Talking Filibuster

Should the Democrats filibuster ultra-conservative Supreme Court nominee Sam Alito?

Liberal law blogger Mock Turtle certainly isn't afraid to use the F-word (and, no, not "Fashion God"):


Filibuster Alito. Filibuster the sucker. I can't see any downsides now. If the Dems don't filibuster he seems guaranteed to get in, which I think would clearly make the world a worse place, and polls indicate a sizeable majority of Americans agree with me.
The Goddess Echnide fears that the Democrats will back down, and forsees dire consequences if they flinch:
But I do think that the Democratic base has been ignored for far too long, and if we don't get some attention soon we might just not turn up to vote in 2006.
Mark Kleiman, himself a supporter of the filibuster, identifies a dillemma for Democrats
The Democrats are more or less caught. Either they start a fight over Alito -- a fight they are likely to lose in the sense that Alito will eventually be confirmed -- or they don't. If they do, they help bury the Plame story; that goes double if they're able to hold together a filibuster and force the Republicans to the (un)Constitutional option. If, on the other hand, they don't fight, they look weak and help demoralize their supporters.
[Julie Saltman, AMERICABlog, Echidne of the Snakes, Mark A. R. Kleiman]

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