Monday, January 30, 2006

Buffy and the Cloture Demon

As we all know by now, the effort undertaken by my 2 Senators, Ed Kennedy and John Kerry (wikkid pissahs, both of them), to defeat cloture and allow further debate on Alito's nomination, failed today, 72 ayes to 25 nays. That would be about 20 more nays than I'd have thought possible even one week ago, due in no small part to a powerful netroots movement generated via blogs like this one that mobilized individual citizens to phone, fax, write and even meet with Senators, the TM and others to let them know that we pay attention, we vote, and we care. The 25 Senators who voted nay deserve thanks, help and support. As for the 11 Dems who went along with the repubs: What part of why do you hold on to that Democratic Senate seat if you're just going to vote "yes" to each and every Republican whim do you not understand?

For those few of you who don't know who Buffy is, I'll provide a short intro. "In every generation there is a chosen one... who will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer." Our Buffy knows this is her destiny, and even if she just wants to live a "normal" life, she knows the demons are out there right now so she can't turn her back on the battles. 'Course Buffy is not alone in this, and she and her "missfit" friends form a truly effective demon-smashing, vampire-slaying team, apocalypse now, apocalypse again.

So as Buffy says as she girds up for another fight with evil:

"Now, we can do this the hard way, or... well, actually there's just the hard way".

Yep, there's just the hard way. So let's get on the way, there are demons out there.

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