Monday, January 30, 2006

MONDAY ALITO FILIBUSTER GAMEPLAN: URGE ABSTINENCE!

Last updated: 12:13 am Pacific. Big recent developments: Four up, one down, one big fracking sissy: Republican Senator John Ensign in car accident, unable to attend cloture vote -- that's effectively one more for our side! Independent Jim Jeffords commits to support the filibuster! Tom Harkin will abstain from the cloture vote! Dayton will vote no on cloture. On the downside, Kent Conrad is solidly against filibuster. Joe Lieberman is waffling big-time: several staffer have confirmed to me and others that he is voting AGAINST filibuster, but now they're back to saying he's undecided. I'm putting him back on the "call" list, but I gotta say: Damn. Damn. Damn. His. Vichy. Soul. (See the entire site's slogan, above.)


Also, there's a C-Span poll on whether the filibuster will help or hurt the Dems. Vote now!



“The Woodstock of Politics”
– a caller to The Young Turks radio filibuster for filibuster,
about the grassroots Alito activism.


First, THANK YOU for your hard work over the weekend! As far as I can tell, all key Senators' D.C. voicemails, and over 90% of the voicemails in their various District offices, were filled up by the end of the weekend. I started hitting random extensions and leaving messages for poor hapless staffers. Every Senator will get the message on Monday morning. Awesome!


For today, I want to back away from the shotgun petitions. It's frustrating that no one in the Dem leadership will tell us who the "Alito 8" are (the Democrats who aren't hewing the party line), and we don't know how well Kerry and Kennedy are doing at moving them around to our side. But we can make an educated guess, and focus on those key Senators. In addition to calling their offices, we're also going to target their re-election campaign HQs. (A great idea thought up by our friend and fellow-traveler, Bob Fertik!) Finally, we're going to hammer away at a simple, but politically powerful, message.


Our theme today is: Lead, Follow, Or Get Out of the Way. In political terms, that's:

EITHER SUPPORT THE FILIBUSTER
OR ABSTAIN FROM THE CLOTURE VOTE,
BUT DON'T GET IN OUR WAY.

The plan is simple:

FIRST, as each office opens (8:30 or 9 am Eastern, later for District offices as you move West), call every office (DC and District) of YOUR OWN Democratic Senators and urge them to support the filibuster by either voting NO on cloture or by ABSTAINING from the cloture vote. Be short and sweet but hit every office listed below. (If they're not listed here, they're probably not a problem -- but feel free to make sure!) If you can get their staff to commit to a position, please post a comment here.

SECOND, call the "URGE ABSTENTION" Senators identified immediately below and do the same -- say that you hope they vote NO on cloture this afternoon but if they can't, urge them to ABSTAIN from the cloture vote by doing something good that most Republicans would never do, like visiting wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Hospital instead. (God knows the Republican leadership would never want to draw any attention to the costs of their war!) Doing so will be just as good as a "no" vote but will give them political cover with their conservative voters back home. Again, call their DC AND District offices. And again, if their staff will commit to a position on cloture and/or abstention, please post a comment here.

THIRD, rinse and repeat. That is, go through the "Urge Abstention" list twice, at least for those offices that don't take detailed caller info like names and addresses.

That's it. Simply hammer your own Senators and the key Senators. Report back so I can keep things updated. Then watch C-Span at 4:30 Eastern to see what happens! (And please check back here on Tuesday for an after-action report and a strategy for dealing with the result. Win or lose, we are taking this momentum forward to win back our Party and our Nation.)

AGAIN: THANK YOU for doing Yeoman's work the past few days! You folks are restoring my faith in America. No kidding. Regardless of the outcome of this particular battle, we are waking up the Democratic leadership to the fact that they MUST EITHER PAY ATTENTION TO US or STAND ASIDE so real, responsive leaders can take their place. And that makes me excited. It makes me think that the American Experiment still might succeed.

Okay, here goes!:

URGE THESE SENATORS TO EITHER SUPPORT THE FILIBUSTER
OR ABSTAIN FROM THE CLOTURE VOTE

Nelson, Ben (V-NB) Nelson says he is voting FOR Alito. But that doesn't mean he can't show party loyalty by abstaining from the cloture vote. Hammer his office HARD with requests that, notwithstanding his intended floor vote, he STAY AWAY during the cloture vote this afternoon.
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-6551
DC office fax: 202-228-0012
Omaha office phone: 402-391-3411
Omaha office fax: 402-391-4725
Lincoln office phone: 402-441-4600
Lincoln office fax: 402-476-8753
Chadron office phone: 308-430-0587
Scottsbluff office phone: 308-631-7614
Campaign office phone: 202-546-8100
Campaign office fax: 202-546-7493
email: http://bennelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm

Johnson, Tim (V-SD) Johnson says he is voting FOR Alito. But that doesn't mean he can't show party loyalty by abstaining from the cloture vote. Hammer his office HARD with requests that, notwithstanding his intended floor vote, he STAY AWAY during the cloture vote this afternoon.
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-5842
DC office fax: 202-228-5765
Aberdeen office phone: 605-226-3440
Aberdeen office fax: 605-226-2439
Rapid City office phone: 605-341-3990
Rapid City office fax: 605-341-2207
Sioux Falls office phone: 605-332-8896
Sioux Falls office fax: 605-332-2824
email: http://johnson.senate.gov/emailform.cfm

Byrd, Robert (V-WV) Byrd, formerly known as "The Conscience of the Senate", says he is voting FOR Alito. But that doesn't mean he can't show party loyalty by abstaining from the cloture vote. Hammer his office HARD with requests that, notwithstanding his intended floor vote, he STAY AWAY during the cloture vote this afternoon. Point out that by doing so, he will make a strong statement about Congress' power under the Constitution, and ensure his honorable legacy as the Constitution's defender.
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-3954
DC office fax: 202-228-0002
Charleston office phone: 304-342-5855
Charleston office fax: 304-343-7144
Campaign office phone: 202-546-9292
email: http://byrd.senate.gov/byrd_email.html

Chafee, Lincoln (R-RI) A Republican, usually moderate, so don't play the "Democratic activist" card. UPDATED MONDAY, 11:03 AM PACIFIC: Chafee is voting NO on Alito but YES on cloture. His office IS asking where you're calling from. If you're from Rhode Island, call to urge him to ABSTAIN from the cloture vote, since a "yes" on cloture is a "yes" on Alito.
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-2921
DC office fax: none listed
Providence office phone: 401-453-5294
Providence office fax: none listed
Newport office phone: 401-845-0700
Newport office fax: none listed
email: http://chafee.senate.gov/webform.htm

Conrad, Kent (D-ND) UPDATE MONDAY 11:18 AM PACIFIC: Staffer definitely confirms he is voting FOR Alito. (He previously was con.) And against filibuster. Solid Vichy. Taking him off the list; not worth our time.

Pryor, Mark (D-AR) UPDATE, MONDAY 11:08 PACIFIC: DC staff says he's voting against Alito but FOR cloture. Damn. I urged him to consider abstaining instead.
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-2353
DC office fax: 202-228-0908
Little Rock office phone: 501-324-6336
Little Rock office fax: 501-324-5320
email: http://pryor.senate.gov/contact/

Salazar, Ken (D-CO): Anti-Alito but won’t support a filibuster. D’oh! Urge him to show party loyalty by abstaining from the filibuster vote.
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-5852
DC office fax: 202-228-5036
Denver office phone: 303-455-7600
Denver office fax: 303-455-8851
Pike’s Peak office phone: 719-328-1100
Pike’s Peak office fax: 719-328-1129
Fort Collins office phone: 970-224-2200
Fort Collins office fax: 970-224-2205
Pueblo office phone:719-542-7550
Pueblo office fax:719-542-7555
email: http://salazar.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm

Landrieu, Mary (D-LA) UPDATE MONDAY 11:10 AM PACIFIC: Baton Rouge staffer confirms she's still anti-filibuster. She seemed to be baffled at the idea of abstaining. Keep pushing that option!
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-5824
DC office fax: 202-224-9735
New Orleans office phone: 504-589-2427
New Orleans office fax: 504-589-4023
Baton Rouge office phone: 225-389-0395
Baton Rouge office fax: 225-389-0660
Lake Charles office phone: 337-436-6650
Lake Charles office fax: 337-439-3762
Shreveport office phone: 318-676-3085
Shreveport office fax: 318-676-3100
email: http://landrieu.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

Nelson, Bill (D-FL) UPDATE MONDAY 11:13: Staffer confirms he remains against the filibuster. Damn: he was on the fence. Keep urging him to abstain.
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-5274
DC office fax: 202-228-2183
Miami office phone: 305-536-5999
Miami office fax: 305-536-5991
Orlando office phone: 407-872-7161
Orlando office fax: 407-872-7165
Tampa office phone: 813-225-7040
Tampa office fax: 813-225-7050
Tallahassee office phone: 850-942-8415
Tallahassee office fax: 850-942-8450
Campaign office phone: 202-547-0010
Campaign office fax: 202-547-3419
email: http://billnelson.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm#email

Akaka, Daniel (D-HI) Probably anti-Alito but leaning against the filibuster. Urge him to show party loyalty, withoug sacrificing his political cover, by abstaining from the filibuster vote and visiting Walter Reed Army Hospital instead.
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-6361
DC office fax: 202-224-2126
Honolulu office phone: 808-522-8970
Honolulu office fax: 808-545-4683
Hilo office phone: 808-935-1114
Hilo office fax: 808-935-9064
Campaign office phone: 808-522-8972
email: senator@akaka.senate.gov

Dorgan, Byron (D-ND) Probably anti-Alito but leaning against the filibuster. Urge him to show party loyalty, withoug sacrificing his political cover, by abstaining from the filibuster vote and visiting Walter Reed Army Hospital instead.
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-2551
DC office fax: 202-224-1193
Bismarck office phone: 701-250-4618
Bismarck office fax: 701-250-4484
Grand Forks office phone: 701-746-8972
Grand Forks office fax: 701-746-9122
Fargo office phone: 701-239-5389
Fargo office fax: 701-239-5112
Minot office phone: 701-852-0703
Minot office fax: 701-838-8196
email: senator@dorgan.senate.gov

Snowe, Olympia (R-ME) A moderate Republican, so don't mention being a Democratic activist. Is leaning against the filibuster. Urge her to allow the process to work itself out by abstaining from the filibuster vote. GOOD IDEA FROM BOB FERTIK: "Olympia Snowe is up this year too: 207-799-0221. She has always been supported by pro-choice groups like the Women's Campaign Fund (202-393-8164) and Republicans for Choice (703- 212-0890) - urge them to convince Snowe to oppose Alito."
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-5344
DC office fax: 202-224-1946
Auburn office phone: 207-786-2451
Auburn office fax: 207-782-1438
Bangor office phone: 207-945-0432
Bangor office fax: 207-941-9525
Portland office phone: 207-874-0883
Portland office fax: 207-874-7631
Presque Isle office phone: 207-764-5124
Presque Isle office fax: 207-764-6420
email: http://snowe.senate.gov/contact.htm

Menendez, Robert (D-NJ): Menendez is America’s newest Senator – appointed to fill a vacant seat just this month – and will be up for reelection in November. Let’s get him started on the right foot: as a warrior for justice, not as a triangulating polltaking Vichy. Hammer away!! Let him know what we need in order to support him in November, and that our support is indeed at stake! Tell him to either support the filibuster or to abstain, but NOT to vote for cloture.
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-4744
DC office fax: 202-228-2197
Newark office phone: 973-645-3030
Campaign office phone: 201-271-1661
Senate Email: none given
Campaign office email: bob@menendezforcongress.com


OTHER POSSIBLE SWING SENATORS. CALL THEM:
(A) IF THEY'RE YOUR SENATOR, OR
(B) AFTER YOU'VE CALLED ALL THE ABOVE NUMBERS TWICE.

Lincoln, Blanche Lambert (D-AR)
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-4843
DC office fax: 202-228-1371
Little Rock office phone: 501-375-2993
Little Rock office fax: 501-375-7064
Texarkana office phone: 870-774-3106
Texarkana office fax: 870-774-7627
Dumas office phone: 870-382-1023
Dumas office fax: 870-382-1026
Jonesboro office phone: 870-910-6896
Jonesboro office fax: 870-910-6898
email: http://lincoln.senate.gov/webform.html

Carper, Thomas (D-DE)
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-2441
DC office fax: 202-228-2190
Wilmington office phone: 302-573-6291
Wilmington office fax: 302-573-6434
Dover office phone: 302-674-3308
Dover office fax: 302-674-5464
Georgetown office phone: 302-856-7690
Georgetown office fax: 302-856-3001
Campaign office phone: 202-546-0909
Campaign office fax: 202-546-6916
email: http://carper.senate.gov/aemail.htm

Inouye, Daniel (D-HI)
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-3934
DC office fax: None given on website
No local offices given on website (talk about a “Beltway” politician!)
email: http://inouye.senate.gov/webform.html

Harkin, Tom (D-IA) UPDATE 10:33 AM PACIFIC: HARKIN'S LOCAL OFFICE CONFIRMS HE WILL ABSTAIN FROM THE CLOTURE VOTE! THAT'S ONE MORE FOR US -- AND THE ABSTENTION MESSAGE IS GETTING THROUGH!

Bayh, Evan (D-IN)
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-5623
DC office fax: None given on website
Indianapolis office phone: 317-554-0750
Evansville office phone: 812-465-6500
Fort Wayne office phone: 260-426-3151
South Bend office phone: 574-236-8302
email: http://bayh.senate.gov/WebMail1.htm

Mikulski, Barbara (D-MD): Still sitting on the fence, but vulnerable to pressure:
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-4654
DC office fax: 202-224-8858
Salisbury office phone: 410-546-7711
Salisbury office fax: 410-546-9324
Greenbelt office phone: 301-345-5517
Greenbelt office fax: 301-345-7573
Annapolis office phone: 410-263-1805
Annapolis office fax: 410-263-5949
Hagerstown office phone: 301-797-2826
Hagerstown office fax: 301-797-2241
Baltimore office phone: 410-962-4510
Baltimore office fax: 410-962-4760
email: http://mikulski.senate.gov/mailform.html

Sarbanes, Paul (D-MD) CONFIRMED MONDAY 12:06 PACIFIC: NO ON CLOTURE! Taking him off the list. Good work, gang!!

Levin, Carl (D-MI)
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-6221
DC office fax: 202-224-1388
Detroit office phone: 313-226-6020
Detroit office fax: 313-226-6948
Lansing office phone: 517-377-1508
Lansing office fax: 517-377-1506
Saginaw office phone: 989-754-2494
Saginaw office fax: 989-754-2920
Grand Rapids office phone: 616-456-2531
Grand Rapids office fax: 616-456-5147
Traverse City office phone: 231-947-9569
Traverse City office fax: 231-947-9518
Escanaba office phone: 906-789-0052
Escanaba office fax: 906-789-0015
email: http://levin.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

Dayton, Mark (D-MN) CONFIRMED: DAYTON WILL SUPPORT THE FILIBUSTER!

Baucus, Max (D-MT)
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-2651
DC office fax: 202-224-0515
Billings office phone: 406-657-6790
Billings office fax: none given
Bozeman office phone: 406-586-6104
Helena office phone: 406-449-5480
Missoula office phone: 406-329-3123
email: http://baucus.senate.gov/contact/emailForm.cfm

Lautenberg, Frank (D-NJ)(SUNDAY UPDATE: Lautenberg's spokesman says he has no doubt filibuster will fail on Monday. Fatalistic loser! Make it clear that it'll only fail if we let it fail, and insist that he support the filibuster! If you're Italian -- no, I'm not kidding -- also make it clear that you won't hold it against him at the polls for not supporting Alito as another Italian. It's come up. Jeebus.)
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-3224
DC office fax: 202-228-4054
Newark office phone: 973-639-8700
Newark office fax: 973-639-8723
Camden office phone: 856-338-8922
Camden office fax: 856-338-8936
email: http://lautenberg.senate.gov/webform.html

Bingaman, Jeff (D-NM)
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-5521
DC office fax: 202. 224. 2852
Albuquerque office phone: 505-346-6601
Las Cruces office phone: 505-523-6561
Roswell office phone: 505-622-7113
Santa Fe office phone: 505-988-6647
Campaign office phone: 202-314-3222
email: senator_bingaman@bingaman.senate.gov

Reed, Jack (D-RI) UPDATE, 12:33 PACIFIC: REED SUPPORTS FILIBUSTER.

Leahy, Patrick (D-VT) UPDATE 6:15 AM PACIFIC: PER READER CAROLYN URBAN, LEAHY'S DC OFFICE SAYS HE WILL VOTE "NO" ON CLOTURE!! YEE-HAW!! HE'S COMIN' OFF THE LIST; I'LL POST A NEW LIST TO SEND "THANK YOU NOTES" TO TOMORROW OR WEDS. KEEP FIGHTING -- IT WORKS!!

Cantwell, Maria (D-WA)
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-3441
DC office fax: 202-228-0514
Seattle office phone: 206-220-6400
Seattle office fax: 206-220-6404
Spokane office phone: 509-353-2507
Spokane office fax: 509-353-2547
Vancouver office phone: 360-696-7838
Vancouver office fax: 360-696-7844
Tacoma office phone: 253-572-2281
Tacoma office fax: 253-572-5879
Everett office phone:425-303-0114
Everett office fax: 425-303-8351
Campaign office phone: 202-314-3225
email: http://cantwell.senate.gov/contact/index.html

Murray, Patty (D-WA)
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-2621
DC office fax: 202-224-0238
Seattle office phone: 206-553-5545
Seattle office fax: 206-553-0891
Spokane office phone: 509-624-9515
Spokane office fax: 509-624-9561
Everett office phone: 425-259-6515
Everett office fax: 425-259-7152
Vancouver office phone: 360-696-7797
Vancouver office fax: 360-696-7798
Yakima office phone: 509-453-7462
Yakima office fax: 509-453-7731
email: http://murray.senate.gov/email/index.cfm

Kohl, Herb (D-WI)
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-5653
DC office fax: 202-224-9787
Milwaukee office phone: 414-297-4451
Milwaukee office fax: 414-297-4455
Madison office phone: 608-264-5338
Madison office fax: 608-264-5473
Eau Claire office phone: 715-832-8424
Eau Claire office fax: 715-832-8492
Appleton office phone: 920-738-1640
Appleton office fax: 920-738-1643
Campaign office phone: 414-276-5645
email: http://kohl.senate.gov/gen_contact.html

Rockefeller, John D. IV (D-WV)
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-6472
DC office fax: 202-224-7665
Beckley office phone: 304-253-9704
Beckley office fax: 304-253-2578
Charleston office phone: 304-347-5372
Charleston office fax: 304-347-5371
Fairmont office phone: 304-367-0122
Fairmont office fax: 304-367-0822
Martinsburg office phone: 304-262-9285
Martinsburg office fax: 304-262-6288
email: http://rockefeller.senate.gov/services/email.cfm

Jeffords, James (I-VT) . UPDATE MONDAY 10:33 AM PACIFIC: JEFFORDS COMMITS TO SUPPORT THE FILIBUSTER! Off the list he comes. Keep those calls, emails and faxes coming -- they're working!!

Stevens, Ted (R-AK) A conservative Republican, and frankly a nutcase, but Ted Kennedy says we should lobby him, so maybe there’s something in the wind that we don’t know about. A phone call can’t hurt!
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-3004
DC office fax: 202-224-2354
Alaska district offices: none given. (Sad, huh?)
Email: http://stevens.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Collins, Susan (R-ME) A mainline Republican, but Ted Kennedy says we should lobby her, so maybe there’s something in the wind that we don’t know about. A phone call can’t hurt!
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-2523
DC office fax: 202-224-2693
Caribou office phone: 207-493-7873
Bangor office phone: 207-945-0417
Augusta office phone: 207- 622-8414
Lewiston office phone: 207-784-6969
Biddeford office phone: 207-283-1101
Portland office phone: 207-780-3575
Email: http://collins.senate.gov/public/continue.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorCollins.Email

Lieberman, Joe (V-CT): Joe Lieberman is waffling big-time: several staffer have confirmed to me and others that he is voting AGAINST filibuster, but now they're back to saying he's undecided. I hate him, and hate wasting time on him, but let's keep hammering away demanding a "no or abstain" filibuster vote.
Main Senate switchboard no.: 888-355-3588
DC office direct line: 202-224-4041
DC office fax: 202-224-9750
Hartford office phone: 860-549-8463
Hartford office fax: 860-549-8478

86 comments:

denmadrid@hotmail.com said...

Read you on AAR Riley blog and just emailed Salazar (D-CO) for the nth time with the message: ...WE PAY YOU, DO YOUR JOB OR START PACKING.

Thank you for the good work, keep posting and I have cost the neocon´s a buck today...

Cyndi_in_VT said...

Word is Chafee is going to vote against the nominee but not support the filibuster. Let's put pressure on him to abstain.Gives him the same cover he thinks he needs but doesn't help shut the filibuster down.

Thersites D. Scott said...

Cyndi: thanks for the info! I had him down as anti-filibuster but not as anti-Alito. You're right: that makes abstention easier to obtain. I'll update accordingly.

Cyndi_in_VT said...

Just picked up these fax through email numbers from a KOS diary:

"Cut and paste very easy worked great for me
Got from daily kos Fax

remote-printer.Tom_Harkin@12022249369.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Barack_Obama@12022284260.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Ken_Salazar@12022285036.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Joseph_I_Lieberman@12022249750.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Blanche_Lambert_Lincoln@120281371.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Joseph_R_Biden_Jr@12022240139.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Thomas_R_Carper@12022282190.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Daniel_K_Inouye@12022246747.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Bill_Nelson@12022282183.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Mark_Pryor@12022280908.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Daniel_K_Akaka@12022242126.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Evan_Bayh@12022281377.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Mary_Landrieu@12022249735.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Barbara_A_Mikulski@12022248858.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Carl_Levin@12022241388.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Mark_Dayton@12022282186.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Max_Baucus@12022240515.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Kent_Conrad@12022247776.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Byron_L_Dorgan@12022241193.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Ben_Nelson@12022280012.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Frank_Lautenberg@12022284054.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Jeff_Bingaman@12022242852.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Jack_Reed@12022244680.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Tim_Johnson@12022285765.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Robert_C_Byrd@12022280002.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.John_D_Rockefeller_IV@12022247665.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Lincoln_D_Chafee@12022282853.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Olympia_Snowe@12022241946.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Susan_Collins@12022242693.iddd.tpc.int, remote-printer.Ted_Stevens@12022242354.iddd.tpc.int

oslo said...

Thanks for all the organized, focused, concise work!

Thersites D. Scott said...

Wow, Cyndi!

Hey, everyone: pay attention to Cyndi's comment right above!

Silleigh said...

What precisely does one do with Cyndi's list (for us luddites)?

(Also, if you're on a browser that's truncating those lines, as I am: Highlighting one line and dragging the highlight all the way to the right seems to unmask the ends of those strings.)

Cyndi_in_VT said...

the list works as a simple address cut and paste into email. So far I haven't had any trouble with the bounces.

The original kos post with fully visible addresses is here: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/1/30/02217/5084

Thersites D. Scott said...

Silleigh:

I think you cut and paste into an email, and it generates a fax. But I'm trying it now to see whether it really works. I'll get back on that...

Until then, the Weekend Plan post archived under yesterday also has an e=faxing tool.

Thersites D. Scott said...

Cyndi:

Tom Harkin is bouncing for me... just the full address line into the address line of the email?

Anonymous said...

I called Dayton's office in DC just now, and they are saying he has not released a statement (position) on this yet. I urged him to support the filibuster. Will now call others on the list.

Anonymous said...

None of those e-mail fax #'s are working...

Thersites D. Scott said...

I think Dayton is holding out till his floor speech. Hopefully that means he's also still got his finger in the wind...

Cyndi_in_VT said...

I just finished the list. Haven't gotten one bounce message so I'm assuming they all work. I did notice the end is being cut off some addresses in the blog post. Have you tried cutting directly from the original kos post? (oh, and maybe get rid of the comma?)

Cyndi_in_VT said...

Sorry about the bounces some of you are getting. My partner also went through the list - no bounces there either. Don't know what's up....

Thersites D. Scott said...

Cyndi: Hey, if it's working for you, hot damn.

What I put in the address line, and had bounce, was this:

remote-printer.Tom_Harkin@12022249369.iddd.tpc.int

And then tried it without the "remote=printer." part. Neither worked.

I'll try another...

Thersites D. Scott said...

Carolyn:

God bless you!!

Carolyn Urban said...

LEAHY is NO on CLOTURE!!

I just got off the phone with his Washington Office.
It was my first phone call of the day and I'm sitting here weeping over it.

Cyndi_in_VT said...

I got the same message from Leahy's office but Jeffords hasn't made a statement yet.

Cyndi_in_VT said...

Eek, where did the Monday morning info go?

Cyndi_in_VT said...

Never mind - just impatient I guess :)

Thersites D. Scott said...

Sorry about that... I accidentally published a revision to the current post as a draft instead of for real. Yikes!

Anonymous said...

"Senators identified immediately below and do the same -- say that you hope they vote NO on cloture this afternoon but if they can't, urge them to ABSTAIN from the cloture vote by doing something good that most Republicans would never do, like visiting wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Hospital instead. (God knows the Republican leadership would never want to draw any attention to the costs of their war!) Doing so will be just as good as a "no" vote but will give them political cover with their conservative voters back home."

What a hypocrite. You accuse the Republicans of not caring about the "costs of their war (never mind all of the Democrats who voted for said war)" in the same breath as you suggest that Democrats should use wounded soldiers as "political cover".

When's the last time you visited a wounded soldier? Bush has done so many, many times. Unlike your lot, he doesn't make a big deal of it.

Go ahead and delete this if you want...but you can't erase the stain of this foul effort from your own heart.

Cyndi_in_VT said...

Would that be the visit where Bush bragged about his cedar tree war wounds? Gotta love trolls - silly little buggers.

And now back to the phones!

Thersites D. Scott said...

Anonymous: My heart's perfectly unstained by this effort; thanks for the concern. By the way, they just raised the maximum age for new recruits... I assume you're blogging from an R&R station somewhere in Iraq?

KCB said...

The Senate switchboard 888 number is jammed -- "all circuits are busy." I take that as a good sign.

KCB said...

Just got off phone w/ Nelson's office -- they answer the phone, "You would like him to support the filibuster?"
Absolutely! "And if not you would like him to abstain?" Yes, sir!

They sound swamped.

Thersites D. Scott said...

kcb: Bob Nelson or Bill Nelson?

Thersites D. Scott said...

Anonymous troll: I've let you have a good run, and haven't deleted your comments till now. But we've got work to do, so you go work for your side, and leave us alone to work for ours. Bye!

Anonymous said...

Pryor's staffer continues to say that he opposes Alito but will not filibuster. Let's hammer him with the abstention idea!


-Katherine

KCB said...

Ben Nelson -- sorry about the ambiguity

Thersites D. Scott said...

kcb: BEN Nelson? That's awesome. Not so much that they know we're pro-filibuster, but that we're pushing abstention. Just awesome.

mishu said...

By the way. I'm the other anonymous poster who thinks you are a pimp. Remember where to stick that chicken hawk argument.

Fielding said...

You won't keep this up, as you deleted my earlier comments - but you are truly a humbug if you won't leve up the comments of others who don't agree with you. As I stated before, a real filibuster, as opposed to a "cloture vote" abstention, would show Kerry, Leahy and Biden et al really have the guts to stand up for their beliefs. I know what I'm talking about - I worked in the Senate for 11 years - your idea is interesting but bound to fail...

Randwolfe said...

Well, it take time, but I have contacted each and every senator who is not committed to the filibuster. I guess I will start over now from the top of the list. Thank you to this blog for making available such excellent information. Now we just have to win.

buzz said...

Amazing. Someone mentions the breath taking cynicism of using wounded troops as political cover and the response is:
Bush sucks
CHICKENHAWK
Troll

Then in a truly tolerant manner, deletes his posts. Absolutly amazing.

Randwolfe said...

Well, it looks like we have stirred up a hornets nest. We have been invaded by unpleasant members of the opposition. No matter, our cause is just. Go ahead and use all of the derisive language you can muster. I will not matter in the end, because no matter which way it goes today, we can stand with pride and know we did the right thing.

Thersites D. Scott said...

Look, here's my policy on deleting trolls:

If you disagree with what we're doing, fine, I'll leave that comment up. I've even revised the site a couple times to respond to constructive criticism.

But if you're going to do ad hominem attacks on me because you simply disagree with what our effort seeks, or if you're just trying to distract us and waste our time, I'll delete you and leave the board clear for substantive discussion.

If I deleted someone mistakenly, I apologize. One way to be taken more seriously is to actually include a name and a website; "Anonymous" that looks like a troll will get a shorter review.

I think that's more than fair.

Sean said...

Chafee is the first republican NO on Alito. Deesn't say anything on the filibuster.

link

Chafee will vote against Alito
PROVIDENCE -- U.S. Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee announced this morning that he will vote against the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court.

In a statement issued at a press conference this morning, the Rhode Island Republican said he was "greatly concerned" about some of Alito's philosophies.

Chafee described himself as a "pro-choice, pro-Bill of Rights" Republican, in explaining his decision against Alito.

Anonymous said...

That's great - delete a soldier's post(mine) because you know that we do not like you using us as political cover to do what your own reps are too cowardly to do.

Funny how you can't call me a chickenhawk(I saw combat in several seperate actions and lost a few good friends), so you simply try to shut me down. Nice way to encourage debate.

Stuff like what you are trying to peddle is why we soldiers vote mostly for Republicans. We KNOW you do not support us or even like us. The near open hostility and cynicism of this post shows why you won't return to power.

I found this on Instapundit, via a link through from The Corner. Haven't seen it any place else. Well, that's about to change, if I have anything to do about it. You wanted publicity? You're about to get more than you can handle.

asim said...

According to the Baltimore Sun:
Both of Maryland's Democratic senators - Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes - have said they would vote against Alito. While Sarbanes supports the filibuster, Mikulski has not stated a position.

The article is here.

Anonymous said...

So, Democrats should visit troops - not because they care, but to use them as political props and "cover"?

If I thoughht you capable of the emotion, I'd suggest you should be ashamed of yourself.

Crap like this is the reason you are in the minority, and will stay there for the forseeable future.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
So, Democrats

Anonymous said...
That's great - delete a soldier's post(mine) because you know that

Anon,

You must feel pretty scared to come and post in this forum.

for your info-democrats have been trying to get the body armor and better equiped humvies to the soldiers. AND many visit Walter Reed.

Additionally, I doubt you're a real vet or you'd know how the republicans shut down the budget for providing healthcare benefits to veterans and have backed out on paying them their enlistment fees. Sometimes you're wachy, "I support the troops" crap that you give isn't worth the steam rising from it on a cold day.


P.S. Anon...doubt you're a real soldier or vet or you'd be running as a Democrat. Can't help but notice how no soldiers coming home from Iraq are running as Republicans.

Anonymous said...

Harkins is abstaining. He's in IOWA. -- phone answerer just told me...(10:02MT)

Anonymous said...

So someone posts and says that he's a solder, and gives some reasonable background to that effect, and you call him a liar because he's not a Democrat.

Now who is acting like a troll?

Anonymous said...

I just hung up from speaking with a staffer in Senator Jeffords, Independent, VT, who said he will vote AGAINST cloture. YAY!

Chris J. Breisch said...

You want your party to use the troops for political cover...and yet you still wonder why you lose elections.

I really hope this whole piece is in jest, because if it's serious, it's frankly disgusting.

Anonymous said...

Binagman's aid, Bloom, just called to say Bingamin will vote NO on Alito; but not the Filibuster. So, I urged Bingamen to visit veterans at Walter Reed. And underscored I'd never support him again.

Anonymous said...

Using a visit to wounded troops as political cover sounds cynical, cowardly, and manipulative in the extreme.

I hope you all embrace more honorable methods to achieve your goals rather than sink to the lowest common denominator. Otherwise, even if you achieve your goals, you will have failed.

KCB said...

I just talked to a Bill Nelson staffer in Orlando who said he doesn't support the filibuster b/c he doesn't think the votes are there!

I bit my tongue and politely pointed out that if the votes aren't there, it will be because of choices like his, and that if the filibuster doesn't happen, the DNC and other fundraising groups can forget about any more checks from me. I said I've been using my money and my vote to support Democrats for years, and now it's time for the Dems to support me and all the voters like me.

Argh.

Anonymous said...

Update re Bingaman and Landrieu. I spoke with her office. She is No on Alito; and now waffling on CLOTURE. I got the impression that the pressure is mounting---so that she's (maybe) considering the FILIBUSTER. So, I called Bingaman back and urged him to reconsider. That Landrieu might be reconsidering

Anonymous said...

SO KEEP calling Bingaman and Landrieu.

Anonymous said...

Just got off the phone with Lieberman's office. He is OPPOSING FILIBUSTER. I'm so mad I could spit. Let's call his office and give him hell. Let's get him out of office.

Randwolfe said...

35 dems
56 pubs

on the board

Thersites D. Scott said...

Just for the record:

There are Democrats in conservative states who are being HAMMERED by religious conservative voters who know Alito will undercut or overturn Roe. James Dobson has told several D senators that he will target them for defeat if they do not vote "yes" on Alito. At least two such Senators have asked the D community to give them political "cover" -- i.e., a way to do what they want to do on Alito without giving ammunition to far-right, out-of-state groups to use in campaign ads against them. Like it or not, that's how the game is played.

Abstaining from the cloture vote is a way that a senator can support the filibuster without actually casting a vote that can be held against him. But then, the out-of-state astroturf groups will hammer on that, asking, "Where Was Senator So and So When This Vote Occurred?"

Since ALL Senators regularly visit their wounded constituents at Walter Reed, wouldn't the cloture vote be a good time to do it? Not to make a special visit, but to make a visit they periodically make anyway, at this particular time? Then at least they have an answer to the "Swiftboaters": they'll say, "Yes, I missed one vote because I was visiting wounded soldiers."

I don't see that as crass or immoral. I see it as fighting back against unfair attacks. If folks disagree and think it's immoral, I have a great idea: vote Republican.

'Nuff said. I've let a lot of these "chickenhawk" posts stay on the thread, but I'll start deleting any new ones. Your point's been made, but we have work to do.

Randwolfe said...

These are the last eight holdouts on the initial vote-call them, and then call them again.
Bayh
Cantwell
Conrad
Dorgan
Landrieu
Lautenberg
Menendez
Rockefeller

Snowe (r) is the only republican who hasn't voted.

Just one brave republican, Chafee, voted NO

Anonymous said...

Gang Of Fourteen:

The gang of fourteen consists primarily of Democratic senators who either oppose the filibuster, or will vote yes on Alito.

Note, however, that it also includes Snowe, Collins and Chafee.

Republicans:
John McCain
Lindsay Graham
John Warner
Olympia Snowe
ph:202-224-5344
f:202-224-1946
Susan Collins:
ph:202-224-2523
f:202-224-2693
Mike DeWine
Lincoln Chafee
ph:202-224-2921
f:202-228-2853

Democrats
Lieberman
ph:202-224-4041
f:202-224-9750
Byrd
ph:202-224-3954
f: 202-228-0002
Nelson (NE)
ph: 202-224-6551
f: 202-228-0012
Landrieu
ph:202-224-5824
f:202-224-9735
Inouye
ph:202-224-3934
f:202-228-0908
Pryor
ph:202-224-2353
f:202-228-0908
Salazar
ph:202-224-5852
f:202-228-5036

Toll Free switchboard: 888-355-3588

Let's get on those phones and faxes, stat! Let's make sure they know how we feel before their meeting today.

-Katherine

Thersites D. Scott said...

Anon: I'm deleting your post for the reason I give just one or two comments us. WYour position already is fully stated previously. If you'd like to post more comments here, please do so AFTER the cloture vote, when I'll be more than happy to let all kinds of political discussions take place. Today's a work day for us, though.

Thersites D. Scott said...

Ping the person who said Lieberman is AGAINST filibuster: I need to clarify, because this is big news. Someone in his office said he will vote YES on cloture? Or was it just a "I think filibuster's a bad idea but I'll support it reluctantly" position like Obama and Reid's?

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

GO TO CAPITALNEWS.ORG NOW

There is a vote: will the filibuster help or hurt the Democrats?

http://www.capitalnews.org


-Katherine

Anonymous said...

conrad supporting alito, against filibuster. just called DC office.

Dr. Laniac said...

Thersites,

Thanks for all your work on this. My dialing finger is tired and I've sent faxes as well as phone calls. I tailored a number of the faxes specifically to the Senator. I too have been getting lots of clogged circuits and busy signals.

Had to come over an comment after you stopped by over at the Freeway Blogger's site

Randwolfe said...

Kerry was giving a very impassioned and reasonable speech just before 1PM. At 1 exactly, he was cut off by the speaker, which was totally his right. But Kerry had this great rap going and so he asked for 10 or 15 more minutes. Right then a republican stepped up saying he had to speak now. He spoke for maybe ten minutes, and just now Chambliss has started talking. They could have given Kerry the extra few minutes he needed to finish. (Republicans are not utilizing their own time, mostly dead time.)

Randwolfe said...

Damn Conrad Vichy sold out, that is four dems for Alito. I hope these guys can live with themselves. Now back to Reid on CSPAN2.

Anonymous said...

I just hung up from speaking with Rachel in Sen. Lieberman's Hartford office, who told me that reports that he will not support the filibuster are erroneous and she claims that they are the office that would know. So, I left my comments in the hope that she is correct. I would suggest calling that office: 1-860-549-8463

KCB said...

I can't get through at that # for Lieberman -- busy, busy -- but I'll keep trying

Anonymous said...

Scott,

So I see you are still advocating Click Fraud against conservative websites.

Tell me, is that the kind of example you want to set for you children?

You say that you are for law the respect of the rights of others, yet you continue to do this. How can I trust your judgement on other matters?

- KSM

Anonymous said...

You deleted my post as a rebuttal to the fool who said he doubts I'm really a soldier, but left his up. Way to skew the impression.

Cynthia said...

Senator Jack Reed will vote against cloture ! (1:25 p.m. Central time)

Lis Riba said...

That C-Span poll is asking the wrong question.

The real question they should be asking is "Will giving Alito a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court help or hurt the United States?"

That's why I support any legal* means of keeping him off the court, filibustering if we can't get the 51 votes.

If it hurts the Dems, but keeps Alito off, so be it.

*I'm no Ann Coulter.

Corrie said...

"Will Alito on the SCOTUS help or hurt the US?"

Help, of course. Judges who act like legislators have done enough damage for one generation.

But please keep up your efforts. A filibuster will be good for the country, as it will further demonstrate that the modern Democratic Party has utterly sold out the optimistic idealism of FDR, Truman, JFK, and HHH to the defeatist, victimizing shrilling of leftist ideologues.

That'll help keep the grownups in charge for a long time to come.

Anonymous said...

Sunlight? Meet the germs...

proudprogressive said...

Needs re confirmation BUT SARBANES will now support a filibuster..he is off the fence. Our work is paying off.

He will vote NO on cloture. i could hardly believe my ears ..but this is what staff said. someone else please confirm i heard right.

Thersites D. Scott said...

Yep, I've confirmed Sarbanes is FOR extended debate. Good win, guys!!

KCB said...

I just talked to a very nice staffer in Landrieu's DC office. He said she hasn't indicated that she's changed her mind about her anti-filibuster position, but that it would not be "very good" for her to abstain from the vote. I asked him what that meant and didn't really get an answer.

He says they are getting a lot of calls, but it sounds like they could use more.

Anonymous said...

Senator Robert Menendez just made his maiden senatorial speech. It outlined many good reasons why he can not vote for Alito's confirmation. I've tried his office, tired to find a fax or email---and have been unable to congratulate him. Further , to urge him to join the filibuster. Hopefully, others of you may be successful.

Constant said...

Awesome! Landreiu reconsidering. She'll have to explain why she doesn't vote. That's in the Senate rules -- don't let her get away without providing a straight answer.

Here's a proposed agenda for the filibuster.

The RNC has been yanking this down. The plan outlines the issues the RNC hasn't disussed -- and it makes a great case for a filibuster.

The RNC hopes to do what they did over Iraq and the Patriot Act -- force a vote, stop debate. Don't let them. Please forward this plan to your friends for consideration. There's a great case for a filibuster.

Why is the RNC afraid of discussing these issues; and why does the RNC -- if it really supports demcoracy -- keep yanking down the links to these issues?

Share the links -- Monday isn't over -- we're making progress -- the RNC knows about the plan and they do not want to discuss it. All the more reason to have an extended debate -- and let them explain themselves -- as they failed to do with Iraq and the Patrioat Act and 9-11! LOL

Keep up the fight, all! There's hope! We're making progress and the RNC is pissed off at this plan! LOL LOL

Pete in CT said...

I just got off the phone with a staffer in Senator Lieberman's office, she state that he is leaning toward voting for cloture... No on Filibuster.

Anonymous said...

Alito's appointment to the SC will give one religion a majority, for life, on the SC, with no recourse or remedy for the oublic. there is not precedence ofr this and there should not be. We are a diverse nation with many religions. It is not fair to give one a lifetime majority. This could be a huge threat to separation of church and state, like crossing a Religious Rubicon. Senators in a quandry about how to vote, should call for a study into the consequences of giving one religion a majority for life. This is a dangerous legal theshold, like crossing a Religious Rubicon.

Thersites D. Scott said...

LISTEN UP, GANG!

NEW POST UP TOP WITH "SHORT STROKES" STRATEGY.

YOU -- ALL -- ROCK!!

Anonymous said...

I just read this blog for the first time and am honestly horrified that anyone, ANYONE, would show such hate for this country. And once you spewed your hate you urge everyone else to just blindly go along with you OR ELSE... (which you conviently do not explain)

I don't really care if you do not like Alito or Bush but it's painfully obvious to me and anyone who would read this blog, that you hate, most of all, yourselves!

I would expect your language and attitude to be coming from China or a Communist block, but to be coming from Americans...

You are just too sad. I feel nothing but pitty for you and all those who follow you. I just wonder how far people will follow you. Maybe as far as Guyana where you'll mix up some Cool-Aid. You are too sorry for words.

SergeiRostov said...

Corrie said...
"Will Alito on the SCOTUS help or hurt the US?"

Help, of course. Judges who act like legislators have done enough damage for one generation.


Hmm, a self-contradictory statement, since analysis shows that it's the right-wing judges who are 'activist':

The most activist judges on the Supreme Court, based on how they voted on 64 Congressional provisions:

Thomas 65.63 %
Kennedy 64.06 %
Scalia 56.25 %
Rehnquist 46.88 %
O'Connor 46.77 %
Souter 42.19 %
Stevens 39.34 %
Ginsburg 39.06 %
Breyer 28.13 %

[ http://www.law.yale.edu/outside/html/Public_Affairs/614/yls_article.htm ]

Hm.

Also, please explain how making the President an absolute dictator ('unitary executive') will 'help' America.

But please keep up your efforts. A filibuster will be good for the country, as it will further demonstrate that the modern Democratic Party

still upholds the Constitution, civil rights, privacy rights, supports the troops and small businesses,
wants clean water, land and air, creates strong economies, doesn't negotiate with terrorists, places citizens before large corporations, and believes in democracy, unlike the Republican Party.



That'll help keep the grownups in charge for a long time to come.

Since when are the Democrats in charge? I know I didn't read the paper today, but....

SR

Randwolfe said...

Scott, this site seems to be flypaper for neo-cons. Its noteworthy that the majority of the troubled minds cannot bring themselves to use their names, or at least a handle that points to a profile. They just want to come here and cut us up, because they do not understand what freedom of speech is. When Bush's stormtroopers start rounding them up with everyone else, they may finally realize what they are giving up. Of course, that is one possible outcome. I'm still going to be working for a progressive nation, with liberty and justice for all, not just for those who can afford a good lawyer.

Ariel Dougherty said...

Greetings, All. Great effort! Great Work! I sincerely appreciate all of everyone's efforts. Let's do it again, soon!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, guys. This website is the best laugh I've had in weeks. If we can keep you folks chasing your tails like this, Republicans will rule forever and ever and ever.

Randwolfe said...

Why do we need to stop the Patriot Act?

http://benfrank.net/blog/2006/01/18/ss_uniformed_division/

http://www.secretservice.gov/ud.shtml

January 18, 2006

New Patriot Act creates the “Secret Service, Uniformed Division”

Filed under: US Govt, headline news, Republicans, Impeach — ben @ 6:35 pm
America has never had a federal police force, but hidden in the new “Patriot” Act is language that creates just such a beast.

SEC. 605. THE UNIFORMED DIVISION, UNITED STATES SECRET SERVICE.

There is hereby created and established a permanent police force, to be known as the `United States Secret Service Uniformed Division’.

The Secret Service, Uniformed Division will not operate solely in DC, but anywhere former Presidents travel, or foreign dignitaries, or even “as the President, on a case-by-case basis, may direct.” #8

A federal police force, directed by the President. Is this not the Gestapo all over again?

If the new “Patriot” Act passes, the new SSUD federal police can show up at:

(11) An event designated.. as a special event of national significance.
(12) Major Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates and, within 120 days of the general Presidential election…

A federal goon squad on hand to arrest any ‘disruptors’ during the next Presidential Election… how can you look in the mirror and tell yourself that there’s hope for 2008? Or is that just an excuse to continue doing nothing right now?

Note: This bill comes up in two weeks, to date only myself and Kurt Nimmo have written about it. I’ve written Democracy Now, CommonDreams, etc… nobody wants to touch it.
Please do what you can to break this story