I will be reporting throughout the day the current vote standings as well as any other idiocies emanating from the Senate today.
How it stands currently:
55 Republicans now firmly supporting cloture including Chafee and Snowe
Hall of Shame
Voted for Cloture:
Update II: A few blogs are reporting Chafee will vote NO on Confirmation NO on filibuster. CONFIRMED
UpdateIII: Chafee and Snowe WILL oppose filibuster. That 54 Rs +10 Ds = 64 to vote for cloture (+ 1 likely) = 65 total (Assuming Ensign is a non vote and Prior abstains.)
Update IV: CNN just announced that the gang of 14 will meet at 3:30 ET. They speculated that the GOF will agree that this is not severe enough to filibuster which will likely put a fork in it.
Update V: Sen. Kent Conrad D- ND will vote FOR Alito. Confirmation vote stands at 57 (For) 37 (Opposed) 6 uncommitted.
OK it's showtime. I predict there will be 66 total votes for cloture, 31 against and 3 abstaining. Let's Rumble!
IT'S OVAH CLOTURE IS INVOKED ON A VOTE OF 72 -25. IT'S A FAILIBUSTER!