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Moveon.org Targets GOP 'Moderates' to Stop 'Nuclear Option'

Wednesday, 27 April 2005 12:00 AM

In a message to members, MoveOn PAC said Sen. Warner is under "intense pressure" from his fellow Republicans - "and needs to hear from you today, even if you've called before."

A conservative group has launched a similar grassroots effort in Virginia, calling residents and urging them to pressure Warner to vote for the rule change that would do away with judicial filibusters.

MoveOn says its members already have made tens of thousands of calls - "and that's a big part of why three moderate Republican Senators have come out against the 'nuclear option' and put victory within reach." MoveOn said it needs only three more moderate Republicans to "win."

Republicans who oppose the so-called "nuclear option/constitutional option" include Sens. Lincoln Chafee (R.I.), and Olympia Snowe (Maine) and John McCain (Ariz.)

Those who have expressed doubts about it include Sens. Warner, Susan Collins (Maine), Chuck Hagel (Neb.), and Arlen Specter (Pa.).

MoveOn says a Senate rule change aimed at ending judicial filibusters amounts to a seizure of "absolute power" over judicial appointments and will allow conservatives to "stack the courts with extreme judges."

"These judges would serve for life, threatening the protection of our environment, our right to privacy, even basic workers' rights like the 40-hour work week for generations to come," MoveOn said.

Conservatives agree that judicial appointments will shape the future of the nation, affecting issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage and other cultural concerns.

MoveOn's message to liberals notes what the fight is really all about - the U.S. Supreme Court.

"This fight will begin over judges nominated to U.S. Courts of Appeals," MoveOn said, "but make no mistake - the radical Republicans' real prize is the four Supreme Court seats likely to open up in the next four years."

On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said there will be no compromise on the judicial filibuster issue, as Democrats had suggested. Press reports said Democrats were willing to confirm some of Bush's blocked nominees, if others would be dropped.

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