January 27, 2006


Democrats Split Over Filibuster On Alito (Charles Babington, January 27, 2006, Washington Post)

Several prominent Democratic senators called for a filibuster of Samuel A. Alito Jr.'s Supreme Court nomination yesterday, exposing a deep divide in the party even as they delighted the party's liberal base.

The filibuster's supporters -- including Sens. John F. Kerry and Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts -- acknowledged that the bid is likely to fail and that Alito is virtually certain to be confirmed Tuesday. [...]

Senate Democratic Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) repeatedly told colleagues this week that he wanted to avoid a filibuster, party members said. He looked frustrated in the Senate chamber yesterday as he told Frist he could not avert the parliamentary tactic. Shrugging his shoulders, Reid said he hoped "this matter will be resolved without too much more talking, but . . . everyone has the right to talk."

Party sources said Reid and others worry that a filibuster, while likely to fail, will nonetheless detract voters' attention from issues that Democratic leaders consider more promising. They include Bush's controversial domestic surveillance program...

Let's get off of the issue where we're abortion extremists and on to the one where we're soft on al Qaeda!

Bush Support Weak as Americans Favor New Direction, Poll Finds (Bloomberg, 1/27/06)

The one issue on which Bush maintains an edge over Democrats -- by a 13 percentage-point margin -- is on policies to protect the nation against terrorism. Many of those surveyed think Bush's policies have made America more secure, and most support Bush's view that Congress should reauthorize the USA Patriot Act.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 27, 2006 7:53 AM

This is going to be Reid's worst nightmare ... 37+/-1 votes against cloture and 40+/-1 against Alito.

DU and Kos will go into full melt-down claiming a filibuster would have been possible.

Reid is probably pleading with Dems from Red States or safe seats (and Chaffee) to vote for Alito to get him over 60.

Posted by: Chris B at January 27, 2006 8:29 AM

Of course Bush's poll numbers are down. Gas has skyrocketed in the past month, therefore he's a terrible President.

Posted by: b at January 27, 2006 11:22 AM
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