Monday, January 30, 2006

Alito skates by 72-25.

Politics: All that emailing and faxing over the weekend really worked considering this.

Sens. John Kerry and Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts are urging fellow Democrats to support a filibuster, citing in part Alito's conservative record on abortion and deference to executive power. Alito's supporters must produce 60 votes to cut off a filibuster; an Associated Press tally shows at least 62. The AP tally also shows that at least 53 Republicans and three Democrats intend to vote to confirm Alito; that is well over the required majority.
Final Tally.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate all but guaranteed Samuel Alito's confirmation as the nation's 110th Supreme Court justice Monday, shutting down a last-minute attempt by liberals to block the conservative judge's nomination with a filibuster. Republican and Democratic senators on a 72-25 vote agreed to end their debate, setting up a Tuesday morning vote on his confirmation to replace retiring moderate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. With at least 57 votes committed to Alito -- 53 Republicans and four Democrats -- approval by majority vote in the 100-member Senate is now seemingly assured. A bloc of Democrats, led by Massachusetts Sens. Edward Kennedy and John Kerry, unsuccessfully tried over the weekend and Monday to persuade other senators to use a vote-delaying filibuster to stop Alito, a 15-year veteran of the U.S. Appeals Court and a former lawyer for the Reagan administration.
Impressive, somehow after all the faxing, emailing and calling, they got more Dems to vote aye. Now the predictable aftermatch via NRO corner.
Now that the Alito filibuster has collapsed, the anger -- anger at Democrats, that is -- is boiling over at the DailyKos. One diatribe from one of the site's "recommended diaries": What I want is a complete list of every scumsucking f--kstick Democratic a--hole senator who voted for cloture. That's what I want. I don't know what to DO with that list, not yet -- but I know for G--DAMNED sure I won't be VOTING for any of them, let alone sending them any g--damned MONEY. Frankly, right now I'd like nothing better than to torpedo the entire lot of them. Just dump them like so much worthless, leaden, VICHY MOTHERF--KING BALLAST. I got nothin', folks. Don't look over here if you want comfort or a nice, uplifting LIVE TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY speech. I'M DONE WITH THEM. They are DEAD to me. Yeah. CANTWELL and BYRD and LANDRIEU and BINGAMAN and every last motherf--king one of them, I'm DONE with them. I'm registering Independent tomorrow. You're welcome to join me.
You want to know why the filibuster not only didn't work but shot down worse than anyone could imagine? All the emailing, faxing, calling, blog rantings, threats to DLC members and Democratic Senators in the end means nothing because the party leaders and veterans know the truth. You leftist activists have nowhere else to turn, nowhere else to vote, you need them more than they need you. Steve Elmendorf told you exactly what your role is in the party.
"The bloggers and online donors represent an important resource for the party, but they are not representative of the majority you need to win elections," said Steve Elmendorf, a Democratic lobbyist who advised Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign. "The trick will be to harness their energy and their money without looking like you are a captive of the activist left."
Now Kos can rant about any democrats associated with Elmendorf is going to be cut, but where is the machinery and the ability to do it? If you really want the moveon talk about owning the party to be more than show, back up what you talk about. Where is the remove Harry Reid movement, all the Senators that "betrayed" you are going to see their bank accounts dry up? Donations to Byrd going to stop for his upcoming election? The moment you show the leaders where the power lies is when you will be taken seriously and scare them. Right now, you are an ATM and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

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