Still Pissed Off About the Hawley-Smoot Tariff

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Congratulations, Dr. Rice

She was confirmed, just as everyone predicted.

The vote was 85-13 (with two not voting) in her favor, so she had all the elbow-room she could possibly want. The following people voted against confirmation:

Akaka (D-HI)
Bayh (D-IN)
Boxer (D-CA)
*Byrd (D-WV)
*Dayton (D-MN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Harkin (D-IA)
*Jeffords (I-VT)
*Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Levin (D-MI)
Reed (D-RI)

I starred the names of those senators who are up for election in two years. You'll note that there aren't very many of them. The most surprising one is Byrd - unless he's banking on West Virginia to forget that he was in the freakin' Klan again.


Reminder: I just thought Senatr Byrd might want to be reminded of this. GWB took West Virginia by 95,240 votes. That may sound like a small margin, but it's a 13 point margin (56% to 43%). That's an official trouncing. Does it mean anything? Perhaps not - West Virginia voted in a Democrat governor and two (out of three) Democrat Reps. Even so, right now might not be the best time for Robert KKK Byrd to draw a lot of attention to himself.

Update: Karol knows that brevity is the soul of wit.

Update: Dave is a lot more pessimistic than me in the comments, and probably with good reason. I just found the election results for 2000, the last time Kleagle Byrd was up. Byrd beat his Republican challenger David Gallaher 77% to 20%. That's an official trouncing. Gallaher didn't take a single county. Bush took WV by a wider margin in 2004 than in 2000, but not that big of a margin.