Monday, January 16, 2006

Filibuster Alito? Not Gonna Happen

I was saying this for a while now. There's no chance that Alito would not be confirmed by the Senate. While there will be a party line split in the Judiciary Committee, the full Senate will approve Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court by what I believe will be a 67-32 margin (Kerry abstains). In other words, Alito will be confirmed with roughly the same margin that John Roberts was.

Sen. Diane Feinstein has said that the filibuster will not be used. Good thing that a moment of clarity shone down on Sen. Feinstein.
A Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee who opposes Samuel A. Alito Jr. said yesterday that she sees no justification to filibuster the Supreme Court nominee.

"I do not see a likelihood of a filibuster," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein ( D-Calif.). "This might be a man I disagree with, but it doesn't mean he shouldn't be on the court."
It's about time that someone in the Democratic Party realized that they've gone out on a limb once too many times and that the American people, let alone the GOP, aren't standing for the obstructionism.

Heck, even the media is slowly realizing that the Democrats have lost this fight in a big way. Captain Ed picking up on the NYT silence and recognition of the inevitable nature of the Alito confirmation. That's not to say that there are still some folks who think that the Alito confirmation means the end of the world as we know it. And they're not talking about Iran's nuclear ambitions, but claiming that checks and balances are about to be scrapped causing a constitutional crisis.

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