Gates Confirmed as Defense Secretary, 95-2

Robert Gates has been confirmed by the Senate as Secretary of Defense by an overwhelming 95-2 vote.

Update: Here’s an odd one: “Sens. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., and Jim Bunning, R-Ky., voted against Gates.” So, the two No votes came from Republicans? One of whom has just been resoundingly defeated and the other of whom has been tabbed one of “America’s Five Worst Senators” by TIME magazine? I wonder what their rationale was.

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  1. Anderson says:

    I wonder what their rationale was.

    Protest vote against the Rumsfeld resignation, is my guess.

    Gates to aide: “We have the Pentagon; now let us enjoy it”?