The final vote in the Senate on the Federal Reserve chairman’s re-nomination this afternoon was 70-30.
Among the Republicans supporting Ben Bernanke: Alexander, Barrasso, Coburn, Cochran, Collins, Enzi, Graham, Gregg, Hatch, Kyl, Lugar, McConnell, Murkowski, Voinovich, and Snowe.
Seven Senators switched their votes after voting for cloture (the procedural vote was 77-23).
Via The Hill’s Jordan Fabian, they were: Boxer, Franken, Harkin, Dorgan, Kaufman, Whitehouse, LeMieux.
I’ll post the roll call as soon as it goes up on the Senate website.
Meantime, how about revisiting the witlessness and un-wisdom of Bernanke?
Sen. Jim DeMint tweets: “By confirming Bernanke, the Senate rubber-stamped a failed economic policy. Bernanke’s easy-money policy fueled the housing bubble and his push for Wall Street bailouts made things worse.”
Obama inherits Bush policy — and keeps it.