Maine Politics

From the Piscataqua to the St. John

Thursday, April 21, 2005

"Either I'm dead right, or I'm crazy!"

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington will be playing for free this Monday night at 7:15 at Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville.
James Stewart saves the people of Bedford Falls from the clutches of mean Mr. Potter every holiday season in "It's a Wonderful Life."

But can the late great actor rescue the filibuster from the nuclear option? [...]

In this 1939 classic, Stewart plays Sen. Jefferson Smith, an everyman figure who fights corruptive forces in the Senate chambers with his use of the filibuster, a tool of the minority party that blocks or delays Senate action through obstructive motions, usually in the form of endless speeches.

The Maine Women's Policy Center is the event organizer with sponsorship from People For the American Way and Maine Coalition for a Free and Independent Federal Court.

The KJ/MS article includes this quote from Collins:
"Despite my belief that the filibuster has been overused and unfairly used, I would be very reluctant to give up my right to ever filibuster a judicial nominee under all circumstances."

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