My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


That Sound You're Hearing? That's The Lemmings Falling

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday announced she'll join potential 2008 presidential rival John Kerry in voting to filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, just as top Democratic leaders predicted the effort is likely doomed. (courtesy TheCorner)

This announcement came at about the same time as I saw this analysis about what John Kerry was REALLY doing with his bizarre filibuster. I wish I could find, so that I could credit, who this analysis came from--just rest assured, it is not original to me:

John Kerry is pushing for a filibuster for one reason: to put Hillary in a quandary regarding 2008. If Hillary follows conventional wisdon and her own political instincts, she goes against the filibuster and alienates the activist base that gives candidates the nominations; if Hill acquiesces to the base, she loses the ability to play moderate with the electorate in general and is suddenly in the middle of the scrum--no longer aove the fray.

If that's what he's actually doing, it would show a remarkable level of political savvy for the tin-eared junior Senator from Massachussetts. And, now that he's got Feinstein and Kennedy on board, he actually looks like the leader of the party. Well, that is, if you disregard that the New York Times actually initiated the call for the filibuster Thursday morning.

Now, let's just wait and see what the junior Senator from Colorado has to say about this. Heh.

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