Eleven Republicans voted to close debate, even though Lamar Alexander called the nominee a "flawed nominee" and the US Chamber of Commerce and other similar organizations opposed him, allowing a cloture vote, which ensured the nominee would be appointed---for life.
The 11 Republicans are:
Lindsey Graham-South Carolina
John Thune-South Dakota
They voted for McConnell, then voted against him.
Here's how it worked.
It took 60 votes for a cloture vote. The vote was 63 to 33 with 1 Senator voting "present" and 2 Senators not voting at all. So even had 4 of the 11 Republicans who voted for cloture not done so, the nomination would have failed.
In voting for cloture, they voted for him because the Democrats had the majority. Then in the up or down vote they voted against him.
They say the Democrats blocked President George W. Bush's nominees consistently by not allowing a vote, so they are not going to do that to President Obama.
Maybe its just me, but is this what the last election was about?
Take away lesson:
- Planned Parenthood has another one of their own in a federal judgeship for life.
- 11 Republicans feel good about how they voted. And so do their colleagues across the isle.
- The 11 will return home, roll up their sleeves, grab the mic and call for change in Washington DC. And when ask, they will tell the locals, they voted against the Planned Parenthood nominee for federal judgeship.
- And people will forget and work for their re-election and donate money to help defeat those pro-abortion candidates running against our guy.
The same shell game is coming in Washington State in the next Governor's race.
Be Vigilant. Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Active. Be Blessed.
Faith and Freedom
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