January 31, 2006


Senate confirms Alito as Supreme Court justice (Robert Schroeder, Jan. 31, 2006, MarketWatch)

The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Judge Samuel Alito as the nation's next Supreme Court justice, over the protests of Democrats who said he'd tilt the high court to the right as he replaces the moderate Sandra Day O'Connor.

The 58 to 42 vote split closely along party lines, with the nominee garnering overwhelming Republican support. Sen. Lincoln Chaffee of Rhode Island was the only Republican to vote against President Bush's pick.

Only four Democratic senators -- Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Kent Conrad of North Dakota, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, and Ben Nelson of Nebraska -- crossed the aisle to approve Alito.

Even more reflective of the power shift in America over the last twenty-five years than the vote itself is the notion of Justice O'Connor as moderate.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 31, 2006 12:16 PM

All 4 Dem crossovers are from heavy red states. However they do not have significant GOP opposition so it is interesting that they decided to vote for Alito anyway.

Chafee is a lost cause.

Posted by: AWW at January 31, 2006 1:13 PM

Judging by this vote and Monday's on cloture, there are 16 other Democrats who also have at least one foot still in the real world, despite their "no" votes on Alito today. I'd hate to be the person in their office answering the phones or downloading the e-mail this afternoon.

Posted by: John at January 31, 2006 2:04 PM

We have come to the place where when senators do their sworn duty to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America by confirming the president's judicial nominees, it is looked upon as some sort of an aberration.

Posted by: erp at January 31, 2006 2:24 PM

The whole left/right scale of popular political thought has inched rightward at least 25% since 1980.

Posted by: ghostcat at January 31, 2006 4:37 PM

As instapundit pointed out - them's filibuster numbers.

what would Chaffee have done????

Posted by: Sandy P at January 31, 2006 4:53 PM