Harry Reid Will Support Alito Filibuster
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has now stated he will support a filibuster of the nomination judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court. The liberal Nevada Democrat has reportedly been under heavy pressure from fringe left wing groups to help stop the nomination.
"Everyone knows there is not enough votes to support a filibuster," Reid said, referring to the procedural roadblock that some Democrats said should be used to put off a vote on Alito.
The Nevada Democrat said, however, he would vote for such a measure to at least send a message of opposition to the nominee. That vote will come on Monday with final confirmation set for Tuesday, reports Reuters.
"I think it is an opportunity for people to express their opinion as to what a bad choice it was to replace (retiring Justice) Sandra Day O'Connor" with Alito, Reid told reporters after a speech at a Washington hotel.
Failed presidential candidate John Kerry called for the filibuster while in Davos, Switzerland.
"Judge Alito's confirmation would be an ideological coup on the Supreme Court," Kerry said in a written statement.
"We can't afford to see the court's swing vote, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, replaced with a far-right ideologue like Samuel Alito."
Here's a tip for John Kerry - either bail on these far left groups or continue to lose elections. Alito is a very popular choice with the American voter.
So-called left-wing pressure groups lose elections. Politicians that continue to pander to these folks will remain minority ankle-biters.
Senate GOP leaders plan to confirm Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito early next week.
A final vote making the New Jersey jurist the nation's 110th Supreme Court justice was scheduled for Tuesday morning, only hours before President Bush begins his State of the Union address to Congress and the nation, if Alito's bipartisan supporters succeed in rounding up 60 votes to cut off debate on Monday.
--CK Rairden with wire and broadcast reports.
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