January 26, 2006


More Democrats Get Behind Alito Nomination (JESSE J. HOLLAND, January 26, 2006, The Associated Press)

Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, whose confirmation seems certain in the Republican-run Senate, padded his modest Democratic support Thursday with endorsements by Sens. Robert Byrd and Tim Johnson.

Anything to hold seats the Republicans have a good shot at.

Wealthy Businessman to Challenge Byrd (LAWRENCE MESSINA, Jan 25, 2006, AP)

A multimillionaire businessman entered the GOP race to challenge Sen. Robert C. Byrd on Wednesday, hoping to deny the 88-year-old incumbent Democrat a record ninth term.

John Raese, 55, said he would campaign on a platform touting free enterprise and reduced regulation, among other issues. "What I'm going to run on is a rebirth of capitalism," he said.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee heralded the filing by Raese, a former state GOP chairman who has sought office before.

Senator Byrd has a good shot at being this cycle's Javits or Bunning.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 26, 2006 2:14 PM

Meanwhile, Lieberman has to vote no to survive his primary.

Posted by: Timothy at January 26, 2006 2:25 PM

Originally, the Dem strategy was to delay in order to take momentum away from the GOP. Now they better hurry up and vote before more Dems get on board and it's 65-35.

Posted by: John Resnick at January 26, 2006 2:31 PM

No. The danger for them is the final vote is something like 57-42 (you known someone will not be there to vote.) That's big enough to appear that a filibuster would have worked, and so set off the "who lost Alito" recriminations. Which is why I'd like to see the Maine Twins and Chafee vote against, just to offset the votes of Sheets Byrd & co. (At this point, there are 54 votes for, so let the squishes "vote their consciences".)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 26, 2006 3:32 PM

chaffee, snowe, et als, wants to vote yeo

Posted by: toe at January 26, 2006 4:05 PM

Wouldn't it be better to be seen voting "nes"?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 26, 2006 6:40 PM

ro: depends on what side of their face they are talking out of, at the time :)

Posted by: toe at January 26, 2006 6:49 PM


Why do you assume they are talking out of their faces and not. . .

Posted by: obc at January 26, 2006 7:56 PM

"(you known someone will not be there to vote.)"
Thinking of Kerry Raoul?

Posted by: Genecis at January 26, 2006 9:51 PM

Not specifically when I wrote it, but considering he'd have to run back from Switzerland to lead the non-filibuster, he does look like the leading candidate, doesn't he? I was thinking more of one of the "red state" guys up for reelection who's already announced against, and just happens to have to be "back home" during the vote.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 26, 2006 10:05 PM
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