Why not ask Senator Carper if there really any reason for this debate not to continue? Even those Democrats who have declared that they will vote for Alito should recognize that their Democratic colleagues, the majority of their party, feel the need to keep discussing this nomination.
Does the vote happening on Wednesday or Thursday make that much difference compared to the enormity of a lifetime appointment to the highest court on the land? What is the big rush? We rushed into Iraq with no debate and look how that turned out. Why not vote vote no on cloture and support the filibuster? What is the worst that could happen? Senator Thomas Carper
Wilmington: 302-573-6291UPDATE - From Digby, Via (my hero) Kos When it became clear that the vote was going against the filibuster, Diane Feinstein, a puddle of lukewarm water if there ever was one, decided to backtrack and play to the base instead of the right wing. That's new folks. Given an opportunity to make an easy vote, until now she and others like her (who are legion) would always default to the right to prove their "centrist" bonafides. That's the DLC model. When you have a free vote always use it to show that you aren't liberal. That's why she was against it originally --- a reflexive nod to being "reasonable."