Apparently in just a short while Chris Dodd will start what has to be considered a historic filibuster! I have no idea who the last Senator to actually stand up and do a full on filibuster was, anyone know? Of course we know the most famous filibuster!
From a site set up to support Dodd by The Seminal and Open Left:
On Monday, December 17th, 2008, Chris Dodd will take to the floor the Senate and begin his filibuster of telecom immunity. He will start talking and he won’t stop until he loses a cloture vote or Harry Reid shelves any FISA bill containing retroactive immunity.
To close debate, opponents will have to muster 60 votes. If every Republican (and Joe Lieberman) votes for cloture, this means at least 10 Democrats will have to betray their fellow party member to end Dodd’s filibuster.
Joe Biden, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton have all said they will support Dodd’s filibuster. Senator Feingold is also supporting Dodd.
Please check out the site (nifty West Wing video!) and do what you can (Call Your Senators All Day Long!) to support him.
Finally some dhramatic action from Congress!! Will Dodd succeed? Will Harry Reid shut him down? Will ten villianous Dems cross the aisle to vote for cloture? Will Dodd collapse? Will Taylor’s thugs hurt the little boys? (oh wait, that’s the movie)
I assume there will be some tv coverage, lol…but these days who knows? Please do what you can!