Sometime late this afternoon, Senator John Kerry (Yes, that John Kerry) announced that he would lead the effort to filibuster the confirmation of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court.
It will be an uphill battle for sure and the results are far from certain, but at ast the Democrats are fighting back. No matter what beef we might have had with Kerry, we have to hand it to him for taking a leadership position here.
Its been quite a day on the blogs...a lot of activism in getting the "faithful" to email, fax, or call their Senators to give them support (translated: courage)in setting a filibuster in motion. I'm always amazed by the passion and dedication of people on the "blogosphere". Some Senator's telephone systems were overwhelmed.
Some Senators have my sympathy.
Like Mary Landreiu of Louisianna. She needs all the goodwill from the Senate and Bush Administration that she can get to rebuild New Orleans. I can understand why she (or would be) hesitant to oppose the Administration's nominee. But I have a sad message for her though. The opposition is going to do everything in their power to thwart the reconstruction (funds have already been cut to $6 billion from $30) and blame the Senator politically....no matter which way she votes on the nomination. There is no "profit" in trying to appease them.
Stay tuned to CSPAN...things could be exciting through next Tuesday.