Filibustering for gay marriage
That is the plan for the Senate's Democratic leadership.
It has been clear for some time that the US Supreme Court is questing for the right case to establish gay marriage as the law of the land. The recent decision striking down sodomy laws in Texas was the warning shot across the bow. The Supreme Court is ready to make gay marriage the law of America as soon as it has a good case with which to do so.
How can the Supreme Court be stopped? Only by appointing justices to the Supreme Court that take a different view.
It is precisely that option that Harry Reid, John Kerry, and the US Senate Democrats are trying to shut down. The filibuster is the weapon of choice: it takes 60 votes to end a filibuster.
So: the US Supreme Court can establish gay marriage with a 5-4 vote. But appointing a Justice that might reverse that decision takes 60 votes in the US Senate under the current rules. The filibuster rule means that neither the US President nor the Senate have any effective check against the power of judicial dictatorship.
Who will take a stand? Not John McCain, who seems to be publicly announcing that he doesn't want to be the GOP nominee in 2008. Not Senator Hagel.
The leader now is George Allen--who is advertising on Hugh Hewitt, Instapundit, Powerline, Polipundit his stand to shut down the filibuster.
Smart: the only candidate out there right now who is reaching out to the blogosphere.