From the New York Times:
Condoleezza Rice was easily confirmed as secretary of state today, overcoming charges from some Democrats that she had been a disingenuous architect of a failed administration policy in Iraq.
The Senate voted, 85 to 13, to confirm Ms. Rice, who will succeed Colin L. Powell and will be the first black woman to serve as the United States’ top diplomat.
Twelve of the Senate’s 44 Democrats and the chamber’s lone independent, James Jeffords of Vermont, voted against Ms. Rice. No Republican voted against her.
Ms. Rice’s severest critics accused her not just of making mistakes on Iraq but of outright deception. “We cannot get the truth from this administration,” Senator Mark Dayton, Democrat of Minnesota, said in debate on Tuesday.
Those who voted against Ms. Rice, besides Mr. Jeffords and Mr. Dayton, were Senators Barbara Boxer of California, Edward M. Kennedy and John Kerry of Massachusetts, Carl Levin of Michigan, Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Richard Durbin of Illinois, Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, Evan Bayh of Indiana, Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and Tom Harkin of Iowa.
And Alberto Gonzales cleared the Judiciary Committee on a vote of 10-8.
Is that noise we hear the sound of some Democrats growing backbones?