With 19 Democrats joining 53 Republicans, the Senate voted 72-25 to end debate on President Bush’s nominee to the high court and move to a confirmation vote, which is scheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m. (EST). The successful vote, known as invoking cloture, ended the possibility of a filibuster and virtually assured Alito would be confirmed to succeed retiring Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
The 19 Democrats who voted against the filibuster were:
- Daniel Akaka (Hawaii)
- Max Baucus (Mont)
- Jeff Bingaman (N.M.)
- Robert Byrd (W. Va.)
- Maria Cantwell (Wash.)
- Thomas Carper (Del.)
- Kent Conrad (N.D.)
- Byron Dorgan (N.D.)
- Daniel Inouye (Hawaii)
- Tim Johnson (S.D.)
- Herb Kohl (Wis.)
- Mary Landrieu (La.)
- Joseph Lieberman (Conn.)
- Blanche Lincoln (Ark.)
- Bill Nelson (Fla.)
- Ben Nelson (Neb.)
- Mark Pryor (Ark.)
- John D. Rockefeller (W. Va.)
- Ken Salazar (Colo.)
It's Democrats like these that make me think that we'll never be in power again. Spineless wimps.
Did Zell Miller not vote against a filibuster? I figgered the Zellbilly would have been leading the charge to get an end to the debate.
Sorry to see Washington's Maria Cantwell on that list... same with Hawaii's Daniel Inouye. Robert Byrd? Arrrrgh...
That's a very good question, Snave. I doubt very highly that Zellbilly would vote for the filibuster...maybe he was conveniently absent for the vote?
Some of the names on the list throw me. I thought the senators from Hawaii were flaming liberals. And I also thought Tim Johnson was a big liberal. I thought better of Byron Dorgan as well. And Rockefeller. What the fuck was going through their heads?
These are not our friends.
Marj it down January 31st 2006 the day they ended Democracy in America.
Some of these same bastards voted against him today after voting for him yesterday.
The Green Party is looking better everyday.
Fucking wimp bastards, absolutely unforgivable lets hope the voters remember this during the next elections!!
It reminds me of the "Unknown Citizen" by W.H. Auden, except it would be the "Unknown Politician."
"Our researchers into Public Opinion are content
That he held the proper opinions for he time of year;
When there was peace, he was for peace; when there was war, he went."
Well, maybe they went.
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