Vichy Democrats Put Alito on the Bench

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VichyThe Democratic Senators who voted for cloture have put Alito on the bench. One can debate how much of an effect it will have for a Catholic majority to control our highest court, but the simple fact is that Bush should not have been able to put as conservative a justice as Alito on the bench when laboring under his scandalous record and a pitiful performance rating.

The Democratic party folded over one little word, "obstructionist". Again, instead of taking such a pissant little label, like "liberal", and making it a badge of honor, they slunk off an did the GOP’s dirty business.

This nomination should have been a line in the sand, er… well, those haven’t worked out very well lately… this nomination should have been a make or break moment for every Democrat. Either you’re with us or your dead electoral meat. In the end 25 Democratic Senators did the right thing, but there are several who need to feel a little wrathiness from their base.

The Vichy Democrats are:

Akaka
Inouye
Cantwell
Rockefeller
Byrd
Bingaman
Lieberman
Nelson (FL)
Nelson (NE)
Baucus
T. Johnson
Dorgan
B. Lincoln
Salazar
Conrad
Landrieu
Pryor
Carper
Kohl

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1 COMMENT

  1. The fact that only 25 Democrats were willing to stand up to the GOP, though insulting to those of who want represenatives in Washington who actually represent us, is not entirely surprising. What shocks me is that our best chance to knock off Kyl said that he would not have supported a filibuster!

    That’s right, our very own Jim Pederson would have voted against our leaders (like Kerry, Reid, and Obama) who stood up for what the base wanted and voted with Republicans! What is he thinking?

    I completely agree that we need to send a message to the Senators who voted to end the filibuster. And we need to do the same with Pederson. After all, the last think that we need in the Senate is yet another “Democrat” who caves to Republicans.

    Pederson better get it together if he expects to have my vote in the fall.

  2. The thought hadn’t occured to me, but it not that long ago that many thought a Catholic could not be elected President of the US.