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John Roberts Wins Senate Confirmation Vote

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On Thursday, September 29th, 2005, John Roberts was overwhelmingly confirmed by the US Senate to become the 17th Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court. The final vote was 78 in favor, and 22 against.

Just who were those 22 Senators who voted against his nomination? The answer can be found here:

Akaka (D-HI)
Bayh (D-IN)
Biden (D-DE)
Boxer (D-CA)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Corzine (D-NJ)
Dayton (D-MN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)

Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Obama (D-IL)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Schumer (D-NY)
Stabenow (D-MI)

What follows are some random facts regarding this vote:

– There are currently 44 Democrat Senators. Half of them voted against Roberts, and half voted in favor of him.

– All 55 Republicans voted in favor of Roberts.

– The one Independent (who generally sides with the Democrats) voted in favor or Roberts.

– There are 14 female Senators. Of this number, 8 of them voted in favor of Roberts, and 6 against.

– There is one black Senator. He voted against Roberts.

– Both Senators from Hawaii voted against Roberts. So did both Senators from Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, and California. That’s 14 of the 22 total votes against Roberts just from those 7 states.

I don’t really know what any of the above means, if anything. It’s just food for thought…

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