No Dice on “No Confidence” Vote


It’s fish-or-cut-bait time in the Senate. Democrats failed to obtain the 60 votes they needed to conduct a “no confidence” vote on AG Alberto Gonzales. (Best AG AG insult of the day: “This is a little man in a very big job, and he has embarrassed his country and his president in the way he has carried it out,” wrote Martin Frost.) Democrats have approved but not issued subpoenas for the testimony of evil mastermind Karl Rove and, well, Harriet Miers. The Dems also have the legal right to impeach Gonzales.

Joining Democrats in calling for the “no confidence” vote were Arlen Specter (Pa.), John Sununu (N.H.), Gordon Smith (Ore.) Chuck Hagel (Ne.), and Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine. Seven more votes were needed.

And, now all but officially a member of the Republican Party, one-time Democratic VP contender Senator Joseph I. Lieberman of Connecticut voted “no.”

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