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January 26, 2006

Sen. Kennedy Supports Filibuster

-- by Dave Johnson

Ted Kennedy | Kennedy on His Decision To Support the Filibuster of Alito,

“Other than voting to send our men and women to war, there is no more important vote in the Senate than our vote on a Supreme Court nominee. This is a vote of a generation and a test of conscience. Judge Alito does not share the values of equality and justice that make this country strong. He does not deserve a place on the highest court of the land.

We owe it to future generations of Americans to oppose this nomination. If Judge Alito is confirmed, he will serve on the court long after President Bush leaves office, and the progress of half a century on the basic rights of all Americans is likely to be rolled back. He’s the wrong justice for justice and the rule of law in America.”

Go leave a coment at Kennedy's blog.

Posted by Dave Johnson at January 26, 2006 4:51 PM

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the progress of half a century on the basic rights of all Americans is likely to be rolled back. He’s the wrong justice for justice and the rule of law in America.”

I'm sorry, weren't Mary Jo kopechne's rights violated by being drowned by a druken idiot? Was justice served for her death by her killer getting a slap on the hand?

Posted by: Pericles at January 26, 2006 6:05 PM

Judge Alito does not share the values of equality and justice that make this country strong. He does not deserve a place on the highest court of the land.

Uhm, Sen Kennedy, was belonging to "The Owls" (an all-male club) showing your respect of equality? I know it must have been hard to remember that you still were a dues-paying member up until a week ago what with all the damage daily liter doses of Scotch does to the brain.

Posted by: Pericles at January 26, 2006 6:09 PM

And Bush was a draft-dodging coke addict. I win.

Posted by: richard [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 26, 2006 6:34 PM

Ah, richard, going on unsubstantiated (coke addict) rumors again, I see.

And Bush tried to get into combat through volunteering to fly combat mission in "Palace Alert" but he lacked the flight time.

Posted by: Pericles at January 26, 2006 6:48 PM

Yeah, sure he did.

Posted by: richard [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 26, 2006 8:00 PM

Bah, ancient history... what matters is that Alioto helped frame the legal strategy that Bush is now using to assert unilateral and dictatorial powers to disregard the authority of the Congress and Judiciary, and is thus unlikely to challenge what is historically the greatest expansion of Executive power since FDR. That alone disqualifies him.

As for Dubya vs. Ted, well, I'll take Ted's ancient history over Dubya's present day temper-tantrums, meglomania and alcoholic rages any day (see Doug Thompson's "The Rant" on Capitol Hill Blue and other postings on that site).

Posted by: Thomas Leavitt at January 27, 2006 12:54 AM

Voting against cowardly Democrats who don't support a filibuster doesn't mean voting for a Republican. We can propose strong candidates for primary elections as these come up for re-election. That would mean a Hell of a party battle, but would be worth it.

Posted by: MJ at January 27, 2006 5:42 AM

Voting against cowardly Democrats who don't support a filibuster doesn't mean voting for a Republican. We can propose strong candidates for primary elections as these come up for re-election. That would mean a Hell of a party battle, but would be worth it.

Posted by: MJ at January 27, 2006 5:43 AM

For some reason I haven't been able to post a comment here. This is what I'm trying to say:

Voting against cowardly Democrats who don't support a filibuster doesn't mean voting for a Republican. We can propose strong candidates for primary elections as these come up for re-election. That would mean a Hell of a party battle, but would be worth it.

Posted by: MJ at January 27, 2006 5:44 AM

References to Chappaquidick are OK but not references to the Bush Family.The Walkers supporting Nazi Germany,Bush Seniors affairs with
that Fitzgerald Chick.Junior's aquiring The Land
for Arlington Stadium for the Texass Rangers using
Eminent Domain.Juniors DWI (The one we know about).Ted Kennedy lost 2 brothers to GOP Assasin's plus one brother in WW2,plus a Sister in a Plane Crash.Imagine losing your whole Family.
I'd have a Drink or two I think.Ted is the one who knows the truth and he like all of us will be Standing Tall in front of The Man!!

If we don't stop the GOP Now this Country is Doomed!!!

Posted by: VPJEB2006 at January 27, 2006 5:50 AM

What's the name of the boy Laura Bush killed?

Posted by: grannyinsanity at January 27, 2006 9:12 AM

The anti-Alito comments are misguided, misinforming, unsubstantiated, false, and irresponsible.

There are too many positive votes for Alito in the Senate, the filibuster is pointless.

Posted by: Sickofspin at January 27, 2006 11:33 AM

"I reject those notions that there ought to somehow be some political calculus about the future. ... The choice is now," said Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the presidential candidate rejected by voters in 2004 and amazingly, a White House hopeful for 2008. He said it was imperative to fight for "those people who count on us to stand up and protect them."

Protect them from what Senator? A judge who has a 15-year judicial record of upholding the rule of law?

Posted by: Sickofspin at January 27, 2006 4:54 PM

Subject: We need to remember Mary Jo Kopechne

Remember Mary Jo Kopechne?

We would all do well to remember Mary Jo Kopechne. She would have been 65 years of age this year. Read about her and her killer below:

When Sen. Ted Kennedy was merely just another Democrat bloating on Capitol Hill on behalf of liberal causes, it was perhaps excusable
to ignore his deplorable past. But now that he's become a leading Republican attack dog,
positioning himself as Washington's leading arbiter of truth and integrity, the days for such indulgence are now over.

It's time for the GOP to stand up and remind America why this chief spokesman had to abandon his own presidential bid in 1980 - time to say the words "Mary Jo Kopechne" out loud.

As is often the case, Republicans have deluded themselves into thinking that most Americans already know the story of how this "Conscience of the Democratic Party" left Miss Kopechne behind to die in the waters underneath the Edgartown Bridge in July 1969, after a night
of drinking and partying with the young blonde campaign worker. But most Americans under 40 have never heard that story, or details of how
Kennedy swam to safety, then tried to get his cousin Joe Garghan to say he was behind the wheel. Those young voters don't know how Miss Kopechne, trapped inside Kennedy's Oldsmobile, gasped for air until she finally died, while
the Democrats' leading Iraq war critic rushed back to his compound to formulate the best alibi he could think of.

Neither does Generation X know how Kennedy was thrown out of Harvard on his ear 15 years earlier -- for paying a fellow student to
take his Spanish final. Or why the US Army denied him a commission because he cheated on tests.

As they listen to the Democrats' "Liberal Lion" accuse President Bush of "telling lie after lie after lie" to get America to go to war in Iraq , young voters don't know about that notorious 1991
Easter weekend in Palm Beach when Uncle Teddy rounded up his nephews for a night on the town, an evening that ended with one of them credibly
accused of rape.

It's time for Republicans to state unabashedly that they will no longer "go along with the gag" when it comes to Uncle Ted's rants about deception and moral turpitude inside the Bush White House.

And if the Republicans don't, let's do it ourselves by passing this forgotten disgrace around the Internet to wake up memories of
what a fraud and fake Teddy really is.

The Democratic Party should be ashamed to have the national disgrace from Massachusetts as their spokesman.

Posted by: Sickofspin at January 28, 2006 4:57 PM

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