The historic vote marks only the eighth time in history that a federal judge has been removed from office by the Senate.
Finally, the Senate does one thing that's actually Constitutional.
And though the senators sat in the chamber for the required quorum, they were not necessarily engaged. Senators tapped away on their BlackBerrys under their desks and sifted through manila folders stuffed with papers.
But of course they still have problems doing even something simple like paying attention. I guess they had already made up their minds or planned to just vote along the same lines as everyone else.