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You got the House tally wrong according to the WaPo. Head, Putney and Ingram were the Republican abstainers or walkouts, and Joannou, Joe Johnson, and Jeion A. Ward were the Dem walkouts.

So really 37 R yes and 31 R no.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-roll-call-confirmation-tracy-thorne-begland/2013/01/15/1d3a7f3c-5f5e-11e2-9dc9-bca76dd777b8_story.html

Sdgilleran

I too think this is big, but for a different reason. I read that half the Republican caucus bucked the Family Foundation in an election year.
Baby steps. Long overdue. But progress, nonetheless.

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Chad Parker

"reminded Senators of a Senate tradition of not voting no on judges, and instead not voting or abstaining since it requires 21 votes to confirm and not voting or abstaining is the same as voting "no"."

So in essence, one of the duties of the Senate is to confirm judges.

But some "tradition" dictates that the senate confirm judges.

And because abstaining, while legally and logically is different than voting "no," is nevertheless effectually the same as voting "no."

So everyone should vote "yes."

Remind me again of the purpose of Senate confirmation?

I like Tracy. I would have voted for him last year and this year. But the Senate should be run as a group of independently elected officials, each working for his or her constituents, not as hierarchical subgroups bound by tradition and fear of being labeled "anti-whatever-difference-the-nominee-happens-to-hold."

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