Dear Mr. Kerry...
Earlier this week, we saw a heroic effort made by our own heroic... well, hero to stop the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, using nothing but his wits, his cell phone, and perhaps the most delightfully-named Senate procedure, the filibuster.
That effort failed. Go ahead and ask me if I still love him. In fact, as sucky as Monday turned out to be for women, people of color, the working class, the middle class, children, men, people not of color, dogs, snowmen, and turtles, I have never been more proud of the Junior Senator from Massachusetts. Or, for that matter, his senior colleague. At the very least, the ice-and-fire, 1-2 punch of their January 30 floor remarks was some of the best television I've seen in a long time. And if I live to be a hundred, I still don't think I'll ever forget how hard they fought for us that day.
Alito may be a done deal, but as anybody who's actually engaged in enough human contact to have learned something about it knows, when somebody sticks his neck out for you, you say "thank you."
Etiquette dictates that you do so in black or dark blue ink, on plain white or ecru paper, folded once, and that you do so within two weeks of receiving the gift or favor. How hard is that?
To best relay my gratitude to Senators Kennedy and Kerry, I even treated myself to some new paper. Only I'm going to pretend that my stationer has bad lighting, because, for this effort, I purchased some Crane and Co. notecards in pale pink instead of ecru. Oops! It was actually pretty difficult to resist something in a bolder shade, or seasonal cards with charming seasonal Valentine motifs, but I don't really want to carry on TOO much in the vein of, you know, Dear Mr. Kerry, I am writing this to you, and I hope that you will read it 'cause it's true: My heart beats like a hammer, and I stutter and I stammer every time I see you talk on C-SPAN 2...
But that's just me.
All this to say that if you as a citizen opposed the Alito nomination, please, please, PLEASE write to thank the Senators who voted against the motion to invoke cloture on the nomination of Samuel Alito, or at least the two who worked hardest to make a filibuster happen:
Edward M. Kennedy
317 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Web Form: kennedy.senate.gov/contact.html
John F. Kerry
304 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Web Form: kerry.senate.gov/v3/contact/email.html