The Senate ended debate, avoiding a filibuster by 12 votes, and is set to vote on Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court today.
Efforts of Senators Kerry and Kennedy failed.
Alito is expected to be confirmed before President Bush's State of the Union address tonight.
Alito was deserving. Now President Bush will have something to talk about on the domestic front other than his many huge, Clinton-like spending programs.
UPDATE: That's Justice Alito to you, Senator Kennedy. He is number 110!