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John Kerry sent out a new email late last night:

Support a filibuster

Dear Xxxxx,

Yesterday, Senator Ted Kennedy and I told our colleagues that we supported a filibuster of Judge Alito's nomination for the Supreme Court. And we weren't alone. But the bottom line is that it takes more than two or three people to filibuster successfully. It's not "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." If you want to stop Judge Alito from becoming Justice Alito, use your own email list and organize. We can't just preach to our own choir. We need to prove to everyone - from our friends and neighbors to our fellow Senators - that the American people know Judge Alito will take our country in the wrong direction, and they expect something to be done about it...

continued after the fold

...So I'm asking you to join Senator Kennedy, me, and concerned citizens across America who are signing this petition to support a filibuster. If there was ever a time to forward an email on to friends and family, this is it. One way or another, we're going to find out in the next few days if Judge Alito is going to become Justice Alito. You know where I stand. The time to make your voice heard is now. So please sign this filibuster petition and get as many friends as you can to do the same.

Sign the filibuster petition

If Judge Alito gets on the Supreme Court, it will be an incredible mistake for America. And remember, this is one mistake that we can never take back.

I voted against Justice Roberts, but I feel even more strongly about Judge Alito. Why? Rather than live up to the promise of "equal justice under the law," he has consistently made it harder for the most disadvantaged Americans to have their day in court. He routinely defers to excessive government power no matter how much government abuses that power. And, to this date, his only statement on record regarding a woman's right to privacy is that she doesn't have one.

There isn't a shred of doubt in my opposition to Judge Alito's nomination. I spent a lot of time over the last few years thinking about what kind of person deserves to sit on the highest court in the land, so I don't hesitate a minute in saying that Judge Alito is not that person. His entire legal career shows that, if confirmed, he will take America backward. People can say all they want that "elections have consequences." Trust me, I understand. But that doesn't mean we have to stay silent about Judge Alito's nomination.

Sign the filibuster petition

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. This nomination was a sellout to the demands of the extreme right wing of the Republican Party. The president gave no thought to what the American people really wanted - or needed. So now that the president and Judge Alito have proven they won't stand up for the majority of Americans, we have to stand up. We have to speak out. That's the true meaning of "advice and consent."

Sincerely,

John Kerry

Obviously, we all know this is a heavy uphill climb, and Kerry needs all the ammo we can muster.  So if you can all be sure and take a second out from phoning and emailing to sign and also forward to everyone you know, well, every little bit helps.

More filibuster ammo, courtesy of the 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)
311 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3954
Web Form: http://www.byrd.senate.gov/....
FAX: (202) 228-0002

Mary Landrieu (LA)
724 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5824
Web Form: http://www.landrieu.senate.gov/....
FAX: (202) 224-9735
08

K. Salazar (CO)
UNITED STATES SENATE WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5852
Web Form: http://salazar.senate.gov/....
FAX: (202) 228-5036

Johnson, Tim- (D - SD) Class II
136 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5842
Web Form: johnson.senate.gov/emailform.cfm

Also, worth a shot:

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

Olympia Snowe (ME)
154 Russell Senate Office Bldg., Washington DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-1946
WebForm: http://snowe.senate.gov/....
FAX: (202) 224-1946

Originally posted to whometense on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:02 AM PST.

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  •  I may well have left out (4.00)
    some vital info.  If I did, please don't hesitiate to add.

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

    by whometense on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:01:37 AM PST

    •  More Filibuster How To: (3.54)
      First : Call the three Democrats (Mary Landrieu, Ken Salazar, and Dianne Feinstein) who oppose Alito but also said they oppose a filibuster. We must persuade them that a vote against Alito is meaningless if they don't support a filibuster. Senator Salazar (D-CO) 202-224-5852 Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) 202-224-5824 Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) 202-224-3841

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      •  whichever "trusted user" zero rated (4.00)
        judybrowni is an ass.......
        •  I was just about to say the same thing - (none)
          COuld it have been an accidental error??  Nothing but good stuff in that post.

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

          by whometense on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:22:47 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Or maybe (none)
            Karl is visiting today...?

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

            by whometense on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:24:28 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

          •  I'm gonna say (none)
            "inadvertent error", so I gave a 4 to counter it.  
          •  Or maybe... (none)
            ..she's been spamming that same post to EVERY. SINGLE. THREAD. with even the slightest hint of Alitoness (including one about suicide) for a week now, and not only is that against the dKos rules, it's bloody annoying.
            •  BUT that post is reaping RESULTS (4.00)
              and this is almost over.  judybrown has taken a lot of 0's on her mojo to keep this out in front so people can find the information easily.

              <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

              by bronte17 on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:04:19 AM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  And? (2.66)
                If the powers that be wanted her information, some of which is incorrect, by the way, to be in front of us all for several days, they'd front page it.

                If she wrote a diary about the topic, you could recommend it, and it would serve the same purpose.

                Instead, she's written duplicate diaries on the topic (against the rules), then put the content of those diaries in over 80 posts in the last week to any thread with a mention of Alito - even threads that have nothing to do with him (also against the rules).

                The rules are here for a reason. Because there are a hundred issues, like this one, that require our attention, and if we all spammed them across the site, the entire place would become useless overnight.

                I'm down with the cause. I made my calls when I saw the JudiBot's first post. But I can't sit and watch her tactics be defended and become the norm around here, just because she has a neat message.

            •  Get Over It (none)
              She's doing good work with these posts and I for one support her efforts.

              You might consider it spam but she's getting the word out and it's helping.  Rather than attack the way she does it - you might try helping too.

              www.savedarfur.org www.afterdowningstreet.com

              by Alegre on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 01:24:30 PM PST

              [ Parent ]

        •  Check replies to the posters other zero-rated (none)
          comments. Not saying I agree, just that there is more to the story. May be a misunderstanding, I don't know.
        •  The reason why... (none)
          ...and I didn't do it - is that this person has spammed literally every single thread with this post. It's goddamn annoying, and people should know better.
          •  is it really that annoying to you? (4.00)
            man, how about a little perspective on things - it's a helpful tool that makes it easy for people to take action - get a life....and call your senators.....
            •  It's more than annoying. (none)
              It's against the rules.

              Look, I want people to give money to Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, but if I posted about that, the exact same post mind you, in every single thread, I'd be troll-rated and trufed out of here.

              there's nothing wrong with the content of the JudiBot's message, but when you start putting your pet cause out there in every thread just because it's important, the entire site would be covered in useless crap.

              •  That is NOT even in the same catagory (4.00)
                as this SCOTUS nomination which will affect each and every one of us for the next 30+ years.

                Pet cause for judybrown? You think that is what this SCOTUS nomination is all about?  

                <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

                by bronte17 on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:07:20 AM PST

                [ Parent ]

                •  Of course Alito is about something much bigger. (none)
                  But so is the Iraq War. So is abortion. So is wiretapping. So is Intelligent Design. So is election fraud.

                  Should we cover all of those in every thread, with the same message, over and over, or would you get a little sick of it after a while?

                  •  And do you think (none)
                    we will get anywhere on any of those issues with Alito?  Hell no!

                    The Christian Right is neither Witness Every Day

                    by TXsharon on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:59:30 AM PST

                    [ Parent ]

                    •  Of course not. (none)
                      And that's why I made my calls and sent my emails the first day the JudiSpamBot posted her call to action.

                      I did my part. But that was before the spamming of over 100 threads with the same message. Now I'm just annoyed that, rather than take a constructive route, this person is being embraced for using the entire community as a single issue cause, in ways that contravene the dKos rules.

                      By any means necessary is a great tagline, but in reality, it doesn't work.

          •  Thank you (none)
            for the explanation.

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

            by whometense on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:40:46 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

        •  Not I, but... (none)
          many believe that judi is using a bot to post in every single frickin' Alito diary, regardless of what's being said there, which is a violation of kos' rules. Her posts are also direct violation of repeating a message in multiple diaries.  There are a number of other rules that she's broiken in the last two weeks.

          I agree that the info is important and worthwhile, but I also agree with those who are sick of seeing the same old comment, over and over and over and over and over...

          Check out ePM's great new tool: Timelines!

          by Timroff on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:43:28 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Rules are sometimes meant to be broken (4.00)
            and this is a good time for that....has KOS said a single thing about it - NO - and I'm sure he's aware of it....call your senators....
            •  In present circumstances, I think it's (4.00)
              a useful service.  Sure it's annoying, but I'm guessing that every time she does it we get a few more calls out from someone busy who hadn't previously got around to it.

              Until Alito is over, I'm quite willing to put up with it.

              (I'll be pompous and say That's how much I love my country -- so there!)

              The Republican party: An alliance of madness and greed.

              by jem6x on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:53:43 AM PST

              [ Parent ]

              •  Like me (4.00)
                I'm so damn depressed; I stopped commenting and only read dk once in a while.  Since I got interested in the alito thing again because Kerry was going to try to lead a filibuster, it took seeing her post approximately 7 times before I shook out of my apathy and called those numbers conveniently in front of my nose.

                Could these annoyed and inconvenienced people who have to (gasp-roll their curser a quarter turn extra on every alito thread) post their expressions of exasperation on every thread after she posts her posts,...could they possibly embody that mysterious phrase "meta" of which I've been reading?

                God knows I need a crutch at times To help this gimpy soul of mine along But not a Burning Truth That we must kill each other over.-Ric Masten

                by deminmarineland on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:35:11 AM PST

                [ Parent ]

        •  Whoops, I think that was my error (one of the (none)
          zeroes).  Hit the wrong button.  It won't undo it, but it allowed me to do a 4 to make up for my error.  Sorry, guys.  So that leaves one zero unaccounted for.
      •  Kerry is leading the filibuster... (none)
        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.
        Since John Kerry's taking the lead on this, you might want to take his name off this mini-list...
      •  BLOODY HELL (none)
        BOB SMITH IS NOT OREGON'S SENATOR!  OREGON'S REPUB SENATOR IS GORDON SMITH!  FIX THE FUCKING CANNED COMMENT ALREADY!!!

        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 Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:30:58 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Why don't you (none)
          compile all that informaton and post it.  Let's see if you make any mistakes.

          The Christian Right is neither Witness Every Day

          by TXsharon on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 12:01:52 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  the canned commenet (none)
            the canned comment has been wrong in every posting since yesterday.  i've replied to every single one, and the judybrownibot doesn't seem to notice.  I'm pissed that revisions noticed and commented on, repeatedly, are still perpetuated by the bot.

            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 Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 12:53:09 PM PST

            [ Parent ]

      •  Keep it up Judy (none)
        Thanks for your efforts on this!!
        Seeing your posting again and again is exactly what some of us need to get the guilty pangs to do something about this.
  •  I've signed, emailed, called and written (4.00)
    I hope and pray that all hope is not lost. Thank you Senator Kerry, for doing everything in your power to stop the right-wing takeover of the Supreme Court.

    Proud Massachusetts Liberal!

    by rox63 on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:05:11 AM PST

    •  FAX! (4.00)
      Directions here.  DO IT! It's easy, cheap, and you don't have to wait on hold.

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

      by Yellow Canary on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:09:35 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Thanks!! (4.00)
        I was wondering about faxing.

        Might as well burn out all the circuits! :-)

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

        by whometense on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:15:06 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Twenty Progressive butterflies just might ... (4.00)
           ... change the weather in Washington.  Make the biggest stir you can.  FAXing is really easy, and is more effective than email.

          Fine sig line, btw.  Cheers.

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

          by Yellow Canary on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:29:21 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Last week I followed Yellow Canary's (4.00)
            earlier note on this trick and faxed everyone on the "Armondo 25" list (leaving out Byrd because I assumed he was in the bag -- rats!).  It took about an hour, because I had to put all of the fax numbers into my address book and I personalized the fax for each senator.  It would have been much quicker if I was sending an identical fax to each one.

            It was fun, and gave me a huge sense of power, because I was able to format my message as a really impressive, classy-looking business letter. Much better than email.

            Now, all of those fax numbers are in my address book for future use, as well.

            Thanks, YC!

            The Republican party: An alliance of madness and greed.

            by jem6x on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:01:32 AM PST

            [ Parent ]

      •  I just went and looked at your instructions, (none)
        and they are cool!

        I'll do it tonight from home, where my mac resides. ;-)

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

        by whometense on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:27:28 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Thanks for posting, Whomtense! (4.00)
    Recommended and signed!  This thread can also be a continuation to John Kerry's original diary which has gotten pretty big and slow!

    He's doing everything he can . . . let's do everything WE can.

    •  call obama (none)
      and we're not done yet...it is coming out that obama is working against the filibuster.  no surprise here, I have to say.

      but call him please.  he knows what he's doing, but let him know that we know!

      (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 11:52:10 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Just called him (none)
        staffer says he has not yet "released" his position. I asked if it meant he's decided or what...no answer! "I can take your comments and relay them to the senator."
      •  Could You (none)
        Post a source please? That's a serious claim.  I'll call him either way, but I've not seen anything indicating that Sen. Obama, who is voting against Alito, is attempting to obstruct a filibuster.

        Thanks.

        My separate place for mental meanderings: Political Sapphire

        by shanikka on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 12:05:41 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  the info is reliable (none)
          I'm looking into whether there is a source I can post on this forum.  but the fact that he is working against it behind the scenes is reliable.

          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 12:10:53 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  here's a source (none)
          poemless just found this on Soapblox:
          BuzzFlash

          again, phrased as "rumor", but Obama is too careful for anything else right now.

          please read the article, and call!

          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 12:41:38 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  and email Obama's office (none)
         
        http://obama.senate.gov/...

        let's keep up the good fight!

        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 12:07:41 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  Byrd = Coward! (4.00)
    Just tried to ring his DC office and not only are they hiding behind voice-mail there - but the mailbox is full.

    Sounds like he's getting an earful for his plans to vote yes on confirmation.

    Also tried ringing Feinstein (she's planning on voting yes on cloture on Monday (ie against the filibuster)) and her phone's ringing off the hook.  Constant busy signal - can't get through.

    Keep dialing folks - we may turn some votes yet on this filibister!

    www.savedarfur.org www.afterdowningstreet.com

    by Alegre on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:07:05 AM PST

    •  Good news!! (none)
      At the very least we can make them squirm.  If it's hot enough, maybe it'll do more than that.

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

      by whometense on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:17:23 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Durbin's On Board (4.00)
        Just spoke with his staff - he's supporting the filibuster.

        Other senate offices are putting up voice-mail to handle the calls.

        Reid's phone is answered by machine - press 1 to get through to staff - or leave a comment.  He's still undecided on the filibuster.

        Keep calling folks.  We only have one more work-day before the cloture vote at 4:30 on Monday.

        www.savedarfur.org www.afterdowningstreet.com

        by Alegre on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:36:26 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

  •  thanks, whome (4.00)
    Called, e-mailed, you name it. A lot of lines are busy this morning, I noticed. Is that a good thing, or have the repugs formed a counter offensive?
    •  Don't know, but (none)
      I'll take it as a good sign.

      Anyone been over to that...ummm...other place to see what's up?

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

      by whometense on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:18:42 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Didn't they want to go nuclear? (none)
        I wonder what has them so scared now.
        •  Did you catch (none)
          Specter v. Reid on the senate floor yesterday afternoon?

          Hair-raising.  I think they freaked out because they were coasting and all of a sudden there's all this filibuster coming in from - pardon me - left field.  I think maybe they were blindsided a bit, and hence the 24/7 media blather on how "impossible" the filibuster is.

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

          by whometense on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:51:48 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  Thanks, whome - Recommended! (4.00)
    Everyone, let's recommend this so folks know there is still work to be done to STOP ALITO.
  •  recommend - keep agitating! (4.00)
  •  Thanks! (4.00)
    Thanks for the diary, WhoMe. I've been trying to get through to Byrd and have gotten the full voicemail; I'll keep at it. I've given money to Byrd specifically because John Kerry sent out e-mail to his list asking us to; I would like to see Byrd stand behind Kerry, if only by abstaining.
  •  Signed. (4.00)
    I am so proud that this is happening.
  •  Recommended!! (4.00)
    I've been linking to this in comments on many Alito diaries, but didn't have time to diary myself...so, thanks:)
    •  Thanks, Elise! (none)
      It's inspiring to see everyone pulling together like this!

      We can always hope that maybe the senate democrats will do the same.

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

      by whometense on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:20:38 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thanks for this (4.00)
    I have been following the debate today. (Well, I couldn't follow all of Session because I suspect he is insane.)

    This is great!  I have been trying all the different things suggested and will keep that effort going.

  •  Got through to 3 of them (4.00)
    Tim Johnsons' office picked up, although she was polite, I'm afraid she was not particularly happy to be speaking with me.

    Byrd's staffer immediately said that it was not clear if there would be a filabuster (and that sounded like they would be relieved to be off the hook)

    And Senator Collins' people said she would consider my suggestion.  Jeez I forget, I think I said she should not vote for Alito. Wheeeeeeee!

    I dunno, it felt like I did not accomplish a darn thing.

    The rest of the circuits were jammed.  Oh well, at least we are making them uncomfortable.

    Feet to the fire.

    God knows I need a crutch at times To help this gimpy soul of mine along But not a Burning Truth That we must kill each other over.-Ric Masten

    by deminmarineland on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:33:09 AM PST

  •  I don't mean to sound like (none)
    I'm a "deer in the headlights" here, but...

    Do we really have a chance at this point??  I guess it's not over til it's over.

    If I sound a bit hopeless and discouraged today, it's because I've been listening to even pundits I respect and they're saying the "filibuster is dead", that the Repubs have enough votes to kill it in any case.

    I came here looking for some clarifcation of this issue.  Does anyone have any more update info today?

    But THANKS for all the easy-referenced info here for us to keep trying.  Cause it isn't over till it's over (and I believe it will really be "over" if Alito is confirmed...)

    •  Not much (4.00)
      The odds are very strongly against us, but the act of putting up a fight tells people that Democrats actually stand for something, and creates an environment where we stand a chance of picking up seats in future elections.
    •  There hasn't been a lot of (4.00)
      encouraging news, unfortunately.

      What's keeping me going is pride.  It just feels so damned good to have someone up there fighting, no matter how much of a lost cause it is.

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

      by whometense on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:58:57 AM PST

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    •  If you need inspiration (none)
      I recommend post over at DU.

      Written by a high school kid, an impassioned plea.

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

      by whometense on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:23:11 AM PST

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      •  The post at DU (none)
        Yikes.  Brought tears to my eyes.  Impassioned plea, indeed.  The Voice of generations to come, absolutely.

        Yes, more than inspiration, it's a mandate.   We must either prevail or be able to say we did everything we could have done to stop the lock-step lurch to the right....

        That child's voice says it all in that post...

  •  Signed (none)
    Show me a democrat petition and I'll put my name on it.

    (if by "criminalization of politics" you mean politics being taken over by criminals, you are absolutely correct)

    by Drezden on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:34:25 AM PST

  •  Done! (none)
    Thanks for the link.  I must have deleted his e-mail with the 40 spam e-mails I received this morning.  The risks of bulk e-mail...

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

    by SneakySnu on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:39:18 AM PST

  •  JK speaking on Senate Floor right now (4.00)
    He's doing an AWESOME job! Righteous wrath expressed with impeccable clarity and reason.
  •  Perfect! (none)
    How can any American hear Kerry argument, with pointed example, and realize that this is about standin up for civil rights?
  •  Signed it... (none)
    For all the good it (won't) do. Kudos to John Kerry for stepping up to the plate. Anti-kudos to spineless wimp Democrats who listen to their political advisors when they tell them that not fillibustering Alito will win over cultural conservatives in their state.

    John Kerry is the first presidential candidate I ever voted for. I'm glad to see he is keeping up the fight.

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

    by sohei on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 10:59:13 AM PST

  •  Perfect! (none)
    How can any American hear Kerry's argument, with pointed examples, and realize that this is about standin up for civil rights?
  •  The comments I added to the petition (none)
    Confirming Judge Alito for a lifetime appointment to the United States Supreme Court is a terrible mistake on the merits because of his history as a jurist and his well known belief that the President may create law, not merely enforce the law.  This wrongheaded idea, known as the "Unitary Executive", is terrifying in light of President Bush's illegal policies of (1) torturing prisoners in violation of US law and International treaties to which the United States is a signatory and (2) spying on Americans in violation of both the FISA laws and the 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution.   From a political perspective, however, President Bush also does not deserve to have Judge Alito confirmed by the Senate.

    No President who has arguably committed impeachable offenses deserves the privilege of appointing any person to the judiciary.   Scholars and politicians on both sides of the aisle strongly believe that President Bush's policy of spying on Americans without a warrant is a violation of the law and the Constitution and, if true, rises to the level of an impeachable offense.  That said, so long as President Bush refuses to come clean on the spying allegations he is unworthy of the honor of appointing any person to the judiciary while he remains tainted by accusations of violating the very Constitution he swore to defend.

    Don't be so afraid of dying that you forget to live.

    by LionelEHutz on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:01:50 AM PST

  •  a fight worth making (4.00)
    Damn straight it is, Senator! Do your colleagues not understand that they hold our futures in their hands? Why do they hold such a myopic view of this issue? They must think beyond their own state and political expediency, because this is a national matter that will affect us for a long time.
  •  Harold Ford (none)
    just pompously weighed in (not that anyone asked for his opinion) that a filibuster was undignified or some such.

    They mentioned it on c-span after JK finished speaking.  ANyone else hear it?  And, Harold? STFU.

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

    by whometense on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:20:15 AM PST

    •  heard it (none)
      What the hell is the matter with him? Did the White House call him and threaten him that if he doesn't speak out against a filibuster, he will pay?
      If more Dem congress people start opining from the peanut gallery, I'll think something is up.
  •  Harold Ford has issued an announcement (none)
    That he will not support the filibuster.

    He says fuck off .

  •  Done. (4.00)
    Called and sent emails, and posted on my blog to ask readers to do the same. Referred them to that Kerry guy's diary.

    Mac trick doesn't work as I have no landline, but I'll file that under "likely to be handy".

    Anything else?

  •  Obama (none)
    This QuadCity article has been circulating the net today with Obama quotes claiming filibuster
    won't happen.  I just spoke with aide and she said he hadn't decided.
    I'm wondering if this writer is a Repub plant.
    ugh!

    Bush is NOT America!

    by annefrank on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:27:33 AM PST

    •  Thanks for this Link (none)
      Because I asked about this above with another poster.

      I can only give so much credence to a reporter that cannot spell a sitting Senator's name right.  (It's Barack, not Barak).  The article also does not quote him as saying that filibuster "won't happen".  It says only that he was concerned the votes aren't there.  And then goes on to outline the objections he personally raised yesterday to Alito.

      We need to be careful in both our fear and passion for the cause not to misrepresent folks' position even accidentally.  IMO It's critical now, since there will be a heros-enemies line by many people drawn in the sand, no doubt, if 4:30 PM on Monday leads to the end of discussion about Judge Samuel Alito.

      My separate place for mental meanderings: Political Sapphire

      by shanikka on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 12:10:14 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  buzzflash.com has an item on this (none)
        •  Anytime the folks at the top (none)
          purposely polarize, the divisiveness usually filters down.  BuzzFlash says Harry Reid is no Harry Truman because he can't pull Dems together. But actually Reid is no DeLay and Dems normally resist goose-stepping. However, as Rove and the RNC lead our country into a more polarized environment -it seems the Dems will need to make some decisions or continue their losing SOPs.  But don't Dems have to vote Repub now and then to get a slice of the lobbyists' pie?

          Bush is NOT America!

          by annefrank on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 03:24:31 PM PST

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  •  Signed it this morning (none)
    when the email came in. Just watched him too.
    Sen. Sessions needs a diaper change quick.

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

    by Skid on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:48:58 AM PST

  •  This is tense. (4.00)
    I've written, called, e-mailed, petitioned and  sent telegraphs. I hope someone is listening to us. IT really BITES that not a single Republican has broken rank, but our Senators are not presenting a united front. I am bitterly dissapointed several of them.

    "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 Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 11:50:26 AM PST

  •  Another great diary needs a Recommend (none)
    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Please tip it up there...she makes an excellent point... there is still hope... the magic number is 60, not 41.

  •  wage the public campaign (none)
    joe q. public needs to needs to get why this is so important and why a filibuster is warranted.  here are some collections of alito info for LTE fodder, or even fodder for letters to congresscritters

    http://www.boomantribune.com/...

    http://www.boomantribune.com/...

    re-send the Anti-Alito Brigade Round Up to everybody!  plaster it on telephone poles.  

    LOL

    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 12:59:19 PM PST

  •  kerry has a spine? (none)
     well, too little too late, pal. so he IS going to run again, the only reason he came here to post last week, and the only reason he's talking filibuster now. he's a hoe and always will be in my book. a fi;ibuster just isn't going to happen folks, get a grip on yourselves please... we have too many cowards in dem suits, if any had balls they'd have started their own noise machine that is one worded- impeachment. had they done so immediately after ANY of the thousand scandals thus far, no one would even know who the hell alito is right now his name would've been drowned out. i did my part, i called , i e-mailed, ect but i know it's all pointless-as is any dem growing balls enough to call for impeachment in the house- spineless puke that they are....

    impeach-it does the body good

    by playtonjr on Fri Jan 27, 2006 at 01:32:11 PM PST

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