Friday, January 27, 2006

Mr and Mrs Smith Go to Washington?

So the filibuster is back in the news. Good - I was worried that it would stay shelved until after the next Senate election, which would allow Republicans more leeway in obliterating the old girl by the rules, or so I believe. While John Kerry backed down from his pledge to "count every vote" back in November of 2004 in about 6.36 seconds, now that Senators Hillary Clinton, Dianne Feinstein, and Ted Kennedy seem to be rallying behind Kerry, just maybe Kerry will finally start to remind people of Jeb Smith beyond the gangly physical resemblance. I'm not holding my breath though.

Of course, the Democrats would be going against 55 pod people Republican Claude Rains plus reportedly three Democrats (Lieberman I presume), southern bell Robert Byrd (probably), and one other turncoat. And these guys are almost entirely devoid of common decency or fair play (Byrd's a nice guy I think, though he hits the mint juleps a little early) - so the "nuclear option" (where Republicans just flat out change the rules illegally and thumb their noses on their own Senate rules and the Constitution) may be in play.

A filibuster involves endless debate intended to keep a measure — such as a judicial nomination — from reaching a vote. Sixty votes in the 100-member Senate are needed to end a filibuster.

Republicans hold 55 seats, and enough Democratic senators will join them to end debate and hold a vote next week with votes to spare, Alito supporters said. Should Alito supporters fail to get the 60 votes, a filibuster officially would have begun and debate would continue.

From John Kerry's website: "Yesterday, Senator Ted Kennedy and I told our colleagues that we supported a filibuster of Judge Alito’s nomination for the Supreme Court. And we weren’t alone. But the bottom line is that it takes more than two or three people to filibuster successfully. It’s not “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” If you want to stop Judge Alito from becoming Justice Alito, use your own email list and organize. We can’t just preach to our own choir. We need to prove to everyone – from our friends and neighbors to our fellow Senators – that the American people know Judge Alito will take our country in the wrong direction, and they expect something to be done about it...

At least sign the on-line petition [here]. Do something - write to your Senators, write to the media, protest someone somewhere - anything other than blogging - that is a waste of time, let me tell you.

Oh, in case you decided to read this entry based on an erroneous interpretation of the title, I don't want you to leave empty-handed... the real Mrs. Smith.


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