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Rebutting Rush on '91 Thomas vote

From NBC's Mark Murray and Carroll Ann Mears

On his radio program today, Rush Limbaugh tried to dismiss GOP fears about alienating Latino voters if they oppose Sonia Sotomayor.

When Clarence Thomas was nominated, Limbaugh asked, did the Democrats worry about angering the black vote when the opposed him?

Well, it seems they did. Back in 1991, when Thomas was confirmed -- by a 52-48 vote -- Democrats controlled the Senate, and 10 of them voted for Thomas. And eight of those Dems hailed from the South, where there are plenty of African-American voters:
Boren (OK)
Breaux (LA)
Fowler (GA)
Nunn (GA)
Hollings (SC)
Johnston (LA)
Robb (VA)
Shelby (AL)

Without those southern Democratic votes, Thomas wouldn't have won confirmation.