It’s not often I get to post something good about Oregon’s Republican Senator Gordon Smith. So, it’s only fair that I note he was one of the 53 senators who voted for cloture on the resolution to call for “no confidence” on Alberto Gonzalez.
Conservatives kill Gonzales no-confidence vote. Moments ago, the no-confidence measure on Alberto Gonzales came up seven votes short of a procedural hurdle, passing 53-38. The vote was largely down party lines, except for seven Republicans who supported the measure (Coleman, Collins, Hagel, Smith, Snowe, Specter, Sununu) and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), who opposed it.
So seven Republicans voted for it, and there are 51 Democatic votes… hey, the math’s wrong! Where’s all the Dem votes?
Oh. I see. Presidential candidates Biden (D-MBNA), Obama (D-IL), and Dodd (D-CT) couldn’t be bothered to vote on the measure. At least Tim Johnson (D-SD) had a legitimate excuse. And good ol’ Holy Joe Lieberman (CFL-Israel) voted with the Republicans.