Friday, January 27, 2006

gray lady to dems: grow a spine


In a Thursday editorial, the New York Times states that the elevation of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court

. . . will come courtesy of a president whose grandiose vision of his own powers threatens to undermine the nation's basic philosophy of government — and a Senate that seems eager to cooperate by rolling over and playing dead.

It is hard to imagine a moment when it would be more appropriate for senators to fight for a principle. Even a losing battle would draw the public's attention to the import of this nomination.

The editorial explains what we all already know, a SCOTUS with Strip Search Sammy will SUCK, but you can’t ignore the boffo finale:

A filibuster is a radical tool. It's easy to see why Democrats are frightened of it. But from our perspective, there are some things far more frightening. One of them is Samuel Alito on the Supreme Court.

That’s right, the New York Times and I agree, it is time for Democrats to use the “F” word. Republicans are pushing for an end to debate, so, once again, here comes the plea:

Call your two Senators, and call Minority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Whip Dick Durbin, and tell them all you want to see the Senate stand for something. Tell them to stand up for our democracy, stand up for our Constitutional rights, and stand against the confirmation of Judge Alito. Tell them the only way to stand for what we all believe is to stand against the Republican leadership—and stand for a filibuster!

You can phone the US Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (888) 818-6641—an operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

. . . and tell a friend!


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