Friday, January 27, 2006

Scalitovision 2006: Kerry's courageous stand

John Kerry may have called for a filibuster, but, according to The New York Times, "Democrats cringed and Republicans jeered at the awkwardness of his gesture, which almost no one in the Senate expects to succeed."

But does that mean he should have kept quiet? Absolutely not. Kerry is to be applauded for standing up for Democratic values and principles, not to mention for the Constitution and the appropriate balance among the three branches of government, while so many of his fellow Democrats, both Congressional and otherwise, turned away or were too weak or afraid to do anything in the first place.

Regardless, Republicans will have their way and the vote will likely be held on Tuesday.

As for the Democrats, one day -- perhaps one day soon -- Kerry will be able to say that he told them so.

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More on the filibuster:

The Carpetbagger Report: "At the risk of sounding overly-utilitarian about it, Kerry's principled stand should make all Dems happy — the filibuster can help bring Alito's ideology and beliefs into view, while a filibuster that doesn't work isn't likely to anger many voters or prompt Republicans to end all judicial filibusters forever."

See also TalkLeft.

The Democratic Daily has lists (with phone numbers) of Democratic senators committed to a filibuster, undecided, against a filibuster, and for Alito. Don't hesitate to call or write your own senator.

Ezra Klein is, shall we say, less enthusiastic.

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