Republicans Bent on Filibuster
Finally, four months after his nomination, Harold Koh has been confirmed by the Senate as the State Department's legal advisor. Various Republican Senators have put holds on Koh. They threatened to filibuster, and 31 of them voted against cloture.
The Republicans who voted in favor of his nomination were Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, Richard Lugar, Mel Martinez, and George Voinovich. Those who had the decency to vote for cloture even though they opposed his appointment were Lamar Alexander, Judd Gregg, and Orrin Hatch.
Meanwhile, Dawn Johnsen's nomination remains on hold, although TPMDC reports that she has -- gasp -- been seen in DC, so maybe things are looking up on that front as well.