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Who Voted How on the Roberts Confirmation and a Great Blast at Hillary (Best of the Web Today WSJ)
Opinion Journal ^ | 9/29/05 | James Taranto

Posted on 09/29/2005 4:03:10 PM PDT by MikeA

Glug, Glug, Glug . . . Well, as usual, we guessed wrong. Two weeks ago we confidently predicted that Sen. Hillary Clinton would vote with the majority of the Democrats on the confirmation of Chief Justice John Roberts.

The red-blue divide was clear. Democrats from states where George W. Bush beat John Kerry* favored Roberts 13-3, while Kerry-carry-staters opposed him 19-10.

As for Mrs. Clinton, her vote shows her to be an extremist, to the left even of the Democratic Party. As New York's other senator might say, she has drifted far outside the mainstream and is headed for an iceberg, and if she doesn't stop rearranging the deck chairs before she finds herself in the fishbowl of a presidential campaign, she will have to row and wade frantically just to avoid sinking into the quicksand of a watery grave.

* Sorry, we don't remember who he is either.

The Tally How Senate Democrats (and Jeffords) voted on John Roberts.

Yes (23) No (22) Blanche Lincoln (Ark.) Barbara Boxer (Calif.) Mark Pryor (Ark.) Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) Ken Salazar (Colo.) Joe Biden (Del.) Chris Dodd (Conn.) Daniel Akaka (Hawaii) Joe Lieberman (Conn.) Daniel Ionuye (Hawaii) Tom Carper (Del.) Dick Durbin (Ill.) Bill Nelson (Fla.) Barack Obama (Ill.) Mary Landrieu (La.) Evan Bayh (Ind.) Carl Levin (Mich.) Tom Harkin (Iowa) Max Baucus (Mont.) Ted Kennedy (Mass.) Ben Nelson (Neb.) John Kerry (Mass.) Jeff Bingaman (N.M.) Barbara Mikulski (Md.) Kent Conrad (N.D.) Paul Sarbanes (Md.) Byron Dorgan (N.D.) Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) Ron Wyden (Ore.) Mark Dayton (Minn.) Tim Johnson (S.D.) Harry Reid (Nev.) Jim Jeffords (Vt.) Jon Corzine (N.J.) Pat Leahy (Vt.) Frank Lautenberg (N.J.) Patty Murray (Wash.) Hillary Clinton (N.Y.) Robert Byrd (W.Va.) Chuck Schumer (N.Y.) Jay Rockefeller (W.Va.) Jack Reed (R.I.) Russ Feingold (Wis.) Maria Cantwell (Wash.) Herb Kohl (Wis.)

(Excerpt) Read more at opinionjournal.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 109th; hillaryclinton; judgeroberts; robertshearings; rollcall
Nice of John Kerry to show up for a vote. Too bad it wasn't to do something constructive

Might I add how disappointed I am at Hawaii's senators for voting with the forces of unreason, extremism, pathological partisanship and obstructionism? Though not from the state of Hawaii or a resident thereof, I have spent a lot of time there and love the generous and good hearted spirit of the people of that state. Hawaii's senators helping to further the forces of extremism in Democratic politics and in representing Hawaii does dihonor to the wonderful Aloha spirit of that state and Hawaii's great tradition of people working together.

1 posted on 09/29/2005 4:03:10 PM PDT by MikeA
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To: MikeA

Sorry, the Yes-No column divide didn't post properly. Here's the link to see how each Democratic senator voted.

http://www.opinionjournal.com/extra/?id=110007316


2 posted on 09/29/2005 4:05:03 PM PDT by MikeA
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To: MikeA
Can you believe the following senators voted yea?
Carl Lenin (D) MI
Pat (Leaky) Leahy (D) VT
Jim Jeffords (I) VT
Russ Feingold (D) WI
Herb Khol (D) WI
Patty Murray (D) WA

3 posted on 09/29/2005 4:07:16 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (France is an example of retrograde chordate evolution.)
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To: MikeA

thanks


4 posted on 09/29/2005 4:08:07 PM PDT by Talking_Mouse (Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just... Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Paleo Conservative

I know, I was really surprised by Patty Murray's vote. She's usually an abortion/feminism fanatic.


5 posted on 09/29/2005 4:08:14 PM PDT by MikeA
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To: Paleo Conservative

They'll vote no next time -- unless they don't plan to run for re-election. All the money for the dems comes from Soros or Hollywierd and if they want campaign money they have to do what the move-on crowd tells them.


6 posted on 09/29/2005 4:17:57 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: MikeA
Good to see Joe Lieberman aligned with the forces of reason AND
as usual, my 2 arm pit senators from MD performed in their usual manner of obstruction AND
so much for me ever saying anything good about Evan Bayh. What a useless waste of space.
7 posted on 09/29/2005 4:18:05 PM PDT by evad ( PC KILLS--NOLA is just the latest example)
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To: evad

That Bayh should be run out of town on a boxcar..if..he ever comes home. Thats just appalling.....Has his state been up in arms???


8 posted on 09/29/2005 4:25:37 PM PDT by samadams2000 (Nothing fills the void of a passing hurricane better than government)
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To: samadams2000

No. The average Hoosier thinks Bayh is conservative.


9 posted on 09/29/2005 4:28:16 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: MikeA

This Rat nay voting list reads like the who's who of anti-American Socialist Liberal pond scum. If anyone has doubts about Roberts then this list of key Rat nay sayers should put you at ease.


Barbara Boxer (Calif.)
Dianne Feinstein (Calif.)
Joe Biden (Del.)
Daniel Akaka (Hawaii)
Daniel Ionuye (Hawaii)
Dick Durbin (Ill.)
Barack Obama (Ill.)
Evan Bayh (Ind.)
Tom Harkin (Iowa)
Ted Kennedy (Mass.)
John Kerry (Mass.)
Mark Dayton (Minn.)
Harry Reid (Nev.)
Jon Corzine (N.J.)
Frank Lautenberg (N.J.)
Hillary Clinton (N.Y.)
Chuck Schumer (N.Y.)
Jack Reed (R.I.)


10 posted on 09/29/2005 4:29:28 PM PDT by SeaBiscuit (God Bless all who defend America and Friends, the rest can go to hell.)
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To: MikeA
Yes (23) No (22)
Blanche Lincoln (Ark.)   Barbara Boxer (Calif.)  
Mark Pryor (Ark.)   Dianne Feinstein (Calif.)  
Ken Salazar (Colo.)   Joe Biden (Del.)  
Chris Dodd (Conn.)   Daniel Akaka (Hawaii)  
Joe Lieberman (Conn.)   Daniel Ionuye (Hawaii) 
Tom Carper (Del.)   Dick Durbin (Ill.)  
Bill Nelson (Fla.)   Barack Obama (Ill.)  
Mary Landrieu (La.)   Evan Bayh (Ind.)  
Carl Levin (Mich.)   Tom Harkin (Iowa)  
Max Baucus (Mont.)   Ted Kennedy (Mass.)  
Ben Nelson (Neb.)   John Kerry (Mass.)  
Jeff Bingaman (N.M.)   Barbara Mikulski (Md.)  
Kent Conrad (N.D.)   Paul Sarbanes (Md.)  
Byron Dorgan (N.D.)   Debbie Stabenow (Mich.)  
Ron Wyden (Ore.)   Mark Dayton (Minn.)  
Tim Johnson (S.D.)   Harry Reid (Nev.)  
Jim Jeffords (Vt.)   Jon Corzine (N.J.)  
Pat Leahy (Vt.)   Frank Lautenberg (N.J.)  
Patty Murray (Wash.)   Hillary Clinton (N.Y.)  
Robert Byrd (W.Va.)   Chuck Schumer (N.Y.)  
Jay Rockefeller (W.Va.)   Jack Reed (R.I.)  
Russ Feingold (Wis.)   Maria Cantwell (Wash.)  
Herb Kohl (Wis.)  

11 posted on 09/29/2005 4:29:35 PM PDT by Petronski (I thank God for Cyborg.)
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To: MikeA
So I read from the article that Roberts was approved by a MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS (23-22) as well as a vast majority of Republicans?

Funny, if the Democrats had been able to pull off a feat like this, you would see blaring headlines about "overwhelming bipartisan support" and editorials gushing words like "mandate" and "direction" (as in surely this is the right one).

I'm waiting.

Still waiting...

Guess I better pack a lunch.

12 posted on 09/29/2005 4:33:18 PM PDT by ZOOKER ( <== I'm with Stupid...)
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To: MikeA

Patty Murray's yes vote is nothing more than a rare episode of lucidity in someone who is arguably one of the most supremely stupid women to hold public office.

We got Murray, and we got Cantwell... and now we got Gregoire. We are a state of backroom party whores.


13 posted on 09/29/2005 5:02:20 PM PDT by 60Gunner (It takes a Democrat to ruin a village...)
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To: Paleo Conservative

"Can you believe the following senators voted yea? "

Carl Lenin (D) MI
Pat (Leaky) Leahy (D) VT
Jim Jeffords (I) VT
Russ Feingold (D) WI
Herb Khol (D) WI
Patty Murray (D) WA

That is not hard to believe. They knew they would not be able to stop the confirmation of Roberts, so it was easy for them, none of which will run for President, to cast that vote. It will just allow them to claim fairness when all six of them vote against the next nominee.The hardliners in the no camp are either running for President, or so beholden to the hard left that they voted with their base, thus Hillary and Joe Biden's no votes.


14 posted on 09/29/2005 5:03:42 PM PDT by billhilly (If you're lurking here from DU (Democrats unglued), I trust this post will make you sick)
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To: evad
Good to see Joe Lieberman aligned with the forces of reason

Is it just me? Every time I hear Lieberman speak, all I can think is that he needs a good laxative pill, or maybe an enema.

There were actally people who thought him presidential material? (shudder)

15 posted on 09/29/2005 5:07:50 PM PDT by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing and become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: billhilly
They knew they would not be able to stop the confirmation of Roberts, so it was easy for them, none of which will run for President, to cast that vote.

Supposedly Russ Feingold is running for President. He wants to make sure his appointees would get through the Senate.

16 posted on 09/29/2005 5:12:11 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (France is an example of retrograde chordate evolution.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

PATTY MURRY!??!??!?!??!??! No bloody WAY! The housewife who should have stayed a housewife??? Wow, God does work in mysterious ways!


17 posted on 09/29/2005 5:15:08 PM PDT by Danae ( Anál nathrach, orth' bháis's bethad, do chél dénmha)
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To: SeaBiscuit
If I were a senator considering voting against judge Roberts, I would have voted yea just to avoid having my name appear on the same list of that collection of losers.
18 posted on 09/29/2005 5:23:15 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: ZOOKER

"So I read from the article that Roberts was approved by a MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS (23-22) as well as a vast majority of Republicans?"

I call BS. The article throw Jeffords in with the Dems in order to create a majority side.

FACT. Dems split (22 - 22) - a perfect toss up. Man, that had to be planned. The majority neither support nor oppose Roberts.


19 posted on 09/29/2005 5:29:03 PM PDT by KingKongCobra (Trying to save the "Donner Party" from themselves.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

"Russ Feingold (D) WI"

Surprised the heck outta me! He of the "No Patriot Act" and Campaign Finance Reform (what a joke.) I think he was the only one to vote against the WOT as well.

Senator Kohl. Kohl died a long time ago, he just hasn't fallen over yet. I'm sure a new staffer or junior intern told him how to vote, LOL!


20 posted on 09/29/2005 5:33:19 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: MikeA

21 posted on 09/29/2005 5:33:50 PM PDT by Tuba Guy ('I admire Hillary's genuine lack of honesty' --- Saul Alinsky)
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To: MikeA

> I know, I was really surprised by Patty Murray's vote. She's usually an abortion/feminism fanatic.

Don't be fooled. This is the 'RAT version of "strategery." They are trying to look balanced now (on what was clearly a lost cause for them) so that their radical opposition to the next candidate could be portrayed as "principled."


22 posted on 09/29/2005 5:36:44 PM PDT by XEHRpa
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To: samadams2000
He's been so quiet lately, I've been wondering if he still had a pulse. This one was probably for party bosses. Many people in this state are probably still voting for his dad who was also a senator. But he makes a strong case for strong Hoosier values every time he's here. Whose values I'm not sure.
23 posted on 09/29/2005 5:54:23 PM PDT by grame (mom of 4, mom-in-law of 4, grammy to 9 precious gifts from God)
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To: don-o
Every time I hear Lieberman speak, all I can think is that he needs a good laxative pill, or maybe an enema.

Sooooo true. It's painful to listen to Joe. Seems like a good healthy grunt could take care of his problem.

But, all that aside, I do think he's a basically decent man who has the right ideas about defense. I can't say he would have spent too much cuz look at what we have now.

If it had been him instead of sKerry in 2004, it would not have bothered me if he won. I would still have voted for W but it would not have bothered me to see Joe as prez.

24 posted on 09/29/2005 6:51:26 PM PDT by evad ( PC KILLS--NOLA is just the latest example)
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To: samadams2000
Has his state been up in arms???

dunno...
my opinion of him has been based on his speaking to issues at various tv appearances. He comes across as reasonable and smooth talking but I for one have seen this snake oil salesman for what he is.

He's not my senator. I have the proud distinction of being represented by Sarbanes and Miii.....kkk..sorry, it's hard to get out...Mikulski.

25 posted on 09/29/2005 6:57:30 PM PDT by evad ( PC KILLS--NOLA is just the latest example)
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