Jan 27 2006
Near the close of a second day of debate, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican, moved to force a confirmation vote on Tuesday. A test vote on ending debate is set for Monday, and a number of Democratic aides said they expect Frist to muster the needed 60 votes to do so.
I expect thge vote will be Teusday since two more Democrat Senators broke ranks on Alito, pushing the filibuster numbers down and the nuclear option numbers up to a point where, if my numbers are right, two more democrat defections will spell the end of it.
Earlier on Thursday, Democratic Sens. Robert Byrd of West Virginia and Tim Johnson of South Dakota declared their support of Alito. They joined Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who had announced last week that he would vote for him.
3 Democrats pretty much assure the nuclear option is now available and waiting to be triggered. I expect to see maybe two more dems cave over the weekend. Right now this slow drip, drip, drip on Alito is just frustrating and angering the liberal base. Better to lance this one and move on.
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