A third Democrat for Alito

As progressives cling to hope for a filibuster, the AP says Robert Byrd will vote to confirm Bush's nominee.

Published January 26, 2006 7:57PM (EST)

Progressives are still clinging to hope that Democrats will still rise up to filibuster the nomination of Samuel Alito, but the nominee just picked up the support of another Democrat: The Associated Press is reporting that Robert Byrd will join Tim Johnson and Ben Nelson in voting to confirm.

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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