Feinstein supports filibuster!

Thank you Senator Feinstein!

The last two days have been amazing.

Early Thursday afternoon, we broke the news that Senator John Kerry would lead a filibuster against Judge Sam Alito if he could get 41 Senators to sustain the filibuster. Three hours later, CNN confirmed our story.

But even as Karl Rove was doing his dirty work, progressive activists like you were calling your Senators urging them to support John Kerry’s filibuster.

And one by one, Democratic Senators began to turn around.


At the start of the day, only Dick Durbin and Debbie Stabenow supported Kerry and Kennedy. Just before noon, Hillary Clinton’s office called to say she supported us. Then Harry Reid came on board, along with Barbara Boxer, Russ Feingold, Ron Wyden, Chris Dodd, and (I think) Chuck Schumer.

Most importantly, we even picked up Dianne Feinstein, who just yesterday said she opposed a filibuster.

Bold type theirs, italics mine.

This is simply amazing news. Senator Feinstein has really come through after some initial, disappointing opposition to the Alito filibuster, and I believe she deserves our praise for her willingness to oppose this radical transformation of the Supreme Court. Bravo.

Update: Senator Feinstein makes the statement on her own site.

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