Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Cross-Reference: Alito Vichys, Reelection Classes, and Gang of 14 Membership

I don't want to take energy away from the "thank you" calls that I consider the base of our effort "going forward." But I also want to start doing more detailed analysis of what the Alito vote meant, starting with identifying, more clearly, which good guys and bad guys are up for reelection and therefore need us either to help them survive or to put the hurt on them. And to identify how the Gang of 14 affected the outcome. (Hint: all seven Dems on the G14 voted against filibuster. 25+7 = 32, only six away from victory. And seven non-G14 Alito Vichys are up for reelection next year. I wonder what would have happened if (a) the G14 had put principle and party loyalty over Neville Chamberlain-style accommodationism, and (b) the others up for re-election had been more afraid of what losing our support might mean?)

Anyway, to get you thinking more on who we might want to target in the upcoming elections and what strategies we might use, here's a list of where all the key senators stand, reelection and G14-wise. "Class One" means they're up for reelection this year.

Two other notes: (1) I've put a couple of challengers' campaign links over on the right sidebar. That's not an endorsement, just stuff to chew on. (2) I've included Lincoln Chafee as a quasi good guy who might need our support: he may not have supported the filibuster, but he did break ranks and vote against Alito, and he's up for reelection this year too. Our goal is to liberalize the Senate, and I'll help a Republican occasionally to do that, just as I'm willing to sacrifice the occasional Democratic seat toward the larger prize.

Enoug blather. Here's the list to think about. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE post your thoughts about what this means, going forward!

Yeas on Cloture (Bad Guys):

Akaka (D-HI) Class One
Baucus (D-MT)
Bingaman (D-NM) Class One
Byrd (D-WV) Class One & G14
Cantwell (D-WA) Class One
Carper (D-DE) Class One
Conrad (D-ND) Class One
Dorgan (D-ND)
Inouye (D-HI) G14
Johnson (D-SD)
Kohl (D-WI) Class One
Landrieu (D-LA) G14
Lieberman (D-CT) Class One & G14
Lincoln (D-AR)
Nelson (D-FL) Class One
Nelson (D-NE) Class One & G14
Pryor (D-AR) G14
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Salazar (D-CO) G14

Nays on Cloture (Good Guys):

Bayh (D-IN)
Biden (D-DE)
Boxer (D-CA)
Clinton (D-NY) Class One
Dayton (D-MN) Class One
Dodd (D-CT)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA) Class One
Harkin (D-IA)(abstained from vote)
Jeffords (I-VT) Class One
Kennedy (D-MA) Class One
Kerry (D-MA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Menendez (D-NJ) Class One
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Obama (D-IL)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Sarbanes (D-MD) Class One
Schumer (D-NY)
Stabenow (D-MI) Class One
Wyden (D-OR)

Honorary Mention (Sorta Good Guy):

Chafee (R-RI)(the only Republican to vote no on Alito's confirmation itself): Class One & G14


Fight Back said...

My inclination is to replace all the Vichy Democrats that voted against the filibuster. They may have excuses but but as far as I am concerned, none of the excuses are any more important than being under the thumb of Big Brother and facism. As far as I am concerned, they are Republicans in disguise.

Charles said...

One good blogwh-re begets another.

Meet the next Senator from West Virginia!

Thanks for blogging the Vichy Dems, Thersites.

Robert Lindsay said...

I strongly object to your supporting traitor, phony, lying, Lincoln Chafee for Rhode Island senator. RI is a blue state - your notion that the Repubs will nominate an electable Neandertal in RI is crazy. A Neandertal is de facto nonelectable in that fine state. You say you want a more liberal Senate? Fine, get rid of Chafee.

What could possibly have been treasonous, reactionary and pro-fascist than a vote for Alito? With that vote, he has nullified every progressive he has ever done and will ever do in his career. Think of Alito's future on the court and the nightmarish USA he will help shape.

And everytime you shudder, realize that fascist Catholic Mussolini-clone Alito's presence on that court was enabled and christened by Lincoln Chafee. Chafee's fingerprints are all over Alito, and will be for the rest of Alito's career. Chafee will have to answer for Alito's crimes in his soul and in the public court.