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At events throughout Martin Luther King Day earlier this month commemorating the great civil rights leader, countless people who care about civil rights today emphasized the major threat that Alito poses to our values of equality and justice if he becomes a member of the Supreme Court, with the power to roll back so much of the extraordinary progress we've made.  I was inspired by their passion and commitment to defend the progress we've made in our country's history.

Those conversations - and the overwhelming calls, letters, and e-mails I've received make it clear that the issue is all-important if our progress is to continue.  The right wing is salivating over the prospect of Justice Alito on the Supreme Court, and the Republican majority in the Senate intends to rubber-stamp the nomination.  The only realistic way to stop this nightmare is to stand up using every tool we have.

Other than voting to send our men and women to war, there is no more important vote in the Senate than our vote on a Supreme Court nominee.  Long after President Bush leaves office, the damage he can do with Supreme Court appointments like this will continue, since Justice Alito would be able to serve for decades in the future because federal judges serve for life.

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings confirmed our worst fears, and we have to take the strongest possible stand against him.

We owe it to this generation and future generations of Americans to oppose any such nominee who will roll back the progress we've made.

The next three days will make all the difference in whether enough Democrats are willing to stand firm against this shameful nomination. Thank you for all of your support, and for all you can do between now and then to help us in this crucial vote.

I will not be able to stay in front of the computer, as I have quite a bit to take care of today.  Crystal will monitor this post, though, and I've asked her to keep me updated with your feedback.

Originally posted to Senator Edward M Kennedy on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 05:22 AM PST.

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  •  Reposted Due To Number of Comments (4.00)
    It was suggested that this be reposted once the number of comments on the original diary reached critical mass to make it easier for people to read and comment.  Please unrec the original and recommend this one - Senator Kennedy is seeing all of the comments on the original diary, and will see any made here as well.  Thanks!

    "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 Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 05:25:25 AM PST

    •  Filibuster, How To (only you can make it happen!) (3.73)
      But only if we make it happen:

      First: Call the Democrats (Mary Landrieu, Ken Salazar, Barack Obama, Tom Harkin) 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 (If you can't get through the Washington number, look up the Senator's District Office number in your phone book or here:

      Senator Barack Obama Phone: 202-224-2854 District Offices: Chicago: 312-886-3506 Marion: 618-997-2402 Springfield: 217-492-5089

      Senator Tom Harkin Phone: 202-224-3254 District Offices: Des Moines: 515-284-4574 Cedar Rapids: 319-365-4504 Davenport: 563-322-1338 Dubuque: 563-582-2130  Sioux City: 712-252-1550

      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)

      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)

      Blanche Lincoln (AR)

      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:

      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:

    •  Thanks for reposting, Crystal (4.00)
      It is a helpful and welcome service.

      Those of us on dial up have real problems opening a page after a couple hundred comments.

      And thank you, Senator Kennedy, for all you do.

    •  Thanks for your work, (4.00)
      but I all I really want to say is


      I like to think of the Republican Party as an Iceberg--large, white, cold-hearted, not too swift, and can't change direction.

      by DyspepTex on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 07:16:31 AM PST

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      •  They just count (none)
        They don't read, or need convincing.... they just count.

        Think about it, if you were a Senator and your voicemail and email and faxes were overflowing - what would you do?

        Ask a staffie - % for and against a filibuster...

        All you have to do is send a fax on the weekend and call on Monday and say
        "We expect your support"....  we don't need to discuss the consequences.

        If there was ever ONE fight for the soul the former USA - this is it. .... and they just count. until Mondat at 9am

      Let us be clear: The purpose of a filibuster to deny Alito a seat on the Supreme Court is to prohibit a rubber stamp for a Right Wing cabal rule of the United States.

      While the overturn of Roe vs Wade IS high on the agenda of the Neo-Cons - the Conservative Evangelicals it is not the fatal threat to the American constitutional rights.

      Alito is the Right Wing's key to reversing the last sixty years of democratic progress in equal rights, freedom from government incursion in the private and public life of US citizens, a balance of power between the executive and the legislative branch of government.

      His role is to become the Right Wing swing vote on the court in favor of the Imperial Presidency - specifically, that of a Republican Imperial Presidency. His job is to serve and protect the current administration from the coming legal and legislative battles over the President's illegal war in Iraq, preemptive wars as foreign policy and the illegal surveillance and detention of US citizens and wholesale corruption in government.  

      That is how critical this filibuster is.

      That the Republicans are laughing at the Democratic attempt to stop Alito is meaningless. They have been laughing at the Democrats all during the 2000 and 2004 election. And one of the reasons they laugh and are joined in cynical fashion by a large segment of the American electorate is because they have become, to paraphrase and old Kenny Rogers country-western song, "The Cowards of the Country."  

      Now is the time for ALL DEMOCRATS TO COME TO THE AID OF THEIR COUNTRY. If you continue to believe you have lost, then quit - resign your office for you have already resigned from you duty to the American people.

      Now is the time to stand up ... stand on principle, if nothing else. From ridicule to praise for bravery is a far batter thing you can do. Stand up now. Stand up for us.

      Do it now.

      Yours, Michael O'McCarthy

      •  Media, We Need to Inform--NO KING, Prove Democracy (none)
        Alito would make Bush King. And then because Bush doesn't know or doesn't care or thinks he could survive in some cave underground, the life on this world will end in accelerating global warming.

        Media must replace all their other (even valid) fears which may be preventing them from reporting what they know about global warming, spying, and non-evidentiary voting machines and elections...maybe a whistleblower law is needed for media? replace all other fears with the worst fear which is climate collapse. We all need enough time to reverse global warming, hopefully still possible.

        Toward that end, we have to have real democracy, real evidence of a real democracy. And to make that happen we need:

        Media, Opposition Party, Aroused Public, Miracle

        Mark Crispin Miller's site has many writers (himself included) and actions that recommend it such as "Bush Step Down"--which Republicans may well want to ask Bush to consider before facing the public scrutiny informed by what went on in  Ohio in 2004 which will be revealed by Ohio's trial in Sept.(?) 2006.

        An Example from Mark Crispin Miller's site:

        "Input: Abramoff money --> Output: Election fraud

        (I would add father and the whole family)

        *In 2002 House Administration Chair Congressman Bob Ney of Ohio was a prime sponsor of the (sic) "Help America Vote Act" (HAVA). In fact, HAVA was actually written in Bob Ney's office. HAVA, under the guise of resolving the 2000 election fraud issues, was actually written to promote the distribution of computerized voting systems across the nation. The bill was designed to send $3.8 billion taxpayer dollars straight into the pockets of corporations like Diebold, whose voting equipment has now been unequivacolly proven to provide an open door to election rigging. Diebold, one of the prime lobbyists for HAVA, was at the time a client of Greenberg Traurig, Abramoff's firm."

        For saving the evidence of Paper Ballots, thank you Greens, Libertarians and Democrats Kerry and Edwards.

        From a large portion of an article by Dr. Ernest Partridge

        Let's make the miracle!

        Evidence? We Don't Want
        Your Stinkin' Evidence!

        January 24, 2005

        By Ernest Partridge
        The Crisis Papers

        Like biologists with evolution and atmospheric scientists with global climate change, those who warn us that our elections have been stolen and will be stolen again must now be wondering, "just how much evidence must it take to make our case and to convince enough of the public to force reform and secure our ballots?"

        The answer, apparently, is no amount - no amount, that is, until more minds are opened. And that is more than a question of evidence, it is a question of collective sanity.

        In his new book Fooled Again, Mark Crispin Miller not only presents abundant evidence that the 2004 election was stolen, but in addition he examines the political, social, and media environment which made this theft possible....


        ...If, in fact, the last two presidential elections have been stolen, and if in addition there is a preponderance of evidence to support this claim, then this is the most significant political news in the 230 year history of our republic.

        So what is the response of the allegedly "opposing" party to the issue of election fraud? Virtual silence. And of the news media? More silence. Case in point: the media response to Mark Crispin Miller's Fooled Again. As he reports: "There have been no national reviews of Fooled Again. No network or cable TV show would have the author on to talk about the book. NPR has refused to have him on... Only one daily newspaper - the Florida Sun-Sentinel - has published a review."

        Force the question of election fraud and demand an answer, and the most likely response will be a string of ad hominem insults - "sore losers," "paranoid," "conspiracy theorists" - attacks on the messenger and a dismissal of the message. We've heard them, many times over.

        Persist, and you might get as a reply, not evidence that the elections were honest and valid (there is very little of that), but rather some rhetorical questions as to the attitudes and motives of the alleged perpetrators and to the practical difficulties of their successfully accomplishing a stolen national election. Questions such as these:

        •    How could the GOP campaign managers believe that they could get away with a stolen election?

        •    Why would they dare risk failure, and the subsequent criminal indictments and dissolution of their party?

        •    What could possibly motivate them to subvert the foundations of our democracy?

        The answer to the first two questions is essentially the same: they believed and they dared because they controlled the media and thus the message. Miller's sub-text throughout his book is that the great electoral hijack has been accomplished with the cooperation, one might even say the connivance, of the mainstream media, without which the crime could never have succeeded.

        Immediately following the election, the critics were shouted down with such headlines as these: "Election paranoia surfaces; Conspiracy theorists call results rigged" (Baltimore Sun), "Internet Buzz on Vote Fraud is dismissed" (Boston Globe), "Latest Conspiracy Theory - Kerry Won - Hits the Ether" (Washington Post), and in the "flagship" newspaper, the New York Times: "Vote Fraud Theories, Spread by Blogs, Are Quickly Buried." (Miller, 38.)

        Even more damaging than the slanted "reports" in the media, was the silence. The Conyers investigations? Ignored. The scholarly statistical analyses of exit poll discrepancies? Ignored. Evidence that Bush cheated in the debates with a listening device? Dismissed. The recent GAO report on e-voting vulnerabilities, and the Florida demonstration hacking of computer vote compilation? Ignored. And most appalling of all: the media blackout last week of Al Gore's eloquent speech, warning of the threat to our Constitution and our liberties posed by the Bush regime.

        And all this merely scratches the surface of media malpractice. For more, read the book.

        The motivation to steal the election, says Miller, combined religious (or quasi-religious) dogma and self-righteousness and a perception of the opposing Democratic party, not as the loyal opposition, but as the enemy - deserving not defeat, but annihilation. ("You are either with us or against us," says Bush). Together, this adds up to what Miller calls "The Requisite Fanaticism." He writes:

        It is not "conservatism" that impelled the theft of the election, nor was it merely greed or the desire for power per se... The movement now in power is not entirely explicable in such familiar terms... The project here is ultimately pathological and essentially anti-political, albeit Machiavellian on a scale, and to a degree, that would have staggered Machiavelli. The aim is not to master politics, but to annihilate it. Bush, Rove, DeLay, Ralph Reed, et al. believe in "politics" in the same way that they and their corporate beneficiaries believe in "competition." In both cases, the intention is not to play the game but to end it - because the game requires some tolerance of the Other, and tolerance is precisely what these bitter-enders most despise... (Miller 81-2.)

        Reiterating a theme that is prominent in his writing, Miller points out that the psychological pathology most conspicuously at work in the right's demolition of politics is projection: the attribution in "the enemy" of one's own moral depravity:

        The Bushevik, so full of hate, hates politics, and would get rid of it; and yet he is himself expert at dirty politics: an expertise that he regards as purely imitative and defensive. Because his enemies, he thinks, are all "political" - dishonest, ruthless, cynical, unprincipled - he is thereby "forced" to be "political" as well, in order to "fight fire with fire." As we have seen, this paranoid conviction of the Other's perfidy suffuses and impels the propaganda campaigns of the right, and it was especially important in Bush/Cheney's drive to steal the last election. Indeed it was their firm conviction that they had to steal the race, in order to frustrate the Democrats' attempt to do it first. (Miller, 82.)

        This is just a brief sampling of Miller's astute political and psychological analysis of the "why" and the "how" of the stolen elections of 2000, 2002 and 2004. That analysis, which takes up about a third of the book (Chapters 3 and 4), adds an invaluable dimension to our understanding of the political disaster that has befallen our Republic, and that analysis suggests guidelines in the struggle to avoid the theft of the upcoming elections of 2006 and 2008.

        I have written at length about what might be done if we are to restore the ballot box to the voters. These crucial steps come immediately to mind, as I read Miller's Fooled Again.

        Briefly, we need a media, we need an opposition party, we need an aroused public, and we need a miracle. But take heart: history tells us that political crises have a way of producing miracles.

        The mainstream media (MSM) must be discredited and an alternative media established in its place. The internet offers a voice to an opposition that is excluded from the mainstream, and a few independent publications and broadcasts remain, however feeble in comparison to the MSM. If a sizeable portion of the public deserts the mainstream, and directly informs the publishers and broadcasters why they are doing so, the media, and particularly their sponsors and advertisers, will take notice. Recently, some of the media have become more critical of the Bush regime and the GOP Congress, but it is, by and large, too little and too late.

        So either the commercial media must resume the role of watchdog of government power, as intended by Jefferson and Madison, or it must be made irrelevant. The Russian dissidents late in the Soviet era have given us an example: if you have no media, create one, even if it is suppressed by the government. It was called "Samizdat" - a painstaking process of typing several carbon copies of forbidden manuscripts on condition that the recipients would do likewise. Similarly, the Iranian dissidents during the reign of the Shah copied and distributed audio tapes of revolutionary speeches. In the computer age, there are huge advantages: Internet publication and, f the Internet is taken from us, CDs and minidiscs. For now, the Internet is our Samizdat.

        The Democratic party is the only potentially effective opposition party in sight. But at the moment, it is a toothless tiger. We must tell that party that it must either lead the struggle to restore electoral integrity or step aside. When the Clintons, Cantwells, Liebermans and Feinsteins run for re-election, they must be opposed in the primaries by authentic progressives. Even if those progressives lose, but with a creditable showing, the "establishment" Democrats will nonetheless get the message. Next time you get a solicitation notice from the DNC or the Senate or Congressional Campaign Committees, tell them "no dice" unless they deal with the election fraud issue. Then tell them that instead of a contribution, you are purchasing Miller's book and donating it to the local library.

        (Moderate Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and Greens ALL should speak out and in a act of contrition remedy the instinctive problems of a non-evidentiary voting machine/system in an open Democratic society--which we all should have snapped to early on. Correct this self-evident, flawed voting method. You do not even have to prove fraud...easier instead to prove our democracy with evidence of paper ballots.)

        As for the public, remember that more than half the public is awake, aware, and opposed to the Bush regime. Of these, a small but significant minority is convinced that election fraud is a serious problem. But that dissenting public lacks a voice, cohesion and leadership. This is a recipe for potentially sudden change: like fuel and oxygen, lacking the third necessity - heat of ignition. A message, from a Tom Paine or a Jefferson, or leadership from a Washington, a Gandhi, a Mandela or a Sakharov, can ignite the fire that will consume this evil regime. Or not. That depends on whether concerned citizens sit by and wait for others to act, or instead take some initiative and join the struggle - writing to Congress, talking to any and all associates that will listen and perhaps a few that won't, contributing to alternative media, copying and distributing dissenting essays, and generally raising hell.

        And finally, miracles: they are, by nature, unpredictable. Some possibilities: A few corporate and financial elites will finally come to realize that where Bush is leading, they don't want to follow, and they will join the opposition. (There are a few intimations of this already). Similarly, perhaps a few journalists, and even some Republicans, will finally if belatedly decide that they would prefer not to live in a dictatorship. Bushenomics is bound to lead to an economic collapse that is certain to wake up the public. And even now, some state Attorney General or some District Attorney may be preparing an indictment for election fraud against an e-vote company executive that could break this conspiracy wide open.

        But don't wait for miracles to happen - make them happen.

        If we are to take back our country, we must first take back our vote. Mark Crispin Miller's book will tell you what has happened, how and why it has happened, and what must be done about it.

        Will we, the people, take up the challenge? On that question rests the fate of our republic, of our liberties, and of "our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."


        and from:

        Did the NSA help Bush hack the vote?
        January 9, 2006

        What do we make of the President boldly proclaiming that he has spy powers?

        The Bush administration's utter contempt for the U.S. Constitution and the specific information we now know about its use of the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance network should further call into question Bush's 2004 presidential election. In a recent revelation, we have learned that the NSA shared the fruits of its illegal spying on behalf of Bush with other government agencies.

        What are e-voting machines and central tabulators that pass the voting results over electronic networks from the internet to phone lines? No more than data easily spied on and tapped into. The Franklin County Board of Elections, for example, tells us that it was a transmission error in Gahanna Ward 1B, where 638 people cast votes and Bush, the Wonder Boy, received 4258 votes. It's not magic, nor is it an accident or an act of God. If the vote total wasn't so hugely illogical, no one would have caught it.

        Bush and his cabal are notorious for collecting raw intelligence data and using it for their political gain. While many progressives accept the fact that our government manufactured an illegal war in Iraq and routinely violate human rights worldwide, many are reluctant to accept that they would spy on John Kerry and rig the election  which is very easy to do when the NSA does your bidding.

        What part of the headline in the Columbus Dispatch: Diebold vote machine can be hacked, test finds don't people understand? .... (more)

        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 Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 02:05:46 PM PST

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    •  ratings (none)
      Can anyone explain how ratings work? I read about the system in FAQ, but this post received 25 ratings of 4 and doesn't contain anything more than instruction.

      So you've found Jesus! If nobody claims him in 30 days he's yours.

      by currentgcsof16 on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 03:22:04 PM PST

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      •  we are supporting the poster (none)
        not necessarily the post

        Louisiana... they're trying to wash us away... they're trying to wash us away.

        by Bidabunch on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 08:30:54 PM PST

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        •  I figured (none)
          My reply was actually directed toward the first reply to the original repost and not the repost itself. I don't know how my reply wound up where it did. But non the less isn't that sort of cliquish to shower someone with 4's because of who they are and not what they post?

          So you've found Jesus! If nobody claims him in 30 days he's yours.

          by currentgcsof16 on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 09:55:33 PM PST

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          •  She's Senator Kennedy's assistant. (none)
            Which you probably didn't know, but that's why. You've been here awhile, so you probably know what a tip jar is...

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

            by Tirge Caps on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 12:21:11 AM PST

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            •  No (none)
              That's another thing I've seem referenced in comments, but haven't figured out. I hope it's not like the coffee shop because here again, if the coffee isn't worthy of a 4, I don't care if Senator Kennedy himself made it, it's not getting a 4. I'll go back to the FAQ's and see if I can find that one.

              So you've found Jesus! If nobody claims him in 30 days he's yours.

              by currentgcsof16 on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 06:32:17 AM PST

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              •  I wouldn't worry about it too much (none)
                the tip jar was invented at the early days of the site so that diiary authors could have an idea of how many folks stopped by, and perhaps who appreciated the diary. I wouldn't worry about 4s too much. In this case, people were just saying thanks. No biggie.

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

                by Tirge Caps on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 10:35:57 AM PST

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    •  Thanks and keep it up (none)
      I completely understand why the Senator must reschedule his speech in my hometown of Louisville.

      I stand with my fellow Dems who are against Alito and support a filibuster!

    •  I'm proud of you Sen. Kennedy (none)
      and Senator Kerry for standing up against this nomination.

      The fact that it looks like it won't work makes me even more proud. Because it shows that they, unlike my Senator - Mary Landrieu - both of you stand up for what you believe in the face of threats and childish rants from the Right and the MSM.

      What is ironic is that these same Democrats who believe standing up to this president will be a political death sentence cannot see that for the past 5 years, we keep acquiescing and they keep winning.

      Well Senator, if we're going to lose anyway, let's put up a fight! Tell us what we need to do and we'll do it. We're with you!

      Louisiana... they're trying to wash us away... they're trying to wash us away.

      by Bidabunch on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 08:30:02 PM PST

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  •  State of the Uninion (4.00)
    Democrats who deswerve the title simple cannot let Bush take a huge victory into Tuesday Night's State of the Union.  There cannot possibly be any reason to hand Bush that victory and I can conceive of no longterm political backlash for pushing the vote back in the week.

    The Democrats, even the ones like Byrd who say they will vote for Alito, should have no reason to cut off debate before the State of the Union address.

    And who knows what the President will say?  Perhaps additional reasons to oppose Judge Alito will be offered Tuesday night.

    Save your tears for the living

    by immanentize on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 05:31:09 AM PST

    •  Absolutely true about the SOTU (none)
      ...even this timing has been orchestrated by Bushco. Don't let it happen!

      They are counting on this to add some credibility to his anticipated "dead cat bounce". They're building up to it. Notice that even Karl "not quite indicted" Rove, long hidden from public view, has been trotted back out onto the main stage in the past week.


      •  Remember, the Math is Doable. (4.00)
        The burden's on Frist now to reach 60.

        With No votes or even abstentions on cloture, Frist has to come up with 60 YEA votes Monday from people who want to move the nomination forward.  If Dems are less than committed, or vote "present" on the motion, Frist will come up short. So we don't need to find as many as 41 votes 'no' on this, it's Frist who needs to round up 60 yeses. Don't let anyone give you the numbers wrong -- especially the media! Link is to diary on this strategy, UPDATED.  

        Wyden, Reid, Feinstein, Durbin have now switched their positions on cloture and announced they will vote No on cloture also!  That was the news by Friday evening.

        It is not too late to RECommend the linked math strategy diary, if you haven't already.

    •  Agreed (4.00)
      I hope the Democrats turn the State of the Union into a boo-fest. Democratic Congressman should take a page out of British Parliament's book and boo the crap out of Bush.
      •  Hold up copies of the Constitution (4.00)
        and Bill of Rights everytime GW launches into one of his lies.  And no polite applause please.
        Sit there with arms folded and stony-faced expressions.

        Sunlight is the best disinfectant

        by historys mysteries on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 10:25:26 AM PST

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        •  Acting up during State of Union good idea (4.00)
          Since the media is doing what they can to marginalize and/or misrepresent the Dems, the Dems need to GET CREATIVE about MAKING the press cover them.

          Yeah - the press would probably portray the Dems as loonies - but the Dem BASE would understand. Besides, the fact that there are POLLS which show that a lot of Americans do NOT LIKE the President indicates that maybe a lot of Americans no longer trust the Press.

          At a certain point in the former Soviet Union - the pubilc caught on that Pravda was not a reliable source of news - and maybe the same thing could happen here in regards to the corporate media.

          Maybe the Dems could take a page from the Georgetown law students and turn their backs during the state of the Union.

          •  Purple Fingers (none)
            What about the Rethugs' purple fingers at the last SOTU address?   I'm sure that was Rovian theatre.  The Dems need to pull off a similar stunt and forget about worrying about how it looks or how it will be criticized in the press.  What about:  wearing a partially shredded page of the Constitution on their lapels?  Or wearing headphones to symbolize both blocking out the Chimperor's bullsh*t and also Bush's eavesdropping.  If the Right Wing Shill Media ridicules it, then just remind them of the silly purple fingers.  It's okay for the Republicans to engage in theatrics, but not the Democrats?  

            ...and they passed in thought out to regions where pain and delight flow together and tears are the very wine of blessedness.

            by rlharry on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 03:47:46 PM PST

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            •  Simpler (none)
              Why don't they dip their fingers in purple ink when they vote on cloture or confirmation?  If Bush loves that symbol of democracy, let him see it in his own country.

              You can never ask too many questions.

              by socratic on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 09:21:14 PM PST

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  •  State of the Uninion (1.00)
    Democrats who deswerve the title simple cannot let Bush take a huge victory into Tuesday Night's State of the Union.  There cannot possibly be any reason to hand Bush that victory and I can conceive of no longterm political backlash for pushing the vote back in the week.

    The Democrats, even the ones like Byrd who say they will vote for Alito, should have no reason to cut off debate before the State of the Union address.

    And who knows what the President will say?  Perhaps additional reasons to oppose Judge Alito will be offered Tuesday night.

    Save your tears for the living

    by immanentize on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 05:31:09 AM PST

  •  Thanks to Senator Kennedy (4.00)
    and all in his office who are working this weekend.  

    How can we help??

  •  My comment (reposted) (4.00)
    Please be sure to use and disseminate these talking points:

    1. When the Rethugs claim that Alito is "entitled to an up-or-down vote", the answer is: Harriet Miers.
    The "up-or-down-vote" mantra has ZERO credibility in light of what happened to Harriet Miers--not to mention dozens of Clinton's court picks. The Rethugs who use that claim are LIARS and HYPOCRITES and need to be labled as such very strongly.

    1. The same applies to those who claim that Dems have no right to oppose Alito on idealogical or political grounds. Of course we can, must, should, will, and do. Those who claim to the contrary are LIARS and HYPOCRITES.

    2. The Rethugs love to say that winning elections gives Bush the right to choose whomever he likes, and we MUST defer to him. Reality check: Bush got 51% of the vote. 51%. This entitles him and the Rethugs to 100% of the gov't? 100% of power. Will they respect this creed when WE win 51%? Hhhhmmm...I think we answered that question during the Clinton years, no? Rethugs who claim that getting 51% of the vote entitles them to 100% of power are LIARS and HYPOCRITES.

    3. As stated before, the Rethug claim is that Bush is owed fawning deference to the majesty of his office. Let's just be sure to remind voters and the rest of the public that we've been rubber-stamping his appointees for 5 years now, and they're doin' a heckuvajob!

    Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

    by drewfromct on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 05:37:53 AM PST

  •  I'm stunned (4.00)
    and depressed to see my country debate whether it's OK for the President to torture people or spy on American citizens. I don't understand how we got to this point so quickly.

    These issues are beyond debate. Thay are flat out wrong. End of story. Mr Alito may haver thought it clever to sit on the fence with regard to executive power, but it exposes him as a sham.

    More ridiculous was Mr Alito's contention that he hadn't thought much about the right to abortion. He's either as intellectually incurious as KingGeorgeTheLesser, or he's a liar. Either way, it's a disqualification.

    •  Not only debate (4.00)
      but apparently approve - the CBS/NYT poll found that
      68 percent said they would be willing to support such monitoring of "Americans the government is suspicious of."

      I must confess that reading these results sent me past anger and fear, and into despair. And not only because I, and most of the other people here, are probably someone's definition of "Americans the government is suspicious of."

      -8.25,-8.36 The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

      by sidnora on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 07:44:40 AM PST

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      •  This has been a Skewed (none)
        poll result.  68% of Americans thought it ok to eavesdrop on people if the US government thought there was some proof the person was contacting a terrorist... however, the poll also revealed the majority of people (I don't have the link, but I read this somewhere) didn't want the government eavesdropping on people without any proof or without warrants.  The MSM reported those poll numbers wrong and the poll itself reported it's number in a way that made it look like the American people approved of warrantless wiretapping, when they didn't.

        Americans value their privacy.  If they knew that there have been over 500 wiretaps a day and many of those on people like us, then they would be furious.  Most Americans also believe that the President should be impeached if it was proved (and it is, even to their own admission) the President conducted illegal wiretapping (which he did so why not impeach??).

        Bush is getting a "miserable" job report as well.  I think we should take advantage of this.  Sen. Kennedy, it's time to impeach.  Bush is a criminal and needs to face justice... as is Cheney.

        •  Sorry, I can't agree. (none)
          The reasons this dismays me:

          I think you're giving the warrant issue more weight than it deserves, unfortunately. I was aware that they intentionally left that out of the question, but the fact that 68% of the responses weren't "Would that be with or without a warrant?" is bad enough.

          And I hate to break it to you, but "people like us" is just who some of those respondents would be happy to see surveilled. There are plenty of people out there for whom the equation "liberal blogger=Lynne Stewart=Islamic terrorist" is perfectly valid.

          Consider what happened during the McCarthy era, and  "people like us" becomes the most subjective of all communities.

          -8.25,-8.36 The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

          by sidnora on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 08:48:01 AM PST

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        •  And as far reporting the numbers wrong, (none)
          that quote is direct from the Times, and it's their poll.

          -8.25,-8.36 The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

          by sidnora on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 08:49:30 AM PST

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          •  Sidnora, (none)
            Look at the wording.  If you are answering that poll, do you agree to government spying on everyday citizens,or do you agree that the government should be able to spy if they have probable cause (which is enough to get a warrant)?  The wording is the reason so many agree.  Warrants weren't even mentioned.
    •  I've been in shock for a year (4.00)
      and the only thing that keeps me from giving in to the depression that only about half the people in this country believe in the values that America has always represented, is that I want my grandchildren to see that I went down fighting.

      There have been excellent diaries on these points, and if I were technologically adept I'd link them, but basically this is what any reasoning person can conclude:

      1. The Republicans talk a lot of "moderation" but when it comes right down to it, they vote like sheep. All the rhetoric we've heard for years about them being the party of fiscal responsibility and individual freedoms goes right out the window when they're given their talking points.
      2. The nuclear option is going to be used, it's just a question of how much of the judiciary they can load with extreme conservatives before we actually stand up and say we're going to fight. If we won't stand up against Alito, a man with a clear record of supporting executive powers and with little regard for individual rights against government or corporations, then pray tell when DO we stand up??
      3. The bigger the fuss we make, the harder it is for them to avoid the inevitable backlash that occurs when issues of Presidential power or individual freedoms and privacy go before the Supreme Court -- whether this year, or 10 years from now. If we don't fight HARD now, in the future the public will forget who put Alito on the bench and who rammed an ultra-conservative agenda down the collective throats of a moderate, tolerant (albeit forgetful) American public.

      I am not so optimistic that I think we can actually prevent this appointment. I fully expect them to use their nuclear option. But we should make it as loud and as messy as possible.
      There should be no fear. It is THEY who should be fearful, because once they use that option they have effectively taken that tool out of their own toolbox forever, and they used it much more often than liberals did.

      A final thought: this is really more about Executive power and individual rights vs. the State for me, but if the social conservatives are so damned sure that they represent the majority view in our nation, then why do they try so hard to deny that Alito would overturn Roe v. Wade?

      This seems to me our "all or nothing" moment. Let them show their hand for all the country to see, and let it be so loud that the country never forgets who removed the filibuster from the toolbox and who fought for a balance of powers and for the rights of the average citizen vs. government/corporate power.

      •  I agree on most points. (none)
         It has been much more than a year for me, though.  I went into shock when they started talking about invading Iraq.  I knew pretty much what would happen if they did.  It isn't hard to know if you have taken just a couple of International Relations classes in college.

        I don't agree with you that the nuclear option will necessarily be used.  After all, Republicans have successfully used filibuster themselves in the past and would want it available as much as Democrats do.

        I don't agree that we will lose this fight.  It is looking more and more this weekend as though the Republicans are running scared and trying to scare us into giving up.

        As they said in Galaxy Quest, "Never give up, Never surrender!"

      •  Very well said (none)
        I'm not optimistic that alito will be blocked. But sommabitch, I want to go down swinging. There is nothing to lose and everything to gain.
  •  Thanks to the Senator and your staff (none)
    Good luck and keep pushing/negotiating/speaking out (not that you need to be told something like that as you have demonstrated that all through your career). Thanks to your staff (Crystal and others who are monitoring these boards). It ain't over til it's over...and win or lose at least you sent a message with a clear conscience.

    You are my voice and thank you for speaking for me on the issue, from a home state constituent posting from comfort of their home on the south shore.

  •  From the Alliance for Justice (4.00)
    "In several cases involving claims disfavored by political conservatives-one for habeas corpus relief from a death penalty conviction, one alleging on-the-job same sex sexual harassment and one alleging injury due to defective product-[] Alito voted in dissent to deny relief by raising various procedural defenses ON HIS OWN without prompting by the defendants.  Yet, in a case involving a tricky constitutional question about whether unidentified school employees violated a public school student's right to express religious views, [Alito] did not hesitate to rule in the student's favor on the merits WHILE CHASTISING HIS COLLEAGUES IN THE MAJORITY (10 of the other 11 judges) FOR FINDING THE MATTER INADEQUATELY PRESENTED FOR ADJUDICATION."

    At some point during the filibuster the Gang of 14 needs to hold up its end of the bargain: Alito's judicial temperment is, according to his written opinions, extraordinary circumstances.  

  •  We have to keep the pressure on this weekend. Get (4.00)
    your lists activated.

    "It is not too late at all. You just do not yet know what you are capable of." Mahatma Gandhi

    by Percheronwoman on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 06:11:24 AM PST

  •  Democrats? (4.00)
    There are Democrats and there are Republicans who call themselves Democrats.

    It is the latter group who have no spine. If they refuse to filibuster Alito then they must be thrown out of the party. It is called discipline. They have none.

    Obama and others need to know they have no future and must be attacked constantly.

    The future of American women is at stake; right-wingers like Obama must be thrown out of the party however THEY view the sexiness of their image.


    Men are from Mars, Women from Venus and Bush from Ur-anus!!

    by malc19ken on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 06:24:05 AM PST

    •  no only... (4.00)
      ....the future of women is at stake, but americans' right to privacy is at stake and so is our right to have a truly representative democracy. these three issues mean that the only right vote on alito is a NO vote.

      Crime is contagious....if the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law. -- Justice Louis Brandeis

      by FemiNazi on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 07:44:16 AM PST

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      •  You know it's the latter that scares me more? (4.00)
        I assumed the right to abortion became a dead duck when Bush "won" the "second time". And we can fight that because we fought it before. But absolute presidential powers we haven't fought before. It would be up to the rest of the world to fight us.

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

        by SensibleShoes on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 09:28:37 AM PST

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  •  S.O.S.! (4.00)
    Here is a quote from an Alternet posting ( in response to an article on the filibuster in The Nation (by John Nichols).  I thought it was a perfect example of the kind of desperation felt by so many Americans these days.  The last few lines are particularly poignant.  

    "I've been following the Alito hearings somewhat and have concerns about his background. You brought up issues in your article. I hope they are accurate and truthfull.

    I support Kerry and all others to fillibuster [sic]. Not sure if it will stop the promotion of Alito, but hopefully will instill some confidence in the Dems. Speaking up and out is not easy but once done, it gets easier, in my experience. The Dems have been sitting on the bench too long now.... i guess they all are worried about losing their seat, but bench sitting only goes so far, in the end, doesn't mean much. Besides, arent' the Dems and the others, wealthy enough to not be in power anyway....

    I'm a regular working guy, and want my voice to be heard and understood (not hearded)[sic].

    Please, Kerry, whomever, Dean, I have my eye and hopes on you..... Gore? ...

    Anyone? "

    May all beings be free from fear.

    by shakti on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 06:25:20 AM PST

  •  Excellent Phone & FAX list (4.00)
    Janet Strange at the Booman Tribune has compiled an excellent FILIBUSTER! Phone and fax numbers

    Eat 4 Today: Just today I'm not going to take seconds & not eating between meals

    by katiebird on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 06:36:15 AM PST

    •  Thanks (4.00)
      This weekend I'm going to concentrate on faxes, and seeing if there are any gatherings in DC on Monday and Tuesday.

      I know there was supposed to be a demonstration for the SOTU, but last I heard the closest they could get was a mile away or so.  In any case, I have to consider trying to make the drive down and showing up in person.

      On Bush: "He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." --(borrowed from) Churchill

      by joanneleon on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 09:22:14 AM PST

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      •  My sister protested at Manhattan, KS (4.00)
        My sister, who has MS and uses a cane, protested Bush when he was at Manhattan, KS.  It knocked her out for a couple of days afterwards, but she felt like she HAD to do it.

        They weren't allowed anywhere near where the President would be.  He never saw them at all.  The secret president.

        Eat 4 Today: Just today I'm not going to take seconds & not eating between meals

        by katiebird on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 10:22:33 AM PST

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    •  These lists and templates are better. (none)
      Trust me.  A Kossack did them.

      Here.  And

      Directions, concatenated fax lists, sample texts.

      DO IT!

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

      by Yellow Canary on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 02:25:14 PM PST

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  •  Thank you Senator (and Crystal)... (none)
    I have had trouble getting through to any Senate offices (which means we are doing a good job).

    So I fired off some emails to the Dems who will vote yes and those who will vote no but are against a filibuster and asked them to please vote present at the cloture vote.

    I did get through on the phone to my 2 Senators (Dodd and Lieberman) and spoke with their staff.  They were friendly and seemed to be taking tallies.

    Get to it, if you haven't already!!!

    In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. ---George Orwell -6.63; -6.51

    by TheKickingDonkey on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 06:38:01 AM PST

    •  The fanatics are also furiously dialing. (4.00)
      I am holding my breath. To watch the downhill slide of our country during this administration is heartbreaking.

      Please pull out all the stops, Sen. Kennedy. For all your loved ones for all your service to our country, an ex-Bostonian thanks you.

      A society of sheep must beget in time a government of wolves. Bertrand de Jouvenel

      by Little Red Hen on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 06:48:29 AM PST

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      •  i dunno .... (none)
        ....that the fanatics are glued to the phones. i really think they figure this is a done deal, which is all the more reason for shooting down alito -- it would take that much more wind out of their sails and maybe they'd start thinking about being just a bit more moderate.

        Crime is contagious....if the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law. -- Justice Louis Brandeis

        by FemiNazi on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 07:47:12 AM PST

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    •  Did you get through this weekend? (none)
      I didn't think any staffers would be answering the phones.

      The Christian Right is neither Witness Every Day

      by TXsharon on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 07:03:41 AM PST

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      •  VOTE NO on Alito! (4.00)
        PLEASE...America can't stand a generation of a corrupt, conservative Supreme Court. VOTE NO Alito, PLEASE!

        Yes to the Filibuster! We have to put a stop to this Executive Branch cancer that is destroying our country and our world.

      •  I got through earlier (none)
        Twice.  Once on Wednesday to thank them both for announcing a no vote.  And once on Friday to ask them to vote against cloture.

        I tried to call Lieberman again today, but no answer and all mailboxes were full (including the local one), so I sent him an email.

        In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. ---George Orwell -6.63; -6.51

        by TheKickingDonkey on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 09:00:36 PM PST

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  •  Here is what I sent to my Senators (4.00)
    For many years I was a stay at home mom. I was able to do this because my husband was willing to work two jobs. When our youngest - who is disabled - entered kindergarten, I decided to go back to school. In rapid succession, I earned an AA, a BA, and a Masters of Science in Special Education. When I began working full time four years ago, I was finally able to make financial contributions to the Democratic Party. As a life-long Democrat, it felt good to be able to give. I felt that my party represented me and my interests. But no longer. I feel that I have been marginalized by Democratic leaders who take the safe position on matters of national importance. The case of the filibuster of Sam Alito is the proverbial straw for me. As Democrats, we need to send the strongest message possible that this candidate is wrong for the people and wrong for the country. We need to filibuster Alito's nomination, even if we fail. In failing, we send the message that Democrats will stand up for what is right for our nation. I implore you to back the filibuster and make me proud to be a Democrat once again.
  •  Senator Kennedy (4.00)
    Your tireless work for poor and working class Americans, your defense of our civil rights, and your political courage are an inspiration.

    Could you maybe give Senator Byrd a call over the weekend and remind him of the Constitutional principles at stake?  It's not enough to carry the document in your coat pocket if you won't stand tall to defend it -- even if it comes at a (personal) political cost.

    The question for Sen. Byrd: how do you want to be remembered, sir?  

    Thank you for your leadership, Senator.  

    •  Heartbreaking (4.00)
      Last year, in response to Senator Kennedy's appeal, I sent money to Senator Byrd's campaign.  When I watch Senator Byrd on the floor of the Senate, I am invariably moved to tears.  Tears of joy that we have such a gentleman still willing to represent the people.  Tears of sadness for the corporate interests that have overtaken our government.

      I was stunned to learn Senator Byrd will vote yes to Alito. After a lifetime of serving the people, he will turn his back on half of us (women). He will vote yes to further eroding the checks and balances of this democracy.  He will bow down to political expediency instead of standing for principle.

      My heart breaks.


      •  I wonder if Byrd's staff reads Kos (4.00)
        Posts like yours must have some affect. Byrd just seems too good of person for them to not. He made a mistake, and of enough of us remind him, maybe he'll think about it some more.

        "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." Dr. ML King, from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

        by bewert on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 08:03:41 AM PST

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        •  I agree. I think the gentlemanly (none)
          instinct to abhor someone making a woman cry kicked in hard when Mrs. Alito cried and he just needs to be reminded that this is a lifetime appointment and that there are serious problems with the nominee.

          I wrote an email telling him so the other day.

          •  making a woman cry (4.00)
            There will be plenty of other women shedding tears in this country before Alito is done with us.

            Of science and the human heart, there is no limit. -- Bono

            by saucy monkey on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:48:24 PM PST

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            •  That wasn't what Sen. Byrd saw. (none)
              He saw Mrs. Alito.  He reacted to the immediate stimulus.  

              All we need to do is get him to temper that reaction with the knowledge that the appointment is a bad idea.  He is taking Alito at face value while Alito is being evasive.  The evasive nature of Alito's answers and the LIFETIME nature of the appointment need to be emphasized to Senator Byrd.

              If Senator Byrd can be made to understand that this man will change the balance of the Supreme Court to the point that it disturbs the checks and balances enshrined in the Constitution, he will vote against the appointment.

      •  I also sent money (4.00)
        and, let me tell you, it was not easy for me to give up that money.  

        I am a single mother who, since Bu$hCo has been in office, takes home less than $2,000/mo.  I have a child with high needs.  My car has over 200,000 miles on it.  I live in a broken down trailer house.  Still, I gave money to Byrd because I appreciated the way he defended the constitution.  Unless he changes his vote, I will give money to his opponent.

        The Christian Right is neither Witness Every Day

        by TXsharon on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 08:09:13 AM PST

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        •  TXsharon (none)
          I agree!  Here's my letter to Senator Byrd, emailed, faxed, extra impact hand delivered through   Monday morning a phone call:

          Dear Senator Byrd:

          Although I am not from your West Virginia, I was moved to subsidize your campaign for reelection after I heard your eloquent speech defending the Constitution on the floor of the Senate last year.  It was a small contribution, but symbolic of my deep admiration and respect for your tireless, persistent fight to save our most precious freedoms.  

          As a champion of our Constitution, I was astonished to learn that you may vote "yes" to confirm Judge Alito for Supreme Court Justice.  I don't know how you could possibly confirm someone who has a long record and history of trampling on the rights of minorities, women, and  individuals vs big monied interests.  

          President Bush could have consulted with Democrats to come up with a nominee who would have had bipartisan support, just as President Clinton did with Senator Orrin Hatch resulting in the nomination of Ruth Ginsberg.  Instead, he chose a divisive candidate whose past rulings are ostensibly extreme and significantly beyond the views of mainstream Americans.

          I watched a good deal of the Senate Confirmation hearings of Judge Alito and became quite frustrated with his non-answers to most questions by the committee.  It was obvious he did not wish to reveal what his past record demonstrates, that he is an extreme right wing ideologue whose interpretation of the law is seriously flawed.  Of particular concern is his extreme view, which he himself developed, of the unitary executive power.  President Bush has cited the unitary executive theory at least 95 times to justify torture, secret prisons, imprisonment of Americans without trial, and warrantees surveillance of all electronic communications of thousands of U.S. citizens.

          Throughout the hearings, Judge Alito refused to condemn this flagrant disregard for the fundamental separation of powers as stipulated in the Constitution.  If a president believes a statute to be unconstitutional, he has the right to challenge it in the courts.  But President Bush simply decided on his own that spying on Americans outside of the FISA court as stipulated in the law was unconstitutional.   So if he feels other laws are unconstitutional, will he continue to break them?  Sir, this is the very definition of a dictatorship.   And this is exactly what Judge Alito believes.

          My grandfather lost a lung to mustard gas in World War I.  My dad fought in both World War II and the Korean War.  My brother and his son both served in the Air Force.  Patriotism runs deep in the bones and veins of our family.  But I am fearful that the sacrifices they and millions of soldiers have made and continue to make in Iraq and Afghanistan to protect our freedom will have been in vain.

          Senator, we are on the verge of a dictatorship.  Judge Alito is the most recent step toward the downfall of our great Nation.  An Alito confirmation will have enormous consequences for decades, condemning America to expanded governmental power and intrusion into our private lives while diminishing the role of Congress.

          Senator, please don't rely on Judge Alito's personal assurances.  Please rely on his record, his speeches, his non-testimony before the Senate Judicial Committee.  

          I urge you to vote "no" on Alito; and "no" on cloture, because a "yes" vote on cloture will result in Alito's confirmation.  Give Senator Frist and President Bush more time to come up with a candidate who will easily receive bipartisan support.

          I will continue to admire you and your support for our constitution, Senator Byrd, but should you decide to confirm Judge Alito, I will no longer be able to continue any monitory support for your reelection.

          Please do the right thing, and stop this very dangerous nominee from ever having the privilege of sitting on the highest court of the land and demeaning our Constitution.

          Thank you.

          ...and they passed in thought out to regions where pain and delight flow together and tears are the very wine of blessedness.

          by rlharry on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 07:32:12 PM PST

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    •  Maybe he's angry at Jon Stewart (none)
      for calling him a coot.  Maybe Jon Stewart should give Senator Byrd a call.  Maybe we should all e-mail Jon Stewart and ask him to apologize to Senator Byrd if the Senator will vote no on Alito and cloture.
  •  My two cents (democracy bond) (4.00)
    Letter I wrote to Senator Clinton:

    Dear Senator Clinton,
    I'm writing to you because I understand that you have a great deal of political "capitol" and that many fellow elected Dems owe you a great deal for your continued support. Many literally owe their current seat to your efforts at fund raising. Because of that "clout" I'd like to urge you to do everything in your power to unite the "fence sitting" democrats to support the filibuster of Sam Alito. Our very democracy may well be at risk. The Bush Administration still has over 1000 days to wreak havoc upon our Constitutional rights, our senior citizens, and our ability to disagree with them on policy and express that disagreement without fear. The very last thing this administration needs is for us to give them a "get out of jail free" card by appointing another Bush rubber stamp to the Supreme Court!
    I have sent the following email to the DNC, and again, I strongly urge you to do all in your power to support Senators Kennedy and Kerry.

    Thank you for your efforts,
    Lisa Lockwood,
    lifelong dem,
    democracy bond holder (for now)

    email I sent to DNC:
    I will cancel my Democracy Bond, and will urge everyone I can reach by liberal blog over the weekend to do the same, if the party can't get behind Senators Ted Kennedy and John Kerry to FILIBUSTER ALITO! Show some spine, or get out of the way for a new tide of patriotic Democrats who are active and progressive.

    •  I applaud the conviction behind your words (none)
      ...but please don't cancel that democracy bond. That's the money most likely to go toward developing and supporting the campaigns of new and better candidates, beholden only to us regular folk (per Dr. Dean's strategy) as I understand it.

      Maybe I'm being naive...but I suspect there are other ways to show your displeasure than hobbling future dem races.

      "So spake the fiend, and with necessity, The tyrant's plea, excused his devilish deeds." --John Milton.

      by DemocracyLover in NYC on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 07:04:05 AM PST

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      •  Ya, I know, but (4.00)
        Maybe I'm being naive, too, since that bond really isn't worth much more than 2 cents, but...
        I thought about it alot, and if my Democratic Party can't take a stand on such an obvious matter of principle, maybe they aren't MY party anymore. I really don't know what else to do (I've called, emailed, gonna be faxing today) but still felt moved to express my desperation somehow!
        •  I think you're right, Lisa (none)
          Send that e-mail to Deans' office, too.

          "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." Dr. ML King, from a jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

          by bewert on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 08:05:32 AM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  Dean supports the action by Kerry and Kennedy (none)
          Or so I've read him quoted. But he doesn't actually have much control over actions in the Senate. He can voice his opinion, and probably has, to the senate leadership(he certainly has publically). But Harry's the one with the job (and for the record I mostly like his work too, though not sure yet on this one. He's cagey, we'll see...)

          I tend to use the carrot more than the stick. I send money when dems have taken action I like. I send it where I think people are trying to make change happen. I don't take away money already awarded when I don't like the latest situation. That's just me.

          Underlying my post--it seems that if there is a chance to reshape the party more in the image we'd like, then it's with Dean. If we undercut his initiatives, he'll be replaced by someone a lot more "traditional". And we are back where we were before, or worse. So I'm suggesting we think about tactics before we vent our despair (and I do know that sense of despair, I really do)...

          I just hope we'll aim our fire at the right people and not shoot ourselves in the foot by accident.

          "So spake the fiend, and with necessity, The tyrant's plea, excused his devilish deeds." --John Milton.

          by DemocracyLover in NYC on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:45:15 PM PST

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  •  Crystal, (none)
    Please see my just-posted diary:

    How to Stop Alito's Appointment

  •  thank you for reposting (none)
    and 'Thank you,Senator", for standing up,one more time,to fight for us and the country.
    It doesn't matter if we win or lose,it matters to stand up and be counted as the ones who care for what happens to this democracy.

    This administration has been scaring the Bjesus out of me since they took office.
    Thank you,Senator for fighting the 'good fight'.

  •  We need more strong leaders (none)
    if we're going to do anything in the short term.  

    Without the leadership to turn the country around, it will do what change often requires - i.e., hitting bottom.  And hitting bottom in today's world could be truly catastrophic.


    -5.75; -7.44

    by JPete on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 07:11:23 AM PST

  •  Thank you Senator, (4.00)
    and thank you Crystal, and thank you to all who are fighting for this.  We must stop Alito.  No good, for the 'average American', will come of it.

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

    by shermanesq on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 07:12:34 AM PST

  •  Thank you! Thank you! (none)
    I have faxed and called every Democratic Senator and expressed my full support for the filibuster and my deep concerns about the country if Democrats do not take a stand on this issue.  As the mother of a small child, this is of utmost importance to me. Thank you!

    "Why should we hear about body bags, and deaths . . . I mean, it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?" - B. Bush

    by The New Politeness on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 07:15:36 AM PST

  •  Alito's unethical, possibly illegal acts (4.00)
    Senator Kerry is right. This is not "Mr. Smith goes to Washington". Occupation of the Senate floor alone will not stop this nomination. I do say that whatever time is gained through old-fashioned filibuster tactics, rather than a technical cloture vote, should be used to find the information that will make Alito demonstrably unfit for the seat - should this exist.

    Evidence of an illegal act while serving on the bench would be enough. A whistleblower coming forward would be enough to stall this nomination for further deliberation. Does Alito have the controversial equivalent of an Anita Hill? Has he been on junkets with litigants in cases that came before him? Might his judgement have been tainted with graft on any kind?

    Just asking.

    •  With all due respect... (none)
      I think that Senator Kennedy already made a valiant try with Vanguard, and that while Alito's failure to follow through on his pledge to the Senate was disturbing, it doesn't resonate with people.  Any attempt at "gotcha" at this point will be transparent and play badly, like Whitewater, and will hurt us when we try to expose illegality in the future.

      It also ignores the fundamental point - there's more than enough to hang this appointment.  A strong, simple argument based on the morals underlying Alito's approach to the law - what kind of society do we want ours to be - will be more effective with everyone to the right of us.  Pirolli v World Flavors presented a case in which there was undisputed evidence that a retarded man was sexually harassed (including having a broom shoved into his behind), and Alito wrote that "Pirolli's brief never asserts that his work environment was one that a reasonable, non-retarded person would find hostile or abusive."  He tried to deny him his day in court (and failed).  It speaks to the values of everyone across the spectrum.  And if we lose the filibuster, Democrats will be remembered for their tough stance on crime and their defense of traditional values.  What more do we need?

      Looking for overt illegality at this point just plays into our opponent's caricatures of us.

  •  My support and invitation to victory. (4.00)
    Senator Kennedy, thank you for taking the time to embrace this community.

    You have my support for this fillibuster.  I don't know if we will win, and frankly I don't care.  It's just good to be part of an opposition party for once.  There is a huge community of people that are just itching to fight the good fight and this fills that prescription perfectly.

    Read through the diaries if you can.  Understand why we are the way we are.  Eventually I believe you will come to understand what we are all about.  We're not what most politicans deal with day to day.  We are the heart and soul of America. Our experiences are real.  Our families are real.  Our money is hard earned and carefully spent.  Our wounds are deep and painful because of the constant twisting of the knife the Republicans have lodged in our chests.  Help us remove that knife.  We'll never forget it.

    To get our support you must remain true.  Stick to your guns and fight the good fight.  If you do, and continue to fight for people like us, you will have support unlike any you have ever seen in your career.  Count on it.

    Now go take our country back!!!

    •  Thanks (4.00)
      I've been around for awhile, and I talked about the Senator and the blogs here in the other diary we had up.  

      "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 Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 08:26:41 AM PST

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    •  Excellent !! Zergle wrote- (4.00)
      Our wounds are deep and painful because of the constant twisting of the knife the Republicans have lodged in our chests.  Help us remove that knife.
      Along those lines, consider this from Frederick Douglass 150 years ago-

      "Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. In the light
      of these ideas, Negroes will be hunted at the North, and held and flogged at the South so long as they submit to those devilish outrages, and make no resistance, either moral or physical. Men may not get all they pay for in this world; but they must certainly pay for all they get."    

      -Words spoken by Frederick Douglass at an 1857 address in Canandaigua, NY celebrating the 20th anniversary of slave emancipation in the British West Indies.

  •  WaPo has a story about politicians and blogs (none)
    I posted a diary this morning with my thoughts. It's only two cents worth, Crystal, but some food for thought.

    In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. M.L.King, 1929-1968

    by captainlaser on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 08:16:42 AM PST

    •  I've read it (4.00)
      I'm sorry you're unhappy we're here (at least that's what I got from your diary) - but the Senator thought it was important to talk with the community on this.  I'm monitoring the threads, but he is seeing all of the comments.  The Senator does not see this as a one-sided conversation.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  I'm also quite sure that Senator Kennedy does not fit the description of the liberal you describe in your post - one who is only liberal for fundraising and opportunism.  The thoughts of one Dem operative do not necessarily represent the views of every Democrat, just as the opinion of one person here does not speak for every person who posts on Kos.

      You wrote:

      "We need responsibility, accountability and legality in the White House. We need our Constitution back. We need someone who is "level-headed" and not an ideologue who will balance our safety and security, both at home and abroad, with the needs of our poor, our deprived, and our aged."

      Senator Kenendy has been fighting for all of these things, both since George Bush took office and long before.

      Thanks for the heads up on the diary.

      "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 Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 08:43:23 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Thank you, Ms. Patterson, (4.00)
        for the work you are doing.

        I give Senators Kennedy and Kerry high marks for posting here.  They are speaking to us, and also, I believe, listening to what we have to say in response.  I don't expect or even want to see senators blogging around the clock -- and certainly not at the very moment when we are counting on them to get out there and fight.  If I thought Senator Kennedy were sitting (as I am) in front of his computer screen in his pyjamas with a cup of coffee in his hand, leisurely checking for comment updates at Kos, I would assume he was not fighting hard enough for the filibuster.  

        I know that he is fighting hard for the filibuster.  Thank you, Senator Kennedy, for your tireless efforts on behalf of the American constitution and the American people.  

        •  Exactly! (4.00)
          I fully support politicians taking time to listen to their constituents.  

          But first of all, Kennedy is already on board with the filibuster.

          Second of all, there's a deadline here.  I don't want Senator Kennedy reading DailyKos right now, I want him working on the holdouts.

          When there is limited time, you have to be practical and use your time in the most efficient manner.  To be reading the DailyKos threads on filibustering when he already agrees and is fighting for a filibuster would be akin to him sitting in the choir listening to people sing.  It's not the best way to use his time right now.  I read fast and I know how long it still takes me to get through DailyKos - and the comments never stop coming.  Now if anyone actually posts a brilliant stratagem for a successful filibuster that Kennedy himself hasn't thought of, he's got a staffer monitoring who can bring it to his attention immediately.  That's efficient use of time and resources.

          Or should Senator Kennedy, in addition to reading DailyKos during the other senators' waking hours, also be answering his own office phone and talking to every single caller?  Don't forget reading all his e-mails and faxes, too.  All of that is from constituents too and just as important and valid as reading comments here on DailyKos.  The fact that he won't have any time left in his days to do other things, such as working on other senators, oh well, too bad.

  •  Crystal, a suggestion for the good Senator (4.00)
    Regarding the "unitary executive" advanced by Alito, Roberts, Gonzales, Miers, et al. :

    Much of the administration's justification for extrajudicial and extra-Congressional oversight has been the authority that the Commander in Chief has over the Army and the Navy.

    If we take them at their own logic, does not Posse Comitatus prevent the Commander in Chief from using that power on American soil?

    In other words, by the terms of their own justification, they are still forbidden to monitor American calls or  perform any other acts domestically that would break the checks and balances.

    In fact, their justification STRENGTHENS the argument that they have broken the law, when Posse Comitatus is considered, as they have made it a military act on American soil.  Uses of the National Guard to keep the peace during Civil Rights Demonstrations (from Eisenhower to Johnson) were allowed, because they were not military actions.  Nixon's use of the Guard at Kent State was a no-no.

    Bush floated the idea of a Posse Comitatus violation during the Republican National Convention in NYC, but the NYPD objected to the influx of so many Guardsmen and soldiers to "assist" them, and Mayor Bloomberg got the number sharply reduced.  And even that would have been peacekeeping rather than military use (ostensibly).

    Now he is openly and proudly violating it.  In fact, his violation is his justification for flouting the larger Constitutional issues.

    Call him on it, and see what happens.

    •  And inform Byrd of that argument, too! (none)
      Otherwise, Byrd might as well use that copy of the Constitution he carries around for toilet paper, because it won't be good for much else if he lets Alito get in!

      So a filibuster is to be used only in extraordinary circumstances, eh?  Picking someone who will dictate America's course for the next two hundred years is extraordinary!

  •  My letter to Landrieu (4.00)
    Ms. Landrieu,

    I wholly respect the enormous challenge you are facing with respect to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.  But I remain apalled by your support of Alito.

    I run a software company and involved with many conventions.  I love New Orleans, and look forward to returning to do business there.

    However, knowing that you have not done everything in your power to halt the menace of the paranoid right will remain in my mind for years.  Alito represents the antithesis of New Orleans.  He is about conslidation of power, rejection of minorities, and support of one-party control.

    Perhaps you have been convinced that New Orleans will not get federal money if you filibuster.  Before you take the bait, ask what cities ever thrived on the Federal dole.

    Do you wish NO to be the next Washington, DC?  Under the thumb of congress?

    New Orleans will succeed through business and tourism, not the federal teat.  Don't scare us away or no amount of federal money will save you.

    Do not support cloture for Alito.

    Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk. - Thoreau

    by harrier on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 08:31:07 AM PST

  •  Sen. Kennedy (3.40)
    I just want to thank you for all you've done, for all you're doing, and for all you've stood for, over the years. I am so proud of you, always. May you and our ideals flourish!

    I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for the people who like country music, denigrate means 'put down.'- Bob Newhart

    by condoleaser on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 08:35:05 AM PST

  •  I've had it with Harry Reid (none)
    He recently said that the filibuster is but "a kind of protest vote" against Alito. A leader's words can't get weaker than this.
    And instead of acting as a leader, he stressed that "Everyone knows there are not enough votes to support a filibuster,"
    What's up with the lack of balls?
  •  what's up with Reid??? (none)
    someone said he is now supporting filibuster (or a nonvote on cloture, in effect the same)

    true or not true?

  •  This is a critical point in American History... (4.00)
    The founding fathers clearly envisioned this day when they created the Senate.

    Madison in Federalist #51

    It is of great importance in a republic not only to guard the society against the oppression of its rulers, but to guard one part of the society against the injustice of the other part. Different interests necessarily exist in different classes of citizens. If a majority be united by a common interest, the rights of the minority will be insecure.  There are but two methods of providing against this evil:


    Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit. In a society under the forms of which the stronger faction can readily unite and oppress the weaker, anarchy may as truly be said to reign as in a state of nature, where the weaker individual is not secured against the violence of the stronger; and as, in the latter state, even the stronger individuals are prompted, by the uncertainty of their condition, to submit to a government which may protect the weak as well as themselves; so, in the former state, will the more powerful factions or parties be gradnally induced, by a like motive, to wish for a government which will protect all parties, the weaker as well as the more powerful.

    Judge Alito clearly represents the power of the (financial) majority against those of the minority, and threatens to tip the balance distinctly away from individual rights for the next several decades.

    Weather he can or can't be defeated, Democrats, Liberterians and Consciencious Republicans who care about civil Liberties alike, must take a stand or we will all likely suffer the long-term consequencss of this nomination.

    It is also quite ironic the Judges such as Alito call themselves "Federalists" and join groups such as the "James Madison Society" - when it appears they know little of either subject.

    The end (goal) of government is to protect the weakest of among us - not to pile on and crush those who stumble and fall.


  •  Thank you, Senator Kennedy, for standing firm (4.00)
    on this. First, we need to show the country how dangerous this man is to our country's present and future. Extremism is never a safe solution, especially in a country as diverse as ours. Now, the people believe he's some mild-mannered friend of us all and will do no harm. And we can thank the Republican Senators for their charade during the hearings for that.

    Second, we must stop his confirmation.

    I was so proud of you for taking a stand while you were on the committee and doing what US Senators are supposed to do. And, now, you and John Kerry are here once again for our country, still doing what US Senators are supposed to be doing. Thank you from those of us who may not have a loud voice in the media, but are trying to get through even so. How wonderful that you check out the blogs.

    Our thoughts and our prayers -and our actions- support you over the next few days and beyond.

    We're blues people. And blues never lets tragedy have the last word. -Wynton Marsalis

    by paluxy1945 on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 08:49:57 AM PST

  •  Most of the public is not tuned in... (4.00) what is happening. Something needs to GRAB their attention!

    Senator Kennedy, thank you for what you and Senator Kerry are doing. I'm sitting here typing one-handedly with my six-week old granddaughter in my arms. I'm worried for her future and that of my two-year old grandson. Alito will take us backwards...and worse, he will undermine our constitution and the protections it guarantees my family. I stand with you, with John Kerry, with Al Gore, and with ANY other Democrat in Congress who will stand up for American families and their future.

    I've heard there is a call for Democrats to walk out of the SOTU on Tuesday night. Some worry that such action might push away moderate Democrats. Maybe so. I respect the OFFICE of the Presidency a lot, but I don't respect this President.

    For those of us who feel this way, I'd like to see ALL Congressional Democrats just STAND quietly during the speech (or members could slowly stand up, one by one). There would be no disruption or disrespect for the office, but it would be a visible way of saying that Democrats stand up for the American people against this administration's harsh policies. This action MIGHT gain the attention of the last.

    Thank you, again, Senator Kennedy, for all you have been doing for us.

    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 Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 08:55:14 AM PST

  •  Thank you, Senator (none)
    For fighting the good fight. Keep fighting for us!
  •  SENATORS! History is judging YOU! (4.00)

    First of all, abundant thanks to my State Senator Hillary Clinton for supporting the filibuster.  I'm glad to see you moving away from your "appeasement" stance of the past five years and thinking about ordinary Americans for a change.

    Secondly, to every Senator voting YES on Alito - SHAME ON YOU!  You were elected to protect us.  We have no voice except through you.  What's ironic is, you are voting for a man who will make YOUR job irrelevant!  With even more powers granted to the executive, congress will become a rubber stamp for the will of the "monarch."   How can you know this and still vote to "appease" the party in power?

    Cheers to all of you voting NO - but it takes REAL courage to vote to support the filibuster.  

    REAL courage.  

    We elected all of you to have such courage on our behalf.  We've been told by party apologists that you are "keeping your powder dry" for the "big fight ahead."


    I have pledged to give money to all Senators who fight for the filibuster.  Not a lot - $50.00 at most - but if everyone on DKos did that - you'd be sitting pretty, guys and girls.

    History is watching how you act here.  If Alito does get confirmed and our Republic is forever altered, the history books will either say "the Democrats stood by and watched it happen" or "The Democrats put up a fight to the end."

    Which way would YOU rather be remembered?

    Melissa Jo Peltier
    Mayflower descendant
    Constitution-signer descendant
    Immigrant descendant

    "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 Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 09:09:37 AM PST

  •  An LTE I submitted everywhere (4.00)

    Our current administration likes to play the "P" card whenever challenged - the "Patriotism" card, that is. What constitutes "Patriotism" by their standards, however, seems pretty much up for grabs, since war vets John Kerry, John Murtha and Max Cleland don't constitute "Patriots" to them.

    Our Founding Fathers certainly knew what Patriotism meant.  It meant risking it all - life, liberty and property - to gain freedom from an unstable tyrant king named George. It meant a great experiment - the first working democracy in the "civilized" world.  That's why they built into our Constitution a system of checks and balances that would limit the power of the executive.  They didn't want to have to wrestle with another crazy King George in the future.

    A Supreme Court manned by Judge Samuel Alito will again saddle this great nation with its own modern-day King George.  Alito supports an extreme right-wing throry of a super-powerful "unitary executive".  He defends the very "presidential monarchy" that our Founders were so careful to design our national laws and Constitutional framework to avoid.  

    Under Alito and the Bush Royalists, King George could indeed detain American citizens without trial or charges.  And under Alito, should the majority of Americans finally say "enough is enough," King George can even fire the special prosecutor appointed to investigate him and his cronies.  Under Alito, they all could be granted full immunity from any wrongdoing, no matter how heinous.

    Of course, pigs can fly, and the Bush administration could straighten up and fly right for the rest of its time in office.  But what about the future?  What about the next executive we get in the White House?  And the next?  What happens when the will of the People - yes, the same "We the People" our Founders were talking about - can be summarily dismissed by any President who happens to disagree with it?

    Our Founders knew about tyranny, and they knew the price nations pay for monarchs with unlimited power.  Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams - even George Washington, who walked away from the Presidency when he was the one and only man who would have been guaranteed the popular vote into that office for life - all did everything in their power to avoid what, with a stroke of the pen, Samuel Alito could bring into being.

    It is vital that our congressional representatives take a stand against Alito's appointment - and if that means filibuster, so be it.  Remember the "will of the People" our Founders were so concerned about?  With Bush's approval ratings as low as 36% in some polls, there is certainly no "mandate" to rubber stamp yet another of his appointees who spell disaster for this great nation.

    "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 Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 09:11:08 AM PST

  •  Pull out all the stop's (4.00)
    Sir, you and Mr Kerry are my senators, I just want you to know that I support what you are doing. I also want to tell you that if you had not called for the filibuster you would not have gotten my vote again. This is the point I think you need to make to all the Democrats, "we think you are weak now,if you don't support this then you will loose our vote's in the future". If you fail in this it's ok, but you have to fight for us now or we wont fight for you in '06 or '08.
       Mr Reid's fear of failure is killing us all, Alito will forever change this country, and in way's few seem to relize. Thank you for the effort and don't stop now.
  •  Thanks Senator... (4.00)
    I tend to find most politicians curropt, but you are truly one that I trust and admire for always standing up for the working class.  Keep fighting the good fight, and never back down to the republican greed machine.
  •  Some people might question (none)
    what progress Kennedy is talking about.  My answer is simply the move towards recognizing that the individual person is more important than the society into which he is born--that the purpose of society is to support the individual.  This is a rather radical notion that wasn't even partially realized when the Constitution was first drawn up. Had it been realized, it wouldn't have been possible to maintain the institution of slavery--slaves just being the objective evidence of the fact that the individual was considered subordinate to the state.
    Individual subordination is still the issue.  Judge Alito seems convinced that because the individual is flawed (conceived in "original sin" his religion tells him) authority has an obligation to set him right.  But, the assumption that humans are basically flawed is simply an excuse for those who want to control their fellow humans to do so.

    Forget "GOD, GUNS, GAYS, GIRLS & GETS"

    by hannah on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 09:42:32 AM PST

  •  Thank you for understanding (4.00)
    To put it simply: "It's civil rights, stupid."

    If a Senator can't hang his hat on "this person is the greatest legal threat to Civil Rights in 30 years," if they can't take that back to their constituents, then just what are they doing in the Senate, and what are they doing in the Democratic Party?

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

    by DWCG on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 09:56:15 AM PST

  •  Maura Reynolds of LATimes (none)
    today wrote Salazar not supporting filibuster.
    Wanted to correct her - but don't see contact info!!!

    Bush is NOT America!

    by annefrank on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 10:01:31 AM PST

  •  So cool Kennedy and Kerry are Kossacks!!! (none)
    Thank you both for your strength of character and will in standing up to this corrupt administration's effort to destroy our Constitutional protections!!  

    Stay strong and fight to unite the Democrats and break/fracture/expose the faux "unity" of your  Republican colleagues!!

    I am proud to say that I worked for Kennedy in the 80's, and for Kerry's election in '04...  This is a defining moment in US history, and I believe that Kerry and Kennedy are the right Senators to lead the fight!!

    Thank you!!

    REVOLUTION is in the air!!

    by Styve on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 10:07:02 AM PST

  •  Why is Snowe... (4.00)
    Why is Olympia Snowe, a republican in a blue state, allowed to support Alito, but Ben Nelson and Tim Johnson, Democrats in blue states, are not allowed to oppose Alito?

    GROW SOME FUCKING BALLS DEMOCRATS!  I am so sick of this party's members sucking up to rethugs.  NAFTA, WTO, CAFTA, the war, Patriot Act, now Alito?!  WHEN will this party stand up?  Why is Chuck Hagel allowed to vote against the Patriot Act but not Ben Nelson?  

  •  The Sad Truth About Jack Abramoff (none)
    That's a title worthy of a full diary, but I only have enough for a small rant. But it's my fucking rant, so everyone listen up.

    A couple of days ago, I sent an e-mail to my senator and sometime girlfriend, Barbara Boxer, urging her to support a filibuster of Alito. In the artfully-crafted yet brief e-mail, I told Barbie that I knew she would vote against Alito, and that I always trusted her to do the right thing. But I said that this situation was so important that I felt the need to speak up, and so I was asking her to filibuster Alito.

    The next day, I got an e-mail reply from Barbalita, telling me  that she intended to vote against Alito, and explaining why.  Well, duh.  So I wrote back, telling her I already knew that she was going to vote that way, and would she please respond to my original and very simple, clear request about the filibuster.  Of course, this did not work, since you can't send a message to one of your elected public servants just by hitting "reply" to one of their e-mail messages to you.  Mailer-daemon or whatever will intervene to protect us from our sins.  So I re-wrote the message and sent it as an original e-mail to Barbalicious.

    The next day, which would be today, or actually was today, I got another e-mail from Barbie-doll. Actually, it was the EXACT...SAME...FUCKING...E-MAIL as I got the first time. A canned response.  Why should I be surprised about this? Of course I'm not.

    All of which leads me back to the title of my rant.  The sad truth about Jack Abramoff, and all the other lobbyists, is encapsulated in my e-mail "exchanges" with my elected public servant.  When I try to contact my senator, I get canned non-responses.  When Jack Abramoff shows up at her door with his brown bag 'o cash, he gets ushered in for a one-on-one. We can say it's a Republican scandal, not bipartisan, but we are fooling ourselves.  The sad truth is, our elected servants, Democrat and Republican alike, have an open-door policy for lobbyists, and canned e-mail auto-replies for the rest of us.

    In loving memory: Sophie, June 1, 1993-January 17, 2005. My huckleberry friend.

    by Paul in Berkeley on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 10:07:46 AM PST

    •  P.S. Disclosure (none)
      Senator Boxer isn't really my girlfriend, but a guy can dream, eh? And someone so feisty is quite dreamy.

      But I am still single, Barbara.

      In loving memory: Sophie, June 1, 1993-January 17, 2005. My huckleberry friend.

      by Paul in Berkeley on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 10:19:35 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  You're an idiot... (none)
      Jack-off and lobby reform are two different issues...

      What jack-off did was illega, lobbying in and of itself is legal...

      Bribing elected officials vs. to much influence in authoring of legislation, etc...

      Yea...we're fooling ourselves alright...(snark)

      I've killed people for less...

      by patsprouseyo on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 08:26:51 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Yes...a zero rating (none)
        because I am being oh such a troll...grow up!

        Its called criticism, we seem to be able to dish it out a'plenty here at Dkos, but we can't take it?

        Zero...I didn't zero the dork that I was responding too, even though he doesn't have the faintest concept of what the Abramoff scandal is about, so why zero rate me for pointing out his idiocy?!

        I've killed people for less...

        by patsprouseyo on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 10:17:32 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Erm, it's not REALLY abou Abramoff.. (none)
          The OP was more making a comment on how sad and pathetic it is that any lobbyist gets to walk into 1-on-1 time with elected officals while those of us that do the electing get form letters when we try to communicate.

          He was using Abramoff as the "hook", if you will, to get you to read his post. :P

          Turning and turning in a widening gyre
          The falconer cannot hear the falcon

          by ew73 on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 02:52:42 AM PST

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  •  mistake: (none)
    I meant to call Ben Nelson and Tim Johnson Democrats in red states...  Sorry, errors tend to slip into my posts when I'm this angry and frusterated.
  •  Tell Your Colleagues Alito Threatens Their Jobs (4.00)
    --if the Constitution is reinterpreted to limit Democratic programs, there won't be much need for the party.

    The economy votes Republican. We the people can't use you if you're prevented from serving us meaningfully.

    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 Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 10:10:12 AM PST

  •  Thank you Senator (4.00)
    for standing up for our rights.  You have benn the champion of liberal causes in the Senate for more than 40 years.  Keep up the good work.
  •  Why on Earth (4.00)
    would the Senate vote to confirm a lifelong appointee to the Supreme Court who would make the Senate OBSOLETE and BESIDE THE POINT?

    Why would the Senate confirm a Supreme Court Justice who believes that Congress's role as a check and balance to Executive Authority is Constitutional only in peacetime?

    Why would the Senate strengthen the Executive Authority of a Commander-In-Chief who has instituted the idea of ENDLESS WAR and has appointed an Attorney General like Alberto Gonzales, who is busy deconstructing the Constitution around that idea?

    If anything, I would think that the Senate itself would become more conservative about its own preservation of power, in the face of these realities.

    Senator Kennedy, you have long experience and deep relationships with your Republican counterparts.  Surely they see the danger here?

    •  Bingo (4.00)
      You've hit the nail on the head. And that's what bewilders me the most about Senator Byrd deciding to vote Republican on this nomination. If anyone understands and appreciates the issues you have raised, it's Byrd.  Nobody in the Senate has been more zealous about separation of powers, senatorial prerogatives, etc.  And yet here is Byrd, voting for his own forced irrelevancy.

      In loving memory: Sophie, June 1, 1993-January 17, 2005. My huckleberry friend.

      by Paul in Berkeley on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 10:22:59 AM PST

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  •  Republicans talk tough (none)
    like most bullies Republicans are full of agressive swagger and they become all the more agressive when they are afraid.  That's why I was so enthused to hear the conservative "chatter" about Thune getting his seat because Democrats are obstructionists.  This noise proves only one thing, they are scared.  Even if Alito gets confirmed, a protracted fight in the Senate will make Alito's record clear to the public who, in poll after poll, have shown they don't want his kind of extremism on the Supreme Court.  Even a failed filibuster will hurt the Republicans in November
  •  There's no strategic downside to filibuster (4.00)
    Even if we lose. Republicans have groomed a few candidates like Alito for the SC since Bork got borked for being honest about his radical rightwing views. Alito made sure there were a few decisions in his judicial record for senators like Lindsey Graham to wave around to make him appear moderate. The vast majority of his decisions and his personal political history show him to be far to the right of mainstream. This is the guy who drew up the Republican strategy in the 1980s to eviscerate Roe vs Wade bit by bit against the wishes of the majority of Americans when Reagan's minions failed in their frontal assault. He has sided with big business and big government in almost every case over the individual rights of Americans.

    He's no moderate despite what he says now. He claims most of his overtly rightwing political stances were simply to curry favor with his bosses as he moved up the ladder at Justice. If he says he was just currying favor by pretending to have the same views as Ed Meese then why should we believe him now when he says the opposite now that he's about to get the job he's dreamed about having since at least as early as his junior year in college according to the Princeton yearbook?

    So how do we win even if we lose? By pointing out that the president is nominating justices who don't have the courage of their convictions to state them plainly to the American public in the Judiciary hearings. If they did the we wouldn't have this kabuki theatre where Democratic senators are castigated for asking the nominee serious questions. And we wouldn't have a nominee who refuses to answer all but the most innocuous questions. If the Republican agenda was popular  
    they wouldn't have to work so hard to obfuscate it when they nominate judges. And that's exactly what they've done.

    Any Democratic senator who stands up for the filibuster will be rewarded at the polls. Those who don't will be reminded by the grassroots everytime Alito rules in favor of executive power
    or the rights of an insurance company to gut your healthcare plan or your boss to loot your 401k.
    Elections have consequences. So do confirmation votes for the Supreme Court. Let those who'd stand idly by as the highest court in the land, the final arbiter of so many legal questions that affect us all is corrupted by a rightwing machine
    that doesn't even have the guts to admit what they stand for know that we'll never forget this and we'll never let the American people forget who did this either.

    •  There is a downside, if (none)
      Democrats allow Republicans to frame the issue unfettered.  The facts will not set you free.  

      See AMERICAblog:  The Alito filibuster - Yes, but...

      So far the Democrats don't have it together on the media campaign.  We can fill in some of the gap with letters to the editor etc., but they've got to get on the teevee and make it known why they're filibustering.  A principled stand doesn't count for much in 24-hour-news-land if few people know what your principles are.  

      (This comment reposted from another thread)

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

      by Simplify on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 10:54:38 AM PST

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  •  What's the mst effective way to rally agnst Alito? (none)
    I tried to send a group email urging support for the Kennedy/Kerry filibuster of Alito to about 150 friends and acquaintances, but my email gave me I am not sure that it went out.  

    I tried to really contact people with my genuine take on what Alito on the court could mean to America, and I pruned my list of the seriously myopic of my Republican associates.  Perhaps running the text here will promote discussion of the methods of activism people should pursue before Tuesday?!?!

    What are other people doing over the weekend to inform and rally others about this critical opportunity to defeat Alito's appointment to the USSC??

    Thanks, and I could use feedback!  Keep up the good fight!!  Veto Alito!!

    Friends and fellow Americans,

    I hope people are well and having a decent 2006 thus far, and I apologize for the mass email, but we are at a very important moment in this country's history, and I want to involve everyone I know, regardless of political affiliation.  

    John Kerry and Ted Kennedy are spearheading a filibuster against the nomination/appointment of Samuel Alito to the US Supreme Court, and they need grassroots support to convince other Senators, sadly from both sides of the aisle, of the danger of having this Bush sycophant on the court.  

    You have read about the warrantless wire-tapping of millions of Americans, and the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, and the extraordinary renditions of supposed "terrorists", and the secret prisons around the world, and the privatization of our elections, and the massive corruption that has infected politics...right??  You may even think that it will all pass, and that politics is politics, that justice will prevail crimes have been committed...  Not so, if Alito is on the court!!  He is a rubber stamp for the Bush neo-con, far right vision for the country!!

    Samuel Alito believes in the unitary executive, which is essentially a way to say that the President is above the law.  He supports the president's practice of preparing "signing statements" when he signs into law bills passes by Congress, in which the president circumscribes the application of the law.   He holds that stare decisis, or the respect for judicial precedent, "is not an inexorable command", and he has been chosen for the court partly because of his commitment to overturn Roe v. Wade (1973 decision re-  the Constitutional right to privacy extends to a woman's right to choose between bearing a child, or terminating the pregnancy).

    Samuel Alito participated in the drafting of the policies enabling the practice of torture.  He doesn't support the concept of a Constitutional right to vote!!  He lied to Congress about his membership in Concerned Alumni of Princeton, a racist, sexist group that opposed co-education and affirmative action...  Just how un-American can a person be!!?!?!

    Please read up if you support protecting democracy at home, and contact as many Senators as you can, to urge both a "NO" vote against Alito, and that they support the filibuster against his nomination!!  Also, please send this, or a pared version to everyone in your address book, and urge them to do the same.

    I have included text and links from a few activist groups I keep in touch with, to update people that are not as up on the enormous threat Alito poses to our Constitutional Republic.  There is a great piece by Armando, of DailyKos, at the bottom!!

    This is the power of the Web, and since the Mainstream Media is in Bush's back pocket, this is how we have to do it, and we WILL do it, and you can be part of this historical event!!  In addition to the two notices below, here are links to some alternative press, for your convenience and edification... ( The Raw Story | A rational voice - Alternative news, BuzzFlash - Daily Headlines, Think Progress blog, Talking Points Memo: Joshua M. Marshall, Daily Kos ).  

    Best to all,

    REVOLUTION is in the air!!

    by Styve on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 10:25:54 AM PST

  •  Kossacks: ** What to DO ** (who to call) (none)
    Please see this excellent page at All your "what to do?" questions answered:

  •  Props from Canada (none)

    Colour me impressed. FIGHT.

    What will survive of us is love

    by howth of murph on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 10:34:58 AM PST

  •  Thanks to you, Ted Kennedy & (4.00)
    Sen. Kerry, for standing up and doing what is right for America!

    I truly believe that this is a watershed vote and that Alito is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Republicans are trying to slide this man through the Supreme Court portals as if he were just another nice guy, smart, reasonable.

    But we know he is not what he seems as your comments have so well revealed. He tries to distance himself from past views such as on his 1985 job application saying that was said to get the job. Well that shows he will say anything to get a job by his own admission and should not be believed. He has no integrity by his own word.

    Sam Alito is a dangerous addition to the SCOTUS. His position on the UNITARY EXECUTIVE theory is the most dangerous thing he brings to the court. We are fighting for our Republic. It is said that he line between democracy and tyranny is very thin. There are intimations of tyranny from the Bush administration almost daily and if people in fear allow tyranny to flourish there is no telling where its reign will stop. It frankly scares me for the future of my country as nothing else ever has in my 62 years.

    Our democracy seems out of our hands now with the Republican leadership's perverse rule in Congress, not allowing any oversight, promoting great access to lobbyists with insider deals, increasing earmarks in a corrupt manner, driving up oil costs and harming citizens to provide obscene profits for the oil industry, passing bills purporting to help Americans with drug costs that end up giving our money to the pharmaceutical industry, trashing government departments with political appointees placed in important positions for which they have no knowledge or experience, trashing our environmental laws, bankrupting our nation, paying off the military-industrial complex with wars, going to war on the basis of lies and distortions, and spying on peaceful citizens.

    Our nation's leaders have taken us seriously off track and the people know it. Now our leaders such as yourself and others need to stand up and tell them things must change. Filibustering Alito is a major and vital step. With Alito on the bench of the Supreme Court we are in grave danger of losing many more rights, and we who are poor and disadvantaged are the ones who will lose the most.

    You have been the most stallwart and courageous fighter for right in the Congress. You have enormous integrity in my book for standing up and speaking from your conscience and heart for the rights of the people, for the people. Without you it would have been even more bleak much of the time. Your pre-war speech about Iraq is just one example of your telling us what would happen if Bush did what he wanted to do. And you were so right!! Many people seem to forget these things. but many of us remember too!

    Keep fighting for us! We know we can count on you!

    Sen. Feinstein gave a great speech in the senate on Friday which summed up the reasons against Alito very well. I hope she will be prominent in the filibuster.

    God bless you.

  •  Think about this ... (4.00)
    to mention to Senators when you call.

    If you could filibuster on the Iraq War to give the weapons inspector time to finish their work, would you, knowing now what we all know?

    I don't think people have been given a full and honest representation or disclosure of Alito and filibustering the nominee would force that conversation.

  •  We're Playing in a Different Ballgame (4.00)
    Even this 70-year-old understands that. Congress isn't going to listen when Congress has been hunkered down and shuddering for five years. John Conyers has to hold meetings in the BASEMENT. All the rules have changed, and old allies are hamstrung--think Specter, who faces losing his position if he votes his conscience. The Senate Intelligence Committee won't even hold hearings on Bush's illegal spying. Over the past few years, we have lost congressional oversight. Talk about changing the rules!

    Thank you, Senator Kennedy, for speaking out. If we don't all speak out and tell our elected representatives in Congress that it is time to step up to the plate and take this country back, and soon, we may lose it forever. What is different now is that the moment to take the game back has finally arrived. The tide is turning, Bush's ratings are down, the Abramoff scandal has Congress in disarray, and now is the time to strike. Anyone who watched the Republican/WH reaction to Kerry's return to filibuster yesterday saw the mask of Republican arrogance and sarcasm, the last resort of the crooks and thieves who have been playing the game by their rules, and who are at last feeling endangered, backed up against the outfield wall without a mitt. They may try to turn Scott McClellan into a standup comedian (he was already a clown), but they are scared. What do we all do, just stand around and pretend that the old rules still apply? That would be foolhardy, in my opinion.  

    Within the last couple of weeks, bloggers and Howard Dean have backed the press and MSM down, or at least made them feel the pain. This is not the time to wait until next November. They are vulnerable. Filibustering may turn out to be a gesture, but it will not be an empty gesture, and do you know who will remember it most? Sam Alito. Go for it, Senators Kennedy and Kerry.

    "That story is not worth the paper it's rotten on"--Dorothy Parker

    by martyc35 on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 11:15:10 AM PST

  •  Senator Kenney, (4.00)
    I completely support the filibuster. I just read an article by Gore Vidal that includes information I was not aware of:

    In July 2004 Newsweek reported that that for several months the White House and the Department of Justice had been discussing the feasibility of canceling the upcoming presidential election in the event of a possible terrorist attack.

    They discussed this for months? For months? Senator, I sincerely believe that this administration will do whatever they can to hold onto power -- and having Samuel Alito on the Supreme Court will certainly be an ace up their sleeve.

    What would happen if this administration decided to suspend elections? Would that decision ultimately rest with the Supreme Court?

    Please filibuster!!!

    •  Yes-- It would go to the Supreme Court (none)
      And with Alito's views on Executive Power, we can only imagine the worst.  While a few years ago, I would have thought your concerns were paranoid, I think we all have to be prepared for the possibility that this crowd will refuse to give up power in one way or another.  We can no longer wait and see or hold our horses for the next battle.  The time to stand up for our democracy has arrived.

      Impeach Indict Incarcerate

      by 4Isis on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 05:48:13 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thank you Mr. Kennedy (4.00)
    Once again, I wish to thank you Mr. Kennedy for being unfailing and unflinching in your support for the little people of America.  You have kept up the good fight for social justice in the tradition of Bobby and John and Martin Luther King.   You should be very proud of that.

    Once again, God bless you sir and I thank you for all you and your family has done for our country and for the people who have no voice.  You have been the voice for the powerless, and now John Kerry is taking up the battle.

    I wish you many many happy years ahead to continue the Kennedy family's long fight for social justice.

    You and your whole family are loved by all my family, and millions of other Americans.

    Keep up the good fight.

  •  Thank you, Senator Kennedy, (4.00)
    for your leadership on this and in the past.  I'm doing my part by writing, calling and faxing my Senators every day and I'm calling all my friends and family and asking them to do be sure they are heard on this.

    Again, thank you.  

    ...with liberty and justice for all.

    by Cory Bantic on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:04:10 PM PST

  •  Do What Must Be Done (4.00)
      Thank you Senator Kennedy.
      The constitution must be defended by those who take their oath of office as seriously as you. Ths comment that "this is a country of laws and not of men" cannot be made into a joke.
  •  Stop Alito (none)
    He must not be on the Supreme Court when cases like the one in my diary below hit the Supreme Court as they will begin to shortly:

    I just posted the diary I mentioned the other day regarding the Motion to Dismiss in an Albany "terror" case based on the use of illegal and unconstitutional warrentless electronic surveillance.

    Please read and recommend as this issue needs airtime:

    Thank you.



  •  New strategy for future elections...? (none)
    I was thinking, that if Ben Nelson and Tim Johnson are so fucking spineless that they won't side with their party (which is the correct side) on the most important part of a Senator's job, why keep them?  Instead, how about focussing those recourses into races like Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon, etc. where we can get real progressives?
    •  I agree, they're a lost cause (none)
      These red state "Democrats apparently are under such pressue from the religios right and corporations that they feel they cannot stand for the core principles of their party.  This vote is the most important vote of our generation, possibly of our lifetime.

      The Democrats have hoped to hold onto enough Southern and redstate senators to come to power again, but if catering to these backwards and regressive states, (many exceptions, but the wingnuts are in the majority), means we have to abandon progressive principles to win, what good does that do.

      Our future would be better served in picking up seats in more progressively friendly states such as Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Maine-unfortunately the South and the Mountain West and plains states, as long as the religious right has hijacked true religious and spiritual values in those traditinally religious Bible belt areaa, do not allow candidates to adhere to or feel safe in maintaining progressive values.

      We need to let these Republican-lite Senators join the Republican party and go where we can elect truly loyal and progressive senators in the future.

  •  I mean, look at his page... (none)
    Ben Nelson's page is virtually him sticking his nose up Karl Rove's ass...

  •  Senator Kennedy (4.00)
    we support your efforts--you know that.

    And many of us are working diligently to try to defend the Senate and our Constitution, even though many of your colleagues, advisors, and consultants are not.

    We need to know if this is a legititmate fight ant that Democrats, at least, understand the battle.

    You can imagine how disheartening it is for us to read comments such as these from Democratis lobbyists, who see loyal Americans as just another source of revenue, however small:

    "The bloggers and online donors represent an important resource for the party, but they are not representative of the majority you need to win elections," said Steve Elmendorf, a Democratic lobbyist who advised Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. "The trick will be to harness their energy and their money without looking like you are a captive of the activist left."

    With "friends" like these, who needs K St.?

    As for a numbers check, apart from the 15 who are willing to vote no on cloture, minus my two Senators (NC--I already know how they feel), that leaves how many real possibilities?  I'm perfectly willing to send 83 FAXes, but we're reality-based, here.

    Who do you see as most likely to listen to reason?

    (Thanks for your stand.  We've got your back, but I'm not sure about the other vulnerable angles.)

    Political Cortex: Brain Food for the Body Politic

    by btyarbro on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 12:36:05 PM PST

  •  WHY FILIBUSTER? (none)
    A large, warm thank you to Senators Kennedy and Kerry.  For me, the idea of a filibuster is VERY SIMPLE: Americans deserve a debate on a man who will be given a job for life.  Of course, there are other VERY compelling reasons why a filibuster is SO necessary, but let's keep this idea simple.  If a guy (any fellow for that matter) is on the edge of being granted a job for life, and we the tax payers are footing the bill, frankly, I/ we deserve a lengthy, whole hearted debate on the issue.  This is not about partisan gain (or loss), this is not a story of will the Dems be better off if they do / or don't filibuster: THIS IS ABOUT DEBATE and we the American people DESERVE  a Congressional debate on this marginal, fringe judgement, scAlito guy.  Reid is way off the mark with his limited mind reaction to the filibuster.  He seems so small and out of touch.  DEBATE IS GOOD, DEBATE IS WORTHY, why rush to confirm?  One final note (forgive me I'm straying a little), what really really irks me is pro scAlito types say: "scAlito is qualified for the job"  I say: THAT IS NOT THE ISSUE AT HAND, WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT MIKE LOSER BROWN (ex.fema goof), WE KNOW scAlito(as much as I hate to admit it) is qualified,  the issue is scAlito's views and judgements.  What all Dems should be saying is THIS MAN IS FRINGE, MARGINAL, OUT OF THE MAINSTREAM, AND, therefore, not a suitable choice to make judicial decisions affecting 300 million people.  THAT IS the POINT on scAlito that we need to publicize. A FILIBUSTER EQUALS NECESSARY DEBATE WHICH WE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, DESERVE!!!!!
    (I'm sorry I'm totally ranting... gulp)  

    MSM should be called the corporate fringe media: CFM.

    by jdbrooklyn on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:11:09 PM PST

  •  Nail our colors to the mast, Senator (none)
    Is it an accident that the U.S.S. Constitution is the oldest commissioned ship of war in our fleet?  In the War of 1812, she was "Old Ironsides," a Constitution so resliant that shot from H.M.S. Guerriere (before she was dismasted and eventually scuttled) were reported to bounce harmlessly off the American ship's hull.
    We have the ideals of both Constitutions, the ship and the document, on our side in this, Senator.  Let's turn our broadside to foe, open all the gunports, and as the day dawns on Monday, hit them with a fussilade the likes of which they have never seen.

    You may fire when you are ready, Gridley

    by Unitary Moonbat on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:29:41 PM PST

  •  It's my birthday today, Sen. Kennedy, (4.00)
    and I am spending it sending faxes, making calls and contacting everyone I know encouraging them to do the same.

    Keep fighting the good fight. You have so many friends who are doing all they can to help.

    •  Happy Birthday! (none)
      While so many Americans can't be bothered to follow what is going on, you are an exceptional patriot for spending your birthday fighting for the Constitution.

      I hope you receive a marvelous belated birthday gift on Monday--a successful filibuster!

      Of science and the human heart, there is no limit. -- Bono

      by saucy monkey on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 01:59:06 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  this better not be a (4.00)
    filibuster for a day, as some have said. Our rights are more important than some political game.
  •  Can anyone give a rundown of where our numbers are (none)
    at this point?

    "It is not too late at all. You just do not yet know what you are capable of." Mahatma Gandhi

    by Percheronwoman on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 02:22:25 PM PST

  •  Thank you (none)
    I just wanted to add my thanks to the growing list of them here, for filibustering this horror.
    I have already called both of my senators twice this week.
    I am angry and amazed that Robert Bryd, probably the most astute expert on the constitution in the Senate is supporting this nomination. I was inspired by his speeches opposing the war in Iraq and disgusted with his suppoprt for Alito.
    As for Ladrieu and Nelson, I expected no better, they are classic dinos.
    At least there are a few Democrats worthy of the name. Thank you again Sentor Kennedy and those who support you.
    •  asdf (none)
      Byrd was the first person I emailed because I too was stunned that he was planning on voting to confirm Alito.  Will we be able to change his mind?  I don't know. Byrd strikes me as someone who is rather stubborn and may dig his heels in if pressured.  On the other hand I think it is our duty as citizens to point out the error in his thinking.
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  •  Proud to be a democrat (none)
    I am a very strong supporter of yours, although I dont live in Massachussets.  You are the soul of the democratic party and I am really happy to see your entry here.  

    Unfortunately, I doubt that you will be able to find enough other senators to sustain a filibuster.   Thats the problem of the democratic party these days.   It does not have enough people like you.   In any case, I am proud to be a democrat and I hope that with time the democratic party will find again its true liberal identity.

    Just because we do not have 40 No's does not mean they have 60 Yes's.  

    A filibuster forces "pro-choice" Reps to show their hand and may cost Blue State Reps their seats in Nov.

    When Roe is overturned, we must show we tried everything possible, or pro-choice voters may burn both houses.

    Any Democrat unwilling to fight for the Supreme Court is of little use to us.

    A filibuster, even if it loses, shows backbone and fighting spirit, and will rally the base and send a message.

    Dems should apoligize not for the battles they lose, but for the battles they never fight.

    "Why is Bush so weak? Because knowledge is power." For more, visit

    by Brent Reilly on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 03:25:59 PM PST

  •  THANK YOU SENATOR! (none)
    As a constituent, I couldn't be prouder of the work of yourself and Senator Kerry.

    Please don't let our freedoms be trampled on by the theocracy that is the Republican Party. America has never been about denying freedoms - until the Republicans took over.

    Please fight the good fight, in spite of anything people say. You can count on my support.

  •  scratch this, (none)
    this comment was intended for the reply immediately after the post. How it go all the way down here I have no idea.

    So you've found Jesus! If nobody claims him in 30 days he's yours.

    by currentgcsof16 on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 03:41:21 PM PST

  •  Funny, isn't it? (4.00)
    All that moping about, "a filibuster will never succeed," even from the likes of Harry Reid (whom I still respect)--and now it's within the realm of possibility.

    To those wrapped up in the moping:  Beware the self-fulfilling prophecy.

    Thanks for joining John Kerry and leading, Senator Kennedy.  You can lead public opinion.  Even if something seems unpopular with the electorate, if you know you're right about it, with a smart and coordinated effort you can turn it around and make it happen.  When more Democrats do the same, it will cement what they stand for and win them elections.

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

    by Simplify on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 04:09:46 PM PST

  •  Crystal, have you seen the senate web page? (none)
    The newly designed senate web page is not only missing many senators (including Sen. Kennedy), but many of those that are listed are linked to other senator's e-mails, e.g., Akaka is linked to Alexander's e-mail.  Lots of errors.

    Just saying.

  •  would like to hear from a senator or (none)
    senatorial staffer to assure me that faxes, emails, calls from out of state constituents are considered by THEM to be helpful and not a hinderance.

    It worries me that the politicians on the fence about the filibuster issue are worried about pissing their constituents off - in which case communications by out of staters would only serve as an ANNOYANCE by preventing them from getting a handle on the feelings of their actual constituency.

    As a New Yorker - I feel as if my letters/faxes/emails to Senators Clinton and Schumer did some good in getting them to get on board with the filibuster - but wouldn't want to inadvertently antagonize any out of state senators with un-asked for communications either.

    •  Someone mentioned earlier (none)
      that things Supreme Court nominees are truly national issues.  It is certainly not a hinderance - and citizens should never feel like they can't contact any elected official'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 Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 05:53:11 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Why Vote Democrat? (none)
    If Democrats won't fight a nominee like this? I say this as an extremely loyal partisan.

    There is some point at which you have to convince your constituents that you stand for something. How many people will donate money to stop Roe from being overturned if they know Democrats lack the backbone to do anything about it? Fighting and losing reminds them that you're at least willing to fight.

    There is a point at which, if you fail to fight, you stand for nothing.

    So I would like to thank you Senator (and Senator Kerry and others) for being willing to stand up and fight. Even if this fails, I will be proud of my party for showing some guts and some integrity.


    •  True-- And we will remember those who cave (none)
      I think that it is as important for us to remember those don't fight for us as those who do!  Three Cheers for Sen. Kennedy.  If Biden and others flake out on us....There will be hell to pay. It is not really just a matter of folks not getting democratic support (money and activist help) it is literally a question of us working activily AGAINST those who do not stand with us....That may not be politically expedient, but at some point the democratic Congressional delegations have to be purged of those who do not have the chops to stand up for the people when it matters most.

      Impeach Indict Incarcerate

      by 4Isis on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 05:54:43 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Senator, the best result will be (none)
    when Mr. Alito is rejected.

    Only the Senate can make this happen.

  •  Thank you, Senator Kennedy, for being the kind of (none)
    Democrat you've been, all your political life.

    I have made a lot of free calls, sent free faxes, signed petitions in the last few days. I will continue to do so until the last moment. When I signed Senator Kerry's petition, I included this note.

    If the Democratic senators fail to filibuster Alito, I will skip voting in November of 2006 and 2008. Those will be my first missed elections ever; I've been voting, and a Democrat, since 1964, but I'm serious about staying home. If my party can no longer support me, I will no longer support it. Do not assume that fear of a GOP takeover will make me vote for Democrats: We already HAVE a GOP takeover. Without a principled stand by senate Democrats, the only cure I see for this nation's ills is revolution. If revolution comes, guess who the first ones hanged will be? Filibuster now, or be DAMNED to you all.
    Senator Kerry, you have sent me several letters and emails asking for my financial support for our Democratic Party. So far, I haven't contributed a dime, solely because I lack the funds to do so.
    My current monthly cash income is $743. Out of that I pay rent, buy groceries and other personal necessities, do laundry, ride the bus to the supermarket and the doctor's office, pay my utilities and internet access bill. How do I manage? With difficulty.
    However, I've made up my mind to start contributing money, even if all I can manage is $10 a month. I'll eat a little less, but supporting a party which supports me will ease the stomach cramps. My monthly sawbuck will begin in March [February is already budgeted] and is contingent on a filibuster. Please feel free to share my post with your fellow senators.
    I won't rehash the many reasons to oppose Samuel Alito's nomination; as grandparents, both you and I know those reasons all too well. It is not an overstatement to declare that the existence of our nation is at stake.
  •  Thank you (none)
    Thank you Senator Kennedy.  I've emailed, faxed and called your office urging you to filibuster this nomination.  I am really very proud to call you my Senator.  

    It is so important that the whole democratic caucus stand with you on this.  It will show that the party has the guts to stand up to these hijakers of our government.  Please keep up the pressure.

    One of your constituents from Milton.

  •  Dear Mr. Kennedy, (none)
    I have known of you since I 1st became interested in politics and all things American. I was 12 then, I am 49 now. By your work you are an interesting and smart man.

    I find you eloquent and sometimes moving and yet almost all of the good ideas you present get marginalized what with your being the LIBERAL Senator from Mass and the press repeating republican spin for free.

    So I would like to ask why yourself and the others who represent what is considered to be the liberal point of view, have allowed the word liberal to become a slur (commie-pinko-terrorist loving supporter of the welfare state, would be about right I think)?

    My dictionary defines liberal as someone who is fair, open-minded and generous. I proudly wear that mantle. In fact those aren't those real American values? As opposed to all those evangelical dictates I mean.

    He who defines the terms wins the argument right? Please take back that word.

    Please get better spinners for our side! It really has that Germany, 1930, feel to it all.

    Good night and good luck to you sir!

  •  Alito (none)
    Thank you for oppossing Alito.  I hope that the Democrats have the courage and conviction to stop the march of Facism in America.  I voted Democrat for 26 years and my father and grandfathers were all democrats, working people.  I stopped voting Democrat after 9/11.  If you ever become the populist party of the poor, that was the party my grandfathers supported, I will vote for you again.  Please believe in something more principled than polls.

    it is our cares which organize the human mind....

    by wildwisefree on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 05:29:18 PM PST

  •  Just say no to Alito! (none)
    Mr. Kennedy,

    Please jump on board to eliminate corruption to try to get back trust in our government. This issue should be addressed over and over until it is eliminated.

  •  proud to be a constituent (none)
    And you bet I'll be making some phone calls to Sen. Kennedy's colleagues, encouraging them to back the filibuster.  It's the right thing to do, and don't let anyone tell you differently.
  •  Maria Cantwell is in Spokane now (none)
    hey .. I'm watching the Gonzaga/Portland BB game on TV (6:35pm ) and they just panned the camera over to Senator Maria Cantwell.  Her phone banks are full now.  If someone in Spokane lives nearby .. they might be able to go over to the gym at Gonzaga and wait for her to emerge .. and put in a good word for the filibuster.
  •  Hear, Hear! (none)
    Why have a supreme court nominee who answers less about himself than somebody on jury duty?  


  •  i wonder (none)
    how many faxes, calls, etc. will they end up receiving?  they would almost be obligated to extend debate just to have time to accurately tally the constitutent feedback.

    everyone should be sure to contact their (R) senators just as much!

    "I don't want Alito on MY Supreme Court!"

    weather forecast

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

    by Cedwyn on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 07:30:53 PM PST

  •  And.. Thank YOU Senator Kennedy (none)
    for being willing to take a stand.
  •  Sam Alito's Top Ten Extraordinary Circumstances (none)

    God loves atheists, too.

    by GoMommyGo on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 07:46:05 PM PST

  •  Thank you, and don't call it a filibuster . . . (none)
    We shouldn't be calling it a filibuster at all, but rather a refusal to "cut-off debate on the nomination" or refusal to "vote for cloture on the subject of the nomination" until all of the important questions are answered.

    We have to link this to the Administration PATTERN of providing incomplete information, and rushing through proposals, and then when the results are disastrous, pointing out that the Dems voted for it, too.  

    Most Americans believe that the Administration has hidden information or lied about the reasons for war, and this strategy will resonate with that understanding.

    Dems should stand up and state: "We are unwilling to continue to vote on important questions without full information, and full disclosure."

    "This is a life-time appointment to our highest court, at a critical juncture for our nation, and Judge Alito's testimony leaves too many important questions unanswered. I will not vote to cut-off debate on this nomination until these questions are answered satisfactorily, so that the nation and its citizens understand what this appointment will mean for our country's future

    "We want what the American People want, a full and complete debate with all of the answers out in the open for the People and their representatives to decide, is this the right person for this critical position in our Government?  Will Judge Alito's views take the Supreme Court down a path of curbing liberty and freedom at a critical juncture in our history?"

    The Dems may not have the votes to hold up the voting indefinitely-a true filibuster, but perhaps the Dems can agree to hold up the vote until Alito gives straight answers to important questions.

    Dems should make clear that "this is Not a filibuster.  We are committed at this point to having a vote on the nomination when the questions are satisfactorily answered."

    Dems should state that "when straight answers on these questions are given, and the people have the benefit of a full and open debate, we look forward to voting on this nomination.  But the Administration has to cooperate in insuring that Judge Alito answers the important questions, and that the Administration stops playing `hide the ball' from the American People."

    "We urge the Administration to provide satisfactory answers in an expedited fashion so that we can have the full and honest debate and a quick vote on the nomination.  However, we will no longer continue to vote on important questions until we are certain that we have been provided with all of the important information, and that nothing remains hidden from the American People."

    Surely, the Dem caucus can get unified behind this proposition.   If the Administration provides clear answers and we can't get any moderate republicans to vote "no" to protect the right to choose and the right to be free of arbitrary executive power, then at least we have fought the good fight.

    But we should not give up yet.  We should not let Alito get away with ducking and weaving.  The American People should know what they are getting.

    Thank you again, Senator.

  •  Thanks, but you do know NONE of this matters (none)
    until we face what has caused our nation to go down this path. NONE of it matters until we talk about WHY this is happening.

    None of it.

    Read some of what I am talking about here:

    BTW, speaking MLK, the government just gave one of Moon's planet gigging front groups - "Service for Peace" - 80 grand to put on some MLK programs. That will help Moon get his claws deeper into the black community and promote his theofascist vision among them. He already has many of them thinking that he, Jesus and MLK were all persecuted alike.

    But hey, the Republicans have used Moon to push Bush's Faith Based Vote Buying Scheme why should we care? I mean, so what if the conservative theocrats taking our nation to hell work with their Messiah, Moon, to tear down the wall between church and state, what's a little theocracy among friends?

    Find some of that here.

    "Sun Myung Moon has more to do with our nation's political climate than anyone. Anyone!" - moonboots

    by moonboots on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 07:51:54 PM PST

  •  What's with Byrd (none)
    I have been paying attention for the last 35 years and have always that that Byrd was, well a strange Bird!  I do not question his patriotism and find his personal story compelling.  However; I am dismayed by his remarks last week in which he advises he will support this Alito nightmare.  I would think that this is one Senator that might respond to intensity from "We the People".  He is one that received the unwavering support of many of us in the blogosphere when we heard he was under attack.  Fot that he owes us at least an ear as the case is laid against Alito.  His support of a filibuster is crucial and I would ask Senator Kennedy to give our plea the personal touch that only friends can share.  

    Suggest we all give him an email or a call as well!

    (202) 224-3954

  •  What's the latest? (none)
    Any new senators on board??  Still wish you'd send Byrd's personal phone number. ;>

    Bush is NOT America!

    by annefrank on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 09:31:01 PM PST

  •  Senator Kennedy (none)
    If you are reading this, please notice that in this and other posted diaries, many constituents have expressed their dismay in being unable to contact their senators this weekend regarding their wishes on a potential filibuster.  For this reason, I suggest that a vote on cloture be delayed to such time as all senators are capable of receiving, reviewing and responding to input on this issue from their constitutents.  
    •  They are Shutting Constituents OUT (none)
      This is a great idea.  We have been shut out of communication with our Senators in the two most important days of modern political history (except perhaps for the few days leading up to the Iraq vote when I called my Senator and was literally LAUGHED AT for asking my Senator -- a supposedly progressive democrat-- to vote against the WAR resolution).  The Senators should be going to thier constitutents to ask how they feel about Alito-- we should not have to be beating down doors to get them to pay attention.  I have heard that many Senators, like BYRD have actually turned off thier phones.  And I even know groups of people who went to Washington to try to meet with thier Senators about Alito who were told, we have already heard from "your side", and were refused meetings.

      This is an affront to our democratic process.

      Impeach Indict Incarcerate

      by 4Isis on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 05:59:04 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Under their skin (none)
    This appears on RedState and it makes me wonder how secure they really feel.  It's the kind of thing that energizes me.

    US Senators posting on blogs?  
    By: GoRight · Section: Diaries  

    I am curious to hear the reactions of other Red Staters to this type of post.  Over at DK there is a recommended diary which purports to be written by Senator Ted Kennedy.  It is being used to continue to drum up activist action against the Alito nomination.
    A while back it seems that Senator Barbie Boxer was also posting on the site.

    Do any of you really believe that our US Senators are actually reading, much less posting, on blogs?  Personally I think that this type of post is really just a pathetic fabrication on the part of KOS to try and keep up moral in the face of yet another defeat, to make them feel like they are being heard and making a difference.  I mean, you can't just leave the useful idiots running around without something to capture their attention, can you?  They might wander off somewhere.

    What do you think?

    -8, -8.15  Don't be afraid of the truth.

    by NotMeAgain on Sat Jan 28, 2006 at 10:54:40 PM PST

  •  Serenade the Senate (none)
    Just FYI, as this sun sinks slowly down the rec list, Serenade the Senate: Speak Out is a diary based on a very reasonable and creative comment in the original posting of Senator Kennedy's diary last night.

    middleagedhousewife said:

    On the issue of Democratic senators who are resisting a move to filibuster, but whose mailboxes and voicemails are overflowing -- would it help for us to leave messages for them on a separate diary on Kos (or even on this one)?  If they are in doubt as to how important we, the people they represent think this is, you could refer them here for back up.  Fellow kossacs, what do you think?


    If you do get the filibuster, and are forced to talk for hours and hours, may I suggest a reading of the Declaration of Independence, or the US Constitution.  I think many of your Republican colleagues need a refresher.

    Crystal Patterson very kindly replied, and the rest will be history.  Please feel free to use the comment space at the Serenade diary, if you're inclined to self-organize, suggest filibuster materials, or otherwise sing out, especially if long threads are a hassle on dial-up.  

    Also, Miss Devore has an open forum addressed to Senator Landrieu, for those with something to sing or say.

  •  Thank you Senator Kennedy for always standing for (none)
    something. Republicans always say that the Democratic Party stands for nothing. What they really mean is that Democrats have no convictions and they it all about political calculation for them. They will never accuse you fo that. For the other Democrats, this is the time for Democrats to stand for something. Alito provides us that opportunity. The right wing did not do any political calculation when they asked that Meir be dumped simply because Meir did not fit in their agenda. Bush did not care about the Country at large when he picked Alito. He took his core elements dissatisfaction of Meir into consideration, dumped her and picked Alito.
    When will these wavering Democrats take a stand for something their base wants? This Filibuster provides of with such option. Republicans never give up when it comes to protecting the need of their core constituents. Democrats who don't support this filibuster should be ready to lose significant minority and women votes.
    These groups year upon year have supported the Democratic Party now when they need their support the Party is stiffing them. Who is the Democratic Party expecting to vote for them in 2006? Republicans..... Without minority and women votes in huge numbers Democrats have no prayers in 2006 and beyond.  
    For Example, Tim Johnson would not have been a senator today if the Native Americans did not vote for him in huge numbers in South Dakota. Despite the hype Daschle lost because he did not get significant support of the Native Americans in SD. His sin was that he always tried to compromise with Whitehouse who in return campaigned against him. Native Americans from SD were so disgusted with him that as you may recall a Native American, was an independent candidate for the senate before he was persuaded by some Democrats to withdraw in order to give Daschle a chance.  
    Mary Landrieu, should remember that without African America votes from New Orleans under the persuasion of Bill Clinton on Election Day, she would not be a senator today. I personally offered my Land Cruiser to take people to the poll for this woman. I spent my gas driving from Houston to New Orleans for her. And she won't support me? That hurts. I am sorry if I am taking this personally.  What is she drinking? She wants to support Alito to preserve her electability for 2006. She made the same mistake in 2001 when she supported all the Bush Tax Cuts.  Governor Henry is the Governor of Oklahoma today because of an overwhelming support he received from the Native American population.  Senator Coburn is senator from Oklahoma today because he ran on his conviction while Brad Carson lost because he was straddling the middle. It never works.
    She and others like her will not get my support this time or the vote of many African Americans if she does not support the filibuster. Why do Democrats always bite the hands that feed them? Thanks again, sir.
  •  Senator Kennedy Stands for Me (none)
    Senator Kennedy's clear vision and unwavering support for the rights and freedoms that form the very fabric of this Country is inspiring.  He has done more for women and people of color and more to protect and support the core principles of this Democracy than any other Senator.  I only hope that principled action is contagious and that he and those who have joined with him can prevail in these dangerous times.  

    Impeach Indict Incarcerate

    by 4Isis on Sun Jan 29, 2006 at 05:41:01 AM PST

  •  Alito phone/fax/email/petition resource (none)
    Blogwhoring for justice:

    Don't stop just 'cause it's Sunday, folks. Not with the dandelion-killing, cavity-fighting, mileage-improving, everything-in-one-place VichyDems All In One Sunday Fuck Alito Activism Resource right at your fingertips.

    That's right: EVERYTHING IN ONE PLACE.  Every swing Senator. Every phone number: both DC AND DISTRICT offices. Every fax number. Every email or webmail contact page, linked. All in one place. With notes on where that Senator stands. Plus links to polls, petitions and quickfaxes.

    Today, Sunday, you can fill up not only every Senator's DC voicemail, email inbox, and fax, but the ones in all their DISTRICT offices as well! And top it off with an email. For all they know, that's a bunch of constituents calling in, not one furious grandmother on a telephone rampage. And if you do it on a Sunday, there's no one there to ask what Zip code you're calling from!! It's the top post: weekend game plan.

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