The final vote was 63 in favor 37 opposed.
Five Republicans risked being hanged in effigy by voting for confirmation (senators Judd Gregg, Richard Lugar, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, and perhaps the best and most reasonable senator around- Lindsey Graham.) One Democratic senator- Ben Nelson (Dem. Mars) voted nay. Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts (Rep. loopy), who presented Kagan to the Judicial Committee at the start of the confirmation process, voted no against his home state nominee.
Who's the next Justice to hang up the robes and kick back and drink some cold ones while catching some toasty waves and some rays on Mission Beach?
Judge Newman (continued):
Rumor is the DBR is sniffing around to do a story on the Newman/Alvarez race based on our publishing "the transcript."
We were surprised to see a very high level of support for Judge Newman. We were also gratified. Not so surprising were the comments criticizing the candidacy of Mr. Alvarez.
Here's what we think: Manny Alvarez will be (if he wins this election or another election) a very fine addition to the bench. It besmirches his abilities and qualifications to cast him as a puppet for some lawyers seeking revenge.
Judge Newman may have upset some lawyers. And those lawyers may be supporting Mr. Alvarez. But it does not mean Mr. Alvarez is a straw-man candidate. Far from it.