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Senate Overwhelmingly Defeats Filibuster For Alito

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posted on Jan, 30 2006 @ 05:06 PM
The Senate voted 72 to 25 to end debate on the confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court:


WASHINGTON - 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.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Alito will definitely be confirmed to the Supreme Court tomorrow in plenty of time to attend the State of the Union Address.

[edit on 1/30/2006 by djohnsto77]

posted on Jan, 30 2006 @ 07:10 PM
Wasn't John Kerry one of the leaders of the filibuster?

Doesn't he ever get tired of being a loser?

Can't wait until the State of the Union! Alito is going to get a standing ovation!

posted on Jan, 31 2006 @ 11:52 PM
Not really a partisan politico, but I must say that this really hurts the left....badly.
Kerry and Kenneddy are doing a good job of demolishing Democrat hopes for 06 and 08

posted on Feb, 7 2006 @ 02:36 PM
Alito had no sensible credentials to hold this position.....but you wouldn't know that since the media failed to mention it.....and slandered those who did:

Kerry, who unsuccessfully challenged Bush for the White House in 2004, made his pitch for a filibuster against Alito while overseas for a world economic forum. This is how the White House covered it through the McClellan press conference:

Q Can I also ask you, on Senator Kerry's comments, what is your reaction to the filibuster call by Senator Kerry, on Judge Alito?

MR. McCLELLAN: On his call yesterday? It was a pretty historic day. This was the first time ever that a Senator has called for a filibuster from the slopes of Davos, Switzerland. I think even for a Senator, it takes some pretty serious yodeling to call for a filibuster from a five-star ski resort in the Swiss Alps. (Laughter.)

Q But you know he's not there skiing.

MR. McCLELLAN: Les, I didn't ask you to yodel. I can hear you. (Laughter.)

Kerry was attending a world economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, along with other U.S. Congressmen. Simultaneous to the McClellan White House press conference, Kerry was on the capitol grounds, and by the time Reuters posted its report of the press conference at 1:39, deleting the last interchange between the reporter and McClellan, Kerry was giving an anti-Alito speech on the floor of the Senate.

Nevertheless, the Kerry smear continued on PBS's Newshour with Lehrer. The last interchange between the reporter and McClellan was deleted from the PBS tape, and Lehrer, Brooks, and Shields chose to portray Kerry as a loser by making such a proposal from a ski resort, when, in reality, he was making the proposal from the site of a world economic forum. Brooks went on to castigate the Dems for destroying a "precedent" of no filibuster, a "precedent" that only resides in his mind. Actually, the filibuster is part of this country's Constitutional traditions, having been used used by Republicans as well as Democrats in the past with respect to judicial nominations by a President. Shields did not disagree with Brooks. Brooks went on to contend that liberals are "the most vehement" in their efforts to prove they "are the most pure," standing a half-century of U.S. political history on its head. Again, Shields did not disagree with Brooks:

JIM LEHRER: Mark, how do you read the John Kerry sudden push for a filibuster, what is that about?

MARK SHIELDS: Well, I think there an unfortunate call for it, the venue is not ideal --

JIM LEHRER: The ski slopes.

MARK SHIELDS: Yeah, the Swiss connection....

IM LEHRER [to Brooks]: How do you read this filibuster thing?

DAVID BROOKS: Well, thought he should have done it while wind surfing; it would have been a more popular --

JIM LEHRER [to Shields]: I knew he was going to say something. Didn't you know he was going to say something like that?

DAVID BROOKS: We were looking at Scott McClellan, the White House spokesman, it is the first time he's looked happy in years. One-liners, one week of happiness -- don't ruin it for him.

JIM LEHRER: That's right.

DAVID BROOKS: And it is a week of happiness for Republicans. But as for what John Kerry did, vote no. Just -- you want to register your opposition, vote no. You do not screw up the process. And you know, I think the Republicans make a good point when you say we were against Ginsburg but we voted for her. But if you are against the person, vote no. Don't screw up the precedent that says, you know, we're not going to filibuster. I think that is a valuable precedent.

I think if you are opposed to somebody you vote no, you don't take the option, which is always there in the Senate, of totally wrecking the process. And so, you know, I thought what Kerry did and what Kennedy did was, you know, it endangered the institutions of the Senate.

But there is now a habit in this town, especially among liberals in opposition that you got to be the most vehement. And that's the way that you prove you are the most pure.

MARK SHIELDS: It isn't really a filibuster because there aren't any enough votes -

JIM LEHRER: You've got to have 41 votes to have a filibuster.

MARK SHIELDS: So, I mean, probably shouldn't have said that. But I mean, I think there is a purpose to be made in making the case. And let's be very blunt about this

PBS Transcript

WHite House transcript

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