UPDATE: CNN now reports this story: Sen. Kerry calls for filibuster of Alito, as first reported here…
I have confirmed through my sources that both John Kerry and Ted Kennedy spoke up yesterday about the importance of stopping Alito. I suspected something was going down yesterday when Kerry’s floor speech got pushed back by an hour or so. There was deep frustration on the floor yesterday amongst Dems, that was clear to anyone watching the proceedings.
Word has it that the two Senators from Massachusetts, shocked those Senators who had declared that the Alito nomination was a done deal, by arguing the merits of a filibuster. They both know they face steep odds on this fight, but Kerry and Kennedy are known to work very closely together… and are not afraid to stand up.
This fight is one I feel, that we will see the sort of passion that a lot of us remember from 1971. It is clearly not over. My sources tell me that Kerry has been unequivocal and has passionately talked to colleagues — trying to get the ball rolling.
I urge everyone to stand up with Senators Kerry and Kennedy on this fight! Let them know we have their backs. Our focus is to lobby our Senators — last night I reported on the NY Times editorial calling for a filibuster… I said then “I personally can not sit back and watch this happening with out making a stand.”
There’s a Senate Phone List here, with numbers to all the Democratic Senators and the key moderate Republicans. There are also two toll free numbers – 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641.
UPDATE: HOW YOU CAN HELP –
Here’s a list of key Senators to press:
Robert Byrd (WV)
Web Form: http://www.byrd.senate.gov/byrd_email.html
FAX: (202) 228-0002
Mary Landrieu (LA)
Web Form: http://www.landrieu.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
FAX: (202) 224-9735
K. Salazar (CO)
Web Form: http://salazar.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
FAX: (202) 228-5036
Johnson, Tim- (D – SD)
Web Form: johnson.senate.gov/emailform.cfm
Susan Collins (ME)
Phone: (202) 224-2523
Web Form: http://collins.senate.gov/public /
FAX: (202) 224-2693
Olympia Snowe (ME)
Phone: (202) 224-1946
FAX: (202) 224-1946
Sign Kerry’s Alito Petition: www.johnkerry.com/action/alito.
— Kennedy Backs Kerry in Filibuster of Alito.