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Standing Strong to Filibuster Alito

by Pamela Leavey

Here’s an update on those committed to Stand Strong and filibuster the Alito nomination

Leading the Fight:
John F. Kerry and Edward M. Kennedy.

Committed to Filibuster:
Barbara Boxer (D- CA), Dianne Feinstein (D- CA), Christopher J. Dodd (D- CT), Richard J. Durbin (D- IL), Debbie A. Stabenow (D- MI), Robert Menendez (D- NJ), Harry Reid (D- NV), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D- NY), Charles Schumer (D- NY), Ron Wyden (D- OR), Russell D. Feingold (D- WI).

Each and everyone of those Senators deserve our support and our thanks, now and in the future. This has been a tough decision for each of them and it’s one that deserves our acknowledgement and praise. We all know that the odds are slim that this will be pulled off… But, it all about standing up and standing strong on the principles that you believe in. So, to each of these Senators, I say — “I’ve got your back.” I hope everyone here will join me.

Now, this brings me to the next part of my post… The Senators listed below need our help to recognize the folly of their ways. The first list is the Undecided’s, the next the Against Filibuster and the last the Dem Senators who will vote to confirm Alito.

If you are with me in this fight, if you have the back’s of John Kerry, Edward M. Kennedy and those committed to this fight, get on the phone and call each and everyone of them and let them know you want a filibuster!

Undecided – Needs Pressure:
Blanche Lambert Lincoln (D- AR), 202-224-4843
Joseph I. Lieberman (D- CT), 202-224-4041
Thomas R. Carper (D- DE), 202-224-2441
Daniel K. Inouye (D- HI), 202-224-3934
Tom Harkin (D- IA), 202-224-3254
Barack Obama (D- IL), 202-224-2854
Evan Bayh (D- IN), 202-224-5623
Barbara A. Mikulski (D- MD), 202-224-4654
Paul S. Sarbanes (D- MD), 202-224-4524
Carl Levin (D- MI), 202-224-6221
Mark Dayton (D- MN), 202-224-3244
Max Baucus (D- MT), 202-224-2651
Frank Lautenberg (D- NJ), 202-224-3224
Jeff Bingaman (D- NM), 202-224-5521
Jack Reed (D- RI), 202-224-4642
Lincoln D. Chafee (R- RI), 202-224-2921
Patrick J. Leahy (D- VT), 202-224-4242
Maria Cantwell (D- WA), 202-224-3441
Patty Murray (D- WA), 202-224-2621
Herb Kohl (D- WI), 202-224-5653
John D. Rockefeller, IV (D- WV), 202-224-6472
James M. Jeffords (I- VT), 202-224-5141

Against Filibuster:
Mark Pryor (D- AR), 202-224-2353
Ken Salazar (D- CO) , 202-224-5852
Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D- DE) , 202-224-5042
Bill Nelson (D- FL), 202-224-5274
Daniel K. Akaka (D- HI) (1,), 202-224-6361
Mary Landrieu (D- LA) (1,), 202-224-5824
Byron L. Dorgan (D- ND) (1,), 202-224-2551
Kent Conrad (D- ND) (1,), 202-224-2043
Olympia Snowe (R- ME) (1,), 202-224-5344

Supporting Alito:
Ben Nelson (D-NE) 202-224-6551
Tim Johnson (D- SD) , 202-224-5842
Robert C. Byrd (D- WV) , 202-224-3954

Finally, I leave you all with this quote, which I think epitomizes why John Kerry and Edward M. Kennedy, and their fellow Senators have enjoined in this valiant fight…

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. – Robert F. Kennedy

15 Responses to “Standing Strong to Filibuster Alito”

  1. I love that quote and I think this act is going to spark a rebellion and a drawing of battle lines as Democrats realize their responsibilities, their potential at this point, and the need to express clear ideas sharply distinct from the failing policies of this time.

    The Dems, I believe, will have to consolidate on the progressive side and reaffirm their standing with the middle and lower classes as has traditionally been the case. Kennedy and Kerry will lead in this. The fighting Dems(Iraq war vets) will come in and ambush the weakening war game.

    The specifics(Alito) are ultimately inconsequential as the parties separate and give voters a clear choice.

    We all know that major problems are looming larger and larger and we’ll have to stop playing National Enquirer type gossipy games and get down to the business of government.
    Hopefully, this will help us all get down to solid achievement in our personal lives as well.

    It all starts with us.

  2. OT, but this does not good news at all!

    It appears that Bush has just pulled his version of Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre. Though in his case it will likely be successful and protect him and more corrupt GOP from the Abramoff investigation.

    Even more unfortunately, since we have no real media any more, except for right-wing biased or at best GOP apologist RNC talking point parrots(sorry droolers but it is in fact an obvious truth), 95% of the public will never even realize or understand what it appears Bush just did.

    Instead due to this, we could end up hearing all the GOP and media parrot, “See it was only a couple of GOP congressman involved who were corrupted, no different then the Dems)
    http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/007549.php

  3. “this does not good news”

    Sheesh Dave, WTF was that… 🙁

  4. Dave from Princeton

    It’s not promising looking — but we can’t give up hope.

    I listened to the Murad Remix of What It’s Worth earlier today. It was tough, bringing back memories, but it also brought back some of that hope.

  5. Dave from Princeton

    It read fine to my overtired mind!

  6. Pamela, yeah I loved “What It’s Worth”. That one was always my favorite. Murad really has talent!

  7. Former DNC Chairman Ed Rendell is a Huge Judge Alito Fan
    @ 08:16 PM (1 day, 3 hours, 14 minutes ago) Edit This
    This is yet another example of how the exteme left wing of the democratic party is totally out of touch with mainstream Americans, even just plain old liberal democrats.

    Tuesday, January 24, 2006
    In Case You Missed It: Former DNC Chairman, Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA) Supports Judge Alito

    From Fox News’ “Fox News Live”
    January 24, 2006

    Former DNC Chairman, Governor Ed Rendell [D-PA]: “I Believe He’s A Qualified Judge. He Sits On The Third Circuit Court Of Appeals In Philadelphia. I Don’t Know If You Know This … My Wife Is A Third Circuit Court Judge.”

    Fox News’ Bill Hemmer: “I’m Aware Of That, And Your History In Philadelphia Should Give You Pretty Good Knowledge Of Him.”

    Rendell: “Right. She Has A High Opinion Of His Integrity And His Academic Standards. She Disagrees With Him On A Number Of Cases And Agrees With Him On Some. I Disagree With A Lot Of His Positions On Cases, But I Think The Tests Should Always Be One Party Wins The Election. As Long As The Supreme Court Justice Is Appointed Who Has High Academic Qualifications, Significant Integrity And Judge Alito Certainly Does, We Should Confirm Him Regardless Of Our Disagreement On The Way He May Interpret One Aspect Of The Law. I Think We’ve Fallen Into Such Partisanship In D.C., Not Just In This But In So Many Things, That It’s In Some Way Ways Tearing The Country Apart.”

    Hemmer: “[H]ow Do You Think Your Democratic Colleagues Did On This Committee During This Process? Were You Proud Of Them?”

    Rendell: “[I] Wasn’t Pleased. Certainly Some Did Well But Some Didn’t. I Wasn’t Pleased At The Nitpicking. I Think We Need To Go Back To The Days [When] One Party Wins. No One Fought Harder For John Kerry Than I Did … But [President Bush] Won The Election, And As Long As They Give Us Qualified Candidates … Sam Alito, Unanimously Recommended By The American Bar Association, A Qualified Judge.”

    Prominent Democrats Against Alito Filbuster
    @ 07:40 AM (1 day, 15 hours, 50 minutes ago) Edit This

    By Carrie Budoff / Inquirer Staff Writer
    Despite reservations about several rulings by Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, Democratic Senate candidate Robert P. Casey Jr. said yesterday that Alito should be confirmed because, ultimately, he is qualified. … qualified. “I do not agree with everything that Judge Samuel Alito has done or said – …
    Wednesday, January 25, 2006 (Philadelphia Inquirer)

    Bingo….one of many honest democrats speaks from truth…..”Alito should be confirmed because, ultimately, he is qualified”. In the coming days the comments of other democrats who truly focus “on the issue at hand” will be posted here. The only Constitutionally correct discussion regarding any Supreme Court Justice nominee is whether that nominee is qualified. Unfortunately this is another situation where democrats do not speak from truth and try to pull fast one on honest Americans.

  8. These senators are risking alot. when you got the so called white house press secretary making fun of a senator who flew home from a economic conference thousands of miles away to fight for this and the certain flagging the sorry excuse for a media we have piling on they are going to have a bumpy ride. But they are taking a stand and yes we have to have their backs to. Progressives and dems who complian that the dems don’t stand for anything will have to have their back to because some of them are.

    Landrieu and salazar,Pryor, bayh don’t suprise me. They rarely stand up to bush any way.
    As for Biden he was so gun ho against alito but is un willing to fillibuster give me a break.

  9. Slightly conservative is acceptable, but unitary executive, etc? Realize we have to be centrist, move the thinking from where they are, we are not frightening Dems.

    But he is a frightening choice.

  10. I am very impressed that you are willing to let various points of view be expressed. What about Lynn Swann as the next PA governor?

  11. To Barry G,
    So, what you’re saying is that the Republicans never blocked an appointment because they didn’t like their ideology? C’mon man, stop lying. The Republicans have been notorious obstructionists as both the minority party and majority party. Clinton only got most of his appointments made because he communicated with both sides of the Senate BEFORE making the appointments. Bush did no such thing because he knew the Democrats were too centrist for this EXTREME RIGHT-WING Judge Alito. So, now the Dems will have to forcibly voice their opinion. Let’s go Democrats, rally together and block this extremist nominee!

  12. Matias,

    To take this a step further, it is the Republcians who have made court appointments much more about ideology than ever before. It wasn’t until Reagan that ideology played a major factor in appointees to the lower courts (giving them many more people on the far right to consider when Supreme Court cases come up, plus they realized that many things are decided before the level of the Supreme Court).

  13. Barry,

    Finding an ocassional Democrat who will speak to Fox News to promote the Republican line proves nothing.

    Whether we consider Alito a conservative or extermist isn’t decided by taking other people’s opinions of Alito. It is based upon a review of Alito’s views.

    Alito supports the Unitary Executive doctrine which places far more power in the President than was ever intended by the framers of the Constitution, and far more power than is safe in a democracy. This is especially important when we are faced with a President who has already been abusing the powers of his office, and admits to engaging in a program considered illegal by many in Congress, the court responsible for supervising domestic surveillance, and even many in the Justice Department at the time the program was started.

  14. I’d like to congratulate those 25 brave Democrats who stood up & fought for America in the battle against the nomination of Judge Alito. THANK YOU!!!!! You will be remembered for this. More to the point, the REST of the Senate will be remembered, too. WE VOTE, and we ain’t voting for them. Count on it.

  15. Susan Douglas

    Here! Here!