Wednesday, January 26, 2005

In the Meantime...

Condi Rice was confirmed, 85-13. I got the list of nay votes from Greg:

Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. John Kerry, D-Mass. Carl Levin, D-Mich. James Jeffords, I-Vt. Jack Reed, D-R.I Mark Dayton, D-Minn. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii Evan Bayh, D-Ind. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa Richard Durbin, D-Ill.
That's 12 Democrats and 1 Independent. I'm sad to say that more Democrats didn't vote no and that Republicans held the line in the face of some pretty reasonable questions as to whether Rice deserved to be promoted after all her other catastrophic failures. I was also pissed to see the "other" senator from Arizona get up and start talking about what a great guy John Ashcroft is just to eat up time in the closing statements. Also because Ashcroft is a fucking weirdo who had his staffers rub him down with Crisco when he was sworn in as a senator... and his 0 for 5,000 terrorism conviction record. Come to think of it, there's nothing about Ashcroft I don't find creepy. Anyway, Rice will be our new Sect of State, leading to some pretty awkward moments in the negotiating room later down the line since everybody else in the world now knows she dropped the ball on Sept. 11th.


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