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January 31, 2006

Did Filibuster Effort Hurt Kerry?

Roll Call suggests the failed effort to filbuster the Samuel Alito Supreme Court nomination tarnished Sen. John Kerry (D-MA).

"Although establishment Democrats have been cool to the Massachusetts lawmaker since last November -- a review of campaign-finance records on indicated that Kerry has not received contributions from any House or Senate Democratic aides, lawmakers or affiliated political action committees since the 2004 election -- the Alito nomination has prompted a wave of complaints by Democrats who say they fear the episode could hurt the partyís chances in November."

"One Democratic source close to several 'red-state' Democrats said that forcing a filibuster vote has resulted in several lawmakers who were leaning towards opposing Alito to have now decided to vote for him."

But Hotline On Call sees it differently: "Kerry's 11th hour push actually provided the Mark Pryor's (D-AR) of the world with the perfect cover. For Pryor, being able to announce that he's against Alito, but not beholden to liberal interest groups in the same breath (a.k.a. against the filibuster) provided him with the ultimate redeemable wherever, no proof of purchase necessary, Get Out of Jail Free card."


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