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  Cantwell's vilification by left is bizarre
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Last EditedRalphie  Mar 24, 2006 11:36am
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MediaNewspaper - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
News DateFriday, March 24, 2006 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionWith President Bush sinking in the polls, and chances of an independent Congress on the rise, the left fringe in Seattle politics is noisily sniping at Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell.

But with Cantwell, vilification has reached the bizarre.

Several Democratic precinct caucuses have upbraided her for refusing to back a filibuster against confirming Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

The "filibuster" was launched out of the blue by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. Was he in Washington, D.C., to lobby colleagues? Nope. Kerry e-mailed the filibuster call from Davos, Switzerland, as he attended the World Economic Forum. Cantwell voted against Alito after refusing to join the pointless publicity stunt.

The senator was pilloried again in a profane article on The Stranger's blog for remarks after Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne was nominated as interior secretary. Cantwell told a news-service reporter that Kempthorne "knows the Northwest."
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