Expose the "Alito 8" Democratic Senators Who Are Blocking a Filibuster

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BREAKING THURSDAY 2 pm: JOHN KERRY WILL LEAD A FILIBUSTER!!!!!!!

Harry Reid met with progressive lobbyists on Tuesday and told them he has nearly 44 votes against Alito. But 44 "no" votes isn't good enough, because Alito would be confirmed 56-44.

To stop Alito, we need a filibuster - which can be started by one Senator - backed up by 41 votes to prevent "cloture."

But Reid said there are 8 Democratic Senators who will not support a filibuster.

If Reid has nearly 44 votes against Alito, every one of those Senators should support a filibuster or their vote against Alito is meaningless.

Reid also said he will not pressure Democratic Senators on Alito because it's a "conscience vote."

Bullshit. The Constitution - not to mention young women - are tied to the railroad track and the train that will kill them is named Samuel Alito.

So call the Democrats who are leading this battle and demand a unified Democratic filibuster:
Harry Reid (NV)
Dick Durbin (IL)
Chuch Schumer (NY)
Debbie Stabenow (MI)
Pat Leahy (VT)

Use these toll free numbers to call the Capitol: 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641. If you can't get through, look up your Senator's District Office number in your phone book or here:
http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt?command=congdir

Reid would not name the "Alito 8" who are blocking a Democratic filibuster - so we need to identify them and tell them not to betray the Democrats who funded them and voted for them. If Democrats want our support to win in 2006, we need their support now.

The most likely suspects are the "Red State" Democrats:
Tom Carper (DE)
Kent Conrad (ND)
Byron Dorgan (ND)
Tim Johnson (SD) endorsed Alito
Mary Landrieu (LA) is speaking publicly against a filibuster - see Update #2 below.
Blanche Lincoln (AR)
Mark Pryor (AR)

The "Alito 8" may also include some of the 7 Democrats in the Gang of 14:

Robert C. Byrd (WV)
Daniel Inouye (HI) 
Joseph I. Lieberman (CT)
Mary Landrieu (LA) (see above)
E. Benjamin Nelson (NE) endorsed Alito
Mark Pryor (AR) (see above)
Ken Salazar (CO) is speaking publicly against a filibuster - see Update 5 below.

Ben Nelson and Tim Johnson said they will vote for Alito. Screw them, but we can still get 41 votes to sustain a filibuster as long as we do not lose 2 more (including Jeffords).

You can also call the Republicans who have not declared their support for Alito according to C-SPAN (thanks Dinamic!) and our volunteers:

Lincoln Chafee (RI)
Susan Collins (ME)
Olympia Snowe (ME)
Ted Stevens (AK)

And call the five Democratic Senators who want you to support them for President in 2008. If they want to prove their leadership, they need to lead the filibuster. It only takes 1 Senator to start the filibuster. Call them with a simple message: IF YOU CAN'T LEAD A FILIBUSTER THEN YOU CAN'T LEAD OUR PARTY IN A CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT.

Evan Bayh (IN)
Joe Biden (DE)
Hillary Clinton (NY)
Russ Feingold (WI)
John Kerry (MA)

If you learn anything from your calls, post the information below.

Update 1: If Alito is confirmed and overturns Roe, we'll put this on Arlen Specter's tombstone as the monument to his pathetic betrayal of his pro-choice base and his unforgiveable sellout to the radical right:

Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., an abortion rights moderate, said part of the reasoning for his vote for Alito was to ensure the judge’s support crosses ideological lines when it comes to abortion.

“I think it is important for Judge Alito have supporters who favor a woman’s right to choose, so that he does not feel in any way beholden to or confirmed by people who have one idea on some of these questions,” said Specter, who has been criticized by abortion rights supporters for his Alito support.

Update 2: Call Mary Landrieu as many times as it takes for her to get a clue, as Armando makes clear:

"Because we have such a full plate of pressing issues before Congress, a filibuster at this time would be, in my view, very counterproductive. It is imperative that we remain focused on creating the tools New Orleans, Louisiana and the Gulf Coast will need to rebuild. This includes passing the Baker bill and allowing our state to keep its fair share of offshore energy revenues. We simply cannot afford to bring the Senate to a halt at a time when we need its action the most. If called to vote for cloture on Judge Alito's nomination, I will vote yes."

You see, the lifetime appointment of a SUPREME COURT JUSTICE is no big whoop to Sen. Landrieu. It is one thing to be against a filibuster, but to pretend the confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice is no big deal is offensive. I don't know what Senator Landrieu believes she is accomplishing with this idiotic and downright offensive press release, but it tells me that she really is not up to the job of United States Senator if she can not understand how important this is. No one has made me angrier in this process. Not even Specter.

Thinking on it, I have a suggestion for Senator Landrieu - why not put off consideration of the Alito nomination until AFTER we deal with all those important issues she has outlined. I mean, since the Supreme Court is not important according to her, surely Alito's nomination can wait a few months before we address it. Why doesn't Senator Landrieu propose that?

Update 3: NY Times joins us in calling for a filibuster

Senators in Need of a Spine

It is hard to imagine a moment when it would be more appropriate for
senators to fight for a principle. Even a losing battle would draw the
public's attention to the import of this nomination.
...
in what he has said in the past, and what he refused to say in the hearings, Judge Alito raised warning flags that, in the current political context, cannot simply be shrugged away with a promise to fight again another day.
...
But portraying the Alito nomination as just another volley in the culture
wars vastly underestimates its significance. The judge's record strongly
suggests that he is an eager lieutenant in the ranks of the conservative
theorists who ignore our system of checks and balances, elevating the
presidency over everything else. He has expressed little enthusiasm for
restrictions on presidential power and has espoused the peculiar argument that a president's intent in signing a bill is just as important as the intent of Congress in writing it. This would be worrisome at any time, but it takes on far more significance now, when the Bush administration seems determined to use the cover of the "war on terror" and presidential privilege to ignore every restraint, from the Constitution to Congressional emands for information.
...
A filibuster is a radical tool. It's easy to see why Democrats are
frightened of it. But from our perspective, there are some things far more frightening. One of them is Samuel Alito on the Supreme Court.

Update 4: This is Tim Johnson's pathetic statement in support of Alito

"I am troubled by Judge Alito's apparent views on matters such as executive power, his past opposition to the principle of one person, one vote, and his narrow interpretation of certain civil rights laws. Even so, I cannot accept an argument that his views are so radical that the Senate is justified in denying his confirmation."

Update 5: AP says Ken Salazar opposes a filibuster - I'm working on confirmation.

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Comments

Oath of Office

They already took an oath to defend the Constitution from ALL enemies, foreign and domestic. They already fell flat on their faces when it came time to respect that oath with Patriot Act and by not holding the BA's feet to the fire about LYING to them about the case for war in Iraq.

If they're worried about conscience votes, perhaps they could contact their corporate contributors and ask for the return of those consciences. Chances are that the 'democrats' holding out are holding out because they're up for re-election and the republicans have made some secret behind-the-door deals with them for windfalls to their respective states.

After all, that guy from Alaska got to spend thousands of dollars to paint a fish head on an airplane...my bet is that those 'democrats' want their perks, dammit!

Look for the 'democrats' up for re-election.

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Oath, smoath

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Necco,

Great point about the oath they all took.

Somehow I have a feeling that most of these professional politicians have no clue what they really swore to or even if they realize that it was an allegiance to the Constitution rather than to a political party.

I sent the following email to my republican Senator today. Just goes to show that GMTA is alive and well:

Senator Martinez,
While I have no objection to being a member of a political party, the first and foremost objective of every citizen regardless of party affiliation should be the good of our country. I am and always have been an American, a patriot and a veteran. As a loyal American I joined the military in 1965 and volunteered for combat duty in Viet Nam. I took the oath just as you along with all members of Congress, and the President, to defend the Constitution of the United States.
Recently, I am becoming increasingly disillusioned with the actions of the Republican Party in regard to their upholding the oath of office. I am especially concerned with the nomination of Judge Alito to the Supreme Court. Judge Alito has not demonstrated any allegiance to the Constitution not even a comprehension of the content of this hallowed document.
The Constitution of the United States is the only thing that separates us from all other major countries. It is the backbone of our democracy and the guidance that has made us the greatest Nation on earth.
Be your own Man! Be an American! Live up to your OATH! Vote NO on the confirmation of Samuel A. Alito Jr.
Sincerely,

No sense preaching to the choir, it is the sinners we need to reach.

He who is willing to give up freedom for safety deserves neither!

Great effort, Cloud

and it's a good letter. It's unfortunate that the politicians in DC owe more to corporations than they owe to us. I really do have a hard time keeping myself from hating politicians. That difficulty comes from their consistently poking a stick in my eye.

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Sticks and stones

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At least the ones aimed at your eyes you can see coming, it's the ones you can't see that really piss me off. Politicians are a PITA.

He who is willing to give up freedom for safety deserves neither!

very nice post

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You hit the nail on the head and let us know exactly what we need to do.

Mike's article has the Dems for Alito

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down to three.( of course that's three too many, damn it!)

http://michaelmoore.com/words/latestnews/index.php?id=5656

Nearly all 55 Republican senators have said they will vote for Alito. Only three Democrats -- Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia and Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota -- have said they will vote for the nominee.

Is the tide moving in our favor?
I'm getting confused, again.

According to this DU post, Reid is on board for the filibuster.

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http://tinyurl.com/cspag

Which one is it? In or Out?

By god he had better be.

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By god he had better be.

Letter from Bill Nelson

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I send a short polite message to Bill Nelson, my senator and this is his reply:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. It is important that we confirm a justice who will be a voice of reason and a staunch defender of our constitutional rights.

As part of the deliberative process, I will conduct a thorough review and inquiry into Judge Alito’s integrity, qualifications, and past record. I also will pay close attention to the proceedings of the Senate Judiciary Committee. When that process is complete, I will make my decision on whether to vote for his confirmation.

I appreciate hearing your concerns and will keep them in mind. Please don’t hesitate to contact me in the future.

Well isn't that sweet? Just a form letter to give me no more information than that he did receive my e-mail. The thing that popped out at me was that it gave the impression that I had watched more of the hearings and come away with more information than the Senator!

My rep is Katherine Harris so basically I have no representation at all.

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Di, Nelson is my Senator, too...his repsonse:

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Di,

Bill Nelson is my Senator, too. I personally wrote him the following:

Senator Nelson:

I am writing to you about the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. It’s really quite simple: Samuel Alito is just another right-wing conservative bent on destroying the foundation of this country and our basics freedoms at an ever escalading pace all aimed at reducing an individual’s essential liberties and extending plenary power to the executive branch.

After watching portions of the hearings, I have to confess I have nicknamed Mr. Alito “Say Anything Sam.” I don’t recall, nor has anyone in recent memory called to mind, someone who said so much, meant so little all the while lying so smugly about it.

Samuel Alito is so disingenuous, fake and obsequious to the agenda of the far-right, he brings new meaning to the word- dissemble. His preened and polished ability to evade questions with plainspoken answers and total inability to be pragmatic about anything he is asked, has the hallmark of a Rovian vetting preparedness written all over it!

Senator Nelson, I ask you to vote NO on the confirmation of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court and be resolute in asking George Bush to nominate a moderate judge without an agenda who will not minister from the bench or follow a political ideology.

I received this message from his office yesterday:

The following is Bill Nelson's statement on how he intends to vote on Alito. He issued it today.

"Judge Alito's many legal writings, judicial opinions and evasive answers both at his hearing and in our private meeting, convinced me he would tilt the scales of justice in favor of big government over the average person.

"Because he is not the centrist voice I believe this nation needs to replace the retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who fiercely defended the rights and liberties of all Americans, I'm going to vote no on his confirmation."

Nelson is onboard, but as we all know 44 NO votes, without a filibuster is still a YES vote for Alito!

Fertik's blog about the "Alito 8" is dead on. We absolutely must find out who these eight are and bury them in an avalanche of reasons and demands on why they must join the filibuster of Alito!

Should we also target Reid in insisting he get tough with his democratic 'peers' and push for a filibuster on Alito?!

We CANNOT allow Alito on the Supreme Court. This is a life time appointment and will all but ensure Bush will truly be above the law in every way!

John Roberts was a "gimmie" by the dems as he simply replaced the late, Chief Justice Renquist. No, we did not gain anything, but we didn't lose anything.

Alito is totally different! This man can and will, end all essential, individual civil liberties and bring about a police state in America!

A filibuster is a must!

"The first casualty when war comes is truth."

I 100% agree with you Frank.

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I 100% agree with you Frank. I think that we should bury Harry Reid with e-mail and phone calls, asking that he use all his clout to get enough votes for a filibuster.

These are the times that Jefferson warned about where the powerful take over and the common man is once more left out of the process of governance.

BTW we are almost neighbors. I am in Sarasota just up the creek from you ;)

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Di, let's do it!

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Let's bury Reid with emails and phone calls!

Do you believe that we can honestly get a filibuster going?

I shutter to think what will happen if Alito is confirmed.

"The first casualty when war comes is truth."

Well being that we own a

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Well being that we own a house in Nevada we called his office as residents of his state and left a serious message about him leading a filibuster and twisting arms to get the other dems on board. I hope that along with thousands of other calls helps get through to the bunch of them that we are their voters and that we won't vote for republican lite.

Harry fought the mob and won, so we know he has it in him, if he will just stand up and do it.

Put the pressure on Harry Reid and all democrat senators.

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Pressure on Reid to filibuster

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I called Senator Reid's office, emailed him and then faxed his DC office. To read my fax to Senator Reid, see this forum topic/node:

http://www.democrats.com/node/7530

"The first casualty when war comes is truth."

The Filibuster

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I called as you suggested. I even called that idiot Ben Nelson. So let's see what happens.

Do it for Republicans then.

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Some Republican Senators understand that they are representing REPUBLICANS when they think of voting Alito DOWN.

To our Democratic Republican sympathizers:

Take solace in the above. You will not simply be representing Democrats, but everyone who works for a living, by filibustering Alito.

To our Republican sympathizers

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"There isn't any finer folks living than a Republican that votes the Democratic ticket." ~Will Rogers

Nelson says NO

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Nelson says No on Alito ;)

Here is the up to date list of how each senator is currently planning to vote.
http://www.c-span.org/congress/alito_senate.asp

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Well done Di ;)

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Well done Di ;)

Now we need the fliibuster !

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Nelson is about to speak on the floor right after Santorum, 10 or 15 mins. from now.

Now, if we can get him to filibuster Alito's confirmation. Without the filibuster the bad gusy win! :(

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Penguin

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I think I am going to make like the Penguin when he attempts an elaborate whacking of Batman and simply assume everything is going to go well. That is, I’m not going to watch tonight!

I need a break from what should be no brainer for “our” Senators.

Once again

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Once again you prove that you are much smarter than I am, Jim ;) It is like watching a train wreck for me I can stand to see it and I can't stop watching and trying to think of ways to stop it, but that goes for the entire BA for me for the last ... oh it seems like a hundred years.

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Democrats have become gutless

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As a democrat, I shared in the rage of the 2000 elections and theft of a Presidency. In 2004, I was concerned about more trickery but I kept thinking that after the first 4 years with Bush, it would be cake walk to defeat him. I was wrong of course. More election poll tampering and mathematical impossibilities in Ohio and next thing you know we have Bush for 4 more years.
But what now enrages me is my democratic party. Where were the Democrats during the electoral process in the Senate in 2000. Why did John Kerry concede so quickly without realizing what was playing out in Ohio that day and fighting for his place. Where were the Democrats when this lunatic named Bush wanted to go to war with Iraq.
And where are they today??!!! Every single one of them should be standing in line and fighting to be the first to start the filibuster against Alito!!! Every single one of them should at the moment Bush takes the podium for the State of the Union should stand up, scream "LIAR" and walk out of the chamber in protest!!!
The Democrats owe their party some guts and some dramatic demonstration of just where we are at. If there is so much at stake for democracy at this moment, then every deomcrat should be putting it all on the line EVERYTIME. Shock and awe us!! Show some guts!! Be controversial!! Be loud!!! Is there not one Democratic Senator with the guts to lead us forward by protesting this utter lunacy of the far right!! Geez man,,,,if just one Democratic or Moderate Senator would stand up, SCREAM, and walk out, I assure you MILLIONS will follow the lead.
Just exactly what is it about George Bush that so many are afraid of!! He has about much steel and spine in him as a squiggly little worm.

Bravo Micheal

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We don't often hear from Texas Democrats. My favorite will always be Gov. Richards.

You are correct, a little show of gonads would go a long way towards firing up the base.

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It is a real shocker to me

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It is a real shocker to me that a former college cheerleader can instill this much fear in people!!!

LOL!!!

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LOL!!!

I really think the State of

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I really think the State of the Union address should be turned into an utter debacle!! I mean think of it, every camera will be on the chamber...its perfect.
At the moment Bush takes the podium, EVERY single Democrat stands up....Chants in loud unison..."IMPEACH THIS LIAR" and walks out!!!!!
Can you imagine the headlines and can you imagine the inspiration of this country against this lunacy!! I dare say that even moderates would join in.
This is EXACTLY the event we so need.

Won't Happen

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The Democrats won't walk out during the state of the union address.

precisely. They will be

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precisely. They will be courteous and accomodating. It would take guts to do that...it would be shocking. It would upset things.

chickening out

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What I heard on TV (Keith Olberman?) was that it appears the Democrats are pretty much going the route of voting against Alito but won't filibuster because it's too controversial or"risky". So they're playing it safe and covering their collective behinds. Where's the [lack of] backbone certificate for this one? After the fact won't mean much. Our rights will be gone by then.

I'm bummed and angry,
Linda

When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.
--African Proverb

And "playing it safe" is NOT

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And "playing it safe" is NOT going to translate into votes/victories in 2006. We've had over six years of Bush-rule and have lost so much. Why are many of the Democratic party not getting it?
I've just about had it those namby-pambies in the party.

Linda...you are the PERFECT

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Linda...you are the PERFECT example of what will happen if they DONT filibuster Alito. They are so concerned about risk and so scared that what they are going to do is more damage to themselves and lose people like you and me.
I think its suicide for the democratic party to NOT filibuster. Many of us are sick and tired of looking weak. These guys have about as much spine as a wet noodle.
I think they should filibuster and I think they should walk out during the state of the union. Anything short of that is going to kill off any remaining support in our party except for the extreme liberals.

Alito Going To Coast To Confirmation

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Yep, Cnn says that Alito is coasting towards victory.

http://www.cnn.com/POLITICS/

LYING THROUGH HIS TEETH

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Nelson voted YES, the only demo so far to do so, still a number who havent voted, Jeffords included. Keep up pressure, and then focus on encouraging John Conyers and Black Caucus to lead a walk out from this State of Disunion.
Regime change in '06 first,next,
Impeach and then Incarcerate
The World Cant Wait 4 2 0 8

Keep in mind that CNN is the same as Faux News...

their bias is becoming altogether too obvious.

Talk radio is all abuzz about how the Dems cannot seem to get organized. Our senators, all who are posturing and doing nothing useful(filibuster) are becoming mostly laughingstocks as denoted by the talking heads.

It is the Democratic leadership that is failing all of us in the grassroots. Many, if not all of us, want to see some blood spilled.

Cnn Liberal?

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I thought Cnn, CBS, all were liberal??

Which post are you replying

Which post are you replying to? What Grinch actually said, is that like FOX (Faux) News, CNN is biased, and the rest of the MSM is controlled by money, not objectivity.

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I was replying to Grinch. But back to subject, it looks like Alito is going to be confirmed.

If you will notice, below

If you will notice, below each comment there is a "reply" button. Replying to specific posts makes it easier for readers to follow along.

I think I know who one of the 8 is

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Look for Maria Cantwell to vote aye, in my opinion. She's my Senator, representing the people of King County, WA. I'm not happy with her for this and for other women's rights reasons, and I admit bias. I simply don't trust her. I trust Patty Murray, the other senator for our state, but not Mrs. Cantwell.

I have Emailed her through her website begging her to vote nay and to participate in a filibuster. I got a canned reply which did not state what she would do. Her website doesn't even MENTION the upcoming vote or his nomination.

I Emailed a long list of links to why Alito is unfit to be on the SCOTUS from my mail server in reply to that and got the same canned reply again.

Compare that to Sen. Patty Murray's website -- Washington State's other (and more senior) senator.

I think Cantwell is one of that 8.

If anyone in WA has information to the contrary, I'd sure like to hear about it.

I'm sorry to hear that.

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I thought WA was a blue state with two
solid Dem Senators.
I have lived in both Bremerton and Seattle, many years ago.

I know that my Senators, Feinstein and Boxer are both opposed
to Alito's nomination. I'm glad Feinstein is on board. I have called
both of them urging them to support the filibuster.

I hope Cantwell will reconsider- Too much is at stake, here.
Otherwise, she's on my list, even if she is a Seahawk's fan!

me too but I'm moving

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Boxer and Feinstein are my senators now but I will be moving to Oregon before the Nov. So who knows what I'll be getting. It's too far to drive to the VA hosp. from here so a move is imperative.

When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.
--African Proverb

Good luck with your move, vrycreus

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From what Grinch and Wahoo have
shared, Oregon sounds like a great place to be.
They are quite progressive.

PS,- I love the photo. Your kitty is quite a character. ;-)

thanks

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It is a pretty state and I hope progressive. Things here seem kind of "red" for a blue state and apathetic. I'll miss the coast and the redwoods but I will be glad to be closer to the VA hospital and civilization. I'll find some town below Eugene where there are cheaper rents. I'll miss B.Boxer although I will still get the Pac from her. Not so much Feinstein although she has her moments. Representative Thompson is ok too. I'll find me a progessive group up there somewhere. Most likely in Eugene or Roseburg.

Thanks for the well wishes.
Linda

PS-He (Claws) was quite a character and we miss him. I shipped him out here when we moved from NH. he passed on two years back and I have two new ones now. Peepers and Amber. They're adoptive non-related "siblings" from the "bad place". (kitty jail)

When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.
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You're welcome.;-)

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Sorry to hear about Claws. I'm glad you
have two new kitties that were rescued!

Stop Alito at any cost!

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I hope and pray that the Democrats will filibuster until Alito gives up. All the Democrats need to stand up to Alito. If he is confirmed he will do away with Abortion and he will give bush and cheney a free pass to do whatever they want. We can't let that happen!

Its 12:28am, EST, and I am faxing away...

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Its 12:28am, EST, and I am still faxing away and leaving messages to dozens of Senator's DC offices on their voice and fax machines!

FILIBUSTER ALITO, SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY!

http://www.democrats.com/node/7530

"The first casualty when war comes is truth."

Wrong strategy!

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While I agree that the Democrats should filibuster Alito and do everything in their power to block his ascendency to the SCOTUS, I disagree with the strong emphasis on abortion rights. Don't get me wrong--I'm certainly pro-choice. However, as I see it, that's a battle that we have already lost for all practical purposes. If you do not believe me, just take a look at the percentage of women of child-bearing age who had realistic access to abortion a decade ago compared to today. As one small example, there is exactly ONE clinic that provides abortions in the state of Mississippi.

I would add that as a pro-choice woman, I'd prefer to see Roe overturned outright instead of the constant nibbling away at the edges, as has been the case for the past 15-20 years. At least, if Roe were overturned, we could expose the utter hypocrisy within the so-called "pro-life movement". In addition, if Roe were overturned (which I seriously doubt will happen), all these "soccer moms" who have been voting Republican for the past 10-15 years under the false premise that abortion rights were secure, would have to face reality and see that such rights will NEVER be secure until they take a stand on the matter and DEMAND that their candidates do likewise!

Roe is a sideshow and a distraction. The far more pressing reason for opposing Samuel Alito is his consistent support for executive power and his allegiance to corporate concerns. For those who listened to the Alito hearing, it is worth noting that practically every Democrat pressed Alito on the issue of executive power, and for the most part, these same Democrats did have much to say about Roe. Ironically, it was the Republicans who made an issue out of Roe! And of course, the media whores (e.g., Chris Matthews, Tim Russert, etc.) tried to act like it was the Democrats who had made a huge issue out of abortion, when, in fact, most Democrats were looking to the bigger issue of executive power.

In short, what I am trying to say is that the Democratic Senators would be far more persuasive in opposing Alito's nomination if they stuck to the issue of executive power and Alito's inability to check his partisan allegiance and personal financial interests at the door. I'd like to see the Democratic Senators form a united front on this and leave abortion out of it.

BTW, I think that some of you who are bemoaning the potential for Roe to be overturned are really looking at the abortion issue all wrong. If Roe were to be overturned, who would be the real losers??? Given that the Republicans have used abortion as a "wedge issue" for the past 20 years to distract voters from their real agenda of lowering taxes on the wealthy and allowing corporate interests to get away with murder, it seems to me that we Democrats are the ones who stand to "win" if Roe were overturned because the GOP would no longer be able to use it to distract voters. Also, you should keep in mind that reversing Roe would merely mean that the entire matter would be left in the hands of the states. Six states had abortion-on-demand prior to Roe vs. Wade anyway. All things considered, it is likely that far more states would provide for abortion-on-demand if Roe were overturned. Hence, the only people that would really get screwed in the deal are poor women living in the "wrong states" and the GOP.

Your last sentance explains

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Your last sentance explains why we fight for Roe V. Wade regardless if our own families (political and otherwise) would do fine.

I live in 1 of the red states where the suspected "Alito 8" are

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I am in Arkansas. We have written about 5 letters against Alito, each one stronger than the last. Yesterday we asked both senators to get on-board for the filibuster, even submitting a letter to the editor of the paper in Hot Springs (the second time we have done this on this issue, though they have not contacted us saying they would publish it).

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette in Little Rock won't publish a single thing I write them - they are quite right-wing, and they have a personal dislike for me that goes back several years over a completely different issue about Tyson (I used to work there and blew the whistle on them for illegal stuff they did, along with the corrupt cops that act as their lackeys - needless to say, it got really ugly). Anyway, I don't even try writing them anymore because it is a complete waste of time.

What's strange is that every time we have written to the senators about a Supreme Court nomination, we have gotten the same form letter back from Blanche Lincoln (though we never hear a word from Pryor). This time we have not gotten any kind of response at all - nada, nothing! She won't even send the same form letter that always sends that says basically nothing but that she will look at all of the records and listen to all of the questions and answers before making up her mind. The one thing we do know about her is that she is strongly pro-choice. But that didn't stop her from voting to confirm Roberts. She is also heavily influenced by Tyson - no doubt a BIG contributor to her campaign, and they have a LOT of power in this state, with it being their headquarters and all. And they definitely lean Republican, of course. Lincoln also prides herself on being able to "reach across the aisle" and work with Republicans, no doubt how she has managed to keep her Democratic seat in a heavily Republican state.

I find it interesting that we even have two Democrats for senators in a state that seems to overwhelmingly support Bush and is so evangelically religious. Even the House representative in my district (Mike Ross) is a Democrat, and he fights hard for the little guy. Weird, huh?

We have almost never gotten Pryor to vote our way on anything (more of a Republican-lite), and we have only had him answer one email that we have ever written him. On the other hand, Lincoln always answers us, except this time. There has been total silence from her office. Not good. Although she may vote against Alito, I don't know if we can get enough people here in Arkansas to get her to support a filibuster. Hardly anyone takes part in anything resembling political activism here. Personally, I know of only two people whom I can get to write letters and take action. Sad, but true. Hell, there are a lot of people who can't even read and write, and even fewer who own a computer or would know what to do with one if they had one. That even goes for those who are considered "leaders," like the sheriff in my county. Even he doesn't know how to do the Internet! Of course, we are in a VERY rural area - the nearest "town" only has an official population of 18 people, and the biggest "cities" within 30 minutes of us only have a few thousand in them.

Even so, we are trying and keep writing to Lincoln and Pryor both. We need more Arkansans to do the same! They need to know how important this is and that enough people will support their decision, or they will NOT stick their necks out. That is a fact.