One Vote Shy of the Record

From Holden:

The WaPo tells us that one more vote against Condi as Secretary of State would have tied a 180-year-old record.

Not since 1825 — when 14 of the Senate’s 48 members voted against Henry Clay — have so many senators opposed a secretary of state nominee. Even at the height of the Vietnam War in 1973, Henry A. Kissinger’s nomination drew only seven negative votes.

What was that you were saying about a mandate, Mr. Bush?