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John Kerry on the Senate Vote to End Debate on the Alito Nomination

by Pamela Leavey

By a 72-25 vote, Senate members cut off the symbolic filibuster attempt today led by John Kerry on the Supreme Court nomination of Samuel Alito.

Below is a statement by Senator Kerry on the cloture vote on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States:

This was a fight over principle. Trying everything in our power to stop an ideological coup on the Supreme Court was the right thing to do. Everything in Judge Alito’s record shows that he will actively work to erode civil rights, discrimination and privacy protections. The time to fight was now, before the irreversible decision of confirming a new Supreme Court Justice was written in stone.

“We knew we faced steep odds, but we also knew that once Judge Alito becomes Justice Alito, there’s no turning back the Senate confirmation vote. It wouldn’t matter if we spoke up after the Supreme Court has granted the executive the right to use torture, or to eavesdrop without warrants. It wouldn’t matter if we spoke up only after a woman’s right to privacy was taken away and only after the courthouse door was slammed in the faces of women, minorities, the elderly, the disabled, and the poor. This was a debate worth having, and a debate we had no choice but to have today.”

13 Responses to “John Kerry on the Senate Vote to End Debate on the Alito Nomination”

  1. I’m just mad.

  2. Janet

    Me too!

  3. All we were bottom line asking for was extended debate because the hearings inadequate, yet we caved too eager to accommodate.

    Fissures are deep, even though each probably sympathetic to eachothers’ pressures from either party or corporate America.

    Just think we could have heard more, but now we get crow from the SOTU, and he’ll talk like he’s been pitching health care and environment, but we haven’t been listening.

    Our own community talking about Teddy, but Kerry was too late in calling for it. Yada yada.

    They do the vote counting, and pushing of the fundies on every hot button, which makes us very scared. And no media.

  4. Marjorie G

    Anyone who says JK was too late in calling for the filibuster has no clue how the Senate works. We’ll keep fighting… until we take back our country.

  5. I know, and he’s not a showman. He would work it respectfully.

    Media never gave an inch of daylight on the implications of Alito, just the horse race or politics.

  6. For heaven’s sake.

    I am so proud of Kerry and Kennedy I am almost bursting. It knocks out the fear and disappointment completely. Politicians are always like this. No surprise here.

    I am proud of my country for producing John Kerry and Teddy Kennedy, who remind me that there will always be good things happening.

    The force of the people is palpable now and there is a new game in the air.

  7. It was the right thing to do, and we went from 2 senators on board as of Thursday to 25 today.
    Now, history will show the intensity of the opposition to Alito, the only justice on this court to face a cloture vote.
    I must say, Harry Reid showed a real lack of leadership on this one. It was hard to sway the fence sitters when Reid basically declared the filibuster DOA twice last week.
    anyways, thanks Senator.

  8. So many disappointments after so much hope, it’s hard to swallow. But here’s something that soothes my ruffled feathers, and reminds me that through history people have overcome against tremendous odds….by MLK..

    “Perhaps a new spirit is rising among us. If it is, let us trace its movement well and pray that our own inner being may be sensitive to its guidance, for we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems so close around us”

  9. 25 years in the making and now the Neo-Cons have won. This, people, is the Big Picture in as plain of language as I can put it:

    The basic idea was to take the Supreme Court. The Presidency and control of both houses of Congress was intended to facilitate the taking of the Supreme Court.

    Now that this has occurred, here is what will happen next:

    No matter if Democrats retake Congress and the White House, the Supreme Court will always be there to beat them down on Constitutional grounds. Once the Supreme Court has made a decision, no law can overturn what they say. Every law that a Democratically controlled Congress can make can be easily be declared unconstitutional by a Right-Wing controlled Supreme Court.

    That was what was at stake.

    That is what we’ve all lost.

    The Republicans don’t care if they lose from here on out as now they are most assured that their every agenda will be met as long as the Supreme Court is tipped their way.

    As for me…if the shockwaves that I fear may come reverberate through our society’s fabric…I may very well have a very hard decision to make: fight in the face of fools or become an expatriot.

  10. When things become despotic people become dsperate. You Americans are too comfortable to actually get up of your a***s and fight in the flesh. Keyboard warriors don’t scare fascists.

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  11. Sorry mods but you and I both know the parts you deleted are the truth.

    JFK, RFK, MLK, Wellstone, David Kay the list is long.

    I wasn’t promoting anything, I was just showing how far from scaring these people into listening we really are.

  12. AA

    People need to wake up, there is no doubt.

    Our moderator erred on caution. Appreciate the clarification.

  13. Kerry was out of the country visitng another bush mess Afganistan and Iraq and I wish people would shut up about him being late. This fillibuster should have been reids fight and the judiciary committee instead of biden going over the top with his baseball hat.

    Kerry stood up when nobody else was willing to give the fillbuster a shot along with teddy. After the stolen 04 election Kerry could have simply voted no and went on his way and not taken the arrows the right and many dems continue to throw at him daily. But he didn’t he fought back.

    Frankly the dems need to get another minority leader and some hard line questioners on some of these committees.

    If kerry had come out from the get go reid or none of the other dems except teddy and boxer would have stood with him and then the GOP would have made matters worst.

    When Friday ended there were only about 5 to 7 dem senators on board for fillibuster and today it was 20 +.

    Quit knocking kerry and knock the dem senators that didn’t have the cojonnes to vote for the country’s future and who rolled over for bush again.

    Yes this has been 20 years in the making and it could get worse if bush gets another appointee to the top-court. So get the ammo ready because this battle is over and their are many more to fight.