Alito Filibuster is Dead, Vote 75-25
By a vote of 75 to 25, the Senate today ended debate on the nomination of Judge Sam Alito to the Supreme Court. The final vote is tomorrow, and over 40 Senators are expected to vote against his nomination.This means Alito will receive more "no" votes than any other confirmed Supreme Court nominee in the last 100 years, other than Justice Clarence Thomas. (via Save the Court)
TalkLeft offers many thanks to the courageous band of 25 who stood firm, did not yield, and voted their consciences which told them that Judge Alito was outside the mainstream and not an appropriate choice for a lifetime appointment to our nation's highest court.
From People for the American Way (received by e-mail, no link yet):
"Senators who voted to extend debate did everything possible to defeat the nomination of Samuel Alito to a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court. They also upheld the Senate's crucial role in our system of checks and balances. We believe that time will confirm the wisdom of their attempt to defeat this nominee.
"Samuel Alito's record tells us that the rights and liberties of every American will be significantly weakened over the decades that Alito is likely to serve on the Supreme Court. His well-documented record is why he was supported so enthusiastically by far-right activists. If he is true to that record, he will side far more often with the rights of the powerful against the powerless, favor corporations and big government against the rights and privacy of individuals, seek to roll back a woman's right to choose, and undermine legal protections for women, immigrants, minorities, and Americans with disabilities. He will stand aside while the executive branch claims excessive power to intrude on Americans' privacy and legal protections, but will vote to restrict the ability of Congress to protect the health, safety and welfare of Americans and our communities.
We are grateful for the leadership shown by senators who worked to prevent Samuel Alito's confirmation to a lifetime seat on our nation's highest court, and it is excruciatingly disappointing that more senators did not consider Alito's record sufficient reason to join those efforts.
"It is unfortunate that President Bush chose such a divisive nominee, rather than a mainstream conservative who could have received widespread bipartisan support. Even before the final vote is cast, it is clear that Samuel Alito will face the most Senate opposition since Clarence Thomas. In fact, Alito will be second only to Thomas in the number of senators voting against a nominee who is confirmed to the Supreme Court."
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