To The Phones…

Some Sesame Street phone call humor for everyone…

Looks like the Southwick nomination will be up for a vote in the full Senate tomorrow, according to my sources on the Hill.  From the Clarion Ledger:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Friday he would schedule a vote this week on the nomination of Mississippi Judge Leslie Southwick.

Reid’s press secretary, Jim Manley, said the long-awaited vote could come as early as Tuesday….

Southwick’s main supporters, Mississippi Republican Sens. Trent Lott and Thad Cochran, are optimistic the judge will be confirmed.

“(Lott) thinks this is a positive move,” Lott’s press secretary, Lee Youngblood, said of Reid’s decision to schedule a confirmation vote.

He said Lott and Reid spoke Thursday night and agreed to move forward on the nomination.

Southwick’s supporters expect Democrats to try to block the proposed confirmation with a filibuster, or extended debate. So, Reid will first call for a vote on whether to cut off debate.

At least 60 senators must vote yes on that motion for Southwick’s confirmation hopes to survive.

Readers know the circuitous route that the Southwick nomination has taken through the SJC — and of my unhappiness in how this has proceeded. See here, here and here for a refresher.

Bottom line at the moment?  Despite the likely requirement for a 60 vote margin (which I have now confirmed with three different sources on the Hill), the fact that this vote is coming at the behest of Trent Lott — and that I cannot track down anyone with a line on a whip count — makes me mighty unhappy about how this is rushing toward a vote tomorrow.  So I’m asking for a favor today: call your Senators and tell them to vote no on Southwick.  And then send them an e-mail.  And a FAX.  And call their local office.  Whatever you can do today. 

No cloture, no Southwick.  Just say no.

It is especially important to target the Democrats in the Gang of Fourteen and the ones who voted for cloture on Alito.  Those are likely waffle targets if I’ve ever seen them.  Direct contact information for every Senator can be found hereWorking Assets has some bullet points on why Southwick is a bad choice.  You can call your senators toll free via the numbers that katymine found:

1 (800) 828 – 0498
1 (800) 459 – 1887
1 (800) 614 – 2803
1 (866) 340 – 9281
1 (866) 338 – 1015
1 (877) 851 – 6437

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