Obama Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was confirmed by the Senate this afternoon.
USA Today breaks the vote down:
Only five Republicans voted in favor of Kagan’s nomination. Last year, just nine Republicans voted for Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Obama’s first Supreme Court appointee.
Today’s yes votes included Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., the lone Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee to support Kagan when the panel recommended the nomination to the full Senate on a 13-6 vote. Other GOP yes votes came from Richard Lugar of Indiana, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, and Judd Gregg of New Hampshire.
Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass, one of Kagan’s home state senators, voted against her.
The confirmation took place as a thunderstorm raged outside, prompting several wry Tweets as the votes were tallied:
@keithcrc: SuperStorm pounds DC just as #Kagan confirmation vote is taken #someonesnothappy
@kathyrnlopez: the thunderstorms over dc echo my kagan-vote mood this afternoon.
@Winghunter: @michellemalkin If they think that’s a storm, they ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.
Sigh: Franken apologizes for being Franken…
When Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell laid out his opposition to Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination, someone in the chamber appeared to be moving around in his chair, gasping and rolling his eyes.
It was Sen. Al Franken.