Enough Is Enough
My Democratic Senator Bill Nelson voted against the confirmation of Samuel Alito, but I will not vote for him this November because his vote was negated by his earlier vote for cloture. If everyone who voted against Alito had also voted against cloture, Alito's nomination would have been blocked.
Alito supports the imperial presidency and these people know it. Alito supports the government and big business over the rights of the individual and these people know it. Alito is a prime example of "pre-7/4 thinking" and these people know it.
Some will say that if I don't vote for Bill Nelson this November I'm helping Katherine Harris to win. So what? What difference would it have made for my rights if Katherine Harris had been in the Senate rather than Bill Nelson? Both would have helped Samuel Alito to be appointed to the Supreme Court to steal my rights and make a king of the President.
This vote wasn't about legislative matters, this was about fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution being eroded. This isn't a policy question, it is a basic question about what America means. Why support people who don't care?
Any individual only has limited resources available for politics: time, money, and their vote. They shouldn't waste any of those on people who refuse to do the right thing. I'm not going to compromise when my basic rights are being brought into question and put at risk.
Senator Obama talked about the need to explain the situation to the people. Sorry, Senator, but that's something that is required for elections, not for business before the Senate. There were only 100 people who had to understand what Alito really stood for, not an electorate. Those 100 people represented the electorate and were supposed to be acting in the best interest of the people. First you do what you know to be the best thing for the people you represent then you can explain why you did it. Refusing to do what you know is right because you are unsure of how to explain it makes you unsuitable to lead. Don't expect people to follow when you refuse to act like a leader.
For all those who bring up the "nuclear option", so what? The Republicans breaking the rules to get their way is not exactly news. Does anyone other than Senator Byrd think the Senate still functions in a collegial fashion. The Republicans corrupt everything they touch and have no more respect for rules, than they have for laws or the Constitution.
You can't housebreak a puppy without discipline. Senator Nelson, you've just had your nose whacked with a rolled ballot.
Update 1: Bob Geiger has a list
of the enemies of the people, the so-called Democrats who voted for cloture. Not a second, not a penny, and not a vote should be wasted on any of them.
Update 2: Dave Neiwert of Orcinus
lets Maria Cantwell
know he feels like I do.