As my friend Brett’s giant robotic guardian would say, “I have a little bad news here.”
I was completely demoralized earlier this evening, in the wake of the 72-25 vote in favor of cloture, clearing the way for Alito’s ascension to the high court tomorrow. It wasn’t so much that we lost, as it was knowing that 18 Democrats betrayed us and voted in favor of ending the open debate on Alito. These Democrats, in spite of knowing that Alito was a bad choice for the Supreme Court, backed down from the fight. They had an opportunity to make the case as to why our vision for America is more compelling than the one presented by Bush and Alito, and instead they chose to play along and do what was more politically expedient. It’s a sad day.
In the car, on my way home from work, I was trying to remember where my official Democratic Party membership card was so that I could tear it up. I was going to rip it to shreds, scan it, and put the image up on the site without any words. I thought it would be a nice way to commemorate the actions of our gutless Democratic leaders, like Joe Lieberman, who this afternoon showed us what they were really made of.
In case you’re interested, these are the 18 Senators who voted to cut the debate short this afternoon: Akaka (HI), Baucus (MT), Bingaman (NM), Byrd (WV), Cantwell (WA), Carper (DE), Dorgan (ND), Inouye (HI), Johnson (SD), Kohl (WI), Landrieu (LA), Lieberman (CT), Lincoln (AR), Nelson (FL), Nelson (NE), Rockefeller (WV), Salazar (CO).
My second idea for tonight’s post, after getting home and realizing that I didn’t know where my DNC card was, was to post an image of a box, Joe Lieberman’s address, and a passionate plea for people NOT to give into temptation and send him boxes brimming with excrement. (I decided to watch “24” instead.)
A glass or two of wine later, I realized that a better way to get back at Lieberman would probably be to sign on to support Ned Lamont in his gambit to take-on Lieberman in the Connecticut Democratic primaries… And the same goes for rest of the “Gang of 18.” They may have bought some points with the Republicans in their districts by pushing Alito through, but my guess is that quite a few of them did so to their detriment. I suspect we’re going to see a lot of really heated Democratic primaries, with the Democratic base (or as Howard Dean would say, “the Democratic wing of the Democratic party”) supporting challengers who promise to defend those things we believe in, like the protection of individual liberty.
And, now that I’ve read a few optimistic posts here and there about how I shouldn’t give up in the face of today’s defeat, I feel a little less like pooping in boxes and ripping up any evidence of the fact that I ever called myself a Democrat.
It was perhaps irrational to think that we could ever pull it off, but, in the back of my mind, I had this idea that something truly historic would happen today. I thought that maybe, just maybe, a groundswell would sweep through America and people, confronted by the prospect of a court stacked with the likes of Scalia, Roberts, Thomas and Alito, might begin to push back. I thought that maybe people would begin to snap out of their post-911 comas and see what was going on around them. I know it was na