Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) explaining his No vote now.
BTW, via Ed Kilgore, here are some folks who don't doubt Alito's vote on overturning Roe:
It was a day of clarity after weeks of fuzz generated by Supreme Court nominee Sam Alito and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The nominee -- expected to be endorsed by the committee today -- maintained that he did not have strong legal views about abortion. And senators acted as if abortion were not the reason they would vote for or against him.
But at yesterday's March for Life, neither speaker nor marcher was confused by the Kabuki. "We must support the confirmation of Judge Alito and other jurists who will support a strict-constructionist view of the law and make it possible once and for all to end Roe v. Wade ," Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), a leading House conservative, thundered.
In the crowd, Sheila Wharam of Baltimore was festive, almost jubilant. "We're getting close," she said, holding a banner urging "Mr. Justices, Please Reverse Roe v. Wade."
That should give anti-choice Senator Arlen Specter real solace - his vote for Alito will carry out his wish that Roe be overturned . . . oh wait . . .
Update [2006-1-25 18:15:39 by Armando]:
Senator Mary Landrieu urges there be no filibuster because, get this:
Because we have such a full plate of pressing issues before Congress, a filibuster at this time would be, in my view, very counterproductive. It is imperative that we remain focused on creating the tools New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast will need to rebuild. This includes passing the Baker bill and allowing our state to keep its fair share of offshore energy revenues. We simply cannot afford to bring the Senate to a halt at a time when we need its action the most. If called to vote for cloture on Judge Alito's nomination, I will vote yes.
You see, the lifetime appointment of a SUPREME COURT JUSTICE is no big whoop to Sen. Landrieu. It is one thing to be against a filibuster, but to pretend the confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice is no big deal is offensive.
I don't know what Senator Landrieu believes she is accomplishing with this idiotic and downright offensive press release, but it tells me that she really is not up to the job of United States Senator if she can not understand how important this is.
No one has made me angrier in this process. Not even Specter.
Update [2006-1-25 18:26:14 by Armando]:
Thinking on it, I have a suggestion for Senator Landrieu - why not put off consideration of the Alito nomination until AFTER we deal with all those important issues she has outlined. I mean, since the Supreme Court is not important according to her, surely Alito's nomination can wait a few months before we address it. Why doesn't Senator Landrieu propose that?
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