Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Tell Senators What We Think of Their Alito Votes

Want to call the Dem Senators who failed to support a filibuster? The effective way that right-wing grassroots groups lobby their representatives is not just by calling in to say "Please vote on this or that" but by threatening to abandon the politician at the next election.

Since news orgs have reported that 25 Dems voted to filibuster, I assume that means 23 or 24 Dems voted against filibustering (aren't there still around 48 or 49 Dem senators in the Senate?) Of those who voted against, 13 said they were doing so even though they planned to go against Alito's nomination in the full Senate vote. This is political cowardice at its worst.

A full list of Senators, their phone numbers, and their record on both votes re Alito -- for/against a filibuster and later for/against his actual nomination Alito -- is copied into the 1st comment here. Unfortunately the Senators' party affiliations are not given in the list, but you can figure it out with some accuracy based on the given Senator's vote re Alito's nomination, since (correct me if I'm wrong ... I may be) that vote was mostly along party lines.

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Blogger Bspot said...

Note: Senators' phone numbers and voting records re Alito are below.

Since Ohio and Florida are such key swing states, i.e. their populations are very evenly split, it's probably worth calling those states' Senators. One of them was clearly uncertain, voting against the filibuster but also against Alito's nomination.

Most Senators will take your view more seriously if you claim to be a constituent from their state. At least you can do this honestly when calling your own state's Senators.

Let the senators who fought Alito know you appreciated their standing up for our rights -- when the next fight comes, they'll be in a stronger position to lead if they're confident they'll have our support.

Maybe even more importantly, also let senators who voted to confirm Alito know that you'll remember their votes when they're up for reelection.

Share your thoughts on your calls by visiting http://www.SaveTheCourt.org/CallReport


--Your Allies at People For the American Way (PFAW)

Alaska
Lisa Murkowski voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-6665
Ted Stevens voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-3004

Alabama
Jeff Sessions voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-4124
Richard Shelby voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-5744

Arkansas
Blanche Lincoln voted against confirming Alito but voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-4843
Mark Pryor voted against confirming Alito but voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-2353

Arizona
Jon Kyl voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-4521
John McCain voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-2235

California
Barbara Boxer voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-3553
Dianne Feinstein voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-3841

Colorado
Ken Salazar voted against confirming Alito but voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-5852
Wayne Allard voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-5941

Connecticut
Christopher Dodd voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-2823
Joseph Lieberman voted against confirming Alito but voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-4041

Delaware
Joseph Biden voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-5042
Thomas Carper voted against confirming Alito but voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-2441

Florida
Bill Nelson voted against confirming Alito but voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-5274
Mel Martinez voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-3041

Georgia
Saxby Chambliss voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-3521
Johnny Isakson voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-3643

Hawaii
Daniel Akaka voted against confirming Alito but voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-6361
Daniel Inouye voted against confirming Alito but voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-3934

Iowa
Tom Harkin voted against confirming Alito and supported the filibuster but did not vote.
(202) 224-3254
Chuck Grassley voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-3744

Idaho
Larry Craig voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-2752
Michael Crapo voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-6142

Illinois
Richard Durbin voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-2152
Barack Obama voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-2854

Indiana
Evan Bayh voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-5623
Richard Lugar voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-4814

Kansas
Sam Brownback voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-6521
Pat Roberts voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-4774

Kentucky
Jim Bunning voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-4343
Mitch McConnell voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-2541

Louisiana
Mary Landrieu voted against confirming Alito but voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-5824
David Vitter voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-4623

Massachusetts
Edward Kennedy voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-4543
John Kerry voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-2742

Maryland
Barbara Mikulski voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-4654
Paul Sarbanes voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-4524

Maine
Susan Collins voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-2523
Olympia Snowe voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-5344

Michigan
Carl Levin voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-6221
Debbie Stabenow voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-4822

Minnesota
Mark Dayton voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-3244
Norm Coleman voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-5641

Missouri
Christopher Bond voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-5721
James Talent voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-6154

Mississippi
Thad Cochran voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-5054
Trent Lott voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-6253

Montana
Max Baucus voted against confirming Alito but voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-2651
Conrad Burns voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-2644

North Carolina
Richard Burr voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-3154
Elizabeth Dole voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-6342

North Dakota
Byron Dorgan voted against confirming Alito but voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-2551
Kent Conrad voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-2043

Nebraska
Ben Nelson voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-6551
Chuck Hagel voted to confirm Alito but did not vote on the filibuster.
(202) 224-4224

New Hampshire
Judd Gregg voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-3324
John Sununu voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-2841

New Jersey
Frank Lautenberg voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-3224
Robert Menendez voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-4744

New Mexico
Jeff Bingaman voted against confirming Alito but voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-5521
Pete Domenici voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-6621

Nevada
Harry Reid voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-3542
John Ensign voted to confirm Alito but did not vote on the filibuster
(202) 224-6244.

New York
Hillary Clinton voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-4451
Charles Schumer voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-6542

Ohio
Mike DeWine voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-2315
George Voinovich voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-3353

Oklahoma
Tom Coburn voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-5754
James Inhofe voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-4721

Oregon
Ron Wyden voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-5244
Gordon Smith voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-3753

Pennsylvania
Rick Santorum voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-6324
Arlen Specter voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-4254

Rhode Island
Jack Reed voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-4642
Lincoln Chafee voted against confirming Alito but voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-2921

South Carolina
Jim DeMint voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-6121
Lindsey Graham voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-5972

South Dakota
Tim Johnson voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-5842
John Thune voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-2321

Tennessee
Lamar Alexander voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-4944
Bill Frist voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-3344

Texas
John Cornyn voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-2934
Kay Bailey Hutchison voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-5922

Utah
Robert Bennett voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-5444
Orrin Hatch voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-5251

Virginia
George Allen voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-4024
John Warner voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-2023

Vermont
Patrick Leahy voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-4242
James Jeffords voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-5141

Washington
Maria Cantwell voted against confirming Alito but voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-3441
Patty Murray voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-2621

Wisconsin
Russell Feingold voted against confirming Alito and voted for the filibuster.
(202) 224-5323
Herb Kohl voted against confirming Alito but voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-5653

West Virginia
John Rockefeller voted against confirming Alito but voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-6472
Robert Byrd voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-3954

Wyoming
Michael Enzi voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-3424
Craig Thomas voted to confirm Alito and voted against the filibuster.
(202) 224-6441

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 7:18:00 AM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

I am really pissed off at those Dems who defected, not for their lack of courage, but for their lack of common sense. With the war in Iraq, the failing economy and a 41% approval rating, the Dems should be putting as much distance as possible between themselves and the Bush Administration. It's just good politics to fight the president tooth and nail. It also has the added bonus of moving the president towards the center therefore alienating his base. Fight, fight, fight!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 9:18:00 PM  
Blogger Palmer said...

good info, bspot.

unfortunately, my fantasy hoops team and maintaining the illusion of work here is preventing me from reading through all the votes.

didn't look like anyone voted for alito, and for the filibuster. that'd be wacky!

Thursday, February 09, 2006 10:48:00 AM  

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