!  And from Davos on top of it all.

    I appreciate you efforts, but this is plain absurdity.

    I'm a Centrist. I only vote with the Republicans when it really screws the people.

    by bwide on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:05:51 PM PST

  •  Well, Senator, your are the real deal. (none)
    I cannot tell you how much money and time I spent in 2004 to make you president.  It was a lot of both.

    Thanks for doing this.

    Kossacks: a large population of Medieval exegetes who each day grapple with the fabulistic opportunities of the early third milennium.

    by DCDemocrat on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:06:45 PM PST

  •  What do you need us to do? (none)
    I have more time than money.  If I can assist in any way.  Let me know.  I'm sure my fellow Kossaks feel the same!  
  •  Thank you, Senator Kerry! n/t (none)

    Fear will keep the local systems in line. -Grand Moff Tarkin Survivor Left Blogistan

    by boran2 on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:07:38 PM PST

  •  I want to thank you Senator Kerry, (none)
    for the record.

    I was feeling so sunken about this. This is something to fight for if there ever was something to fight for.

    The idea that a move like this, "makes Democrats look bad" is so incredibly laughable and shameful that I can't even see straight.

    I think that when your political party steals money from starving babies, systematically sets out to destroy the Bill of Rights and repeatedly brags about accepting bribes maybe you don't have a right to tell the world what looks bad. Maybe you should instead start your search for an HONEST candidate to replace Justice O'Conner.

  •  Thank you for standing up for Democracy (4.00)
    The Bush administration wants to destroy Democracy in order to 'save' it - and I see Alito as one of their primary weapons in this campaign - especially in regards to the issues of election fraud.

    With all the recent revelations about probably illegal wiretapping (etc) , I am frankly astonished that seemingly ALL thre Republicans are falling in line behind Alito...especially considering that running in the next election as a "Reform Republican" would probably be a most promising platform in '08 for anyone daring to challenge the Bush administration's hand-picked successor (assuming he Bush will not overturn term limits in one form or another).

     Please tell your collegues that these are not 'buisness as usual' times -- this is a fight for the already questionable status of fair and accurate elections and therefore for the existance of Democracy itself.

    And the end....a filibuster would is STILL CRUCIAL that those of us who oppose a one party country see SOMEBODY standing up and putting up a fight for the values we were raised to cherish. If you filibuster and Alito still is confirmed or DON'T filibuster and Alito is confirmed- Bush supporters will STILL call the Dems losers anyway - so what's the point in NOT fighting?

  •  Thank you, Senator Kerry (none)
    I'm only saddened that your leadership on this reminds me, again, of the opportunity this country missed.
  •  Thank you again, Senator Kerry (none)
    for getting me interested in politics. I said this before in your first diary and I wanted you to make sure your heard it. I used to apathetic but now I'm thinking of running for Congress in the future. Currently, I'm the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in 2040.

    "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." - Frederick Douglass

    by Blue387 on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:14:36 PM PST

  •  New York State resident here (none)
    Have just sent messages to Senators Schumer and Clinton.  Again.  Anyone know where they're coming down on this?

    The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. - Thomas Paine

    by javelina on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:16:20 PM PST

  •  Keep rockin Sen. Kerry (none)
    My wife & I cheered when we saw you & Sen. Kennedy's no votes up on C-SPAN.
  •  It would be really helpful if someone (none)
    told us who the eight dems are that are refusing to filibuster. We need the best targets to maximize our efforts.

    To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men~~ Abraham Lincoln

    by Tanya on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:19:12 PM PST

  •  This is the critically important (none)
    Senator Kerry,

    A filibuster is extremely important, as is the conversation you have opened with the Daily Kos community. As that conversation continues, I feel personally certain that major benefits will accrue to both sides. Thank you and welcome.

    At the present time, I believe our most important challenge by far is to turn around the (subtle and sometimes not so subtle) domination of our country's news outlets by the Republican Party. Without honest coverage of what is actually happening in our land, there can be no informed electorate and hence no functioning democracy.

    Our Constitutional system was designed to get rid of bad politicians such as George W. Bush. But it was not designed, and could not have been designed, to function properly in the absence of accurate public information.

    Therefore, if we want to regain a functioning democracy, we must create a legal and ethical pathway to reformed media ownership. This is not optional. It must be done.

    The problem of de facto media domination by one party has nothing to do with "freedom of speech" and everything to do with control of physical information conduits, such as frequency allocations and cable TV plant and equipment, which are publicly regulated and subsidized in many ways, both direct and indirect.

    If we do not regain control of these information channels, we will have failed to carry out our duties as custodians of the public good.

  •  John Kerry = Courage (4.00)
    John in the face of strong Republican opposition, a Media portraying Alito's assention onto the Supreme Court as inevitable, barely enough Dem. Senators to make a filibuster possible, and a looming Republican "Nuclear" option, you have taken the courageous stand to adopt the filibuster battlecry.

    You know, like many of us here on Kos that Alito is Game, Set & Match for the right-wingers.  They are confident they will now win every case by a 5 to 4 vote.  I commend your courage to fight for what's right, regardless of the outcome.

    One question Iv'e been dying to ask though, When did the Supreme Court become a politically influenced branch of government?

    I used to think the Supreme Court was the one branch of government that was above the political fray.  That all their decisions on Constitutional matters were based soundly on law, president and maybe a slight tilt to help the little guy once in a while.  But now it seems that when the Republicans get the majority of justices on the bench, they win.  I fear that SC 5 to 4 decisions will now stream out of the court like Bush V. Gore, that have little if anything to do with the Constitution and the law, and everything to do with right wing partisan politics.

    I find this sad and tragic!

  •  We will not go gently into an Alito confirmation.. (none)
    There is a reason that everyone kept the Kerry/Edwards stickers on their cars...We believe in you and your commitment to America.  The blogosphere will call and email their senators until we clog the NSA's switchboard!

    Thank you...

  •  Well, you're a brave man (none)
    I wish you all the best in your attempt to filibuster Judge Alito...I hope you stir the nest up really, really well.  Of course, you have proven that you are not the type of person to back away from a fight for what you know is right.

    An afterthought.  As I watched the election returns in 2004 (that was me in a knot, on the floor), I spoke through the TV to you, I'm pretty sure I was bawlin' my eyes out, and I reminded you that you still had critical work to do and that you HAD to keep advocating for the millions of people Bush&Co. tried to silence that night.  We are still here, and we are proud of you.  

    "Much Madness is divinest sense, to a discerning eye. Much sense, the starkest madness." Emily Dickinson

    by SherriG on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:25:18 PM PST

  •  This will not stand..... (none)
    ...this aggression will not stand, man.
    Senator Kerry, my thanks to you for your courageous stand on this issue. Around the office, where I am the ONLY liberal Democrat, I reacted to the Japanese ban on US beef by opining that those two spinal cords that were found in American meat must have come from Congressional Democrats.
    You are obviously not one of them. Please stand firm. Your efforts are greatly, greatly appreciated. BRING IT!
    Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some phone calls to make.
    "Of course you realize - THIS means WAR." - Bugs Bunny

    Things fall apart-the center cannot hold...The best lack all conviction While the worst are full of passionate intensity (-9.25\-7.54)

    by kestrel9000 on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:26:42 PM PST

  •  Now THAT gets my respect. (4.00)
    Senator Kerry:

    I have not always been your biggest fan. I have disliked some of your votes and choices you've made. I've said so, in very plain language.

    Therefore, I shall again be very plain.

    You've got a pair.

    Glad you're using them.

    This is the right thing to do. Alito scares the dookey out of anyone who has any regard for justice and the Democratic party is doing the right thing by fighting this fight.

    This means you can look yourself in the face in the morning while you shave and say "I have done my best for the Constitution."

    This means you can tell your future grandkids that you stood up for what's right when your country needed you.

    This means you have won my respect, and gratitude.

    For the Kossacks, I want to share what I wrote to Senator Kerry last night:

    As you can see from my letterhead above, I am not your constituent.  I am writing to you, Democrat to Democrat, lawyer to lawyer, American to American.  Everything I'm saying to you now, I've already said to Ken Salazar, with very disappointing results.

    Here it is: FILIBUSTER.

    You said in 2004 that your campaign was about strength: your personal strength and the strength you hoped to bring to our nation.  Now is the time to prove that. Now, even more than your fight to become President, you must fearlessly stand up for what's right.

    Perhaps the filibuster will be `nuked' by the Republicans in a disgraceful display of their propensity to cheat.  Perhaps there aren't the votes we need.  There is no disgrace in losing. There is only shame in not trying.  This is the fight we've saved our political capital for. Spend it.

    Every oath you've ever sworn, every vote you've won, every dollar you've received,  have put you in this position, tonight, where you are entrusted with a sacred duty to fight for our rights. You can be the Shadow President we have desperately needed right now if you choose to lead. Many will follow. It's a defining moment.  I beg you to define yourself as a defender of the Constitution and a champion for liberty, for ourselves and generations to come.

    Be the man you were born to be, the President you were meant to be, show you are worthy of being President in 2008, and fight for the Constitution tonight. Filibuster.  

    What I said to, Senator, applies to all of us. We have to be the people we were born to be: patriots, people of conscience, people with courage, people fighting for what's right, no matter what the cost, people who are fighting for the future.

    You aren't in this fight alone. We've got your back.

    TELL US WHAT TO DO TO HELP YOU. You've earned the right to do so. Whatever I've got to give - LTEs, calls, money, time, whatever - it's yours. And others here on Kos and elsewhere will help, too.


  •  Tompkins County Democratic Committee in NY (none)
    passed a resolution to urge Clinton and Schumer to support the filibuster.  See my diary:

    I urge everyone to try and get an emergency meeting of your democratic committee and pass such a resolution.

    "It is a fair presumption that secrecy means impropriety." Woodrow Wilson

    by Percheronwoman on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:29:14 PM PST

  •  Thank You Senator (none)
    I have sent emails and telegrams to key Senators to show them my support for your work.

    I will be proud to provide whatever support you need.  And, when the critics attack, know that you have solid support behind you.

  •  THANK YOU SENATOR! (none)
    You have my support!

    (I know this is pretty far down, but I wanted to personally express my feelings. I made some calls, and I will continue to do whatever I can to help.)

  •  I think this diary (none)
    should be front-paged. It seems important. What do you guys think?

    "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." - Frederick Douglass

    by Blue387 on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:31:23 PM PST

  •  Senator Kerry (none)
    Please remind the American people that the conservative gripe against Massachussetts liberals has been ongoing since the Revolution.  

    It was the Massachussetts liberals who wrote, and believed that ALL men are created equal.  The conservatives believed in slavery.  When they later started the Civil War, they stated outright that they would have "never have signed THAT document" if they couldn't have their slaves.

    THAT document, of course, written by liberal thinkers, was the Declaration of Independence.

    Conservatives still have objections to that document.

    If we're dumb. Then God is dumb. And maybe a little ugly on the side.

    by Ghost of Frank Zappa on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:35:49 PM PST

  •  thank you thank you thank you (none)
    even if you don't succeed, i so applaud your effort and i thank you for our nation for fighting the good fight.

    good luck!!

  •  What Kossacks can do - (4.00)
    I posted a diary earlier that has lots of info. I just added an update from Senator Kerry's office, that I also posted upthread.


    Apologies for the length, scroll to the end of the diary for the latest update.

    Here's the latest, to save you the clicking...but please do reco the diary if you haven't, to keep it visible for folks.

    Posted at DU front page:

    Suggestion from Kerry's Office: Who to Call NOW for Filibuster
    Posted by bettyellen
    Added to homepage Thu Jan 26th 2006, 05:38 PM ET

    thanks to Jackster

    jackster (1000+ posts) Thu Jan-26-06 04:45 PM
    Original message
    Just talked to Kerry's office in Boston....
    I was told that Reid is on board for the filibuster - but calls need to be made to Landrieau, Salazar, Johnson, and Byrd BY EVERYONE no matter your location.

    Robert Byrd (WV)
    (202) 224-3954
    Web Form:
    FAX: (202) 228-0002

    Mary Landrieu (LA)
    (202) 224-5824
    Web Form:
    FAX: (202) 224-9735

    K. Salazar (CO)
    (202) 224-5852
    Web Form:
    FAX: (202) 228-5036

    Johnson, Tim- (D - SD) Class II
    (202) 224-5842
    Web Form:

    Also, worth a shot:

    Susan Collins (ME)
    461 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
    Phone: (202) 224-2523
    Web Form: /
    FAX: (202) 224-2693

    Olympia Snowe (ME)
    154 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington DC 20510
    Phone: (202) 224-1946
    FAX: (202) 224-1946

  •  Fully Support a Filibuster (none)
    Alito's view of unbounded executive power and the irrelevance of the Congress demands it.  That's before we even get to his views on individual liberties.
  •  real patriots support this fillibuster (none)
    thanks for stepping up JK

    we won't forget it

  •  Thank you Senator (none)
    you were my Senator for a long time and you always got my vote, I've moved now, but I'm glad to know you're still in the Senate looking after the rights of people like me.  

    After this, we must put the focus back on the NSA spying issue.  This issue is particularly disturbing for me.  I'm a librarian, an interlibrary loan librarian at a top law school.  As part of my job, I regularly email with folks in the Middle East, including Iraq.  The NSA spying program has made me afraid that my communications are no longer secure.  I don't have anything to hide, but now I don't know when I send an email to my spouse if that email is being intercepted because I've been talking to people in Iraq and Egypt.

    I never thought I would see the day when I was afraid for the privacy of my communications and I am deeply saddened to see it arrive.

    Fight the good fight and if i'm ever an MA resident again you'll have my vote.

  •  Senator Kerry (4.00)
    Right now, you are my hero. THANK YOU for doing what is right and good for our country.

    Renewable energy is homeland security!

    by lil bird on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:42:21 PM PST

  •  Senator Kerry, (none)
    Senator Kerry,

    A lot of us feel helpless. Sure, you talk a good talk but what can we honestly accomplish here? Even Robert Byrd, who carries the U.S. Constititution in his pocket, is voting FOR Alito. Ben Nelson is voting FOR Alito. Several Dems in opposition to your call for a fillibuster. We're not going to be able to convince them. They're more concerned about their own election chances than the country. Mary Landrieu is more concerned about Hurricane Katrina's effects than to deal with the Supreme Court nomination at all, much less support a fillibuster.

    What are we supposed to do? Jumping around and flailing our arms isn't going to do anything.

    Yet your diary really doesn't offer any suggestions or ideas. Please?

    •  Email Landrieu and remind her all that Sen Kerry (none)
      did to help her after Katrina.
      He even went to NOLA to deliver supplies to the people that were stuck in that city while bsh was eating birthday cake with McCain.

      He also helped pass legislation to help the business in the city.

      It's her turn to help with a different kind of disaster.

    •  Lots of ideas - here: (none)

      Since this diary was at the top of the Reco list when Senator Kerry posted...hey, just realized I've had the privilege of being bumped off the top spot by John Kerry! Woo-hoo!

      Okay back to what I was saying...I think the main purpose of the Senator's post was to reassure folks that what we've been talking about for most of the day is true, and not just a rumour - he is indeed supporting, and trying to get more support for, a filibuster of Alito.

      As to what to do, it's been posted all over the site all day.... refer to my diary link for some ideas, as well as my other posts on this diary,  and also the "Alito open threads" from the front page earlier today.

      I hope that helps!!

  •  Please tell me (none)
    What is Senator Byrd thinking?

    Best to you and Teresa.

  •  THANK YOU! THANK YOU! (none)
    Taking charge-- just like a real President does!

    But also: thank you for this inspired bit of self-deprecating humor:

    But that seems like an awfully convoluted rationale for me to stay silent about Judge Alito's nomination.

    Go for it!
    Never give up!
    Never surrender!

  •  Someone posted above (none)
    Someone posted above with the phone numbers to Byrd and Johnson, and Snowe. From what I saw on CSPAN today, where it had the votes listed, I saw "Y" for all of those people.
    •  Yes, that was actually from earlier, before some (none)
      of those votes were known.

      I believe you mean Collins, not Snowe, though. Unless I missed her statement.

      Still, you can call these folks, especially if you are a consitituent of any of them, and let them know how you feel. Perhaps enough calls, and someone could change their mind. Okay not likely BUT you can make them feel bad about it. Also there is no rule that they have to vote for cloture just because they  have said they'll vote yes on the nomination. (Again, not likely, but you can still speak your mind.)

      •  How can they change their minds? (none)
        People voted "Y" and "N" earlier. What was that for then?
        •  And some of them (none)
          Have come out flat out saying that they don't think that this is extreme enough to not vote for A-lie-to, or even going as far to saying that A-lie-to loves the Constitution and is agood man (Byrd).
        •  People declared (none)
          which way they intended to vote. No one has actually cast a vote yet. Those were just declared intentions. I don't know if there's much history of any senator changing from Yay to Nay after declaring intentions, but I doubt it.

          Nevertheless, all is not lost. If Sen. Byrd, for example, could be convinced not to vote for cloture -- and he might not, out of respect for the right of extended debate, etc. -- then his stated intention to vote Yes would not affect the filibuster. So it's still worth calling/e-mailing/faxing some of these people.

        •  There was a committee vote? (none)
          But there is yet to be a floor vote.

          People declare their intent to vote a particular way in their floor statements, but under sufficient duress from constituents, could change their minds between now and the actual vote.

  •  Thank you very much.. (none)
    If you do this, you will have many many people with you..We may win or lose a battle but we will win the war.. I am pro life, I dont believe its the babys fault and should not be punished, however I dont want to go back to the coat hanger era either..If something was available for the first week or so, I  believe its your call ..Mr. Senator, I know you will get some slack for this but you have shown us, the ordinary citizens, that you will fight for us  and I thank you..You fight them up there and we will fight them  here..
  •  Senator Kerry.... (none)
    Thank you for standing up, but why did you wait so long?

    If you had taken this stand two weeks ago, we could have had a shot, or at least put up a good, organized fight.

    In my skeptical eyes, it looks like this is a political move on your part i.e. you call for a filibuster at the 11th hour which has little chance for success.  You look like a hero to the progressive community and gain back some good will (and names on your email list) lost by your lackluster election performance (pre and post election).  I hope I am wrong, but that is how it looks.

    I am glad that you have done this, and I appreciate the effort and I have sent my faxes through PFAW, but quite frankly, you will get no points back from me.  If you had fought a better fight last year, your nominee would be the issue at hand, not Alito.  I know this sounds bitter, but I am bitter.  You see, I have lost my country, and the future no longer looks the same to me.

    Any party that would lie to start a war would also steal an election.

    by landrew on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:55:44 PM PST

  •  hell yes (none)
    dont take more.  if this isnt worth fighting, nothing is.
    thanks senator
  •  Thank you John Kerry (none)
    There was a day in November 2004 - the day after the election - when I felt bereft of hope for our country, as you conceded defeat in the election. I called then, in this forum, for you to step up as a Senator, as the de facto leader of our party, and to take the fight forward against the BushCo machine. Now you are doing so. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    Oh, and dKos UID#52? You have been one of us for some time, I see. Some day I'd like to hear how and why it was that you got yourself so early into the, shall we say, "new frontier" of American political discourse.

    The name is not the thing named, the map is not the territory. -- Gregory Bateson

    by semiot on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:58:23 PM PST

  •  God Bless, and Fight the Fight, Senator (none)
    This Navy brat has your back, sir.

    I just e-mailed Senator Byrd; he's one of my heroes.  Because of him, I carry a copy of the US Constitution in my handbag as I commute to work in Manhattan.  

    Let's get this party started!!!

    "'Tis the time's plague when madmen lead the blind." KING LEAR

    by Iwanna B French on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 06:59:32 PM PST

    •  But note that Byrd is (none)
      voting YES on Alito.

      "It is a fair presumption that secrecy means impropriety." Woodrow Wilson

      by Percheronwoman on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 07:37:27 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Thanks - I saw that right after I posted... (none)
        ...very disheartening.  And I was just reading the response Senator Kerry has been getting from other Democrats.  It's disgusting - they're all just putting their heads in the sand and giving up.

        I think I might just toss my copy of the Constitution.  We sure aren't using it anymore...

        "'Tis the time's plague when madmen lead the blind." KING LEAR

        by Iwanna B French on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 08:51:13 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  F I L I B U S T E R ! (none)
    Without even touching on his kabuki dance around Roe / Griswold / Casey, Judge Alito is completely outside the constitution with his non-existant "unitary executive" idea. The only "unitary" executives are kings/queens, despots, and dictators. We passed on that 200+ years ago, and we'll pass on it today, thanks.

    (am with the other puzzled people as to why Robert Byrd of all senators would be voting FOR Alito? Has he been replaced with a pod person?)

  •  Too Little Too Late (2.00)
    Mr. Kerry, had you shown these kinds of guts in the 2004 campaign, we wouldn't be in this posititon now. I'm backing you up on this, but I also blame YOU for America being as bad off as we are now. You didn't fight back against Bush/Rove, and this is the price we pay.
    •  Yeah, right. (none)
      Yeah, you're "backing him up" allright.

      I'm getting a little tired of this "didn't fight back" nonsense.

      And that's only a partial timeline.

      •  MH, the man... (2.50)
        conceded prematurely, debated like he didn't want to hurt Bush's feelings, never got angry enough, and consistantly took the high road.....all of which led to 4 more years of BushCo.

        If you'd care to question whether I backed up the Senator, you should understand that I almost lost my job today because I kept calling and emailing Senators encouraging a fillibuster instead of doing my job. I donate to multiple liberal causes and am active in local protests when I have the time. I'd like to do more, but need to put food on the table, too. Perhaps you could do more than attack people who ARE ON YOUR SIDE!

        It figures that this website would devolve from legitimate discussion to vacuous cheerleading in the face of noteriety.

        Go stuff your troll-rate, MH.

        •  Pot, kettle? (none)
          Perhaps you could do more
          Ummm...check out what I've been doing today. Among other things.

          than attack people who ARE ON YOUR SIDE!
          You might want to look again at your own comments here.

          FWIW, what I was attacking - and will continue to attack - is the repetition of right-wing smears. I'm not sure why anyone "on our side" got sucked into so many of these, but you aren't the first, so I don't mean it personally.

          Thanks for your work today. I'm glad you didn't lose your job! I just wish you didn't have to include the sideswipes in your comments.

          •  Please explain.... (none)
   being angry at the man for bungling the most important campaign of our lifetime is repeating a right-wing smear? He did bungle the campaign, pure and simple. Sure, they did a lot of horrible disingenious stuff to Kerry in '04, but his response was pathetic. He needs to know that if he's going to consider running again in '08. I took my oppurtunity to tell him so via Daily Kos, and you accused me of not supporting his fillibuster. If we don't criticize, they'll never improve.
            •  Well, I disagree, (4.00)
              and I rated your original comment "unproductive" because instead of focusing on making the filibuster happen, you were insulting the man based on your own perception of the 2004 election. Now, that is your right, but that is what the ratings are for.

              As for "bungling the campaign" - the GOP backs up their presidential candidates with the full force of their party, and to some extent the Dem Pary tries to do that too. BUT the Dem Party failed in 2004. Look at what happened with the swift liars - the campaign responded on several fronts, but the response got no coverage in the media. Because the GOP owned the media!! And they still do. If we don't fix that for 2008, it won't matter what candidate we run. So I think we should stop blaming Kerry and look to what the party needs to do differently, to solve this issue of the media.

              Another take on the quality of the K/E04 campaing:

              As George W Bush's approval ratings sink deeply in late 2005, Democrats can conveniently dismiss what we never fully accepted in 2004 - that Bush was as popular an incumbent among Republican followers in the last campaign as Ronald Reagan was at his zenith in 1984.

              One consequence of this oversight is the now fashionable assumption among Democratic elites, bloggers and web-deprived alike, that any Democrat other than John Kerry could have defeated Bush handily in 2004. I am taking this occasion to dissent from that perspective.

              There are any number of simple empirical arguments that may be made in defense of the presidential candidacy of John Kerry. Among them are these:

              • He took a Party totally demoralized by 9-11 and Bush's foreign policy dominance and came within one state of dethroning the incumbent war-time president.

              • In that state of Ohio - with a Democratic Party organization in name only - he ran the best Democratic campaign in four election cycles, since Clinton carried the state in 1996. No Democratic candidate since 1996 got as much as the 48.7% Kerry gathered. The last statewide Ohio Democrat who carried the state was John Glenn in 1992.

              • Unlike Gore in 2000, Kerry left no doubt by any objective, and most subjective, criteria about who won the 3 debates with Bush.

              • According to candidate trait data from the 2004 American national Election Study data, Kerry matched Clinton's 1992 performance on each attribute measured among Democratic identifiers (cares about people like me, provides strong leadership, knowledgeable). In short, Kerry appealed effectively to the Democratic base.

              • Contrary to the conventional wisdom, my multivariate analysis of the 2004 election indicates that a sizeable chunk of Kerry voters voted for him precisely because they admired Kerry's personal traits, not despite them.

  •  Thank you (4.00)
    Thank you, Senator Kerry, for once again giving us hope and leadership when we so desperately need it. Though you aren't where you should be -- in the White House -- I'm very glad that you're still doing what the country needs you to do: leading.
  •  How Can We Help? (none)
    Senator Kerry,
        These are dark and troubling times and men like yourself and Senator Kennedy and a few others (men and women) are the rays of hope we have left. It is hard to sit back and watch this happen without a fight. We have to go down making a lot of noise for the history books to know that this is one large wrong turn for our country.

       We are with you all the way. Just let us know how we can help.


  •  Johnny Come Lately (4.00)
    Quite the regular here now, ain't ya?

    People say there should be deference to the president on the composition of the third branch of government; that filibusters are unseemly and uncivil. But there can be NO more appropriate place for a filibuster than on the question of a Supreme Court judge. No judge should be confirmed by a small majority of senators representing a minority of voters. This is precisely the kind of constitutional issue for which super-majorities were invented.

    Senatorial elections have consequences just as much as presidential elections. Let them have it.

  •  Thank you (none)
    I'm proud to be a Democrat today.  I could not understand why none were willing to stand up and protect our rights.  I'm aware that this is a longshot but I'm proud that you are trying.
  •  duplicate diary, please delete (none)
    juuust kidding.

    go for it!

  •  Thanks (none)
    Bless you and thank you for doing this. I don't know whether you'll succeed, but I very much appreciate the effort.

    The cosmos is interesting rather than perfect, and everything is not part of some greater plan, nor is all necessarily under control. - Starhawk

    by jnfr on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 07:10:33 PM PST

  •  Thank You JK (none)
    For standing up for us and sharing the JK on the Dem Daily today!

    by kerrygoddess on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 07:11:00 PM PST

  •  THANK YOU, SEN. KERRY!!!! (none)
    I can't help it, I need to shout that.  What a relief to log on this evening to see this diary post from him.  I also got it multiple times in emails from friends and compatriots, too, passing it on.  Wahhoo!!!  LET'S ROLL!!!


  •  Thank you, Senator! (none)
    And Senator Kennedy.
    Today I sent the word out on every list that I had access to, and I'll continue contacting friends, family, acquaintances in various states -- including Republicans I know that don't like the idea of an imperial presidency
    (there are a few real conservatives out there).

    Win or lose, our fight is for the future of the country -- keep that in mind, and support Senator Kerry!

    Spread the word!

  •  Lobbying other Senators -- What rationalizations. (none)

    . . .need to be challenged?

    Filibuster -- To us, it's a Moral Imperative.

    Apparently, the case is not so clear to some of our leaders.

    What are their rationalizations for opposing the Filibustur? How do the ones who oppose the filibuster, convince themselves a vote of Nay on the floor is anything but a hypocritical and empty gesture?

    Simple truths and moral principles cut through rationalizations, but it's tough to challenge rationalizations when you don't know what they are.

    Any insight would be much appreciated.

    Making the Case - Feedback Appreciated
    Here are some of the things I've included in letters and bring up in calls.

    • Alito told us everything we need to know to reject him when he offered his standard response -- that he couldn't offer an opinion; that he'd figure it out if it came to the Supreme Court -- to the hypothetical case Sen. Biden posed. (If We the People, through our representatives in the Senate and House, passed a resolution prohibiting the President from ordering any sort of attack on Iran, could the President ignore our will and order Bombs to be dropped on Iran?)

    • Citizens do not need a law degree (or even a high school degree) to know that it's lunacy to think the constitution gives (or even might give) the President the power to flagrantly violate the collective will of the people codified in the acts and resolutions passed by our Congress.

    • If you or your colleagues believe your support for a filibuster will risk your re-election as a single member of the Senate, take a moment to compare that risk to the damage we know Alito will do in the course of his lifetime appointment.

    • We expect the men and women of our armed services to risk life and limb to fulfill their oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. You have taken the same oath. Why should we expect less of you? Particularly when standing on principle, whatever the outcome, always inures to the benefit of the leader who does so?

    • Judge Alito's refusal to acknowledge ANY limits on executive power endangers the most fundamental tenets of our constitutional democracy. As Geoffrey R. Stone, a former Dean of the University of Chicago Law School pointed out:

      ". . . Whatever else Judge Alito may or may not have made clear about his views on such issues as abortion, federalism, and religious freedom, he has certainly made clear that he has no interest in restraining the acts of this commander-in-chief. That, in my judgment, poses a serious threat to the nation, and is a more than adequate reason for the Senate -- Republicans and Democrats alike -- to deny his confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States."

    • Voting NO on the floor won't stop Alito. The only vote that matters is the Cloture Vote.

  •  This takes a lot of guts (none)
    And it is just the sort of leadership we need in the Democratic party. I'm also proud I voted for Kerry.
  •  Thank you!!!!! (none)
    Thank you Senator Kerry. I called my congresswomen earlier today, and I've been overjoyed at you and Senator Kennedy's leadership in calling for a fillibuster.

    I've got your back, and will continue the move people where I can and make the phone calls.

  •  Senator Kerry (4.00)
    I don't care what your motives are for doing the right thing.  You are doing the right thing.  

    Keep it up.  I am impressed.  And let's just say that I have not been easily impressed by you.  So it's saying a lot.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." -Voltaire

    by poemless on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 07:22:16 PM PST

  •  We appreciate you! (none)
    Thank you so much for caring enough to cut your trip short and come back to lead the filibuster.
  •  Halleluia!!! (4.00)
    Thank God someone is willing to risk taking a stand for our precious democracy.  Because the truth is, the bastards who have hijacked our government long ago decided that the ends justify the means, and they have shown that they will stop at nothing to force their radical agenda on the rest of us.

    Yes, Senator Kerry.  You are doing the right thing.  Give them unadulterated hell!

  •  Where is the DNC? (none)
    Where is Howard Dean on Samuel Alito?

    Where is the party unity? Absent


    This is unacceptable. At this point, it seems that the Democrats are completely dropping the ball.

    I support you, John. As one of your constituents, and a registered voting Democrat, I support you.

    I grew up in Vermont and voted for Howard in his last Governor election, but today I am ashamed.


    •  Troubled by the website (none)
      but there is a small link about Alito on the front page.

      But don't question chariman Dean.  He has come out unilaterally against Alito in every way.  He's said it in every interview and in dozens of emails from the DNC, etc.  The man can only do so much from his position, he doesn't get to vote.

      •  The DNC can do plenty (none)
        Giving speeches is not organizing. You are wrong. There is no organized democrat effort to confront Alito, and if there is now, it was created recently and is probably not going to be effective enough.

        The man can do plenty. I never said he can vote, don't mock me.

    •  Dean is not a Congressperson (none)
      So it makes sense that he should be keeping other issues alive while Congresspeople work on this.

      Guess it was this morning Dean gave a pretty gave it to Katie Couric pretty good when she (again) tried to accuse Dems of taking contributions of Abramoff (video on crooks and liars)

      •  Bull$hit (none)
        I don't buy your argument, sorry.

        Go to the RNC homepage, the first ACTION ITEM is "Help Confirm Judge Alito"

        So, screw that. The party needs to be behind the party members when they take a stand like this, especially someone like the former candidate for President.


        If you think the DNC shouldn't be helping this out, you're dead wrong.

    •  FINALLY HOWARD (none)
      Governor Dean: Alito Not Fit for Supreme Court
          "Because Judge Alito simply must not be allowed to use a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court to advance that agenda, Democrats on the Judiciary Committee stood together to protect Americans' individual rights and freedoms in voting against this nomination... When the full Senate votes on this nomination, Judge Alito should be rejected."

      Fianlly, the DNC posts something on their website about Alito. I'm rather disappointed it took you so damn long. WHERE IS THE UNITY? WHERE IS THE PLANNING? This isn't about towing the party line. This is about defending America against radical ideologues like Bush and his groups. Bush didn't pick Alito, the radical right did.

  •  Thank you Senator Kerry (none)
    I spend a lot of money sending our absentee ballots to Austin in time for the election to vote for you.  I made many angry phone calls when it took forever to get our ballots.  I am glad I did. I am proud of you and am very anxious about all the terrible things that have happened since Bush stole the election. Please don't let him take America away.  I am planning to move back.  I hope I can.
    American Abroad in Shock.
  •  I worked for you in 2004 (4.00)
    I live in Illinois (Peoria) and felt safe about your chances of winning here and felt safe about Obama winning a Senate seat.

    So, I joined your team and made Kerry calls to swig states as well as persuasion calls to Iowa; I also took three weekend trips to go door to door for you in Jefferson County, Iowa.  

    Election day was memorable; I started at 4 am hanging "remember to vote" tags for a local state candidate and then driving to Iowa.

    I am sorry we lost but glad to have been a part.

    Anyway, I am glad that one so-called mainstream candidate isn't ashamed to be openly associated with people like us!

    Now will you please straighten the DLC out?  I got e-mail from them saying that they opposed a filibuster.

    When liberals saw 9-11, we wondered how we could make the country safe. When conservatives saw 9-11, they saw an investment opportunity.

    by onanyes on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 07:38:01 PM PST

  •  BenGoshi Says: (4.00)

    The stakes:  a least a generation of Court opinions that will decide everything from the limits of Presidential Power (read:  Constitutional Crises) to whether coroporations can own patents on LIFE.  Privacy.  Police Powers.  Freedom of religion, and Freedom from government advocated or imposed religion.  Employee rights under Title VII. Whether politicians can bypass science on matters of regulation that's supposed to be based on science!  On and on.


    Absolutely:  Alito must be stopped.  If, say,  a Democratic ticket takes the White House by 60% in 2008, because Americans have finally awakened to the incompetence and horror that has been the Right Wing Highjacked GOP, Alito cannot be "recalled"!



    We're working on many levels here. Ken Kesey

    by BenGoshi on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 07:38:34 PM PST

  •  W E N E E D M A R C H I N G O R D E R S ! ! (none)
    S T O P   S C R E W I N G   A R O U N D.

    We need specific Senators to bombard and lambast.  We need media people to harass and media people to support.  

    B O Y C O T T   W O L F  B L I T Z E R

    And the whole right wing machine.  The jackass in the Whitehouse is just itching for violence to erupt so that he can call us all terrorists.


    P O T E N T I A L   T H R E A T  O F

      F A U X   T E R R O R I S T  E V E N T

        O V E R   T H E   N E X T   S E V E R A L

          D A Y S . . . . .

    Texas City, Texas...Los Angeles, CA and the coast of South Carolina.  Bank of America employees in Houston are informally informing the public that the Department of Homeland Security will be the only authorized individuals to determine who will, and who will not, be able to make withdrawals from their bank accounts and safety deposit boxes.  FEMA has kept the shelters used for the Katrina victims up and running, in spite of the evacuees being gone since before Christmas.
    Food and supplies continue to sit in these facilities.  Why??

    Because they plan to use them.  

    M A R T I A L   L A W   A L E R T ! ! ! ! !  

    Sound the alarm and maybe we can put the toothpaste back into the tube.

  •  It's the Right Thing to Do (4.00)
    It strikes me as perversely wrong to be voting on Bush's nomination to the Supreme Court during a time when Bush has admitted to flouting the FISA court and claiming executive priviledge makes it all OK.

    He has publicly admitted to committing acts that on the face of it are against the statute. He has proudly declared that he will continue to do so. Until this issue is resolved, Bush is under suspicion of committing a feceral crime.

    You were a DA, Senator. Have you ever dealt with a case where the accused was able to choose the judges  who will determine the legality of his actions?

    Right now, the country is in a true Constitutional crisis. This Executive has been ignoring rulings of the Supreme Court, refusing to recognize the FISA court's authority, stonewalling Congress on investigation after investigation, denying Congress its Constitutional oversight duties, and announcing his intent to ignore legislation when it suits him.

    I would argue that Alito's hearing should be postponed. This nomination should not be brought to a vote until the broader Constitutional issues are resolved. Not only is it dangerous to allow an overreaching Executive Branch to manipulate the Supreme Court, but it's a pointless distraction from what is the most crucial issue our government has faced in decades.

  •  Heck yeah it was... (4.00)
    This was a coup.

    Thank you for saying this, sir!  The decision to use that choice of words in particular signals to me that at least some in the party understand the tremendous importance of knowing our values in this critical junction of American history.  

    I only wish the American people had been able to see this kind of blunt, decisive side of you two years ago.  Thank you for showing it to us today.

    Oh well a young man ain't got nothin' in the world these days-- Mose Allison

    by ChicagoDem on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 07:40:48 PM PST

    •  Well (none)
      Can you really blame the public for not "seeing a side of him" that he actively kept locked up?

      I spent about 25 minutes with Kerry in primary season, and well, I gotta tell, throughly unimpressed.

      Constantly looking around for cameras, obessed with trivial things, and unwilling to say anything at all of any substance on anything.

      I hope he has a rabbit up his sleeve, but the whole reeks... bad.

  •  What's up with Byrd? (none)
    Is this a ploy on Byrd's part? Vote yes for Alito, but no on cloture?  
  •  What's up with Byrd? (none)
    Is this a ploy on Byrd's part? Vote yes for Alito, but no on cloture?  
  •  Thank you so much! Both for the Fili. and this! (none)
    You have found the right medium to speak to the supporters of democratic principles.

    Congratulations and thank you!

  •  Thank you Senator. (none)
    You've touched on every right reason to do this.

    I thank you for this fight.
    No matter the outcome, may we look back and remember the day John Kerry stood up for America.

    My prayers are with the country and the members of the Senate.  They carry a heavy burden.  They hold the future of our nation in their hands.  May principle guide them to just action.

  •  Thanks Senator Kerry (none)
    I do not know if I can vote FOR Senator Byrd, in my next election. I would never vote against him or for anyone else. This was too, too important to the rest of my life.
  •  Thank you Senator Kerry (none)
    for taking a stand and leading the charge to filibuster.  And I'd like to give you my permission to tell Senators Feinstein and Boxer that at least one of their constituents expects them to stand with you and support a filibuster.  A no vote without the fight is meaningless, particularly in such dire times when our civil liberties are being attacked on every front.  Tell Feinstein and Boxer that now is not the time to stand down from a fight that, if successful, will serve to protect our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the separation of powers between church and state.  You also have my permission to tell them that if they do not support a filibuster, they have lost one more constituent who will no longer support a Democrat that will not fight with every tool at their disposal to stop a "radical ideological shift on the Supreme Court."  Believe me, I've let them both know I can't tell you how many times that I expect them to protect us from the neocon, right-wing, radical agenda.  That certainly includes doing everything they can to stop Alito's appointment to the SCOTUS.  

    Thank you and God bless you.


  •  Thank you (none)
    Thank you Senator Kerry!  You are doing the right thing for the right reasons.  You have more support across the country right now than I think you know.  You've certainly warmed this old lady's heart.  God bless you, dear man.
  •  Davos (none)
    Who and what is this statement meant for?  What weight will it have upon oyu r return to the US? It is easy to complain from afar, will you do anything substantive upon your return?
  •  Thank you Senator Kerry (none)
    for standing up and fighting this. I am forever sorry you didn't fight like hell in November 2004. Maybe this is your way of making up for that. Whatever - I thank you.
  •  it's me again... (none)
    Let start of again by saying, as I did in response to your last diary, that I HATED YOUR GUTS for a couple of months in early '04.

    But Senator Kerry, I will now take my hat off to you for your leadership on this issue.  I know that margin is razor thin, but thank you for showing us and, more importantly, your fellow democrats in the Senate that a fillibuster is indeed necessary.  Moreover, that it is actually critical for the preservation of the fundemental structure of our government.

    You are giving millions of americans the hope that we do have principled leadership at the top of the democratic party, something that, quite frankly, we were beginning to question.

    And yes, you are right.  We might be able to pull this off.  I frankly don't care if it neuters Bush are not, or if it causes some of your collegues in the red state to sweat.  Or that Frist will pull the trigger on the nuclear option.  I think deep down he knows he will pay a tremendous political price for such a move.  And then we might actually avoid the consitituional crisis we find ourselves in.

    WE CAN DO THIS!  I have contacted both Sen. Bayh and Sen Lugar with my concerns.  I will now give them another call tomorrow, thanks to your leadership, the next day, as many calls as it will take.

    Thank you Sir, thank you so much.

    •  one more thing... (4.00)
      That you might say to your democratic collegues who are considering not supporting a filibuster.

      There is a small chance that they may indeed jeporadize their reelection bid if they vote against a filibuster, especially if they are red state dems.  As if that matters, but sure, there are political concerns for them.

      But please tell them this.  If they vote against a filibuster, they will GUARANTEE a loss in their next election, some will lose to the primary challenger.

      You can take that to the bank.  Democrats and Independents will not take lightly someone who will not fight these extreme threats to our constitution.  

      We're just funny that way.

  •  Thank you Senator Kerry (none)
    When I called your office, mid-day I was informed of your efforts, which we appreciate.  When I called Sen Clinton's office (my NYS Sen.), I was told, there were not enough for a filibuster. I then informed them that I expected Sen Clinton to try anyway - that she and others had to stop throwing up their hands and show some resolve and backbone.

    Then when I got home, read of the NYT editorial, saying much the same thing.

    Also called Sen Schumer & Sen Collins (as we have Maine connections). Didn't know about Byrd till this evening---- disappointed.  

    Sen Kerry- Stay the course.  
                   -Mass Gen'l baby & Red Sox fan!

  •  "The President gave no thought..." (4.00)
    And he NEVER has.
  •  Bush doesn't deserve ANYTHING accept a Trial! (none)
    After all the crap he's put this country through, he doesn't deserve to pick ANYBODY for ANYTHING.  Senator Kerry's blog on Daily Kos is the most ASTOUNDING thing I have seen this year.  It single-handedly has made Daily Kos the "Washington Post/New York Times" of the "Internets".

    This is an historical moment, and I just wanted to be a part of it.  Now...TO THE RAMPARTS!

  •  It's easy to feel irrelevant (none)
    when you're a Massachusetts liberal. But I can at least be very proud that my senators are going down swinging. Thank you, Senator Kerry and Senator Kennedy.

    Senator Kerry, you ask for our advocacy. But we simply don't have the numbers on our side to influence the right Senators. This is heartbreaking. How can this be?

    I believe an overwhelming number of Americans would not support the Alito nomination if they understood it means overturning Roe and upholding the unitary executive theory. The problem is that most Americans don't understand this.

    Please, Senator Kerry, you have to find a way to tell them. You have to reach them with the truth, in a way that is plain and clear. It can't look like more spin from the losers on the left.

    We'll do our part, but we need a leader's voice, one that can't be denied, dismissed, or ignored. Please, be one of those voices.

  •  Thank You, Senator Kerry (4.00)
    Despite my ill feelings for the motives and value system of Mr. Alito, I feel even more angry with the President for nominating not one, but two successive loyalists to the SCOTUS.

    Our nation at this point CANNOT afford to suffer the devastation that a pre-ordered shill would do to such a prestigious and crucial institution. Your words today have placed the suspicion precisely where it belongs and I pray that you continue your efforts to oppose this corrupt Executive and Legislative majority.

    I am hopeful that the mainstream conservatives in this country begin to awaken from whatever it is that has caused their slumber and recapture the dignity of their party once and for all.

    Thanks so much for so many things, Senator!

  •  FILIBUSTER (none)
    That's the way to fight...thank you, Senator Kerry.

    I truly believe people respect that even if they may not agree with you. At least dems will be standing up for something. It is far better to lose through standing up than lose by waffling and capitulation. But a filibuster is a win any way you look at it. Start of a new day...

  •  Thanks again Senator, (4.00)
    You and your people blogging here is an incredible thing for Democracy.

    If you simply sit back and think about what it means (and I'm sure you have) for one of the most important sitting Senators in the nation to be carrying on near daily conversations with the people...

    it's incredible. It's historic.

    I truly can't honestly understand why every Democrat wouldn't support the fillibuster? And honestly, I can't for the life of me think how it could hurt someone like Feinstein's election chances?

    I don't understand her position. I simply may need more information, but I fear Feinstein's betrayal on the installment of Alito simply can't stand.

    Unless there is some other game at play that I can't see, this American simply doesn't understand why any Dem like Feinstein wouldn't back up their "NO" VOTE WITH "NO" ACTION. THE TWO ARE ONE AND THE SAME.

    And I think that might be the problem the Dems have in general. Are they willing to back up their votes and their words with what it takes to accomplish their intentions?

    Can they win? That's what will win Dems votes; winning on the battlefied. That's how America thinks, and what it respects. America does not repsect it when Dems are seen pandering to those that have disdain for them however.

    We'll make the calls. But in the past, it's not done any good for the Dems that already sold us out. Each time it's a different Dem, seemingly quite convenient.

    And in the end, at what point are we not suppose to be suspicious that this failure by the Dems isn't in fact more the result of the corporate agenda in our own party? That's not meant to be nasty, it's just an honest concern;

    from one American to another... on the internets.

  •  Where the hell is Reid on this? n/t (4.00)
  •   President Kerry. (none)
    Yes, I believe you won the election last year. I believe it was stolen from you by a handful of operatives that manipulated the totally hackable tabulators and gave your votes to Bush. I cannot imagine how you feel, but I know how I feel. Robbed and raped and now ostracized for being a democrat.

    So if anyone has the right to lead the fight in anything against this crooked group of thugs in the WH, it's you. Thank you for stepping up to the plate. I called Sarbanes and Mikulski this afternoon and ureged them to join you in a filibuster of Alito.

    If you lead, we will follow. God knows we need a strong solid leader, and I thank you for making the effort to oblige my request for you in your first diary:

    "I did NOT have sex with that lobbyist!"

    by donailin on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 08:47:53 PM PST

  •  Senator Kerry (none)
     Now there's the John Kerry and Ted Kennedy I'm talkin about! I'm working the phone lines and writing some letter's. Filibuster Today....Impeachment Tomorrow.
  •  YES!!!!! (none)
    I forgive you for listening to your economic advisors, stopping the Benedict Arnold Rhetoric, going to India and saying your comments were "misunderstood" during the campaign and saying you could do nothing about outsourcing during debate #2.

    While I believe you lost Ohio over these mistakes
    (and even untrue from your own policies behind the scene!) (plus Diebold and so on) I am just so glad to see this!

    Get a spine Democrats and stand up for what is right absolute.

    by BobOak on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 09:04:52 PM PST

  •  Thank You (none)
    Senator Kerry.  I hope your colleagues will join you in the support of the filibuster.  God knows we've been making calls around the clock here to try to get it to happen.  Whether we are successful in a filibuster or not is not what's important.  What's important is that Democrats stop thinking so damn strategically and carefully and start strongly fighting for the values that are so important to us.

    Again, thank you for taking leadership on this issue.

  •  Late request to Senator Kerry (4.00)
    It's 12:05 am EST as I type this; the numbers are looking grim.

    If I can make a suggestion, Senator, I think you're going to need more firepower to make this happen.

    I'm going to try to reach former VP Al Gore myself, although I haven't a clue how to go about doing this.  But I think you're going to need a full-court press on this between now and Monday afternoon and you're going to need clout.

    One of the reasons I think Vice President Gore can help: he can sidle up to the Liberty Coalition members and get them on board to help.  There may be other similar avenues that we should approach; perhaps you have a few in mind you've toyed with.  Go for it.

    I know I'm suggesting and asking a lot.  But this isn't about any one of us, Senator; it's about the future of our country and the survival of the Constitution.  This calls for measures we would never otherwise consider, particularly from those of us who'd be leaders. I will be asking the same of Senators Byrd and Salazar, reminding them that outcomes will outlive their political careers if we do not do our utmost to stop a burgeoning crisis.  

    Feel free to call on me as a volunteer if you need help; you can find my email address through my name here.  I'll continue to fax Senators between now and Monday with the hopes they will see things our way.  Best to you and yours.

  •  Thank you, Senator... (none)
    Your leadership and reasoning on this critically important filibuster epitomize your qualifications to be POTUS.

    I, for one, will continue to email and call many of your fence-sitting colleagues regarding this matter.  I can not fathom their ambivolence, any more than I understand how any breathing American could favor a self-defined reactionary like Sam Alito for a seat on the Supreme Court.

    So, like you, though with far less import, I urge all Kossacks to pick up the phone, blast out some email, and inundate as many Senators as you can with as much logic as you can type.  For the sake of our children and their children, we MUST defeat this nomination.

    Keep up the good fight, John Kerry.  You make us proud and inspire us all.  May we see you again on the trail in '08.

    "Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never--in nothing, great or small, large or petty--never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense."  Winston Churchill 29Oct1941

    -4.38, -6.21

  •  Doing what I can for you (none)
    in Pennsylvania. I pushed for you in the last election and helped turn this red state BLUE by working the polls and hosting parties to watch you clean BushCo's clock in the debates.
    Keep standing up for us and the Constitution, and we'll keep fighting along side you. Here in Gettysburg we know exactly what is at stake!

    "No matter where you go, there you are" -Buckaroo Banzai "I drank what?" -Socrates

    by UEtech on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 09:15:33 PM PST

  •  kerry filibuster (none)
    day late and $1 trillion short. The powder they've been keeping dry is talcum. Bush is arrogance, sociopathy,raging lunatic, murderer, voyeur, liar, criminal. Anti-Bush are depressed, abused, anxious cowards. All Americans lose. Dems are paid off or on the take? How else can you explain Alito Katrina Iraq Eavesdropping Lobbying and other horse droppings?
  •  Senator Kerry, I thank you - (none)
    and Senator Kennedy, and will support you in every way I can.  This is a truly heartening development for those of us who oppose Alito.  Keep fighting the good fight!  
  •  where's that quote about (none)
    rhenquist saying that the senate absolutely should consider judicial temperament?

    weather forecast

    The palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. - Paine

    by Cedwyn on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 09:21:21 PM PST

  •  The only thing I can say is thank you. (none)
    So, thank you, Senator.

    I have to admit that I don't have a lot of hope that this is going to go anywhere, but the fact that you stood up and said it means something.

    -7.50, -5.79
    There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right with America. -- Bill Clinton

    by girlfromsouth on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 09:21:58 PM PST

  •  Bravo, Sen. Kerry (none)
    This was necessary. The alternative was defeatism and despair.

    It will also be a test of your leadership, and of the will of the Democratic Party to win.

    " this abject posture have ye sworn / To adore the Conquerour?..../ Awake, arise, or be for ever fall'n."

    by Valtin on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 09:24:23 PM PST

  •  God Damn, Senator Kerry (none)
    I'll take my chance with you!

    You are the onw to take charge here, and I hope that our community will have the guts to unite.

    "How smooth must be the language of the whites, when they can make right look like wrong, and wrong like right." Black Hawk

    by Gabriele Droz on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 09:31:10 PM PST

  •  Thank you, Senators Kerry and Kennedy, (none)
    you have renewed my faith.  I have been calling my Senators(DE) a couple of times a week about this, with increasing despondency.  Bless you for being willing to LEAD.  

    Senator Kerry, I gladly voted for you in 2004 and will fight for you tooth-and-nail going forward.    

    ...with liberty and justice for all.

    by Cory Bantic on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 09:42:51 PM PST

  •  "Dear Gov. Dean -- Mobilize the DNC ... (none)
    ... To Support Senator Kerry":

    Thank you Senator Kerry for your leadership.

    You have tremendous support from "We the People ..."


  •  You have our blessing (none)
    to fight without your peers lining up behind you

    to make this decision

      based upon what you believe
      is right

      without analyzing the political consequences of your decision

      because whatever they are, they're worth it in spades.

    The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedoms. William O. Douglas

    by pattisigh on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 09:55:21 PM PST

  •  Thanks for Filibuster of Alito (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 Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 10:05:46 PM PST

  •  If not now when?... (none)
    ...the same could have been said on January 6th, 2005 when the Ohio (s)electors were seated.

    "Wonderful things can happen ... when you plant the seeds of distrust in a garden of Assholes" -- Elmore Leonard

    by Blue Shark on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 10:18:11 PM PST

  •  My letter to Landrieu (none)
    Dear Sen. Landrieu,

    Please Join in the Filibuster of Alito.

    I cannot believe you'd experience what happened to you and the people of New Orleans at the hands of this wretched administration and not try to STOP THEM AT EVERY TURN!


    Please Filibuster Alito.  Keep doing it until Bush starts a dialog with the American people about what kind of judge we really need.

    If he gets his judge, he can fake his way through his prosecutions for corruption and finish any fight in his favor over certification of Diebold machines.

    It is the key to everything.

    The future is in your hands.  Be worthy of it.

  •  Let's go down fighting! (none)
    n/t; an oasis of truth. -1.75 -7.23

    by Shockwave on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 10:33:15 PM PST

  •  Ask George Bush (none)
    if 9/11 at his homework.

    The raging deficit? 9/11

    Defying the Constitution? 9/11

    Cutting student loans? 9/11

    Speeding?  Well, Officer, it's a different world! I dont' have time to follow the law!

    Libary books overdue? 9/11 (I'm sorry, Ms. Librarian, but you have a pre-9/11 mentality.)

    Let's tag Bush with a whiny "9/11 ate my homework"

    No American left behind - in civil rights, in health care, in the economy.

    by JLFinch on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 10:35:29 PM PST

    •  Bwahahaha (none)
      Can I also use this on bill collectors calling me today?

      "Excuse me, COMCAST? What gives with your pre 9/11 mindset? It's a different world now, and I can carry balances for months on end. That day changed everything, including my debt schedule! So freakin' there!"

      Thanks for the laugh today. Much needed.

      Rove: the only real stones he has are in his kidneys.

      by MissAnneThrope on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 07:25:14 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thank you for doing the right thing, Senators! (none)

    Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.-Einstein

    by fooj on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 10:39:38 PM PST

  •  Thanks for being the Fist In The Face (none)
    We need to throw now against these relentless bullies who will continue to pummel us if fighters like you - and those of us who support what you're doing - don't make a stand here and now and start punching back.

    We're going to need to hit these bastards with the truth and with gutty opposition over and over again until we deliver enough body blows and jabs to the head that we chop them down the way the young Ali would as he floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee.

    Bush reminds me of Sonny Liston - feared by many and a heavyweight intimidator who went down like a sack of potatoes when the Champ got him in the ring.

    Keep punching Senator, and when you get tired, let me at 'em!

    "The Buddhist was pissed... and it wasn't the first time."

    by The Angry Buddhist on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 10:46:39 PM PST

  •  I was against a fililbuster (none)
    I thought that it was futile, that is wrong, that it would paint those who would argue tha case as obstructionists.

    But I began to think about how history will view this drama - and I have changed my mind.  

    Senator Kennedy said:

    "The nominee is deficient in his commitment ... to individual rights, individual liberties, women's rights and racial equality."

    .. regardless of Samuel Alito's qualifications, he has that deficiency. And in my opinion, and in the opinion of many Americaans, Samuel Alito has proven by his testimony that he is willing to play politics with the Constitution.

    That is wrong.

    I have decided that I am in favor of this filibuster, even though I was against it before. This has to do with perception and politics, but most importantly, a filibuster is what is right for this country, because now, the choice of Samuel Alito and politics  are so intertwined.

    It is George W Bush that has injected politics into the Supreme Court, by his nomination of Alito.

    George W Bush is to blame. If the nuclear option is used by the GOP leadership in the Senate, forvever changing the Senate, let it be upon his head.

    It will be just one more broken thing this spoiled little brat has left in his wake, this child that would be man, who masquerades as a leader.

    The destruction of the filibuster was, I think a goal of this Administration all along, in it's bid to further weaken Congressional power.  

    And this precisely why it is so important to force them to the brink. Make this fight as uncomfortable as it can possibly be, and be sure to paint this tearing apart of the very fabric of the traditions of the Senate upon the head of the GOP.

    Make their victory a Phyrric one, one that leaves a sour aftertaste, one that can be used as we approach November 2006 and all Novembers afterwards. Make this a 'victory' that Americans will not forget, as Samuel Alito makes decision after decision in favor of big business, against the rights of the individual, and in favor of narrow minded, reactionary viewpoints. Let the stench follow him, as it follows Clarence Thomas.

    We need to have a voice that attempts to say 'no': even if this voice is defeated, even if this voice is falsley silenced, even if the nuclear option is played out, destroying aspects of traditions of the Senate that go back to the very core of it's inception.

    This is important; this is what it will take, to ensure that an unfair and distorted process be challenged.

    I am hopeful that for a time, some of those who even spoke in favor of approval for Alito will allow this filibuster, that some of those who said they will not support a filibuster will answer 'present' to the cloture request.

    At least for a time.

    It is crucial that the American people feel a vigorous debate be made, a thorough debate.

    Take them to the brink - let them cry havoc and unslip the dogs of this nuclear option.  

    The attempt to filibuster is crucial, because it proves to Americans that America still has a representative government, that Senatorial 'Advise and Consent' is not just a rubber stamp.

    I wish you God speed, John Kerry.

    "Rovus Vulgaris Americanus" nasty soon-to-be-indicted co-conspirator -7.63, -9.59

    by shpilk on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 10:47:12 PM PST

  •  wow! (none)
    i just noticed that John Kerry is responding to posters.

    thats kind of cool.

    uh-oh. i am becoming part of the KerryFanClub.

    I hate myself sometimes.

    But holding his ground on the Alito filibuster
    was impressive.

    MATTHEWS says Bush sometimes "glimmers" with "sunny nobility" (Hardball, 10/24/05)

    by Krush on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 10:47:16 PM PST

  •  Thank you. (none)
    Thank you, Senator, for capitalizing on this form of contact with the people.  You have gained even more respect from me by doing so.  

    Please stand up to the Republicans.  My future depends on the decisions you make.  

  •  We are BEGGING!!! (none)
    Hands, knees. You tell those other Dem Senators that THEIR people are speaking up Loud And Clear. FILIBUSTER!! Tell them to grow a God damn spine!

    Thank you Senator Kerry

  •  GOP needs 60 positive votes on cloture? (none)
    Dems can completely abstain?
    Is joan reports correct?
    what's so hard about that?
  •  Since when has BushCo given the American people (none)
    .. anything they wanted or deserved?

    Sorry, but this one statement rings more true than anything in Sen. Kerry's post. The very essence of removing the "republic" from democracy is at work in all endeavors of this administration, yet this would  be the nail in the coffin to assure totalitarian control. Such a pivotal swing vote can not be used as a political trump card to stack the red house. I cannot buy into the idea that Judge Roberts presents an objective mind to constitutional law, nor that he will abducate from party line in deference to the letter of it.

    It's one thing to live in an era of trigemic control in a unilateral way, knowing that future elections will reflect self monitoring. It is another thing altogether to appoint a lifetime sentance to a branch of the goevernment that is increasingly influential to the fate of the free world, without regard to limit- term or otherwise.

    Thanks again Sen. Kerry for your advocacy!

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." ~George Orwell

    by txdem21 on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 10:55:17 PM PST

  •  Clarence Thomas, 1991 (none)
    11 Democrats broke ranks.

    Their names live infamy for helping put a reactionary like Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court. Like all the GOP appointments during my lifetime, Thomas has dragged America backwards.

    The Democrats may not win this fight. But I want a party to stand UNITED against reactionaries. As far as I'm concerned Senator Nelson from Nebraska might as well switch parties, and take any defectors with him.

  •  Thank you for your courage (none)
    I will post this as a separate diary tomorrow, but I want to encourage you to work tirelessly for a filibuster tonight.

    I knew this day was coming, but I didn't think it would come quite so soon. We no longer have the luxury of time.

    Though Bush has only recently admitted ignoring Congress's expressed wishes, during his terms of office he has cited  the unitary executive theory at least 95 times to justify such things as torture, secret prisons, imprisonment of Americans without trial, and now the warrantless monitoring of all electronic communications within the U.S.

    Bush has declared, through his assertion of this theory, that he is above the law. The theory makes the completely unsupportable claim that a president does not have to enforce or abide by a law as long as he thinks it is unconstitutional.

    An honest, rational executive or jurist would subscribe to the view that's served us so very well for over 200 years: that if a president believes a statute to be unconstitutional, he has the right to have his Attorney General challenge it and have the courts rule on its constitutionality.

    But not anymore. Bush has taken the extreme view--not only supported by Judge Alito, but actually developed by him--that the president's interpretation of a law is just as important, if not more so, than the intent of Congress. Therefore, if a president feels a law is unconstitutional, he does not have to enforce or abide by it.

    This obviously flawed view, which Judge Alito failed to condemn throughout his hearings, means that the president is not only the enforcer of the law, but also the judge of it. And with Bush's liberal use of executive orders, he has already usurped much of Congress's duties as the legislator of the laws as well. All three branches of government are conveniently rolled into one. If someone can explain to me the difference between what Bush is now doing and a dictatorship, I would love to hear it. In all practical respects, Bush is already a dictator, albeit in his early stages. We must unabashedly declare him as such.

    There is only one remedy for a president who embraces such a radical concept and disobeys the specific and repeated instructions of Congress: IMPEACHMENT. Anything less will be ignored. If we do not impeach now, he will rightfully conclude that we do not have the courage to oppose him and he will do what all unopposed dictators do: grab more power. He will continue to ignore Congress and grow in strength at an accelerated rate.

    We won't suddenly wake up one morning and find ourselves completely engulfed in dictatorship. Rather, we've been traveling towards that destination in small steps, each just a little worse than the last, and each preparing us for the next. The goal is to get us to doubt the seriousness of each step along the way so that we ask "If I did not object to the last step, why should I object to this?"

    Well, this is the step that must be stopped. There is no tomorrow. If we do not stop Bush now, he will have grown too strong to stop later. We are at a critical point when future historians will either congratulate us for pulling back from the brink, or point out that we missed our last opportunity to prevent the downfall of our nation.

    But as an important prerequisite to impeachment, we must first stop Judge Alito's nomination. If ever a filibuster was justified, this is it! We must not let one of the theory's architects poison the court and bestow apparent legitimacy on Bush's power grab. Even if Bush leaves office, an Alito confirmation will condemn America to decades of radically expanded government power and intrusion into citizen's lives.

    If Republicans are foolish enough to further abuse their power by outlawing a filibuster, it will play into our hands for the arguments presented during the State of the Union rebuttal. It will also be legal grounds for the removal of Alito once sanity is restored to the leadership of our nation after the next elections.

    So, after the filibuster, I join  William Rivers Pitt in urging all Democratic senators and representatives to turn their back on Bush and walk out of the State of the Union address. Democrats should show at least as much courage and conviction as that shown by the law school students present during Attorney General Gonzales's address at Georgetown University.

    Desperate times demand desperate measures. Unprecedented action after unprecedented action by the Democrats must drive home the point that we are not experiencing "government as usual." We must take advantage of the live television time following the SOTU to explain the absolute urgency of the crisis at hand. After detailing Alito's extreme views, the Democratic rebuttal should make a public call for impeachment proceedings to begin immediately.

    The ball will then be in the Republican's court. They can either begin impeachment proceedings, thereby guaranteeing they will continue to have a Republican president until 2008, or they can wait until after the next elections when a Democrat will assume the presidency once George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld are all impeached and convicted by a Democratic House and Senate.

    To close the SOTU rebuttal, we should illustrate how right wing apologists are barely trying to hide Bush's intentions anymore. They claim we should be thankful Bush is willing to usurp all this power to protect us from the big bad terrorists. Every defense of his actions is prefaced by an appeal to our cowardice. They're using misdirection and sleight of hand to make sure we're so afraid of a terrorist attack that we fail to ask the critical question: Shouldn't we be much more afraid of such enormous power concentrated in the hands of a man who so strongly argues to retain the right to torture? Shouldn't we fear a man who will imprison, without trial, anyone he deems to be an enemy combatant? Is our memory of the KGB and other infamous secret police forces so faded that we somehow feel immune to their horrors?

    Judge Alito's nomination is the latest step toward achieving the unthinkable. So enormous are the consequences of believing the increasingly obvious, that we naturally search for some other explanation --any other explanation--that allows us to cling to the fantasy that it can't happen here.

    But we can no longer remain in denial. We must look again at the evidence that's been accumulating these past five years. But this time view it through the prism of recent revelations. It will then be obvious:
    it can happen here.
    It is happening here.
    But we can stop it ... if we act NOW!


    Conservatives are engaged in one of the oldest exercises in moral philosophy: the search for a superior justification of selfishness.-- John Galbraith (roughly)

    by Dan Hrkman on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 11:04:24 PM PST

  •  Thank You, Senator Kerry (none)
    For doing this and for calling others to action. Too often in politics, "leadership" is hollow in that it fires up an "audience" so much they are burnt out by the end, as if a pinnacle of indignation had been the destination, as if a meer assurance that the candidate, nominee, or politician "getting it" were enough. As if everyone could just go home, get back to normal. There is no "normal" in this country in the broad sense though; not without a concerted and lifelong effort on all our parts to establish an unforced harmony in our discourse, and preserve the diverse voices requisite for freedom.

    Nothing goes further than a clear set of practical orders.

    9/11 + 4 Years = Katrina... Conservatism Kills.

    by NewDirection on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 11:05:24 PM PST

  •  We've lost another one :( (none)
    Akaka won't back Alito filibuster

    By Associated Press

    HONOLULU (AP) _ Hawaii Senator Daniel Akaka says he opposes blocking a vote on Samuel Alito's nomination to serve on the U-S Supreme Court.
    Posted: Thursday, January 26th, 2006 7:50 PM HST


    •  We just lost yet another (none)
      BuzzFlash Has Heard a Rumor that Senator Barack Obama Has Been Opposing a Filibuster of Alito Inside the Democratic Caucus

      January 27, 2006


      We hope this isn't true, but BuzzFlash has been told by a knowledgeable source that Senator Barack Obama is opposing a filibuster of Alito during the debate raging within the Democratic Senate Caucus. The implication is that he is against such a filibuster on "strategic grounds."

  •  Was it Churchill who said: (none)
    (something like -- can't find the exact quotation)

    "If we do not fight them now, while the cost is small, and the prospects of victory are at their greatest, then...

    we shall have to fight them later, when our casualties will be stupendous, and the prospect of winning a distant dream..."

    (ok, I may have embellished on Winnie a bit, but who doesn't want to take a try at that?)

    Isn't that where we really are at right now?

    If a thousand men were not to pay their tax bills this year, that would not be a violent and bloody measure, as it would be to pay them, and enable the State...

    by HenryDavid on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 11:37:32 PM PST

  •  John, Please talk to Sen. Byrd (none)
    He's missing the boat on Alito.

    I love the smell of impeachment in the morning!

    by gabbardd on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 11:39:15 PM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator Kerry (none)

    But we'll shout from the bow "Your days are numbered" / And like Pharaoh's tribe they'll be drownded in the tide / And like Goliath they'll be conquered

    by zerocrossing on Thu Jan 26, 2006 at 11:39:33 PM PST

  •  No Filibuster is a vote for Alito n/t (none)
  •  Go for it! (none)
    The country is desperate for honesty and integrity
  •  Oh, John... (none)
    My loins catch fire when I hear you use the "F" word that way...

    (Filibuster, that is...)

    Give em' hell Senator. Let's do this.

  •  To Quote a Lame Duck (none)
    "We must fight them THERE" in the Senate "so we don't have to fight them here" on the streets of our cities.

    F I L I B U S T E R!

    Judge Alito will rubber stamp everything that George W. Bush does or wants to do. That includes, illegal invasions of other nations, torture of prisoners of war, stealing our national taxes and giving them to his corporate friends, and spying on any American citizen he feels like. These are dangers that Thomas Jefferson warned against. These things will destroy our democracy, that mechanism through which we enjoy so many freedoms and personal

  •  This is great, but... (none)
    Senator, you keep telling us that you can't do what you want to do and what needs to be done without our support. Well, you have our support. In spite of everything, you have our support. We know Sam Alito has no place on the Supreme Court, just as we knew Al Gonzales had no business being U.S. Attorney General.

    But we can only do so much. The final decision, the one that counts, is up to you and your colleagues. I'm glad you're calling for a filibuster. I'll be even gladder to see you actually doing that (hint, hint)...

  •  You crack me up (none)
    Why? You have to understand, I'm a writer/ editor.

    You said:

    Here's the bottom line though and I'll just be blunt and direct about it.

    That cracked me up -- it's great, actually. It's real, the way you'd talk to someone in the same room, which is what gives power and passion to writing, or blogged words.

    Then you said:

    It takes more than one or two people to filibuster. It's not "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." I'm doing what I can, Senator Kennedy is doing what he can, but if, like me, you want to stop Judge Alito from becoming Justice Alito, we can't just preach to our own choir. We need even more of your advocacy.

    And nowhere in there did you tell us what to do. Smiling! People need specifics, it's just the way the world works.

    You have two ways to do that:
    1) Just the same way you would attach supporting documents to a paper you were passing around to colleagues at the Senate, you can "attach" (list) URL's to other sources which state what you'd like them to do.

    You could say, "See these three diaries (list URL's)", or "See this website (list URL)" for specific actions".

    2) You could list what you want people to do, and especially helpful, be specific about what you think is most effective. By the time you get to this point of your essay, trust me, no one is going to care if a staffer is doing the typing, or the research. (And if they do, don't worry about it.)

    We also don't care if you have a staffer read most of the comments, and highlight the best. (Hint to that staffer, this is one of the best, heh ;-)

  •  Thank You So Much (none)
    Dear Senator Kerry,
    Deepest, deepest thanks. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    I e-mailed Feinstein and Boxer to support this (I am 91105). If Feinstein doesn't support you, I will never vote for her again. If Boxer doesn't support you, she'll never get anything more than my vote from me (promised myself I'd vote for her forever when she confronted Condi).
    PHIL :)
  •  Filibuster, yes, (none)
    but will you be talking to an empty house?  Will there be anyone there to listen (besides C-Span and a few colleagues) or will you be once more talking to the walls?  What would it take for everyone to actually be present and truly debating the issues?  Does Alito get appointed anyway, as soon as you go to recess?
  •  Dems have had a good track record (none)
    predicting Bush calamities based on his incompetence and deference to cronies.
    We're right this time too.

    Bush is NOT America!

    by annefrank on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 12:52:24 AM PST

  •  Thank you Mr. Kerry (none)
    You put yourself on the line in calling for this filibuster, eventhough you KNEW it would open you up to plenty of cheap shots and unfair criticism once again.  But you did it anyway. That's courage.

    People love to mock you, but meanwhile you can rest with the peace of mind that most of them do absolutely nothing for their country like you.  They sit and laugh and scorn while their lives waste away.

    Please keep moving American forward out of this dark cloud.  Thank you.

    Fairness is a liberal value

    by diplomatic on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 12:56:34 AM PST

  •  Thank you Senator Kerry (none)
    And thank you Senator Kennedy and any other Senator willing to stand up for your values.  No matter how it turns out you'll be able to look back on this and think "I did all I could to stop him."
  •  This was a coup. (none)
    Well, well, well.

    Senator Kerry,

    With all due respect, and as one of your 2004 voters who never voted for a Democrat before, I must say,

     "Under fire from his conservative base for nominating Harriet  Miers--a woman whose judicial philosophy they mercilessly attacked--President Bush broke to extreme right-wing demands.

    "This was a coup."

    My God.  What an understatement.

    The coup, Sir, happened, Sir, under your watch, Sir, and with your complicity, Sir.

    Mr. Al Gore seems to understand what is happening to the fiber of our Nation.  He won his election.

    Did you, Sir?

    Do you care if you did, Sir?

    What I understood, Sir, from your quick concession, Sir, is that you did NOT care if you won, Sir.

    Just where, Sir, and from what historical or legal precedent, Sir, did you figure that you had the authority, legally, constitutionally, politically, or morally to THROW MY VOTE AWAY, Sir?

    You, Sir, know, Sir, that you did not, Sir, have any such right, Sir, over and above the People, Sir.

    I am the People, Sir.

    You do not know what a coup is, Sir.

    Bush v. Gore was a coup, but not final.

    The 2002 filching of the Georgia vote was a coup, but not final.

    The 2004 atrocity in Ohio, Florida, and across the Nation was a coup, Sir, but not final.

    When We The People finally decide, Sir,  that you no longer represent our interest; for we ARE the government of these United States, then you, Sir,  will understand what a coup d'état really is, Sir, and it won't be pleasant for the collaborators, Sir.

    This is a good start, Sir, but you still have quite a long way to go to fulfill your oath of protecting and defending the constitution.

    Nevertheless, I fully support your call to filibuster Alioto, and I will do whatever I can to that measure.

    "...And bunnies would dance in the streets, and we would find life on Mars." -Peter Singer, Brookings Institution

    by zentiger on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 01:10:42 AM PST

  •  I might also add to Democrats that vote for Alito. (none)
    You better hope this man never overturns Roe V Wade. States are already preparing to bring this issue to court.  Think they might know something?  If this gets overturned we won't forget your vote.
  •  Filibuster,... You talked about it. (none)
    "Yesterday Senator Kennedy and I spoke with our colleagues about it."

    What did they say?

  •  Filibuster, (none)
    and if Frist opts nuclear and Alito gets confirmed, you have to walk out on Bush's State of the Union address.

    There is no way you can let Alito on the Supreme Court and then not protest Bush's State of the Union.

    Republicans are liars.

    by tr4nqued on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 02:21:02 AM PST

    •  Walk Out For the State Of The Union (none)
      That is one great idea, if this man gets in the Supreme Court, STAGE A WALK OUT AT THE STATE OF THE UNION, this is not the time to cave in, and give in to this corrupt government.  

      If Boston had the Boston Tea Party, why can't you Democratic Senators walk out.  The plan is brilliant!!!

  •  Filibuster! (none)
    Filibuster till the bloody end!
  •  Proud to support you (none)
    Please let us know how we can continue to support you.  It is my belief that we are at a tipping point with the media within the next few weeks.
  •  I've written my senators . . . (none)
    (both Republicans) many times already asking them not to support Alito or efforts to change Senate rules to block a filibuster. I've been doing so for weeks. I'm of your generation, Senator, and have supported you through much of your career with an sense that we share a generational understanding of what it means to act with patriotic integrity in the challenges we face as citizens of a democracy.

    That said, I feel your filibuster call comes rather late in the game when, if made earlier, it could have been more effective in drawing attention to Judge Alito's anti-democratic judicial temperament, as well as to the Contitution-threatening issues of checks and balances on executive power that a Court on which he sits is likely to face.

    Why so late?

    Don't ask me nothin' 'bout nothin'; I just might tell you the truth -- Bob Dylan

    by ponderer on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 03:38:36 AM PST

  •  Thank you Senator (none)
    John, I always knew you were a warrior at heart.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you now and forever.  Also my gratitude.

  •  Filibuster = principles (none)
    no filibuster means the dems are in the pockets of corporate lobbyists.  This is a matter of principle.  There's no reason not to go all the way if you truly share the principles of free, democratic government.

    W - all boots & hat, no cattle

    by Mosquito Pilot on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 04:19:09 AM PST

  •  Is it true that Kerry is in Switzerland right now? (none)
    If Kerry claims to be leading the fillibuster movement, but he jetted off to Switzerland for the world economic forum--he is in serious trouble...

    The New York Post is claiming he's in Davos.

    That would looke like he just threw us some red meat before sitting down in first class for a junket to Europe.

    What the heck is going on here?  How can you claim to be leading a fillbuster, but be in another country?

    •  He's returning early from that trip because of (none)
      all of this, and cancelling his speech he was to make in Ireland.  The trip had already been scheduled and there are a lot of senators and congressmen there.  But, you know with phones, faxes, and the internet, you can start a movement from anywhere in the world . . .

      Still, I'm glad he's coming back early, and will do everything possible to fight this bad nomination.

  •  My (none)
    NJ Senators are getting the calls today.  Making the fight is what is important here.
  •  He Made It Perfectly Clear..... (none)
    2 Senators or even 40 Senators cannot Filibuster.

    Advocacy is calling the Repug Senators at home, work and play....

    Because the issue is the extreme right Coup.

    If your Senator is part of that Coup then it's up to you and me to take him  or her out next elecetion. If your Senator is moderate then jump their ass now and tell them all hell is breaking lose with the division of America and they are on the wrong side

    "It's Hard Work!" George Bush..."He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else." Bejamin Franklin

    by JellyPuddin on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 04:46:40 AM PST

  •  Sad and confused (none)
    Can't a single senator find the courage of his/her convictions and fillibuster?
    In Kerry's post he doesn't say that he will fillibuster, rather he seems to apologize in advance for NOT fillibustering.

    It's not always about winning.  It is about always being true to principles.  Where are the dems with principles?  All sold out?  sad

    W - all boots & hat, no cattle

    by Mosquito Pilot on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 04:47:16 AM PST

  •  Stop Alito, please! (none)
    Dear Senator Kerry,
    Your announcement today made me proud to have voted for you (I'm your consituent in Massachusetts, too).

    Please do everything possible under the US Constitution to defeat this nominee who holds in contempt our basic rights as men and women of the United States.

    I hope you'll be on television all weekend reminding democrats like Byrd, Feinstein, Nelson, and Landrieu what it means to support the constitution and what it means to represent the American people.

    Alito should never become a Supreme Court Justice.  You have my full support in your attempt to defeat his nomination.

    Thank you, J

  •  filibuster (none)
    I've called, I've emailed, I've faxed.

    I just used the Web forms and wrote to Senators Voinovich and Chafee!

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

    by OLinda on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 05:03:54 AM PST

  •  Thank you John and Teddy!!! (none)
    Sam Alito simply does not represent American values either Democratic or Republican. He is an extremist from any point of view and has proved this in his record on the 3d Circuit Appellate Court writing mostly for the dissent, keeping ordinary people from having their day in court against powerful corporations and overreaching law enforcement actions.

    Illinoisans must now contact our Senators, Durbin and Obama to suport you and we will!!

    Using my free speech while I still have it.

    by ebgill on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 05:04:42 AM PST

  •  I wish we knew more about the process (none)
    We saw a lot of people step up and make speeches and say they would vote NO on Alito.

    Well, going by the NO votes you don't have enough for either a straight up and down vote or to overcome a call for cloture...

    One has to wonder though. I saw Byrd get up and make his speeches, one about the mine tragedy's and another about his reasons to vote Yes, but Monday at 4:30 when the cloture call comes I wonder if Senator Byrd (who is as closely identified with the word filibuster as he is coal miner) might not by then be at Randall McCloy's bedside and just miss the vote.

    Maine has a couple of women Senators who have voted Yes on Alito and made their speeches, but you look at their voting records on abortion and one has to wonder if it might not Snowe on Monday.

    I saw Senator Biden, who got up and made his speech and voted NO and said he would probably not join the filibuster, but does that mean he will vote for cloture.

    I think that if I had a Senator who voted No and then turned around and threatened to vote Yes on Cloture I would maybe let them know they just lost their base...

  •  He's skipping out on Ireland speech to come home (none)
    and deal with the Alito situation in person in Washington. Apparently, being asked to lecture at this university is considered quite an honor. And Kerry has decided that the pressing business at home demands that he come back instead of continuing with his plans.

    John Kerry postpones Ulster visit

    Former US presidential candidate John Kerry has been forced to pull plans to visit the North this weekend.

    The Democratic Massachusetts senator, who challenged President George Bush unsuccessfully in the 2004 election, was due to visit the University of Ulster in Derry to deliver a prestigious lecture on security in the 21st century.

    He was also expected to meet a number of the North's politicians during his visit to the Magee Campus in Derry.

    More here:

    Proud Massachusetts Liberal!

    by rox63 on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 05:14:28 AM PST

  •  New Diary anyone? (none)
    Would someone consider doing a new diary on this subject, including some of the best posts of contact numbers, phones, faxes, Capital Switchboard toll free, etc?  I can't do it, off to work soon, but sure would like to see another recommended diary on this subject. This one is pretty full.

    Kerry's comments, and info from MH in PA's diary which is dropping off could be organized and combined.

    I'd like to add Republican Senators Chafee and Voinovich. I have their Web forms but nothing else right now. Chafee  -  Voinovich

    Chafee has expressed some concerns about Alito. Don't know what Voinovich has said, if anything.

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

    by OLinda on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 05:16:44 AM PST

  •  I have no one (none)
    to represent me.  I have a Republican congressman, and 2 Republican senators.  I want Dems to stand up and say "no" and filibuster Alito.  

    If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything-Mark Twain

    by Desert Rose on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 05:34:21 AM PST

  •  Fight Now (none)
    I am speaking for myself, but I know there are many of us who expressed the same feelings.  Our voices are not being heard by neither political party, now is the time for the American people to be heard.  We have been treated like children by this Administration, we need some leadership, less cronyism, lies, and ignorance.  We as Americans are slow to act, but when our country or our lives become in jeopardy we will fight back, now is that time.  We also need our Democratic Senators to stop thinking about themselves and think about why they serving, they are serving the American People.  Now let's fight to protect our Constitution which our forefathers proudly enforced.
  •  18 months late, Senator (1.42)
    Kennedy's call to filibuster, I support with all my heart.  

    I wish that you were not involved, however.  You abandoned your voters and your country in the face of substantial evidence that the 2004 election had been rigged, and in the face of your own tissue-thin avowal to make sure every vote was counted.  And suddenly, jetting about in the Alps, you see an opportunity to make it up a bit with all the people you betrayed.  With an eye toward the next primary, of course.  

    For many of us who gave you more than you gave us in that election, it's too little, too late, Senator.

    You are one of the most divisive figures in our party.  If you have a shred of honor left, please just stay out of the primary.  Democrats cannot afford you.  Let Kennedy filibuster for us, but you should stay in the shadows where you fled rather than fight for election validity.

    "Why, Tom, we're the people that live. They ain't gonna wipe us out. Why, we're the people--we go on." Ma Joad, The Grapes of Wrath

    by rocketito on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 06:31:47 AM PST

    •  I respectfully disagree: (none)
      Although I STRONGLY believe that both elections' results completely lack legitimacy, I do not believe that Senator Kerry can be blamed for it.

      I feel that he is a victim just as you and I are. Further, I feel that it is dangerous to "blame the victim" under any circumstance.

      The debate over the allegations of the past two elections is far from over. I share what I perceive to be your disghust and strong desire to seek and receive justice in this matter. However, I disagree that Senator Kerry has any responsibility for it whatsoever.

      Thank You

    •  kerry has a spine? (none)

      impeach-it does the body good

      by playtonjr on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 03:38:52 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  go get 'im! (n/t) (none)
  •  This is great news (none)
    Filibuster Alito.  Good idea.

    Who knew the F of your middle name stood for Armando?


    The most un-American thing you can say is, "You can't say that." -G. Keillor

    by Eddie Haskell on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 06:51:26 AM PST

  •  I would nothing more (none)
    Than to have Samuel Alito defeated. He is definitely not what this country needs, but you have to be realistic. All Frist has to do is go nuclear, and with Byrd, Nelson and other sellouts voting for Alito, he'll pass. This will be seen as nothing more than a political stunt.

    George Bush, killing your kids, and lying to your face

    by whitehousemoron on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 06:53:17 AM PST

  •  Senator Intentions (none)
    Senator, will you accept the VP position on either a Clinton/Kerry ticket or on a Gore/Kerry ticket.  

    Also since it is clear that this is Senator Reids last term, age, health concerns etc.. Who will you support for leader in the Senate?

    Senator also how do you stand on the language you are associating yourself with on DKos?  Specifically the usage of derogatory racial language that can be found here from time to time.  

    Is this even concern?  

    Aslo will you itroduce legislation this year and beyond that addresses health care?  Veterans benefits?  Care for the aged?  

    If so could you give specifics?  

    •  He has introduced legislation on those issues (none)
      All you have to do is check his Senate record.

      Proud Massachusetts Liberal!

      by rox63 on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 07:03:57 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  fuck you (none)
      posting on a blog does not demand one to defend  the language others choose to use there.
      •  Glad someone else caught that BS (none)
        First of all, what racial language? And second of all, since when is Reid going to not run again?

        Post doesn't pass the sniff test.

        Rove: the only real stones he has are in his kidneys.

        by MissAnneThrope on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 07:36:56 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  Yeah, Nor Does Speaking English (none)
        That has been soiled by fork-tongued buggers, or treading streets trod by potty-mouths. What difference, frequenting a popular (and generally constructive) website? I agree. WTF? This is America.

        That said, I don't think the poster of that point deserved an FU; I think that we do need to be wary of the tendency to appear to be anti-everything, which is a consequence of this medium, whatever the subject.

        9/11 + 4 Years = Katrina... Conservatism Kills.

        by NewDirection on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 08:31:26 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  devoid of the specific context, (none)
          i would concede your place on higher ground.

          however, it is freeper-esque to ask someone to defend everything posted on not merely the world's largest political blog, but the only large one around that does not routinely censor content. neither kos nor any blogger here exert any meaningful control or influence over anything posted here.

          •  Agreed (none)
            My comment was supportive not snarkily contrarian. What I do ask you to realize is that many people on this site DO lack that specific context; that it's a context only long and observant experience here supplies. And that, therefore, a FU is a FU whatever the context, where that context is obscure and the audience apt to be as immense as any thread here. I'm not preaching... Merely tempering my endorsement of your position.

            9/11 + 4 Years = Katrina... Conservatism Kills.

            by NewDirection on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 09:47:27 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

  •  Not politics, but bias (none)
    Sen. Kerry:

    I think the key is that Judge Alito fails to demonstrate the impartiality and the lack of bias.  He would fail the test as a juror.  He fails that simple standard of judging without prejudice.

    Please urge Sens. Clinton and Schumer to join you.

    Thank you,

  •  Have you considered offering a compromise? (none)
    If Byrd wants to vote yes on cloture maybe you can make a compromise with him and others to delay the vote until after full & fair hearings on the NSA FISA scandal.

    Thank you so much for doing this, we can win this thing.

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

    by Will the Organizer on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 07:21:14 AM PST

  •  Filibuster? Yes! By any means! (none)
    When the supremely unqualified Harriet Miers was nominated and went down in flames there was hardly any lamentation from the "right" in this country. Why was this?  By utilizing the fallacy of the straw man the debate was switched from the history of rulings and opinions by a candidate to whether the candidate is qualified for the position. By placing Sam Alto on the Supreme Court the system of checks and balances in our Government is dangerously close to an end. Someday very soon Americans will go to bed citizens and will wake up subjects. Congress appears to be powerless to stop this unhappy transition.

    Omnia relinquit servare Republicam

    by luciusmagister on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 07:46:45 AM PST

  •  Thank you for leading on this Senator Kerry. (none)
    I will do my part!
  •  Looking Ahead... (none)
    ...There are other battles that can be won with momentum gained by this one. There are real consequences of an Alito confirmation, life or death for some down the road yes; but not for us... Using the language of war to describe these fights is insufficient. Whereas a defeat we do not resist crushes us, one which we do our best against can reinvigorate our morale and discipline.

    We accept no failure here today, but unlike some others we can multitask. So then: What's next?

    Obviously the elections this year are of high importance, as they will be again in 2008. But elections aren't everything.

    The Appeal Of Conservatism
    The fortunes of conservatism has two chief springs. One is that it is essentially nihilism and appeals to the worst in people on many levels. It is harder, perhaps, for a constructive, egalitarian ethos to gain real purchase, because its lowest common denominator is a mature outlook, whereas conservatism appeals to un-evolved instinct. Fear, on many fronts, is the lubricant that has let these rats slip under the door, and that sustains them in the shadows decade after decade.

    But the other place from which conservatism comes is something we can use. It is that conservatism realized some time ago that it might never rule through politics and so sought to rule through other channels. Media. Faith. Local activism. Public attitude. And thus conservatism insinuated itself. It's also natural for commercial interests to be slightly inclined toward it because although it is anathema to the infrastructure and market that capitalism needs, capitalism inherently has tunnel vision about things beyond its immediate market and relatively short term planning.

    The Ills Of Conservatism
    Never mind that conservatism in its many incarnations is merely the liberalism of past eras in dented, rusty cans with expiration dates many decades gone. Never mind that conservatism is merely recalcitrance to good progress coupled with a nihilistic desire to do less for the good and do worse to (often falsely perceived) enemies. Never mind that, because that is why conservatism, in the form it has lately been served up, must be rejected.

    Those who have consumed conservatism may be ill a while. In many cases it wasn't their fault; they thought themselves like children that must be obedient, that must take whatever they were given by those who bullied most forcefully. We can chide them; they should learn from this; but what they need is medicine and some charitable kindness too. ...At least as soon as they have been dissuaded from the lethal feast.

    This Might Take A While
    So: What we need to do is understand, never accept but plan for, the possibility that we may not win, again, in 2006 or 2008. Because a plan for how to prevail under those conditions anyway, in the broader sphere, will only benefit us in the upcoming elections. And would enhance any success there, while also making possible not just a pendulum swing in the future, but picking up and moving the clock to a better spot.

    The filibuster effort is a necessary move and its immediate unpopularity is a GOOD thing. As I said on another thread, the unpopularity of that position is of course the starting point but that's where we have to pick the issues up in order to move them!

    Leadership In-Absentia Is Best Decentralized
    Nevertheless, popularity must be something we are ready to seize and augment. The roots of a popularity that exceeds fifty percent of course can be very effectively tested and implemented on a smaller scale... And it need not be a terribly smaller scale.

    What Al Gore still hasn't fully realized, is that a lot of people would have viewed him as presidential post 2000, majority aside, media aside. Those tend to serve the power and the energy, but come down on a vacuum like a ton of bricks. The Democratic Party has power and energy but still needs a way for this to be plugged into the rest of the country. That's where presidential figures come in. And it's not a contest amongst you; fighting shrinks the prize; cooperation makes it larger.

    My suggestion: Think about what you could have done as President. Find the things that would have cost mere millions, or next to nothing, that would not have required a legal mandate. And do them. We need secular, level-headed alternatives to the Pat Robertsons of the world. A senate seat and presidential ambitions should be an aid, not an impediment, to such endeavor.

    Get Into The Transportation Trade
    You'll know better than I where you can best apply your talents. But I do have one suggestion: Cars. This is of course something you could work well with Gore on, and such cooperation is very appealing.

    Look at Ford over the past years... What a missed opportunity. What a future opportunity. There needs to be an entrepreneurial groundswell to shift the automotive industry in this country into this country, and into sounder pursuits. The solutions on the table are gathering dust not just from neglect but because they are old. One thing they predate is information technology.

    Today for example, cars could be far more efficient without a single motor modification if they were orchestrated more effectively en masse, reducing stop-and-go traffic, increasing ride-sharing opportunities, and so on. The solo focus of the available gadgetry ignores the possibilities of cooperation. While terrorists are very unlikely to get rural folks from behind a hedgerow, an automobile accident is a real concern. One that can be addressed while at the same time making the experience of driving much more like the loner fantasy: Less herd-like bumper-to-bumper drone, more smooth va-voom.

    This is not a project that private industry is well positioned to address. They could gain from it but don't have the mental resources collectively to devote to it. This is the type of thing that government could be involved in providing the infrastructure for on a local level if federal involvement were not directly possible.

    Small potatoes? In terms of our overall energy problems, sprawl, and quality of life? Yes. But a few thousand lives in a year, and a few hundred saved dollars, are important to America.

    9/11 + 4 Years = Katrina... Conservatism Kills.

    by NewDirection on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 08:26:47 AM PST

  •  Possible plan of attack (none)
    It strikes me, senator, that, as things stand now, the democrats who have already stated they will not filibuster Alito are enough to prevent the filibuster from working unless either they, or some republicans, are convinced to switch (this is even assuming that Jeffords votes for a filibuster.  However, while Republicans would normally not be willing to filibuster Alito, a few pro-choice Republicans in blue states may believe that, if it would not affect the actual outcome, it would be in their best interests to vote for the filibuster.  

    The trick is to make them think it will not affect the actual outcome.  There is a slim chance that this could be acomplished if several more democratic senators were to openly state that they will not support a filibuster of Alito.  Come the day of the fateful vote, if, let us say, 14 of the 44 democratic senators claimed they would not support a filibuster, bringing the vote for a filibuster to 30 (or 31 with Jeffords) perhaps 4 of the Republicans might throw their support toward a filibuster to give them cover as true "pro-choice" senators.  Should this happen and, let us say, 8 of the 14 democratic senators who claimed they would not support the filibuster actually did, that would bring the vote total to 42 in favor (43 with Jeffords), and the filibuster would pass.

    Of course, you may well already have thought of this, and there may be a myriad reasons why this would fail, but I wanted to rbing it up as a possibility.  Good luck, senator Kerry.

  •  Will the filibuster fly? (none)
    I have been busy contacting Senators over the past few days.  Not much else I can do.  I am interested to see if the Democratic party can sustain a filibuster.  If not - then it is clear that Harry Reid has his job cut out for him.  It also suggests we need to select candidates for Senator races who are more likely to be Democrats and not Republocrats.

    "The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge" Bertrand Russell

    by donag on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 08:44:39 AM PST

  •  It's over? (none)
    This from Raw Story:

    "The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire, along with today's Washington Post, signaled that Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) are unlikely to support a filibuster, and may vote to support Alito."

    OK I didn't read all 600+ posts to see if someone beat me to the punch...

  •  40 Votes (none)
    If we have 40 strong votes against Alito, which we may not at this point, start the filibuster first thing Monday morning.

    Who cares what the right thinks, and who cares what they say.

    We need to do this for US and for our country.  It's not even 100% about Alito.  It's also about the last 5 years in general.  It's about the lies, the misleading statements, and their minguided mentality that politics is about winning elections at any cost, not about governing the people.

    We must act strong or there will not be a ballance of power for a very long time.

  •  Spot On! Filibuster Alito! Thank you Senator Kerry (none)
  •  Repugs mount counter-filibuster campaign (none)
    At, they have their own campaign: Stop Democrats from Filibustering Judge Alito! Read their alert at:

    this may make it harder to get through on phone lines, faxes, emails

  •  Filibuster Tally? (none)
    Thank you Senator Kerry for standing up for principles to the end! Does anyone know if there's someplace where a tally of filibuster votes is being kept? I couldn't find one in my quick look on Dailykos. I just called Sen. Clinton and Sen. Schumer. Surprisingly (to me) Clinton's office said she's going to vote Yes on the filibuster; Schumer's said he was listening to constituents and hadn't decided yet but would decide soon! New Yorkers please call Schumer's office now!
  •  How can it be? (none)
    Thanks for making a stand, Senator Kerry. Millions of Ameircans are deeply thankful for the merest chance of blocking Alito from the SCOTUS.  

    But how can it be that only "one or two" Senators in the entire Democratic caucus are willing to filibuster a man whose views are clearly un-American and antithetical to all the Dems are supposed to stand for?

    What has happend to this party?

    by redglare on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 09:27:46 AM PST

  •  What's up with Reid? (none)
    "We're going to have a vote Tuesday morning," said Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who will vote on Monday with Democrats who want to filibuster Alito. "Everyone knows there are not enough votes to support a filibuster, but it's an opportunity to people to express their opinion on what a bad choice it was to replace Sandra Day O'Connor."

    That's from this AP story

  •  too little too late (1.80)
    perhaps if the senator had made this statement when all the initial "Dems won't filibuster" crap was coming out of CNN, NYT, et al. it would mean something. now it's worthless. now, it's pandering.

    Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs - Isaiah Berlin

    by grinnellian on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 09:43:25 AM PST

    •  Building momentum for a filibuster was not his job (none)
      But Reid (Dem Senate leader) and Leahy (Ranking Judiciary Dem), who should have been the ones doing this, wouldn't. So Kerry stepped into that void to see what he could do.

      Proud Massachusetts Liberal!

      by rox63 on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:13:13 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  yes and no (none)
        i strongly agree with you that the dem leadership dropped the ball on this one. a royal screw up. and i dont know what kerry may or may not have been doing behind the scenes.

        that being said, the chance of a filibuster is pretty much zip at this point. i feel sorry for those who are unwilling to accept it. it sucks. a lot. but it's over. we lost. if kerry was really willing to put his political capital on the line, he would have done so before the confirmation was already a foregone conclusion. he's trying to be the hero to the base who fought to the end when in reality his heroics might have actually done something had he stopped the "scalito will be confirmed" meme earlier and come out in favor of a filibuster when it was still possible.

        Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs - Isaiah Berlin

        by grinnellian on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:29:13 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  Hey (none)
      That you by any chance, LB?

      On the one hand you're right but that's only one small part of the picture, because on the other hand that's politics and the Bismarckian sausage today is harmless and sustaining.

      There is also the fact that we don't know what the Senator may well have been doing on this in the Senate before taking the case public. In any event, the Senator has picked up a weight, which is his lack of popularity with this slice of the public. We'll see if he can move it. One man's "pandering" is another man's "when he diaried here recently multiple people begged and prodded him to try to filibuster."

      9/11 + 4 Years = Katrina... Conservatism Kills.

      by NewDirection on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:30:47 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  no not lb, bw (none)
        not the one you're thinkin of, sorry.

        and yeah, i understand what you're saying. who knows what he was doing behind the scenes. perhaps part of me is just pissed that we're going to have to call him justice scalito.

        and it's not that im upset kerry is attempting it. i just wish kerry would have moved on this sooner when there was more of a chance. now it is a lot easier -- and i think a lot fairer -- for people (like myself) to question his motives.

        Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs - Isaiah Berlin

        by grinnellian on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:03:50 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  omg (none)
    omg, filibuster!  I sure hope it doesn't backfire, dang vrwc
  •  Done. (none)
    Called and emailed my senators and some of everyone else's. Funny, you'd think the fax-over-email would work from the capital of Silicon Valley, but whatever.

    Although I, too, have misgivings upon the success of this battle, I can't spend five years exhorting the Democrats to fight! and then stand idly by once they do so.

    Electronic Darwinism has your back.

    Let's roll.

  •  phoniest political ploy I've seen since... (2.50)
    ...Bill Clinton called for an increase in the minimum wage, in 1995, after the Republican takeover of Congress made such an increase a political impossibility.  

    Would the staffer who writes the Senator's diaries pass the word on that this Democrat isn't the least bit fooled by the Senator's (latest) clumsy attempt at pandering?  

    If Senator Kerry (and his fellow Democrats in the Senate) wanted to make a difference in this, they should have been saying stuff like this 6 weeks ago.  Shame on all of you!

    •  So I take it (none)
      we can't count on you to ask your senator to support a filibuster? Not even for the symbolic value? Personally, I don't see the value of complaining rather than taking action, but to each their own. I'd rather push my senators to take action.

      In my state (MI), a staffer in Sen. Stabenow's office said on the phone today that she does support the filibuster. Staffers for Senator Levin haven't said one way or the other. Back to the phones.

  •  They're right, elections (none)
    have consequences.

    And you, Senator, were elected.  The consequences are that you have a responsiblity to withold consent of a judicial appointee in the interests of protecting the Constitution.

    I cannot overstate my gratitude for your efforts.  We have your back, Senator.

    "In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell

    by Five of Diamonds on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:03:33 AM PST

  •  I'm Standing with you Senator Kerry!!! (none)
    It's time to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and DO some action!  I'm serious - I hardly blog because it's little action and a lot of talk.  

    I just finished writing every Democratic Senator asking them to stand behind you Senator Kerry and the filibuster of Alito.  I'm sick our the Democratic party not standing together.  We haven't lost any hope, we only lose hope when we don't petition our elected officials to act on our behalf!

    So today I'm setting out to challenge fellow Democrats on blogs on Yahoo groups to do what I just did, yes it was teadious but you know what?  I love my country and I love it enough to take a small amount of time and petition those who represent my interests.

    If you need inspiration here's my letter that I wrote to all of the Democratic Senators:

    Dear Senator _____:

    I am a Catholic married woman and mother of 2 little girls.  I beg you to please consider standing with our Democratic party and filibuster with Senator Kerry against Samuel Alito's confirmation.

    I want my daugthers to know the same reproductive rights and the same free society that I have enjoyed.  Samuel Alito is a dangerous addition to the Supreme Court not only for his views on abortion rights but also for his views on Presidential power.  With his confirmation will come the erosion of civil liberties, the checks and balance of power.

    There has to be a time where standing with your party means something and Sir/Madam that is now.   Please please consider this humble appeal by a citizen of the United States and stand with Democrats, be a person that our party can be proud of and be a person that can let fellow Democrats be proud of their party.


    The United States goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy - John Quincy Adams

    by Clarkster on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:07:49 AM PST

  •  What's the absolute latest on filibuster? (none)
    I have very little time today and can't reed all the posts, so can someone tell me who has announced their support?

    Stop calling them the Right if they aren't!

    by jmaps on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:31:27 AM PST

  •  Thank you (none)
    What is truly alarming is the one commonality between Alito and Miers, the absolute deference to his authority on legal matters (also manifest in Alberto Gonzales and other legal minds that the President praises).

    It appears that, more than anything else, Bush wants a court that will rule in favor of a unitary executive.  More than a decision on Roe, more than a decision on worker's rights, more than a conservative bent ... Bush wants a fifth justice that will provide him with a blank check.

    Why does he need that check now?  How much benefit could it possibly accrue in 3 years time?

    Just what is being planned here?

  •  What's the latest on the filibuster? (none)
    I am super busy today, so I was hoping someone could give me a really quick down and dirty on who has announced support for the filibuster so far.  Seems like we've got some momentum.

    Stop calling them the Right if they aren't!

    by jmaps on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:33:44 AM PST

  •  Kerry Back From Davos... and On the Floor! (none)
    Harriet Miers met with a storm of criticsm from right-wing. became more unacceptable to Republicans because of lack of clarity, rather than the borad based appeak for the country. Here not because of a choice we have made, but a choice the President has made.

    Critical question: why are we so compelled to accept in such a rush, a nominee chosen for politicla and ideological reasons. No one understands more than I that elections have consequences. Advide and Consent means what we Senators make of it. Not issues to be expeditated away by some timetable... that sate of the union address.. choice should be weighed heavily because of what it means ot the court. Irreversable consequences already defined if Senators will take the time to consider them.

    Joins Teddy in taking a stand against this nomination. He has heard arguments for reserving "gunpowder" for future fights. But the fight is now. Rejects notion of waiting for future fights. This ideological direction is being defined now. Fight is not a fight for the short term. Two fundamentally different views about waht defines us, whats appropriate between government and citizen. Right of citizens to be free of unlawful government action. Unlawful government action is what motivated to people to come here in the first place. Unlawful government action. What about the right to equal justice under the law. Senators coming up to say it is not the Supreme Court's job to balance the rights of the little or big guy but to judge on rule of law. Not ttrue. A ridiculous notion.

    more to come...

  •  Clinton supporting filibuster (none)
    I've diaried this.  Raw Story

    is reporting that Hillary Clinton will support the filibuster.

    "Philippe Reines, press secretary to Sen. Clinton, confirmed the senator's position in an email message Friday.

    "Senator Clinton will vote against cloture, thereby supporting the filibuster of Judge Alito's nomination," Reines said."

    Not sure what this will mean to the success of the filibuster, but it is interesting in its political repercussions.

  •  Kerry on the Floor! Arguments for Filibuster (none)
    He is going through some of the Alito cases.

    in all of his cases, everyone has found a starling lack of skepticism that is healthy in judges.

    Testimony of Goodwin Liu (he was an amazing witness). Kerry reviews his testimony. The un-armed 8th grader who was shot in the back of the head. Alito: "state is justified in using whatever force is necessary in enforcing laws, regarless of whether the suspect is armed and dangerous." Kerry: that is the standard that is going to go to the Supreme Court. (Good Kerry!)
    1985 Supreme Court in White decision rejected Alito's opinion.

    On government intusion. Should concern every conservative in America. Alito goes out of his way to rationalize excessive government action. He often makes the government argument where it has failed to do so itself.

    Minimalist interpretation of the 4th amendement; privacy issues.

    Kerry goes down case by case. This should have been done from the very beginning! This is the speech we needed three weeks ago!

    What implication will this have on the new wiretapping case?

    He quotes Justice Brandeis.

    Alito's Federalist Society speeches. the unitary executive theory. The Signing Statement on the McCain Amendment banning torture.

    Quotes from Beth Nolan, Clinton advisor, on unitary executive.

  •  Stop Saying -- "Unitary Executive" (none)
    We should always say:

    "Unitary Authoritarian Executive"

    This flips the subliminal connotation of the euphemism.

    Besides, it's truer. They're claiming all this "authority."

    Spread the word.

    by Dusty on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:56:00 AM PST

  •  Mr President (none)
    We will back you sir, all the way.
    We are millions, we are tens of millions.
    We are combat veterans, we are not.
    We are waiting for leadership.
    You are the one, like it or not.
    Lead and we will follow.
    God bless you sir.
    Father, veteran, voter

    lead, follow, or get out of the hell out of the way.

    by cabinetman1 on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:59:02 AM PST

  •  You say you actually read the blogs? (none)
    How's the Democratic policy of appeasement working for you??  It didn't work in Europe in the 1930's and it's not working now.

    The Dems filibuster Alito??  Yeah, right.  The Dems are going to magically grow a backbone but it's more likely that hell will freeze over first!!!  I'll believe it when I see it--maybe.

    Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.--Dr. Seuss

    by sweettp2063 on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:09:59 AM PST

  •  Just so you know, (none)
    Harold Ford has just issued a statement telling you to go fuck yourself.

    Just so you know how your Demi-rats are supporting you. What a fuckface Ford is.

  •  i'm sorry... (none)
    ...i don't care if you support a filibuster, I DON'T SEE IT HAPPENING. you are preaching to the choir here so to speak. don't tell us what you'd like to see, MAKE IT HAPPEN.

    Crime is contagious....if the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law. -- Justice Louis Brandeis

    by FemiNazi on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:49:22 AM PST

    •  We have to make it happen (none)
      That's the point. Sen. Kerry would like to see the Democrats support him on this. It won't happen unless enough constituents call in to their senators to show them the support is there in the grassroots.

      Kerry isn't preaching to the choir, he's rallying the troops.

      •  enough rallying... (none)
        ....has been done on dailykos.

        when's he going to rally round the people whose votes REALLY count?

        Crime is contagious....if the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law. -- Justice Louis Brandeis

        by FemiNazi on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:59:35 AM PST

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        •  I'm sorry (none)
          If asking activists to call their senators to support a filibuster isn't what you deem appropriate action in this case, what exactly are you proposing that he do? Your comments don't give any specifics whatsoever. What does "rallying around the people whose votes really count" mean? Thanks.
          •  i've signed petitions... (none)
            ...i've made dozens of phone calls...

            so have a lot of others on this web site.

            we are down to ZERO HOUR.

            we are not the people who need convincing.

            100 senators ARE.

            Crime is contagious....if the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law. -- Justice Louis Brandeis

            by FemiNazi on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 12:16:46 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

            •  People from this website ARE calling the senators (none)
              ..and having an impact on convincing them.

              Just take a look at some recent diaries regarding Feinstein, Salazar, etc.  This is having an effect.

              Fairness is a liberal value

              by diplomatic on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 01:19:11 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

            •  People here need convincing... (none)
              Particularly those who may be lurking and reading comments.  Everything has to be done to make this work.
              •  this is a no-brainer... (none)
       one should really need convincing. there have been hundreds of diaries posted on here since his nomination that clearly outline what we can expect with alito's confirmation. if they still don't get it, then can someone please explain what more we can do to convince them??

                Crime is contagious....if the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law. -- Justice Louis Brandeis

                by FemiNazi on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:25:32 PM PST

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  •  Please start a new thread, Senator (none)
    Senator Kerry & Staff,

    When a diary gets this many comments, it becomes unwieldy even for those with a high bandwidth Internet connection (and almost impossible to read for those with dialup).  

    I suggest you cut and paste the contents of this diary into a new diary and preface them with the comment that a new thread has been created because the large number of comments have made the previous diary difficult to manage.  

    You could entitle the new diary "Filibuster Alito - Thread 2."

    In closing, let me express my thanks for this diary and for Senator Kerry's faithful representation of this constituents, and for his actions in the Senate on behalf of those of us who have grave concerns about Judge Alito's views on Separation of Powers and Executive authority, as well as Judge Alito's more general record of supporting the position and authority of the privileged over the claims to life and liberty of the common citizen.

    I used to live in the United States of America. Now I live in a homeland.

    by homeland observer on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:59:35 AM PST

  •  With greatest respect (none)
    God bless you, Senator Kerry.

    We may lose this fight, but never let it be said we didn't go down swinging.

  •  Feinstein is bendable! (none)
    Several people have said they'll call Senator Feinstein, and one person above asked why we should bother calling Senators who have already announced they wouldn't support a filibuster. This is why. Pressure works:

    My wife just called Feinstein's DC office to encourage her to support Kerry. My wife's report to me is that a) it took three calls to get through, so she's getting slammed and b) the staffer said that Feinstein would make up her mind this weekend about whether she would support Kerry.

    Keep up the calls!

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Mohandas Gandhi

    by risasperson on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 12:20:14 PM PST

  •  Update (none)
    I just called the DC office. It took me two calls to get through. The friendly staffer told me Feinstein just announced that she will be supporting Kerry!

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Mohandas Gandhi

    by risasperson on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 12:39:16 PM PST

  •  Thanks for listening, Sen. Kerry (none)
    I just heard a clip of the floor speech on The Ed Schultz Show. I showed that you're listening to people on this thread and others who've called on this.

    So thanks for listening, and thanks for willing to be able to stand up on this issue.

    "Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight. You've got to kick at the darkness until it bleeds daylight." --Bruce Cockburn, "Lovers In A Dangerous

    by AustinCynic on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 01:12:03 PM PST

  •  Thank you President Kerry (none)
    Mr. Kerry, I must tell you that before you came out yesterday to support a filibuster of this neocon hypocrite, I was ready to give up on the Democratic Party.  I have been a Democrat all my life, I come from a family of staunch Democrats going back to my immigrant grandparents from the old country. However, your brave stand has made me have second thoughts.  

    God bless you for your courage in doing the right thing.  I just cannot believe the turncoat cowards like Harry Reid and Robert Byrd and Tim Johnson. I want them to know they have sold out not only their party, but their country and the constitution of the United States.

    On a personal level, Mr. Kerry, I consider you the lawful and rightful president of this country.  There is overwhelming cause for doubt that Bush really won Ohio, and no doubt that had there not been massive voter suppression and dirty tricks, and outright fraud through Diebold and blackbox voting in Ohio election night, you would have been the next president of the United States.

    The stakes are so high in this nomination, that our country's constitutional future as a free nation are at risk of being lost.  I will not forvgive or forget any Democratic senator who does not support you on this fight of a generation.

    Mr. Kerry, you have shown in your life, as a young man in Vietnam and right now, that  you have the guts to go where angels fear to tread.

    If Reid does not support the filibuster, I think Democrats should demand his replacement as Democratic leader and put you or Ted Kennedy or another real Democrat who is not afraid to fight for their party and country in his sorry place.

    Once again, thank you and God bless you President Kerry.

  •  federalists (none)
    The issue is about corporatism which believes in neither God nor country.  If the rule of law is based from the point of view of corporatism then in effect, the spirit of law is derived from the overwhelming money power of corporations over the power of the people. Do you Sen. Kerry believe in corporatism?  
    As we watch in distress and powerlessness the millions of jobs flee the country in corporate lust for cheap labor, our automotive and commercial aviation sectors collapse around us, the unholy alliance between our government and corporations is bringing ruin to the people.  
    Corporations hate paying for pensions, they hate paying for healthcare, they hate the people regulating what they do regarding the environment or other valid concerns, they hate paying taxes, they hate paying tariffs importing their crap from their overseas operations.  They love profit margins, they love governments that give them free reign to pollute, they love dirt cheap and easily expendable labor and markets (the U.S.) that support ungodly markups in price relative to the cost of manufacture, they love 401k's that just feed investment back into themselves, they love controlling the legislation of government, they simply hate the rule of the people.  They sure love what American workers have made them though.
    As a corporatist, and what that means, Alito is very dangerous.  His qualifications mean little relative to the character flaw of the ideology of corporatism.
    The fatal flaw of the character of corporatism is that it will feed on itself to its own destruction.  How much suffering and destruction it leaves in its wake around the world is dependent on America doing the right thing.  
    The most godawful and mind boggling irony is, if this thing called free trade and corporatism continues on its destructive and corrupt path, the destruction of World Trade Center will be a searingly painful reminder for the rest of our lives that a indelible warning or wake up call was given to us and we never saw, understood,  grasped or heeded to its true meaning.  Oh God, God grant me that I am wrong in my interpretation of that terrible event, but if I am accurate I doubt that God will ever forgive America for being so blind, savage, arrogant and shallow.  Nor will any of the nations we have run roughshod over in our lust for profit and control through world trade agreements and its subsequent usury and exploitation.
    Tyranny, which we are tasting today, will come but not for the reasons the religious right believes but because politicians have entangled themselves with conflicts of interest in serving the people.  Like the conflicts of interests between investment banking and stock analysis/brokering from deregulation, it will end...but at what cost?

    Would a man of God sow the seeds of hate and then continue to cultivate his crop?

    by FreeTradeIsYourEpitaph on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 01:30:44 PM PST

  •  We Got Your Back, John! (none)
    We're demanding a filibuster from your colleagues.
  •  Thanks, Senator Kerry, (none)
    and Thanks, Senator Kennedy, too.

    Let's hope we can do it. If we can't, at least we tried. That's important, too.

    "That story is not worth the paper it's rotten on"--Dorothy Parker

    by martyc35 on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 02:39:19 PM PST

  •  I am so PROUD of you! (none)
    You have reaffirmed my faith that I do indeed live in a Democracy.  Thank You from the bottom of my heart!
  •  We need to do what's right regardless of cost's (none)
    We will call, email, write, fax, scream it out in the streets that we support drawing this line in the sand.

    If people can't bring themselves to do the right thing then the least they can do is be somewhere else.

    If after his speech about the recent coal mines tragedys in West Virginia, Senator Byrd is not visiting Randall McCloy when he comes to, rather than attending the vote for Cloture, I would expect his coal miners would just have to be wondering how much does he really care...

    If people like Maines Olivia Snowe or Susan Collins still want to call themselves pro choice Republicans, and have pro choice voters support them, or ever speak to them again then there will be no excuse to fail this call. Susan and Olivia should make sure to attend the Western Lakes and Mountains Lectures in Lewiston January 28-30. Especially "Going Down the Hill": The Educational Value of Community Engagement by Nancy Cantor, chancellor, Syracuse University. This talk is the keynote address in a series of events highlighting the Harward Center

    If Ken Salazar ever wants to go skiing again in Telluride, Colorado or Aspen or Vail, then he should let people, all the human beings out who vote for him there, know that he cares enough about a strip searched ten year old girl, not just to vote NO, but to go skiing in Colorado where he can tell them about that this Monday.

    Patriots like Ben Nelson of Nebraska that have taken an oath to preserve, protect and defend the constitution, should find this a good week to attend the PRCA championship rodeo in Lincoln and the Niobara polar bear festival in Meadville and take in the Sportsmans Club annual Fishing Tournament while he's there.

    I heard Joe Bidden of delaware say that he didn't think a filibuster would work and intended to vote for cloture.

    If we can't depend on people to stand with the Democrats on this then we have to begin to question whether they are really possessed of the good judgement and the strong moral compass and the ability to tell right from wrong that they pretend.

    Joe Bidden needs to draw the line at kidnapping, torture and murder if not tyranny, to stand with the Democrats, on this.

  •  Text of Kerry's floor speech from today (none)
    available at this link:

    As my granny used to say, 'It's a humdinger!'

    Proud Massachusetts Liberal!

    by rox63 on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 04:08:13 PM PST

  •  Senator, please respond to Scotty McClellan's (4.00)
    bullshit comments about your recent "Ski Weekend."

    A lashing is DEFINITELY in order. A quick, rapid, no-holds-barred-response. We've all been over this. Don't let them "swiftboat" you anymore, don't let them "windsurf" you ever again.

    This is the sort of shit that got you in trouble in 2004 - not respondning.

    Please make it a point to mention the "predicatable, repetitive, childish, and innaccurate right-wing-atttacks that are an insult to the intelligence American people, and a sorry, futile, and painfully obvious attempt to divert attention away from a corrupt administration's constant irresponsibility, incompetence, and lack of accountability."

    This is FULL ON self-defense at this point, and TOTALLY justified. You must address these character attacks.

    Do it now, Senator - remember - "BEFORE THE NEXT NEWS CYCLE."

  •  *responding (none)
    Gah. A spellcheck feature for rapid, impatient typists would be a sogggy dream come true.
  •  *of the American people. Hahahaha (none)
    JAYZUZ. Can I just delete and start over?

    AlienCode vows to never again type while groggy from nappy time.

    Let me just apologize for that whole debacle. Message good. Typing BAAAAAD.

    •  don't worry about it. :) (none)
      I completely agree. I posted elsewhere about how sick I am of these insults coming from the White House.

      I would love to hear Kerry respond. He could start by explaining what an economic summit is in case Bush is not aware of it. He could mention how these insults from the White House prove Bush is not up to being a uniter, but instead continues to divide and insult. He could mention how the American people deserve more respect than that, and how we deserve a mature president who leads instead of this childish snottiness.

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

      by OLinda on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 03:50:02 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  filibuster (none)
    why didn't you do this a month ago when support was still possible? another case of too little too late, as always.fuck alito, you can't stop the repukes at this point in time- i voted for your ass,sir, if there were one thing i ask is representation. this means doing what is right and calling for impeachment. nothing less moves me in the least. until i hear you or another dem speak th "I" word publicly to the press, i cannot and will not support any of you, period.if impeachment had been made the primary issue a thousand scandals ago no one would even know who the hell alito is right're a big wuss, john, you have proven it over and over again- get out and back one of our fighting dems, washington has no room for wussies.

    impeach-it does the body good

    by playtonjr on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 03:29:54 AM PST

  •  Filibuster Alito Now (none)
    Or Have Feudalism From Now On.
    Which do you prefer?

    It's not what you don't know, that can hurt you. It's what you think you know, that just isn't so.

    by Qu on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 04:46:08 AM PST

  •  Good on you, Senator! (none)
    I'm busy defending this heroic contingent over at Blogcritics:

    Filibuster Alito, You Cowards

    Please weigh in.  Could use the support.  (Blogcritics seems equally divided among the sane and the rabid these days.)

    by Douglas Anthony Cooper on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 05:30:48 PM PST

  •  We're with you (none)
    Nessun dorma, dear leaders.

    At dawn we will win.
    Maybe not tomorrow's dawn, but it's coming.

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