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The last two days have been amazing.

Early Thursday afternoon, we broke the news that Senator John Kerry would lead a filibuster against Judge Sam Alito if he could get 41 Senators to sustain the filibuster. Three hours later, CNN confirmed our story.

Naturally, the White House freaked out and told Senator Bill Frist to schedule a cloture vote as quickly as possible - Monday at 4:30 p.m. - to prevent Democrats from uniting behind Kerry.

Then the White House called its media whores at the NY Times (David Kirkpatrick), AP (Jesse Holland), Pentagon Post (Charles Babington), CNN (Miles O'Brien), and MSNBC (Chris Matthews) and told them to trash John Kerry for daring to challenge the will of Emperor Bush, and to repeat over and over that Democrats did not have enough votes to stop Alito.

But even as Karl Rove was doing his dirty work, progressive activists like you were calling your Senators urging them to support John Kerry's filibuster.

And one by one, Democratic Senators began to turn around.


At the start of the day, only Dick Durbin and Debbie Stabenow supported Kerry and Kennedy. Just before noon, Hillary Clinton's office called to say she supported us. Then Harry Reid came on board, along with Barbara Boxer, Russ Feingold, Ron Wyden, Chris Dodd, and (I think) Chuck Schumer.

Most importantly, we even picked up Dianne Feinstein, who just yesterday said she opposed a filibuster.

That's 12 votes for a filibuster - and exactly 12 more votes than we had two days ago!

I believe we really can stop Alito by Monday at 4:30 p.m. - but here's what we must do.

1. Ignore the media whores. Karl Rove is feeding them lies as he always does, and they are swallowing those lies as they always do. The only media that matters is the media we are creating right here by calling each Senator and getting a YES or NO statement from them.

2. Keep calling the Senators who are undecided or opposed to a filibuster. You can call their DC office all weekend and leave polite but firm voicemails urging the Senators to support Kerry's filibuster. When offices open on Monday 9 a.m. ET, make another round of calls. Let's shut down the Capitol switchboard on Monday!


3. Call the DNC (202-863-8000) and the DSCC (202-224-2447) and tell them your 2006 contributions will depend on the success of the Alito filibuster. Tell them they need to get every Democratic Senator on board.

4. Wake up the sleeping bloggers. Where are the biggest blogs, including DailyKos.com, TalkingPointsMemo.com, CrooksandLiars.com, and AmericaBlog.com? (Complaining about how Democrats played last week won't cut it -we're in the Super Bowl and we can win this damn game if we get Democrats to play their best game on Monday - and hopefully the rest of this coming week.) Thanks to AgonistBobGeiger, BradBlogBuzzFlash, CultureKitchen, Democracy Cell ProjectThe Democratic Daily, DemocraticUndergroundEschatonFiredoglake, Locust ForkMahablog, MakeThemAccountable, Mike MalloyNewsDissectorOpEdNewsMark Crispin Miller, Ostroy ReportPoliticalWire, Randi RhodesRudePunditVichy Democrats, The Young Turks, and everyone else who's plugging this.

5. Lend a hand to real-world groups like NOWPeople for the American Way, Americans United, BackboneCampaignFeminist Majority, Moveon, NARALPlanned Parenthood, and Working Assets Long Distance, which have worked tirelessly for two months to Stop Alito.

6. Call talk shows like Air America, C-SPAN, etc. and talk about what we're doing on this blog and how we're killing ourselves to stop Alito - and how we can win if everyone who cares about the future of our Democracy joins us.

7. Keep hope alive - because American Democracy is worth it!!!


What else can they do to Kerry?

I was thinking that their Swiftboat job was pretty thorough.

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What happened to number 13?

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When this blog first posted, there were 13 Senators on-board, now only 12. Where did number 13 go?

"The first casualty when war comes is truth."


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Menendez was an error. He was moved back to the other list. Hopefully he'll confirm to filibuster on Monday.

Durbin Quote

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Earlier Thursday, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, who is in charge of rounding up his colleagues for key votes, also played down the possibility of a filibuster, though he said no decision had been made.

"One of the first responsibilities of someone in Congress is to learn how to count," the Illinois Democrat said. "Having made a count, I have come to the conclusion it is highly unlikely that a filibuster would succeed."


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According to CNN: they have the votes basically.

55 Republicans + the 3 (Bryd, Johnson, Nelson definites), Landrieu (1) and they need only 1 more Democrat to get the 60 needed to stop the filibuster.

Plus in the gang of 14 - there are still Lieberman, Inouye, Pryor, and Salazar.

Only 1 of those needed.

People - get to calling! You have got to change people's minds.

Here's a link to a good website.

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Was going to post above but...Holy Smoke
Red Rider..16,000 hits !!! maybe, finally, we've reached critical mass. Update on today, lines busy all day, fax also, multiple emails sent, will keep trying over weekend, at least my two Sen's are on board (Boxer & Feinstein), only contact able to make was with DNC, who reported swamped with calls. Was wondering if exerting top down pressure might be equally or more effective, especially if individual Senators unreachable. A barrage to Dem Sen Campaign Committee (fax# 202-969-0354) and DNC might instigate pressure for party loyalty.
DNC has # (877-336-7200) for questions about contributions, money talks.
Anyway this is fax I'm sending wherever I can.
To Whom It May Concern...hopefully you.
All your lines are busy, I hope it's because you're inundated with messages like this. While I appreciate your "NO" vote on Judge Alito's confirmation, I suggest it is an easy, empty, gesture unless backed up by decisive action. PLEASE use all means necessary to convince yourself and your colleagues to support a filibuster of this nomination. Those of us "out here" who are politically active and involved are under no illusions as to how stacked the deck is "back there", and realise the likelihood is that this criminal administration will succeed in further stacking the Supreme Court with another radical extremist, but that is no reason why we should, yet again, surrender without a fight. I suggest that if we are to have any realistic hope of winning control of either House in '06, let alone the Presidency in '08, you all back there have to finally stand up and say, enough, no more. I further contend that any Presidential nominee in '08, or Candidate in '06, should not take for granted the support of many moderates, or most progressives, unless the Party finally finds the courage and conviction to take principled stands on behalf of the citizenry, and not actively, or tacitly, further expand the power and and control of 'big money' and the Corporocracy. Desperate times require desperate measures. Something needs to be done to make the average citizen aware of the grave danger posed by this lawless administration, not only to our rights and liberties, but also to the health and freedom of all Peoples. Maybe this filibuster, or a 'walk-out' next week when 'lil georgie delivers his litany of lies, could be that catalyst. We desperately need something/someone to give us hope; someone/thing to vote for, not just against; not to again have our options limited to the lesser of two evils.
Please, in all our names, act decisively with courage, conviction and as true Representatives of The People.


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Dear Bob --

It may make you feel good to call the reporters at the NY Times, AP, CNN, Washington Post, and MSNBC "media whores," but I believe there are more cogent, mature ways we can demonstrate their corporate, knee-jerk pro-Bush reporting. If they are parroting government mouthpieces, demonstrate it. Show how imbalanced and one-sided they are.

Language is important in our opposition. We can either convince people with facts and clarity or we can cause their eyes to glaze over as we call people names.

We need to take back that media, not further harden it against us.

Saying that, I am doing all that you ask to support the filibuster.

Stephen McArthur

Your suggestion for "more

Your suggestion for "more cogent, mature ways," sounds very much like a DLC position. And how has that approach worked for you for the past decade?

Calling a whore a whore is what we need right now, and there are plenty of them in the MSM (and in the government). They are bought and paid for by the PNAC neocon machine, which includes coporate pimps like Ambramoff.

So before you presume to come to this blog and lecture on the virtues of "playing nice," take a look at the realities, and the truth.

Playing Nice

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I never said to play nice, Bill, I was suggesting you play smart. Our message is to Americans not to in-bred Democrats who feel better by calling people "media whores." The American electorate is our target, not the actual media whores you talk about. But you first need to begin to tolerate even minor tactical differences among Democrats like me, instead of telling me to get lost. What the hell is a blog for if not expression of opinions? And if you think I was "lecturing," you don't know me at all. I worry that words like "cogent" and "mature" offend you so easily, and that your knee jerks so easily in reaction when you so faciley lump me immediately in with the DLC which I actually believe is wrong and misguided, and which I believe represents the worst in the Democratic Party. I can warn you, however, that if this is your idea of persuading people to support your side of things, you have a long way to go in finding the language to do that. And that was precisely my point which you proved so readily.

Stephen, when you contribute

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Stephen, when you contribute no posts to a private site except an attack on the President of the site and a Moderator, AND then completely misread what is being done here you will be called on it.

As far as convincing people is concerned, that works both ways, correct?

-I think you are incorrect with respect to who our audience is.

-Your implicit thesis that Rush can never become a successful Radio moderator is also incorrect.

Get it? If not, I would be happy to discuss it.

Nice try, but no cigar. If

Nice try, but no cigar. If you took the time to understand the members of Democrats.com, and came around more than once every couple of months, you may find that your superior attitude is indeed perceived as "lecturing."

When you use the term "Democrats like me," and imply that we have no tolerance for dissenting views, you again show your total ignorance of the mission of this blog. "Words" do not offend me, or any other member of Democrats.com -- it is how they are used. Your concept of "playing smart" IS very DLC-like, and is very close to an attempt to deceive the voting public. The time has come for confrontation, honesty, and retaking the Democratic Party from its current "leadership."

As Jim said, when you barge in and do not take the time to become acquainted with us before attacking the founder of Democrats.com, you can expect a negative reaction. This is a private community of like-minded traditional, activist, and for the most part, Liberal Democrats. Membership is by invitation, and this blog is moderated.

If you are looking for a more "centrist" (read DLC neoliberal) position, you will not find it here.

If they are parroting

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If they are parroting government mouthpieces, demostrate it. Show how imbalanced and one-sided they are.

Your are kidding right? Let's see, the press covered up the story on domestic spying for over a year - they didn't want that to get out BEFORE the election. How about Sinclair media running the Kerry bashing "documentary" before the election but would NOT allow a story to run about Bush. How about this lead up to Iraq war - I don't remember the press ever stating ANY evidence contrary to Bush's stand. How about Armstrong Williams being paid to push No Child Left a Dime program? Why aren't the press out there pressuring why Bush didn't stop 9/11 attacks even after the August PDB was released? The CIA leak investigation shows that Judy Miller would rather go to jail than tell what the administration told her. And there are plenty of examples of how the press shed the light on the Democrats (Party of No) instead of showing the real Republican party (of Corruption). Hell, there are plenty other instances but I hope you search your memory - because there is plenty of evidence that the press is one-sided.

"They want the federal government controlling Social Security

like it's some kind of federal program."

- George W. Bush in a debate in St. Charles, Mo., Nov. 2, 2000

That's the Ticket

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There you go, Googa1! That's what we should be talking about. Indeed, there is no lack of evidence that the press is bought and paid for. You are the perfect example of someone who can clearly articulate what is wrong with the press, how corporate rule has become dominant, and how the American people had better wake up this November.

If I wear my frilly dress

and be sure to cross my legs like a lady while I sit over in the corner, will you be sure to recognize me?

Um...let's grab our spoons and devour a little bit of reality, here: You don't get noticed in the media by being nice. We've had 'nice' democrats representing us in the media since Clinton left office, yet the republicans are in majority across the board.

Here's a clue, and it's free: The republicans didn't get where they are by playing nice. Otherwise, the Ann Coulters and Rush Limbaughs of the world would be out of jobs.

The splashes you made when you washed ashore here occurred primarily because you were merely the latest in a very long line of 'democrats' attempting to tell us that nice wins.

It doesn't, and the 'nice' people you're attempting to reach out here in America, just don't exist. They were made up by a group of republicans who were pretending to be democrats, and the objective was to get the democratic party to lie down and take it while the republicans beat it up.

I'm not into that.

I don't wear dresses, either.

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The Press

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The Press, too often now, treats scientists and nut cases equally.

That puts all honors associated with a Journalism degree in jeopardy.

If the Press can't take a BIASED stand for truth on something as objective as Science, then they are worse than media whores.

And by the way, the Press is bowing out of objectivity on scientific matters, in deference to Right Wing idiots who hold the purse strings. There is a name for that.

Captial Hill

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All of the mailboxes are full. None of the senators are picking up there phone's.

Then Fax..

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on the Alito 48 thread there are some fax numbers.

I also think calling the DNC and other heads is a great idea.

It would be great of we also had a list of local office fax numbers for the Senators.


Every Key Senator, District Office, Fax No, Email, in One Place

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Everything in one place.

Please open in a new tab or new window instead of surfing away from here.

Yo Mo...check this...

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I'm an old Luddite hunt and pecker so someone else may be more helpful, but checkout:- capwiz.com/pdamerica/dbq/officials
then click on 'congressional directory' at top of page..it's a senatorial surfing safari and a co-ed congressional clambake.
Hang ten, boogie down, and dont bogart that splif brah.

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6:40 pm CST -- BOB FERTIK - an update on the push to filibuster Alito


Bob Fertik is a life-long progressive and Democratic Party activist, as well as a blogger, journalist, author, systems analyst, candidate, political consultant, and entrepreneur. Bob's website, Democrats.com (no official relation to the Democratic Party), has been one of the best, most up-to-date for current information on the effort to filibuster Alito. We'll find out from him how the blogosphere has provided the leadership.

Bob is the president of Democrats.com and co-founder of AfterDowningStreet.org. He is the co-founder of the Pro-choice Resource Center, Eleanor's List, Political Woman Newsletter, Women Leaders Online, and the Women's Voting Guide. He serves on the board of the Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion. He graduated from Yale College with a B.A. in Economics in 1979, and lives in New York City.

Democrats.com http://www.democrats.com .. LATEST ON ALITO EFFORTS
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And some thought that Bob

And some thought that Bob was just another pretty face...;-)

Obviously by the number of

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Obviously by the number of guests we have had lately, the truth about this site is getting out. Welcome to the world without Karl Rove Spin - it's called reality!

"They want the federal government controlling Social Security

like it's some kind of federal program."

- George W. Bush in a debate in St. Charles, Mo., Nov. 2, 2000


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While I generally despise and abhor group think, if there was ever a time for 'toeing the party line' this surely must be one. 42 Nays, 2 Undecided. IF they can all be whipped into line that should be enough political cover for even the faintest of heart and soul.
Bob, David, John et al. Thankyou for your leadership and perseverance, looks like we may finally spit out the bitter fruit and taste some sweet. Also gratified to note that some of those who have, over the past months,decried the more radical and rambunctious amongst us with statements like "we dont need you...find another party" may have moderated their propietary positions and are not quite so averse to accepting our efforts and support. We only need look at the disaster created by the Republican "my way or the highway" approach to realise how dangerous that kind of philosophical political exclusivity can be. Let us hope that in the long term service of the greater good of all Peoples we can
embrace diversity of opinion. Whenever my brother and I would 'get into it' my folks would say "little birds in their nest must find a way to agree"..guess they weren't as uncool as I used to think. We are fellow travellers. Let's quit eating our young, and marginalising our feisty old curmudgeons.
The People ... United
Must never be Defeated.
In Solidarity for Justice,
Peace and Power.
Patrick Monk.RN. SF.Ca.

What you perceive as

What you perceive as "philisophical political exclusivity," is actually an attempt to rebuild the Democratic Party. Like it or not, the US political system is, and always has been, built around a two-party structure.

Third-Parties and political "independents" may believe that they have a better way, but in reality they do nothing but act as spoilers.

So, it's not really "my way, or the highway." The bottom line is that you are either a Republican or a Democrat if you want to truly help this nation. There are patriots on both sides of the aisle.