After all that last-minute hype, the final cloture vote on Alito was 72-25.
The frenzied effort to block the nomination was impressive, but always much too late. Kos tells online activists to take heart from their efforts:
What you guys accomplished the last week was amazing -- the outpouring of emails, letters, faxes, and phone calls was unprecedented for the netroots and particularly surprising given how weak our issue groups organized against Alito. We should've played a supporting role to strong efforts by NARAL, People for the American Way, and others. Instead, we ended up being pretty much the entire effort.Sure, well done to all who tried but failed. But the fact is, there is a limit to what can be accomplished online and this episode surely highlights that fact.
But say what you will about blogs and the netroots, we are not effective organizers for this type of large-scale effort, with an opposition wielding tens of millions of dollars. That we got this much accomplished in the fact of that is simply incredible.
So now the US Supreme Court is in the firm grip of the GOP, and with it the US Republic... Sad times indeed.
But no reason to stop fighting. In fact, all the more reason to fight on...
UPDATE: John Kerry:
So let's get this straight. The time to fight is now...No, you stupid, supercilious, self-serving dick. The time to fight was November 2004, when Bush stole his second election in Ohio.