Thursday, January 26, 2006

Kerry Seeks A Filibuster

With '08 presidential aspirations in mind, John Kerry is calling on his fellow Senate Democrats to support a filibuster of Judge Alito:

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. John Kerry will attempt a filibuster to block the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, CNN has learned.

Kerry, in Davos, Switzerland, to attend the World Economic Forum, was marshaling support in phone calls during the day, he told CNN.

Kerry said he told a group of Democratic senators Wednesday, and urged that they join him. Kerry said he has the support of fellow Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy.

A little too predictable, I think. Not to mention there are no viable grounds on which to oppose Alito's nomination in the first place. And some Dems are finally starting to realize this.

Robert Byrd of West Virginia and Tim Johnson of South Dakota have both announced their vote in favor of Alito. The two join Nebraska's Ben Nelson as the only three Democrats who have come out in support of Judge Alito.

Nonetheless, Kerry has decided to press on, and pursue the filibuster. But being in Switzerland, he probably hasn't gotten the memo. A filibuster isn't even possible, as 5 of the Democratic Senators from the Gang of 14 have said they will vote for cloture to end a filibuster.

One thing the Dems --and Kerry-- should have learned from the past two SCOTUS nominations: when you play politics with judicial appointments, you lose.