The cloture vote on the nomination of John J. “Jack” McConnell was 63 to 33 with 1 senator voting present and 2 senators not voting at all. Had 4 of the 11 Republicans who voted for cloture not done so, the nomination would have failed. A cloture vote requires 60 votes to succeed.
All 11 Republicans who voted for cloture—and thus to allow McConnell’s nomination to proceed—turned around and voted against the nomination itself on the final vote, not that it mattered a whit! That vote succeeded 50 to 44 and McConnell was confirmed.
The 11 RINO REPUBLICAN senators who voted for cloture and thus to permit McConnell to become a lifetime federal judge were:
Lamar Alexander of Tennessee
Scott Brown of Massachusetts
Susan Collins of Maine
Olympia Snowe of Maine
Saxby Chambliss of Georgia
Johnny Isakson of Georgia
Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
Mark Kirk of Illinois
John McCain of Arizona,
Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
John Thune of South Dakota
These RINOS said they did not want to duplicate the tactics of Senate Democrats who blocked numerous of President George W. Bush judicial nominees by refusing to support a cloture vote that would allow their nominations to come up for a final vote on the Senate floor.
Well I certainly feel better – a confirmed ABORTIONIST is now a federal judge – a lifetime appointment!