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Holder confirmation passed out of Senate Judiciary Committee

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There was a lot of grousing and chest puffing by Republican Senators, especially Arlen Specter, over the nomination of Eric Holder as Attorney General. But, it was all for show. Ridiculous. The nomination passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee by a wide margin, 17 - 2. After all the drama, Specter was one of the "yes" votes:

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to advance the nomination of Eric Holder to become President Obama’s attorney general.

Six Republicans voted with Democrats in favor of Holder, assuring him of confirmation by the full Senate. Holder would become the first African-American to serve as attorney general.

Holder made headlines and won applause from Democrats when he declared the practice of waterboarding akin to torture and illegal. The stance drew Republican opposition, however, notably from National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas).

Cornyn and Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.) were the only two Republicans to vote against Holder.

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