Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Democrats sell out? Quel fucking shock.

If this isn't enough to make us give up on the fucking Democrats, I don't know what is. Read this excerpt and weep. These 13 Dems say they're against Alito and will vote against him in the final vote, though everyone knows the majority in that vote will confirm him, but they don't have the guts to join the politically risky filibuster, which had a chance of blocking him. Traitors. Full article at link above.

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Alito's supporters needed 60 votes to block the filibuster, and they were joined by 13 Democrats who have announced they will vote against confirming his nomination.

"I believe that Judge Alito's nomination, if approved by the Senate, would tilt that court in a direction that will restrict personal freedoms, strengthen the role of government and corporations in our lives, and allow the expansion of power of the presidency," said Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., who announced he would oppose Alito after voting to end debate.
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I can come up with rationalizations for these 13 Democrats' decision to undermine the filibuster and let debate be ended, even though they plan to vote against Alito's confirmation when it comes to a full vote. But the rationalizations, both political (it gives them political cover) and theoretical (the dramatic step of a filibuster isn't warranted even though I myself am against Alito; or, the people deserve to have Alito's confirmation determined by the majority will as expressed through a full vote wherein 51 can prevail, ... even though I myself am against Alito; etc...); but these rationalizations are just, simply, cop-out bullshit, given what's at stake. These Democrats make me want to stop reading the paper, I swear. Good effort by pawlr in previous post. Alas, but a grain of sand thrown against the wind.

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Blogger Demotiki said...

What is the fukin' point of saying, "I am voting against Alito, but I don't feel strongly enough about him to block him by voting against cloture"? Chaffe for example did just this. Does he think that his supporters will say to themselves, "oh, yeah, he helped get Alito confirmed, but he didn't want to." What difference does empty protest make? None at all. Those who voted for cloture are not really pro-choice.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 8:09:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Again and again, we return to the most compelling mystery of our current political climate, in which a majority of Americans now believe Bush is a failure. From whence comes the Democrats' inexplicable compulsion to marginalize themselves, under such circumstances? The answer as I see it - they are undermined by their lack of commitment to their own stated principles. And what does it mean to be a person, senator, or representative, and stand for a principle?

It means that when the chips are down you fight for what you believe in. You take all necessary legal steps to acheive a goal; in this case - blocking Alito based on the extremity of his views, the content of his decisions, and the expectation of how he will fail to adequately serve the interests of the American public.

The disintegration of all parties with a populist plank is that they become too entrenched with payoffs to special interests and too beholden to large business. For a time, the populist rhetoric continues to trigger the support of the electorate. But there comes a time when the distance between words and deeds is too great. At that point, reform becomes a necessity, not just a rhetorical flourish to placate the base.

Democratic leaders are correct to point out "culture of corruption" on the Right, in fact they should be more committed to the message. But they have betrayed their own partisans, as the Alito vote has shown. And they should be held accountable. Period. To drive the point home, there should be an uproar from the community at least as large as that which was attempted in order to motivate them to make the correct vote.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006 1:16:00 PM  

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