Open letter to Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)
I just sent this to Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader for the Dems:
Don't let the weakness of those Senators who are unwilling to filibuster become the public face of the Democratic Party concerning the Alito nomination. Alito has already told you that Congress may not constitutionally tell the president not to torture people. With everything else you've heard, to put this man on the Supreme Court for a lifetime appointment at this time is the worst thing that can happen to that august institution.
DO THE FILIBUSTER! Make the Democrats stand tall. Make the ones who do not want to stand tall vote for cloture with the Republicans. If that happens, every one of those Democrats should lose funding from the DNC, even those running for re-eleciton. And those who are running for re-election should immediately face opponents in the primary funded by the DNC. This is not a threat. This is how parties have to maintain some principled discipline among members on an issue as important as Alito--particualrly as Alito is replacing O'Connor, who was often a "swing" vote on the Court.