Friday, Jan 27, 2006, 9:59 am
After a lackluster defense during the Alito hearings, suddenly key Democrats are showing some spine. In belatedly calling for a filibuster, Kerry said this:
I voted against Justice Roberts, I feel even more strongly about Judge Alito. Why? Rather than live up to the promise of "equal justice under the law," he's consistently made it harder for the most disadvantaged Americans to have their day in court. He routinely defers to excessive government power regardless of how extreme or egregious the government's actions are. And, to this date, his only statement on record regarding a woman's right to privacy is that she doesn't have one.
Reviews of the move are mixed, but some think that there's still a chance for at least a symbolic win. The radio hosts of "The Young Turks" have decided to set an example for the Democrats, vowing to filibuster until they do. Check 'em out at www.theyoungturks.com
Jessica Clark is a writer, editor and researcher, with more than 15 years of experience spanning commercial, educational, independent and public media production. Currently she is the Research Director for American University’s Center for Social Media. She also writes a monthly column for PBS’ MediaShift on new directions in public media. She is the author, with Tracy Van Slyke, of Beyond the Echo Chamber: Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media (2010, New Press).