To bring closure to the story I wrote about here and here, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has been confirmed by the Senate for another four-year term in that job, by a vote of 70-30. Not as close as some had expected, but the most negative votes that were ever cast against any nominee for that position.
UPDATE: The Senate has posted the roll call vote. The 30 who voted "no", range all over the political spectrum. Boxer, Sanders and Franken on the left. Grassley and Specter in the center. Brownback, DeMint, et al., on the right.