It’s official. Samuel Alito is to be the next associate justice of the Supreme Court despite three months of desperate opposition from liberals to prevent his confirmation (including Monday’s filibuster attempt led by Sens. John Kerry and Edward Kennedy).
In a 58-42 vote on the Senate floor Tuesday, Alito’s nomination was confirmed, making him the 110th justice selected to serve on the nation’s highest court.
Democrats voting in support of Alito included:
Robert Byrd (W.Va.)
Kent Conrad (N.D.)
Tim Johnson (S.D.)
Ben Nelson (Neb.)
Lincoln Chafee (R.I.) held true to his word and was the only Republican to oppose Alito.