January 29, 2006


Tilting at Alito (Joan Vennochi, January 29, 2006, Boston Globe)

IN MASSACHUSETTS, old liberals never die. They just keep tilting at windmills.

At the last minute, Senator John Kerry called for a filibuster to stop the Supreme Court nomination of Samuel A. Alito Jr. Senator Edward M. Kennedy joined the fight.

The initial reaction from fellow Democrats was tepid. Tepid it should remain.

Alito is conservative. But radical? The Democrats failed to make the case during hearings which proved only one thing beyond a reasonable doubt: their own boorishness.

When the Democrats can't even convince Globe editorialists they've really got problems.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 29, 2006 4:20 PM

If they can hold off the Alito confirmation vote until after the State of the Union address, they'll probably try act like it's the greatest act of defiance and courage by a group of Americans since the Battle of the Bulge.

Posted by: John at January 29, 2006 5:43 PM

If the Dems had any sense, they would completely overhaul the Judicary Committee before GWB gets a third chance.

Posted by: curt at January 29, 2006 6:13 PM

curt, Not much chance of shaking up the Judiciary committee. The dinosaurs all have safe seats and they'll be sitting there until they give up their ghosts and go on to their reward where the TV cameras never stop taking their pictures.

Posted by: erp at January 29, 2006 6:40 PM

Not that there are no members from Red states--it would kill their chances of re-election.

Posted by: oj at January 29, 2006 6:45 PM

OJs right - Vennochi is hard-core pro-Mass Dems like Kerry and Kennedy. For her to go against them shows how out of whack they are.

Posted by: AWW at January 29, 2006 7:49 PM