Kennedy Joins Kerry in Alito Filibuster
It's Official. Both Massachussetts senators, John Kerry and Edward Kennedy will attempt a filibuster against Judge Sam Alito. Kudos to them.
PFAW just posted a tool at Save the Court that allows you to customize the message below and fax it to 13 key senators. PFAW also advises that Sen. Bill Frist has laid down the cloture petition which ripens at 4:30 pm Monday.
There's also Senate Phone List here, with numbers to all the Democratic Senators and the key moderate Republicans. There are two toll free numbers - 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641.
Kerry has written a post at Daily Kos outlining his position.
From Sen. Kennedy (received from his office):
Other than voting to send our men and women to war, there is no more important vote in the Senate than our vote on a Supreme Court nominee. This is a vote of a generation and a test of conscience. Judge Alito does not share the values of equality and justice that make this country strong. He does not deserve a place on the highest court of the land.
We owe it to future generations of Americans to oppose this nomination. If Judge Alito is confirmed, he will serve on the court long after President Bush leaves office, and the progress of half a century on the basic rights of all Americans is likely to be rolled back. He's the wrong justice for justice and the rule of law in America.
Markos at Daily Kos has analysis of the numbers.
And this just in from the Dems' Alito 8:
Three Democrats (Mary Landrieu, Ken Salazar, and Dianne Feinstein) oppose Alito but also said they oppose a filibuster. So we must persuade them that a vote against Alito is meaningless if they don't support a filibuster.
The best way to persuade them would be for the Democratic leadership (Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Chuck Schumer, Pat Leahy, and Debby Stabenow) and the five Presidential candidates (John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Russ Feingold, Joe Biden, and Evan Bayh) to form a Emergency Save the Constitution Committee and enlist the support of pro-choice, pro-freedom, and pro-democracy activists in Louisiana, Colorado, and California) to persuade their Senators to support a filibuster.
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