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January 26, 2005

The Rice Confirmation Vote: Closest Ever?

Condoleeza Rice has been confirmed as Secretary as State by a vote of 85 to 13, but that is the closest vote in the past 70 years (at least) for a Secretary of State. I take this as yet another sign of how partisan the Democrats have become, since the closeness is entirely up to them. Nobody can say that the Republicans were this partisan in voting on confirmations during the Clinton or Carter administrations-- nor were the Democrats in previous administrations. As the AP says,
Although Rice was assured of confirmation, she got the most "no" votes since World War II. Seven senators voted against Henry Kissinger and six each against Dean Acheson and Alexander Haig....
...The exact vote was this: (I marked interesting votes in red)
Democrats Yes

Baucus, Mont.; Biden, Del.; Bingaman, N.M.; Cantwell, Wash.; Carper, Del.; Clinton, N.Y. ; Conrad, N.D.; Corzine, N.J. ; Dodd, Conn. ; Dorgan, N.D.; Feingold, Wis.; Feinstein, Calif.; Inouye, Hawaii; Johnson, S.D.; Kohl, Wis.; Landrieu, La.; Leahy, Vt.; Lieberman, Conn.; Lincoln, Ark.; Mikulski, Md. ; Murray, Wash.; Nelson, Fla.; Nelson, Neb.; Obama, Ill.; Pryor, Ark.; Reid, Nev.; Rockefeller, W.Va.; Salazar, Colo.; Sarbanes, Md.; Schumer, N.Y.; Stabenow, Mich.; Wyden, Ore.

Democrats No

Akaka, Hawaii; Bayh, Ind. ; Boxer, Calif.; Byrd, W.Va. ; Dayton, Minn.; Durbin, Ill.; Harkin, Iowa; Kennedy, Mass.; Kerry, Mass.; Lautenberg, N.J.; Levin, Mich.; Reed, R.I.

Republicans Yes

Alexander, Tenn.; Allard, Colo.; Allen, Va.; Bennett, Utah; Bond, Mo.; Brownback, Kan.; Bunning, Ky.; Burr, N.C.; Chafee, R.I.; Chambliss, Ga.; Coburn, Okla.; Cochran, Miss.; Coleman, Minn.; Collins, Maine; Cornyn, Texas; Craig, Idaho; Crapo, Idaho; DeMint, S.C.; DeWine, Ohio; Dole, N.C.; Domenici, N.M.; Ensign, Nev.; Enzi, Wyo.; Frist, Tenn.; Graham, S.C.; Grassley, Iowa; Hagel, Neb.; Hatch, Utah; Hutchison, Texas; Inhofe, Okla.; Isakson, Ga.; Kyl, Ariz.; Lott, Miss.; Lugar, Ind.; Martinez, Fla.; McCain, Ariz.; McConnell, Ky.; Murkowski, Alaska; Roberts, Kan.; Santorum, Pa.; Sessions, Ala.; Shelby, Ala.; Smith, Ore.; Snowe, Maine; Specter, Pa.; Stevens, Alaska; Sununu, N.H.; Talent, Mo.; Thomas, Wyo.; Thune, S.D.; Vitter, La.; Voinovich, Ohio; Warner, Va.

Republicans No


Republicans Not Voting

Burns, Mont.; Gregg, N.H.

Others No

Jeffords, Vt.

Posted by erasmuse at January 26, 2005 01:21 PM

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Hillary Clinton and what's his name have moved significantly from the kind of support and leadership they provided to progressive causes. They and the mole (Republican) Lieberman should be recognized for where they stand on important issues, viz., rejected for having a new political posture essentially supporting the Bush program.

Posted by: Ken Sipser at February 19, 2005 08:38 AM

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