HERE'S WHAT WE NEED TO DO:
1. CONCENTRATE ON THE GOAL: TO SWITCH ENOUGH VOTES SO THAT WE WIN 51-49.
This means that we stop this very moment talking at all about anything which would make it more difficult for a good Republican Senator to vote against Alito. In other words, do not say one more word about Freedom To Choose, Separation of Church and State, or Gay rights. Now is not the time. Now we must talk only about the reasons a good Republican should join with us, on this one occasion, to defeat Judge Alito.
2. CONCENTRATE ON THE MOST POWERFUL MESSAGE, WHICH IS: ALITO IS WONDERFULLY-WELL QUALIFIED IN ALL RESPECTS BUT ONE: HE DOES NOT ACCEPT CERTAIN FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES IN THE CONSTITUTION, AND BECAUSE OF THAT HE CANNOT BE A GOOD SUPREME COURT JUSTICE.
He is great on the details, and on personal characteristics, but he does not embrace some of the main ideas which a Justice must believe. MOST IMPORTANTLY, HE DOES NOT REALLY AGREE WITH THE IDEA OF CHECKS AND BALANCES. If he did agree, he could not possibly embrace the Unitary Executive Theory, because this Theory denies the authority of Congress, the Courts, or anything else to interfere with the Executive's performance of his functions, however he chooses. The fact that Alito does believe in this dangerous theory, makes him absolutely unsuitable for the job he is seeking.
Also see http://www.unitaryexecutive.net for more information.
While you were out of the room, Sen. Ken Salazar, Democrat from Colorado, delivered a brilliant speech explaining why he could not vote for Alito. This speech should be a model for you all. Read it, memorize it, embellish it, and share its main points with your Republican colleagues.
Here is a link to the Salazar speech: http://salazar.senate.gov/news/releases/060126alito.htm
3. CONCENTRATE ON REPUBLICANS WHO ARE NOT FROM THE OLD CONFEDERACY, WHO ARE NOT BIG-BUSINESS/FAT-CAT REPUBLICANS, AND WHO DO HAVE LIBERTARIAN TENDENCIES,
I have no real knowledge of these people, but it looks to me like this list might contain all the votes we need. So talk with them, have dinner with them, and send messages to them. Convince them that this man Alito is perfectly suited for the job he now holds, but not suited for the Supreme Court. Let him keep his present job, which is pretty good, after all.
Allard, Wayne- (R - CO) Class II - Web Form: allard.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?
Bennett, Robert F.- (R - UT) Class III Web Form: bennett.senate.gov/contact/emailmain.html
Burns, Conrad- (R - MT) Class I - Web Form: burns.senate.gov/index.cfm?
Craig, Larry E.- (R - ID) Class II - Web Form: craig.senate.gov/email/
Crapo, Mike- (R - ID) Class III - Web Form: crapo.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm