Thursday, January 26, 2006

She Ain't Nothing but Fein, Fein Stein

Generally we've got it pretty easy here as lefties in California. When the rest of the country has to light up its senators' switchboards to try to swing a vote, we can rest easy knowing that Boxer and Feinstein will do the right thing. I mean, imagine having to live with the knowledge that Sam Brownback represented you in Washington? The kind of guy who says things like, "Lobbyists are children of God, too,” and, "Unborn children can experience pain even more so than adults as the baby has more pain receptors per square inch than at any other time in its life." You almost have to feel for Kansans, but then the smart ones know enough to get out.

Luckily, Dear Dianne sometimes opts to get us worked up, or we'd be the most complacent folks around. She's doing it right now with the Alito nomination, as the AP reports:

"I do not see a likelihood of a filibuster," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. "This might be a man I disagree with, but it doesn't mean he shouldn't be on the court."

She said she will not vote to confirm the appeals court judge, based on his conservative record. But she acknowledged that nothing emerged during last week's hearings to justify any organized action by Democrats to stall the nomination.

Excuse me, but how does that logic work? Is she voting "no" just to say she did when she runs for re-election in November (about when Alito will get to help torpedo Roe v. Wade?), even though she won't try to stop him from ending up on the Supreme Court? Seems she will only do enough to say she tried, but not come close to do enough to succeed. She truly is a Democrat.

So, if you live in California, please give Feinstein's office a call at 202-224-3841. If we manage to get this philly to filibuster, what's left of your civil rights will thank you some day.

(All apologies to Rockpile for butchering their song title to come up with this entry's headline.)

UPDATE (1/30/06): It worked! Feinstein will vote for a filibuster. And I 'm sure we did it, or maybe it was Cyndi Sheehan....


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