For this divided Senate, this was close. The commission came within three votes of getting the 60 Senate votes in the support that it would need.
Now, that is adding in some absent senators, because, as you say, it was a late night, and about a dozen senators left Washington before this vote because they thought it was a fait accompli.
But, all in all, let’s look at the Republicans who supported moving on to this bill, kind of overriding that filibuster block. There were six Republican senators. There, you — seven Republican senators, rather. You see them all right there who either voted today in favor of moving forward with the commission or who said they would have voted in favor.
And I want to stress, of those seven, six of them were also senators who voted to convict President Trump in the last impeachment trial, which was, of course, related to January 6.
Senator Lisa Murkowski, one of those yes-votes, told reporters last night that, indeed, she did feel that there was a Trump factor. To her words, she said some Republicans simply didn’t want to rock the boat.
Democrats were furious. But, of course, 57 votes, that’s a majority of the Senate. What does that mean for the filibuster? Well, there was no effort by Democrats to try and break the filibuster over this issue, while there was outrage.