• The goofy and predictably dense Doug Mataconis
• The utterly clueless Sarah Mimms
• And numbskull Maria Recio
Each of whom claimed that the final vote total was relevant. Hint: it wasn't.
The only vote that mattered was to end debate. Any subsequent vote was Kabuki Theater (also known as "GOP Failure Theater"). Pete Kasperowicz explains:
As usual, the Democrat and Republican establishment dimwits and their sycophants like Mataconis are covering up the real scandal. Which is that these schmucks represent one party, the party of big government, and only Constitutional conservatives like Cruz represent a way out.
Cruz and most other Republicans voted against ending debate, but 20 Republicans voted with Democrats and allowed Lynch to get to a final vote.
Cruz spokeswoman Amanda Carpenter said the cloture vote was the “vote that mattered,” and laid out her argument in a series of tweets soon after the vote:
If the Senate could get 60 votes for cloture, they could get 51 for final confirmation. Cloture is the only vote that mattered.— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) April 23, 2015
Lynch received 66 votes on the vote that mattered. http://t.co/W6Ne8mQVv8 If she can get to 66 she can get to 51— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) April 23, 2015
Hat tip: BadBlue news.