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Democrats and Neo-cons join together to confirm Bernanke.


Bernanke was confirmed 70-30, despite a debate in which few Senators were willing to publicly say anything good about him.

17 Republicans, including some of the most conservative, were joined by 13 Democrats, among them some of the most hard-line socialists, in voting no.

Those voting “no” included.

Republicans:

Sens. DeMint, Sam Brownback (KS), Jim Bunning (KY), John Cornyn (TX), Mike Crapo (ID), John Ensign (NV), Chuck Grassley (IA), Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX), James Inhofe (OK), John McCain (AZ), James Risch (ID), Pat Roberts (KS), Jeff Sessions (AL), Dick Shelby (AL), John Thune (SD), David Vitter (LA) and Roger Wicker (MS).

Democrats:

Sens. Feingold, Specter, Mark Begich (AK), Maria Cantwell (WA), Jeff Merkley (OR), Bernie Sanders (VT), Sens. Barbara Boxer (CA), Byron Dorgan (ND), Al Franken (MN), Tom Harkin (IA), Ted Kaufman (DE) and Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), as well as a lone GOPer, George LeMieux (FL).