Taking a stand
The last time we had a serious outpouring from the grassroots was the Iraq War resolution. My Senator DiFi commented at the time that she had never seen anything like the depth of passion coming from her constituents. But she voted for the war anyway. So did Bayh, Biden, Clinton, Dodd, Kerry and Reid. The entire leadership of the party. Every one of them went the other way this time. I know that some of you are cynical about these people (and, well, they are politicans, so don't get all Claud Rains about it) but that means something. Every one of those people were running in one way or another in 2002 and they went the other way. The tide is shifting. There is something to be gained by doing the right thing.Democracy works. It's not that we won the vote, we lost it, and by a hefty margin. But we made it an issue. Senators had to look deep into their souls and ask whether Alito was worth a fight, and a lot of them came to realize that he was only after hearing from their constituents. And the arguments you heard from the advocates of more debate are not so different than those you heard right here.
No one expected to stop Alito, so this wasn't a loss. The attempt was a victory, and 25 Senators stood up for justice and demanded that the minority party be heard. This is a victory that will beget victories, and not just symbolic victories.