Jan 27 2006
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid admitted on Friday he and fellow Democrats lack the votes to block President George W. Bush’s nomination of conservative appeals judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Everyone knows there is not enough votes to support a filibuster,” Reid said, referring to the procedural roadblock that some Democrats said should be used to put off a vote on Alito.
The Nevada Democrat said, however, he would vote for such a measure to at least send a message of opposition to the nominee. That vote will come on Monday with final confirmation set for Tuesday.
The Dems are taking a pounding by their base, and the longer the Alito vote is delayed the more damage they are taking on. They need this story to go away and fast.
Polipundit claims the Dems have no more than 35 votes for a filibuster!