Samuel Alito was confirmed by the U.S Senate today. The vote tallies currently stand at 58 for and 38 against. This is the narrowest margin for a Supreme Court nominee since Clarence Thomas back in '88.
According to Fox News, Alito will be sworn in this afternoon and will be attending the State of the Union adress tonight in his Supreme Court robes.
One thing I noticed were the absenses of several Democratic Senators, most notably Robert KKK Byrd and John "I have 31 purple hearts" Kerry. Given Kerrys screed on Kos (see prior posting) I'm surprised that he couldn't be bothered to at least cast a 'nay' vote. Byrd surprises me because I would have thought that racist piece of crap would have jumped at the chance to vote against Italian-American Alito
Final tally was 58-42 with Byrd voting for Alito and Kerry voting nay. Each of them apparantly voted in the second round of voting.
Those Democrats who crossed party lines to vote for Alito are as follows:
Republicans who voted with the Dems are as follows:
And anyone who can't guess how Jim Jeffords (I) voted needs to be taken out back and beaten with a stick.