estrada vote fails
This just in from the AP: Bush Dealt Setback on Judicial Nominee
WASHINGTON - Democrats dealt a severe setback to President Bush (news - web sites)'s nomination of a Hispanic lawyer to a major federal appeals court Thursday as Republicans failed to break a blockade in the Senate. It was the GOP's first major defeat since winning control of Congress last November. [That's a little misleading, as it leaves out the long holiday recess.]
Bush called the vote a "disgrace," and Senate Republicans promised to force additional votes. [And he's welcome to: The clock is running on his time.]
"I will stand by Miguel Estrada's side until he is sworn in as a judge." Bush said in a statement. "I call on the Senate Democratic leadership to stop playing politics, and permit a vote on Miguel Estrada's nomination. Let each senator vote as he or she thinks best, but give the man a vote." [But the Senators just did vote--let's go to the videotape:
The 55-44 vote after four weeks of ethnic-tinged debate was five votes short of the 60 needed to end what had evolved into a Democratic filibuster against Estrada.
Here's the WaPo's account.
(via Daily Kos)