There’s been a some chatter in the blogosphere and the MSM about John Kerry’s timing in announcing a filibuster on the Samuel Alito nomination to the Supreme Court. I find that curious, as typically Senators do not announce a Filibuster until close to the final vote on a bill or nomination.
You have to know when to choose your battles, and you have to know when to keep your cards close to the vest. When you are fighting the good fight, there are times when you plan and strategize, and there are times when you announce your intentions to stand and fight. And timing is everything in life and politics.
John Kerry said it yesterday, “The Time To Stand Is Now.”
This is not the vote of Monday afternoon. This is a vote of history.
How we stand and fight this fight, will be determined by those who are willing to stand beside Kerry, Kennedy and the other Democratic Senators who understand that fighting the good fight, means making a stand at the right moment in history.
“This is the choice for the Court now. I reject those notions that there ought to somehow be some political calculus about the future. This impact is going to be now. This choice is now. This ideological direction is defined now.”
The WaPo noted in a piece today about the liberal blogosphere, that “Liberal activists seemed to have slightly more influence with their campaign to persuade Senate Democrats to filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of Samuel A. Alito Jr.”
It’s really imperative if the liberal blogosphere is to be a force in fighting the good fight, that liberal bloggers get on board with the fight and stay on message. Now is not the time to bemoan what determined when the fight was announced, now is the time to stand and fight together with everything we have got.
Repeating from my post here yesterday… The players in this fight…
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).
Who to keep the pressure on…
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
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
Ben Nelson (D-NE) 202-224-6551
Tim Johnson (D- SD) , 202-224-5842
Robert C. Byrd (D- WV) , 202-224-3954
It’s not unheard of that Senators will change their vote at the last minute, so don’t rule out calling, emailing and faxing those who have said they will support Alito or are against a filibuster.