Jan 28 2006
The Democrats apparently have not had their fill of failure yet, so they are pandering to their extreme base (the only one they have left) and posturing like there is no tomorrow! But Lincoln Chaffee has dashed any hopes for a filibuster by coming out for an up and down vote (registration required):
Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee, under pressure as one of the last senators undecided on Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr.’s fitness for the Supreme Court, has committed himself to help fellow Republicans break a last-ditch Democratic filibuster of the nomination.
A lot of irrelevant posturing is included in the article, but the point is Alito will be the next US Supreme Court Justice.
The funny thing is, in order to really energize the leftwing base for this year’s elections, Stevens would need to step down and cause a fight for his seat. Dems would probaby lose the battle again, but it would help the GOTV effort!