Dear Diane

Lean in real close, moppet, so I can be sure you hear me clearly.

“I do not see a likelihood of a filibuster,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (news, bio, voting record), D-Calif. “This might be a man I disagree with, but it doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be on the court.”

ACTUALLY THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT IT MEANS, YOU USELESS PLASTIC HOOD ORNAMENT. You’re a member of Congress. You’re confirming him. If you disagree with the way he’d do his job, that’s ground for denying it to him. Will somebody please get this woman a copy of that musty old document that begins “We the people …” I think the salient points have slipped her mind.

Jesus tits. Is there anybody out there who can even IMAGINE a Republican saying this? Who can even imagine Republicans having to hunt around for REASON not to confirm a Democratic nominee? Who can even imagine President Kerry’s nominee getting this far with a Republican Congress? They beat ‘er bloody and leave her behind the Capitol dumpster, that’s what they’d do to a Kerry nominee. Yet here we sit, saying we need a really good reason to oppose Alito.

(This is of course leaving aside the fact that there are actually really good reasons to oppose Alito. If you value the rights of women to make their own medical decisions, for example, or if you’d like some say in what the president is and is not allowed to do whenever the whim strikes him. It’s not like you have to look hard for reasons to do whatever you have to do to keep this guy off the court, at least if you still possess your own balls and haven’t given them to the Kool Kids’ Club for safekeeping.)

Has it ever crossed your mind, Diane, that the Senate was designed the way it was for a REASON? That maybe the filibuster serves a purpose and that it does no good to keep a loaded gun in your nightstand drawer and then decide, as a man comes in and steals your jewelry and rapes your children and kicks your dog that you shouldn’t use it, because well, somebody else might come along someday and do worse, and you’d better conserve ammuntion? Has any of that ever crossed your mind?

Because you sound like it hasn’t. You sound like you’re scared of a fight. You sound like yet again, you don’t want to be characterized by Republicans (the party, mind you, that voted against Katrina aid and lied to the American people about intelligence during wartime) as an obstructionist. You don’t want, after all, the political equivalent of Tony Soprano accusing you of shoplifting. Jesus Christ. And I do not pray much these days.

But hey, you’re going to vote against him, Diane. You care that much, I guess:

She said she will not vote to confirm the appeals court judge, based on his conservative record. But she acknowledged that nothing emerged during last week’s hearings to justify any organized action by Democrats to stall the nomination.

The women who will die from back-alley abortions, the minors strip-searched without warrants and the Americans being spied on in the name of the War on Terror thank you, Diane, for deciding exactly how far you’re willing to go in order to preserve some worthless liberal credentials without getting too many people upset. The constitution Alito will help the Bush administration assrape with a broomhandle thanks you, Diane, fo your utterly pointless personal stand and headline-making undercutting of anybody with actual courage who might be willing to do what must be done to protect our freedom. You made us proud today. Way to be a great American.

No love at all,

A.