Bushies Planting Stories on Alito?
UPDATE II: Senator Robert Menendez is now speaking. He's starting off sounding like a no… continuing on… Menendez is making the case Democrats should have from the beginning: the “unitary executive” theory is dangerous to our democracy. Mendendez, from New Jersey, like Alito, has some speaking chops. He says it's not where you come from, but where you will take the country…. Menendez is a NO. But that said, will these no votes translate to supporting a filibuster? If not, what good is their no vote?
UPDATE I: Senator Frank Lautenberg (who introduced Judge Alito at the Judiciary Committee hearing) sounds like he's a definite no vote. He's speaking right now… YEP, IT'S NO from Lautenberg.
Republicans * John S. McCain III, Arizona * Lindsey
O. Graham, South Carolina * John Warner, Virginia * Olympia Snowe, Maine *
Susan M. Collins, Maine * R. Michael DeWine, Ohio * Lincoln Chafee, Rhode
Democrats * Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut * Robert
C. Byrd, West Virginia * E. Benjamin Nelson, Nebraska * Mary Landrieu, Louisiana
* Daniel Inouye, Hawaii * Mark Pryor, Arkansas * Ken Salazar, Colorado
Flop sweat, anyone?
That seems to be the case, since Ed Henry's CNN report is now coming into question.
Having said the Gang of 14, named above, will vote as a block, that now seems
to be in question.
As Senator Ted Kennedy said in the conference call on Saturday, all senators
are getting pressured to change his or her vote. As I've said numerous times,
the most committed wins. Our senators started this fight way too late, but that
doesn't mean we can't keep it going until the outcome is certain.
Harry Reid is up front and center on C-SPAN 2 right now.