Sunday, February 05, 2006

Democrats Peeved at Kerry's Filibuster Move

From Newsmax:
Sen. John Kerry's call for a filibuster of Samuel Alito's Supreme Court nomination left plenty of Democrats steaming - and Republicans smiling.

Before the Senate vote on the nomination, Democrats had agreed that they didn't have enough votes to sustain a filibuster, and they knew that Americans supported Alito by a margin of 2-1.

But then Kerry "got his marching orders from the New York Times and the left-wing blog Daily Kos" and called for a filibuster, New York Post's Washington Bureau Chief Deborah Orin writes.

The vote against the filibuster was 72-25, with just 25 Democrats joining Kerry.

"Worst yet, plenty of Democrats who did vote for the filibuster ... left little doubt that they were livid at Kerry's stunt, since it turned into a dream come true for Bush political guru [Karl] Rove," Orin reports.

The Democratic fiasco is the latest example of how Kerry, Al Gore and the "left wing of the blogosphere are all yanking the Democratic Party hard to the left, instead of the center (where most of the votes are)," Orin writes.

Kerry's move was thought to have particularly vexed Sen. Hillary Clinton. She voted for the filibuster to appease the liberal activists who decide Democratic primaries. But that vote further enables the GOP to characterize the likely 2008 presidential candidate as out of the mainstream.

Clinton didn't speak in favor of the filibuster.

Republicans were also pleased that liberal blogsters were vowing to seek revenge against the "traitors" in the Democratic Party who opposed the filibuster, according to Orin.

"The liberals in the party are marching like lemmings into the sea gain," complained a longtime Democratic activist.

"Sometimes I think the left wing is turning into a cult. It just doesn't allow for disagreement. If you disagree, you're a traitor."

John Kerry is so very...wrong.

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