It seems like every Democrat I talk to wants this nomination stopped, except for the @#$!%ing Senators who are apparently refusing to listen to their constituents. This "representative government" is proving to be a farce.
The Rovian Smear Machine has been successful in ripping the spine out of the so-called oppositition party. They control the media, and therefore control the way our messages make their way to the masses. Yet, I refuse to back down on calling for a filibuster until the final vote is counted, or the Dems surprise me with some cojones.
Here's an update, courtesy of Democrats.com
Harry Reid met with progressive lobbyists on Tuesday and told them he has nearly 44 votes against Alito, but there are 8 Democratic Senators who will not support a filibuster.
Only 41 votes are needed for a filibuster. If Reid has nearly 44 votes against Alito, every one of those Senators should support a filibuster or their vote against Alito is meaningless.
So call the Democrats who are leading this battle and demand a united Democratic filibuster:
Harry Reid (NV)
Dick Durbin (IL)
Chuck Schumer (NY)
Debbie Stabenow (MI)
Pat Leahy (VT)
Use these toll free numbers to call the Capitol: 888-355-3588 or 888-818-6641. If you can't get through, look up the Senator's District Office number in your phone book or by clicking here
Reid would not name the "Alito 8" who are blocking a Democratic filibuster - so we need to identify them and tell them not to betray the Democrats who funded them and voted for them.
The most likely suspects are the "Red State" Democrats:
Tom Carper (DE)
Kent Conrad (ND)
Byron Dorgan (ND)
Tim Johnson (SD)
Mary Landrieu (LA)
Blanche Lincoln (AR)
Mark Pryor (AR)
Also call these "Blue State" and pro-choice Republicans:
Lincoln Chafee (RI)
Susan Collins (ME)
Lisa Murkowsky (AK)
Bob Smith (OR)
Olympia Snowe (ME)
Ted Stevens (AK)
For extra credit, call all the 2008 Presidential candidates who are sitting Senators - Evan Bayh, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Russ Feingold, and John Kerry - and tell them to either LEAD THE FILIBUSTER or FORGET ABOUT YOUR SUPPORT.
You can also send that message to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (202-224-2447) and the Democratic National Committee (202-863-8000).
Janet Strange, over at BooMan Tribune, has also compiled phone numbers for every Senator. Make your voice heard!
(And if you have no idea why this could usher in the destruction of our constitutional democracy, read this good round-up of atrocities by NeuvoLiberal).