Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Alito Confirmed!

The Vote Total 58-42:

Samuel Anthony Alito Jr. became the nation's 110th Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, confirmed with the most partisan victory in modern history after a fierce battle over the future direction of the high court.

The Senate voted 58-42 to confirm Alito _ a former federal appellate judge, U.S. attorney, and conservative lawyer for the Reagan administration from New Jersey _ as the replacement for retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who has been a moderate swing vote on the court.

All but one of the Senate's majority Republicans voted for his confirmation, while all but four of the Democrats voted against Alito.

I thought today was going to be interesting, but for some reason I expected the margin to be just a bit wider. Paul at Powerline was not so optimistic. I actually thought more than 4 Democrats would break ranks to vote for Alito, and while Lincoln Chafee's no vote was a dissapointment, it also wasn't much of a surprise.

Nevertheless, it's a great day for conservatives. Not so great for the 9th Circus Circuit Court:

Justice Samuel Alito is now the Supreme Court’s appeals link to the 9th Circus. BONUS!

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