Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid faced the facts today.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid admitted on Friday he and fellow Democrats lack the votes to block President George W. Bush’s nomination of conservative appeals judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Everyone knows there is not enough votes to support a filibuster,” Reid said, referring to the procedural roadblock that some Democrats said should be used to put off a vote on Alito.
The Nevada Democrat said, however, he would vote for such a measure to at least send a message of opposition to the nominee. That vote will come on Monday with final confirmation set for Tuesday.
Reid acknowledging the lack of votes is a move in the right direction for the man personally, but it doesn’t erase the fact that other members of his party, namely John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, are still speaking as if a filibuster is next on the docket. It’s yet another example of disconnected communications from the Democratic party. If they can’t get the message out consistently from within their own party, how are they going to speak to the American people?
Unless someone wakes up over there, the Democrats will take another beating at the poll this November.