The vote for Kavanaugh, incidentally, was 57-36, comparable to the 58-42 vote by which Samuel Alito was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Four Democrats backed Kavanaugh, two of whom, Carper and Landrieu, had opposed Alito. Conrad, who backed Alito, sat this one out; Johnson, who supported Alito, voted against Kavanaugh. Meanwhile, Carper backed Alito having opposed Kavanaugh. Only Byrd and Ben Nelson voted for both.
Meanwhile, Michael Hayden had an easier time of it in winning confirmation to head the CIA by 78-15. Arlen Specter was the only Republican to vote against him; Hillary Clinton joined a strong liberal cohort to oppose him. Schumer, Leahy, Mikulski, Harry Reid did not. Barbara Boxer abstained -- okay, that's cheap; she was merely absent, one of seven senators who did not participate in today's voting.