From the Associated Press, via Breitbart.com…
Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito enjoys sufficient bipartisan support to surmount any Senate filibuster attempt by minority Democrats, Senate leaders said Friday.
A final vote making the New Jersey jurist the nation’s 110th Supreme Court justice is scheduled for Tuesday, hours before President Bush gives his State of the Union address to Congress and the nation….
“Everyone knows there are not enough votes to support a filibuster,” Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada said Friday. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said the same thing on Thursday. “A bipartisan majority will vote to confirm Judge Alito as Justice Alito,” Frist said.
Alito’s supporters already have those commitments, with 53 of the Republicans’ 55-member majority and three Democrats; Robert Byrd of West Virginia, Tim Johnson of South Dakota and Ben Nelson of Nebraska, already publicly supporting his confirmation as the replacement for retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., also announced Friday he is “leaning in favor of voting for” the conservative judge. “It is clear to me that a majority of the American people and the people I represent support his confirmation,” he said after meeting with Alito in his office.
As of the time of this posting, there is still no official word from Senator Lincoln Chafee as to how he will vote on this matter. Senator Jack Reed
has already declared that he will vote against Alito.