U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) (L) responds to reporter’s questions as he leaves Capitol Hill in Washington January 27, 2006. Kerry publicly pushed for a filibuster to stop the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito but Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said on Friday that he and fellow Democrats lack the votes.
Senator Dianne Feinstein who previously stated she would vote against a filibuster of Judge Samuel Alito has changed her mind:
Washington, DC â€“ U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today announced that she will vote no on cloture regarding the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
â€œBased on a very long and thoughtful analysis of the record and transcript, which I tried to indicate in my floor statement yesterday, Iâ€™ve decided that I will vote no on cloture.â€
There are only 57 votes Aye.
Will Kerry and Kennedy pursuade other Senators over the weekend to vote No on cloture?
Will the Gang of 14 have to exert discipline? Or will Bill Frist tire of the stalling and call for a change of the rules (Nuclear Option) Monday morning?
Flap continues to handicap a filibuster…………