January 26, 2006


Kerry will try Alito filibuster (CNN, 1/26/06)

Sen. John Kerry will attempt a filibuster to block the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, CNN has learned.

Ms Clinton doesn't have to worry about getting the nominatiuon and should be focussed on remaining viable in the general, but the clintonistas have always been hyper-reactive.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 26, 2006 5:19 PM

Wouldn't that annoy the Dem members of the Group of 14?

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at January 26, 2006 5:24 PM

I suppose you can't rule out the possibility he's doing it to help them by showing they're standing up to the extremists in the Democratic Party.

Posted by: oj at January 26, 2006 5:32 PM

It will also dramatically increase his Senate attendance rate.

Posted by: Mike Beversluis at January 26, 2006 5:49 PM

John Kerry just wants people to think he's the leader of the 17 Democrats who want to filibuster.

Posted by: pj at January 26, 2006 5:53 PM

It will also dramatically increase his Senate attendance rate.

Too funny. And he made the state from Switzerland. Maybe he hasn't got the memo about folks in his party already announcing their "Yes" votes?

Maybe if you don't really matter, you're stuck having to be loud and obnoxious just to get attention?

Posted by: John Resnick at January 26, 2006 6:13 PM

This has got to be the funniest political story in ages--a guy who lost the last Presidential election (i.e., a has-been) waits until enough Senators have gone on record opposed to a filibuster to prevent it to announce his support for a filibuster. And he does so from Switzerland. Wow. You couldn't make this stuff up...

Posted by: b at January 26, 2006 6:26 PM

i was reading on the corner, that kerry only made this announcement after harry reid decided against there being a filibuster. typical lame move by the mass loser.

Posted by: toe at January 26, 2006 6:29 PM

I don't know that I'd rule out a Kerry Komeback. Everyone's beating up on Hillary these days, and if anyone has the name recognition and national network to beat her, it's him.

Plus, he's got a somewhat compelling narrative, if he's smart enough to take it. He's "learned a lesson" from the 2004 election, and will be more clear and forthright in his convictions--no more flip-flopping. He'll be a sold out fighter for liberal causes (hence the crazy talk about impeachment & filibusters)--from now on, "no more Mr. Nice Guy."

At the same time, he's among the more inept campaigners in the history of the universe, and if Hillary has staff at least half as smart as her husband did, even Kos will be mocking his daisy zipper pull by the New Hampshire primaries. But I refuse to overestimate the intelligence of the Dem primary voters. I won't be surprised if Kerry wins or at least competes for the nomination, but I will be amused.

(An aside--can you imagine a debate between Hillary, Kerry & Gore? I have a hard time imagining anything more horrifyingly dull and/or hilarious.)

Posted by: Timothy at January 26, 2006 6:38 PM

This is a brilliant move to win the Move On/DU primary, which is key because it sews up, um, sews up, er ....

Posted by: David Cohen at January 26, 2006 6:46 PM

You can just see Kerry running a filibuster that puts just-announced Alito voter and legendary congressional bloviator Robert C. Byrd to sleep. That'll really be something for the Bay State's junior senator to hang on the '08 resume.

Posted by: John at January 26, 2006 7:34 PM

Strike up the one man band!

Or, in this case, one dopey guy with a kazoo.

P.S. Timothy, no matter how hard he tries, Kerry ain't getting anywhere near the nomination. He's got the stench of political death on him.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at January 26, 2006 8:02 PM

Another mouse roars.
And, who let Byrd out of the attic?

Posted by: Genecis at January 26, 2006 9:38 PM

Kerry is copying the Al Gore strategy of how to follow up a close loss. This makes sense because, look at what it's gotten Al.

Posted by: pj at January 26, 2006 9:53 PM

Byrd is running for re-election in a Red State.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 26, 2006 10:02 PM


Don't forget John Edwards (aka Pretty Boy and the Breck Girl). He'll be right in there, smiling and waving for the crowds.

Perhaps the four of them should mud-wrestle. But I think it would come down to Gore's ponderous gut versus Hillary's sheer viciousness. Bets, anyone?

P.S. - with Edwards in the race, we'll also enjoy the catfighting as Elizabeth snarls at Hillary day after day. And if Howling Howard jumps into the mud-hole, watch out - he will certainly get some points for flailing.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 26, 2006 10:51 PM


Kerry is an obvious political loser -- even the Democrats aren't too far gone to see that. It's hard to imagine any political figure who is easier to caricature. Hillary will steamroll him.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at January 27, 2006 5:10 AM


One other thing -- Hillary excites the party's base. Kerry excites nobody. Kerry's one positive attribute in 2004 was his "electability," which is an asset he doesn't have anymore. He's toast.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at January 27, 2006 5:14 AM

It's worth spending some time over at Democratic Underground. They don't like Hill, and they think that this "filibuster" is for real and that Kerry is a hero.

The funniest thing I've seen over there in a while is that, in response to Bird's statement that messages to his office are running 90% pro-Alito, they think that they have to alert him that that's probably a right-wing dirty trick.

Posted by: David Cohen at January 27, 2006 7:45 AM

H.D Miller: "Bring out yer dead."
John Kerry: "I'm not dead."

Posted by: Mike Beversluis at January 27, 2006 10:24 AM