A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Thursday, January 26, 2006

A "Non-Filibuster" Filibuster

Of course, the headline makes it sound like the Republicans are being the obstructionists. As usual, not the case.

AP: Senate GOP Seeks to Force Vote on Alito---

WASHINGTON - Die-hard Democratic critics of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito refused on Thursday to allow a vote on his confirmation, and Republicans countered with a move designed to force his approval by early next week.

"It is time to establish an end point" in the debate over President Bush's selection to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., said he and other Democrats had refused to agree to a timetable for ending debate. "There's some division in our caucus," he conceded.

Democratic Leader Harry Reid signaled as much in remarks on the Senate floor. He offered no support for Kennedy, John Kerry and others whose filibuster represents a last stand against Alito's ascension.

"There's been adequate time for people to debate," Reid said.
The usual suspects: Kennedy, Kerry. Surprising to see Reid not joining or supporting their filibuster.

The Senate will vote Monday on cutting off debate. If Alito's supporters get 60 votes in the 100-member body, the confirmation vote will follow on Tuesday.

Frist said he had been unable to win a commitment from all senators on a time for a final vote. Instead, he set the stage for cutting off debate Monday with what is known as a cloture vote.

Also, CNN reports that Kerry will try Alito filibuster. So, I guess it isn't really a "non-filibuster" filibuster, but a filibuster. John Kerry descends into further whacko breakdown.