January 26, 2005


Bitter-enders voting against Condi Rice today, as she's confirmed 85-13:


Meanwhile, in an apparent departure from any sense of political reality, Democrats voted along party lines against Alberto Gonzales in the Judiciary Committee and are talking about filibustering him on the floor, which would allow the GOP to invoke the nuclear option in favor of a Hispanic nominee.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 26, 2005 12:00 PM

You forgot Bayh.

What was he thinking? Won't play well in Terre Haute.

Posted by: Anthony Perez-Miller at January 26, 2005 12:28 PM

Over at DU, the moonbats are cursing any Dem who voted to confirm -- Barack Obama in particular -- as a sellout and a traitor and worse. One poster is touting Evan Bayh as Wesley Clark's running mate for '08 because he's "courageous."

Good God, mental illness on public display is an awful thing.

Posted by: Mike Morley at January 26, 2005 12:50 PM

Why else do you think Bayh is doing this? He's running on '08 and needs to build up some cred with DU whackjobs.

Posted by: Timothy at January 26, 2005 12:59 PM

Wow! Dems better hope the song is correct about suicide being painless. What a turkey shoot this will be.

Posted by: LUCIFEROUS at January 26, 2005 1:00 PM

I have to pity Bayh. He is pandering to the lefty nutjobs in the vain hope of getting the Dem nomination, in a state which he has no chance of carrying in a presidential election (even though he is from Indiana). He is in a similar position vis a vis his state electorate that John Edwards found himself with the NC voters (i.e. their party positions are not playing in their respective states.)

Posted by: sam at January 26, 2005 1:21 PM

Memo to Ken Mehlman: Start running ads now, with crusty old goats in white sheets saying the State Dept. is no place for a black woman.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 26, 2005 1:22 PM

I can't believe the Dem party is so far gone that all 45 (I count Jeffords as a Dem) would oppose Gonzalez. I can see the 13 above and 10-15 from solid blue states or senators for life but Salazar from CO (who introduced Gonzalez)?, Nelson from FL?, Nelson from Nebraska? Corzine from NJ (large hispanic population)? And their argument is that Gonzalez condoned torture on terrorists who might be planning another 9-11? Definitely a winning position by the Dems.

Posted by: AWW at January 26, 2005 1:28 PM

I presume that Debbie Stabenow voted FOR confirmation, it that correct? It would be a shock to see her not follow Levin's lead, except that her seat is up in '06.

Posted by: Dave W. at January 26, 2005 1:29 PM

Jim Jeffords? He is now in the political equivalent of Pluto. Time for a pick-up in 2006.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 26, 2005 1:36 PM

They are not going to filibuster, just have a "debate" like yesterday on Rice. Daniel Webster and John Calhoun must be spinning in their graves to see the collapse of the Senate.

Posted by: Bob at January 26, 2005 2:27 PM

Bayh must, like his unfortunate father, have a brain tumor.

I assume that Jeffords assumes that Vermont is a Labbats state.

Salazar is probably wondering what planet he landed on and is having daily long phone calls with the Nighthorse.

It sure looks like the Dems want to give up any shred of credibility before springtime. I guess they want to be able to spend more time rooting for the Nats.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 26, 2005 2:48 PM

Did Harry Reid vote?

Posted by: ratbert at January 26, 2005 3:27 PM

What's that? Teddy trying to sink another female?

Posted by: Brent Anderson at January 26, 2005 3:29 PM

Ratbert: Must be the Reed spelling. The little weasel is following in Daschle's footsteps. As a Nevadan,I shudder. He's Senate leader of the smart party?

Posted by: ed at January 26, 2005 5:06 PM

No, Jack Reed is a D from RI - he probably voted against Condi as well. My guess is Reid was one of the 2 who abstained.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 26, 2005 5:09 PM

Most No votes since 1828.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 26, 2005 6:05 PM

The Republicans should play the race card to the hilt, give the Democrats a taste of their own medicine. The Republicans should make as much hay as possible out of the fact that the Democrats hate women, Hispanics and Blacks. Look at the prominent names of appointees who are the subject of filibusters and or messy fights; Migel Estrada, Priscilla Owens, Condi Rice, Alberto Gonzalez. Senator Reid slurring Justice Thomas by saying he doesn't write good opinions compared to Justice Scalia. Essentially, it is tolerable to be a white male conservative but heaven forbid a black person or a woman or a Hispanic person who is a conservative. They aren't allowed to wander off the liberal plantation because if a couple go then they all might go and nothing is left of the left.

Posted by: pchuck at January 26, 2005 6:13 PM

1825. Most since then was 7 votes aginst Kissinger.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 26, 2005 10:25 PM

From 1821 to 1836 there were no more than 48 Senators. 14 Nays was 29% of the total. Today, 13 Nays is 13% of the total. The "most since" comparison is silly.

Posted by: Vic Havens at January 26, 2005 11:21 PM

Saw on the local news that Harry voted yes. He may have heard from his constituency. Poor little creep is really in a no-win position. Be careful what you wish for..............

Posted by: ed at January 27, 2005 10:19 AM


Good thing Evan Bayh's a "moderate"--otherwise who knows how he would have voted? He's a fraud just like his father, conservative during election year and in hock to the left in between.

Posted by: AC at January 27, 2005 12:58 PM


He's been pretty moderate until now:


but he'll have to move Left for the nomination fight.

Posted by: oj at January 27, 2005 1:24 PM

Funny, the Left used to be tactically shrewd. Now they seem to have lost all their political acumen.
Tag line for the Republican Party on this matter:
Democrats: Afraid of a confident black woman.

Posted by: Tom at January 28, 2005 9:31 AM