Roberts Confirmed!

Confirmed 78-22, Chief Justice Roberts will be sworn in this afternoon:

The Senate voted 78 to 22 in favor of sending Roberts to be the top judge of the land Thursday as President Bush’s selection to replace the late William H. Rehnquist (search). It was the first vote for a Supreme Court justice in 11 years.

Roberts watched the Senate vote on television from the White House’s Roosevelt Room. The president shook Roberts’ hand after the vote, White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters.

Roberts and his wife Jane were to have lunch with the president and first lady Laura Bush, followed by a 3 p.m. EDT swearing-in ceremony at the White House so he could take his seat in time for the new court session Monday. Justice John Paul Stevens, the acting chief justice, will administer the oath of office.

Here are the ‘no’ votes:

Akaka (D-HI)
Bayh (D-IN)
Biden (D-DE)
Boxer (D-CA)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Corzine (D-NJ)
Dayton (D-MN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Obama (D-IL)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Schumer (D-NY)
Stabenow (D-MI)

No surprises there. We know that Bayh has been extreme with his voting because of a presumed run at the White House in ’08. But, you have to wonder how far left he can go before his Red State of Indiana (60% Bush in ’04) gives him the boot?

Obama is true to form as the Strong Leftist he is. We know the democrat media will not point this out when they promote their “golden boy” for higher office, so I just thought I’d point that out.

Hillary voted from the heart. She was also thinking of ’08.

Dayton, Kennedy, Boxer are three nuts. Turbin Durbin makes four. Cantwell makes five.

A headline today shows a Republican Party once again acting like the minority with the coming appointment:

GOP Urges Dems to Avoid Partisanship in Court Debate

Soft! And, you have to like how the dems are playing this already. They say they will put up a strong fight if…

“If the president sends us a nominee who is committed to an agenda of turning back the clock on civil rights, workers’ rights, individual autonomy or other vital constitutional protections, there will likely be a fight.”

That, I suppose excuses them of their coming asinine and toxic behavior.

The Anchoress has one of the best catches of the day with her review of how well Governor Blanco was treated yesterday in Washington. I wonder if they all went out for drinks later on?

John at Powerline is predicting what is to come with the next SCOTUS selection.

“Blogs for Bush” is asking “Do the Demmocrats want a Civil War?”… after the attacks on Delay and Chief Justice Roberts.

Bare Knuckle Politics has a video of Charles Schumer on “O’Reilly Factor” saying he would vote “yes”, and, as you can see above, his actual vote.

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