Tuesday, January 31, 2006


Nineteen cowardly Democrats voted for cloture today to end the filibuster.

The confirmation vote will likely be tomorrow. Moderate Republican Lincoln Chafee is expected to vote against Alito. I doubt if any Republicans will join him. I wonder how many Democrats will vote to confirm. I am guessing 10.

(The Alito vote) "is going to have echoes for years and years to come. If you are concerned and you want a justice that is going to stand for the working men and women in this country, it's not going to be Judge Alito." Senator Kennedy


Here are the Democrats who voted "no" (to continue the filibuster:

Bayh, Ind.; Biden, Del.; Boxer, Calif.; Clinton, N.Y.; Dayton, Minn.; Dodd, Conn.; Durbin, Ill.; Feingold, Wis.; Feinstein, Calif.; Kennedy, Mass.; Kerry, Mass.; Lautenberg, N.J.; Leahy, Vt.; Levin, Mich.; Menendez, N.J.; Mikulski, Md.; Murray, Wash.; Obama, Ill.; Reed, R.I.; Reid, Nev.; Sarbanes, Md.; Schumer, N.Y.; Stabenow, Mich.; Wyden, Ore.

Independent Jeffords voted "no"

And the ones who voted yes:

Akaka, Hawaii; Baucus, Mont.; Bingaman, N.M.; Byrd, W.Va.; Cantwell, Wash.; Carper, Del.; Conrad, N.D.; Dorgan, N.D.; Inouye, Hawaii; Johnson, S.D.; Kohl, Wis.; Landrieu, La.; Lieberman, Conn.; Lincoln, Ark.; Nelson, Fla.; Nelson, Neb.; Pryor, Ark.; Rockefeller, W.Va.; Salazar, Colo.

Source Washington Post


Blogger Jim said...

I hate to sound jaded, but is this really a surprise (not that you're painting it as such)?

God, what I wouldn't give to have Harriet Myers back right now.

January 31, 2006  
Anonymous lawgeekgurl said...

I say target the Senators who voted for cloture and support a strong challenger for the primary. They do not deserve to be reelected if they would spit on their base about this, the most important vote they will cast.

January 31, 2006  
Blogger Moulton said...

Just one more reason to lose faith in the system.

Not that I needed any more reasons.

The main problem with Majority Rule is that it tends to run roughshod over the minority.

Keep in mind that Socrates, Jesus, Galileo, Thoreau, Gandhi, King, and Mandela all represented minority views.

January 31, 2006  
Blogger lemming said...

Planned Parenthood seems to have already given up on Roe and now are geared up for battles in each of the states.


Next we'll have a requirements that all married women produce children and stay at home with them.

January 31, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

If forty-two senators voted "no", then why did the cloture vote succeed?

Keep in mind that Socrates, Jesus, Galileo, Thoreau, Gandhi, King, and Mandela all represented minority views.

Well said, Moulton.

January 31, 2006  

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