Liberal Democrats waged an eleventh-hour attempt Monday to block Samuel Alito's Supreme Court confirmation, arguing that he would tilt the high court further to the right.
GOP Sen. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island also announced that he would vote against Alito's confirmation. Chafee, a self-described "pro-choice, pro-environment, pro-Bill of Rights Republican," is the only member of the Republican Party so far to announce that he will vote against the conservative judge.
Chafee refused to support the Democrats' filibuster attempt, however. "How are we going to get anything done if we can't work together?" Chafee asked.
Senator Chafee playing the all too familiar game of being the independent-minded moderate in situations where his vote is absolutely meaningless. Go ahead, Senator. Your good friend Mr. Whitehouse is going to shred your unprincipled ass on this, and nobody is going to buy your "But I voted against him!" bullshit.
Update: Of course, you can fool some of the people all of the time. NARAL tells Jane at FDL that they see no reason to pull their endorsement of Chafee.