Tuesday, January 31, 2006

A Bipartisan Majority?

As has been expected for some time, Samuel Alito was confirmed today to replace Sandra Day O'Connor on the Supreme Court. Toward the end of last week, there was talk of an attempt at a filibuster, but no one really expected that to even so much as delay the vote. In a prediction of victory last Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said that "A bipartisan majority will vote to confirm Judge Alito as Justice Alito."

At the time, there were 53 Republicans and 3 Democrats committed to voting to confirm Alito. When the final votes were counted, the numbers were 54 Republicans and 4 Democrats voting to confirm (and 1 Republican, 40 Democrats, and 1 Independent voting against).

Can someone explain to me how this lop-sided vote falls under any reasonable definition of "bipartisan"?

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