Lee Diamond is an organizer and has lived in Metro DC for 15 years. He is currently an active volunteer on the Save The Filibuster campaign with People for the American Way, and his primary focus is with the effort to revitalize the Democratic Party. Lee recently met with Senator Warner's staff to urge Senator Warner to oppose the attempted elimination of the filibuster.
I've been in touch with Senator Warner's office about the effort to eliminate the filibuster for judicial nominees. I had an appointment with Senator Warner's judiciary aides on Thursday. Unfortunately, his counsel (the senior judiciary aide) was unable to attend.
I called the following day and had a pleasant conversation with the Senator's counsel. We had a decent give and take. He told me that Senator Warner and his aides spend time reading and discussing The Federalist Papers. The issue they consider in the context of judicial nominations is the meaning of the Senate shall "advise and consent" as it is written in the Constitution.
Senator Warner is a true conservative. He takes the conservative philosophy seriously. He does believe that the President deserves an up or down vote on his nominees, but he is also concerned about minority rights. He is reported to be one of those who is sensitive to the odds of the Senate Republicans being a minority in the future.
I urge all Virginians to call Senator Warner at 202-224-2023 and ask him to respect minority rights in the Senate by keeping the filibuster with the 60 vote margin. Federal judges receive lifetime appointments and they should have broad public support.