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Biden: Alito Filibuster Seems Unlikely

Sounds like the Dems will fold again. Either Alito was smooth as silk in those face-to-face meetings, allaying fears that he’s a wild-eyed rightwinger (despite a scary paper trail), or we’re seeing balls-free default Dem mode, afraid to use the fiilibuster and thus triggering the nuclear option.

A Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday he believes Samuel Alito will get an up-or-down vote on his Supreme Court bid. “We should commit,” said Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., minimizing prospects of a Senate filibuster that would prevent final action on President Bush’s choice to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. “I think the probability is that will happen,” Biden said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., another Judiciary Committee member, said he was not hearing his Democratic colleagues discussing the filibuster option. Kennedy said he had an open mind about Alito’s nomination, although he was concerned about the judge’s rulings on privacy rights and rights of the disabled.

People, the AmTaliban and fringe Right love Alito; they’ve been salivating for this kind of nomination for years. To have influential Dems take the wind out of the sails of the idea of a filibuster is strategically and outrageously stupid.

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