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Shock: McCain voting no on Sotomayor
Hot Air ^ | August 3, 2009 | ALLAHPUNDIT

Posted on 08/03/2009 2:52:54 PM PDT by RobinMasters

So much for my prediction of 75 votes to confirm; with Sessions, Kyl, and now even Maverick against her, she’ll be lucky to break 70. I’m honestly stunned, for the same reason Hotline is:

McCain voted against Sotomayor’s nomination to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in ‘98, so his decision is not entirely surprising. But like his friend and GOP colleague, Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC), McCain has decried the politicization of judicial nominations that led to a failed Dem filibuster of Justice Samuel Alito. Graham, citing a desire to “start over” on the Senate’s advise and consent role, was the only GOP member of the Senate Judiciary Cmte to support Sotomayor’s nomination last week.

Maverick was part of the Gang of 14 too, which makes it doubly surprising. His supposed reason for voting no is her “long record of judicial activism” but I’m not sure what he means by that. The only decision of hers that the GOP spent any serious amount of time attacking was Ricci and that was handed down just 18 months ago. Likewise, as I’ve said in a few other posts, she’s never had a reputation for being a lefty ideologue on the bench; we’re talking about a former prosecutor, after all.

It’s her speeches that raise the prospect of judicial activism, but why should they be taken as more predictive of how she’ll rule than her actual opinions? She’s closer to the center than any Obama nominee is likely to be, so if she’s “not qualified,” none of them will be — which I think is the deeper message McCain’s trying to send here.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: 111th; mccain; nominee; obama; scotus; soniasotomayor; sotomayor; supremecourt

1 posted on 08/03/2009 2:52:55 PM PDT by RobinMasters
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To: RobinMasters

Is John finally starting to listen?


2 posted on 08/03/2009 2:54:27 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: RobinMasters

Even a broken clock is right twice a day.


3 posted on 08/03/2009 2:54:39 PM PDT by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: RobinMasters
Too little. Too late.

Go away John you bother me.

4 posted on 08/03/2009 2:55:43 PM PDT by bayliving (I don't need an elected "LEADER". What I NEED is an elected "REPRESENTATIVE.")
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To: RobinMasters

Good, now he should strong arm everybody in DC to the best of his ability to reject her.

Oh, that’s right, his “no” vote is just political posturing.


5 posted on 08/03/2009 2:56:06 PM PDT by stevestras
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To: unixfox
Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Not if it's a 24 hr clock.

6 posted on 08/03/2009 2:56:37 PM PDT by libh8er
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To: RobinMasters

McCain was wrong on Shamnesty, a battle we’ll have to fight again.

But he was pro-life, pro-military and pro-DOMA.

Now we have Barry the America-hating commie.


7 posted on 08/03/2009 2:56:44 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

He probably only decided to vote “No” after he knew she would pass anyway.


8 posted on 08/03/2009 2:57:01 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: RobinMasters
MCCAIN IS FACING A CHALLENGER IN THE PRIMARY NEXT YEAR!!!!
9 posted on 08/03/2009 2:57:31 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (No teleprompters were harmed in the creation of this post.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

What does he have to lose? The Dems have enough votes to confirm without him.

Meaningless. I’m not impressed.


10 posted on 08/03/2009 2:57:46 PM PDT by Ronin (It will be helpful if Geithner can show us some arithmetic.)
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To: F15Eagle

I voted for McLame, and of course I would do it again, but saying that he’s better than Obama isn’t saying much.


11 posted on 08/03/2009 2:58:13 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: libh8er

lol


12 posted on 08/03/2009 2:58:41 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: RobinMasters

Naah. He’s up for reelection, and his base is going to be furious by next Fall, count on it.


13 posted on 08/03/2009 2:59:13 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: RobinMasters

It will not do him any good but the least he can do is steer his flame out away from any populated areas before he ejects.


14 posted on 08/03/2009 2:59:21 PM PDT by Errant (`)
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To: dfwgator

It was a matter of practicality since these were the decisions we were reduced to.

Add in Obama’s racism and betrayal of Israel, “apologies” to muzzie terrorists, etc.


15 posted on 08/03/2009 3:00:47 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, John 11:25, 14:6, 1 Tim 2:5, John 3:17-18, John 20:31, 1 John 5:13, John 6:69)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
What this means is that the polls told him that Arizona Mexicans don't much care about New York Puerto Ricans.
16 posted on 08/03/2009 3:01:30 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: RobinMasters

Feeling the heat from his next run for Senate in his home state....they all come around when their power base is really, really threatened.


17 posted on 08/03/2009 3:01:35 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Is John finally starting to listen?

It's election time for McCain. A few days ago a McCain letter was posted with him concerned about border security.

If McCain is reelected, he'll be back to resting his head in Teddy Kennedy's lap in no time.

18 posted on 08/03/2009 3:03:38 PM PDT by RJL
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To: RobinMasters

No surprise, he’s up for reelection in 2010


19 posted on 08/03/2009 3:03:52 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Is John finally starting to listen?

Every 5.5 years McCain as his re-election rolls around, he starts throwing a few bones to conservatives in Arizona. Right after he gets another term he goes back over to the left side of the aisle and co-sponsers leftist bills.

I'm glad he voted against the 'wise latina' not that it will do any good.

20 posted on 08/03/2009 3:04:02 PM PDT by Mogollon (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. -- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: unixfox

>>Even a broken clock is right twice a day.<<

It reminds me of when Ted Baxter tried, for a moment, to stand with the rest of the crew when they were fired en masse.

Like Murray said: “When a donkey flies, you don’t blame him for not staying up that long.”

McCain is our flying donkey.


21 posted on 08/03/2009 3:10:27 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: stevestras

Yes isn’t if funny how these repubics get all conservative when their vote means nothing.

Too late!

TERM LIMITS NOW!


22 posted on 08/03/2009 3:25:52 PM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Hell no. He knows she’ll win confirmation without him. He’s still the same jerkwater ass he’s always been. Notice how he waited until she was assured confirmation before making a peep about not voting for her confirmation.

Where was he before Lindsey Graham voted her out of committee, the only Republican to do so, and the only way she could have gotten out of committee?


23 posted on 08/03/2009 3:32:19 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Our Founding Fathers were the first birthers: See Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution.)
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To: Ronin
What does he have to lose? The Dems have enough votes to confirm without him. Meaningless. I’m not impressed.

Agree. Same goes for Nelson in Nebraska. I have no idea where he stands but I suspect that he will not vote for her because she has the votes. W/o doubt he would vote for her if it was the necessary one. That's why a Dem is a Dem no matter if they play a conservative game.

24 posted on 08/03/2009 3:43:17 PM PDT by Digger (If RINO is your selection, then failure is your election)
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To: RobinMasters

McCain is bipolar.


25 posted on 08/03/2009 3:46:46 PM PDT by FTJM
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

“Is John finally starting to listen?”

No. He wants to win his senate seat again.

Vote the bum out anyway.


26 posted on 08/03/2009 3:47:48 PM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: RobinMasters

McInsane is posing. Just like his friend Hussein.


27 posted on 08/03/2009 3:51:42 PM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Digger
Same goes for Nelson in Nebraska. I have no idea where he stands but I suspect that he will not vote for her because she has the votes.

I guessed wrong. See now that he will vote for the racists.

28 posted on 08/03/2009 3:54:29 PM PDT by Digger (If RINO is your selection, then failure is your election)
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To: dfwgator

Yeah, what a bold move.


29 posted on 08/03/2009 3:55:16 PM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: F15Eagle

Don’t blame me - I voted for Palin!

But seriously, folks. I was not happy at all with McCain, but I can’t think of any policies of Obama’s that I would prefer to his.

The battle was lost in the primaries, somehow.


30 posted on 08/03/2009 4:03:48 PM PDT by cvq3842 (Countless thousands of our ancestors died to give us the freedoms we have today. Stay involved!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

No. That will never happen.


31 posted on 08/03/2009 4:15:45 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: RobinMasters

The RINO geezer has a CONSERVATIVE running against him in the AZ primary, so he’s ACTING like he’s a conservative.

Don’t be fooled. It’s just an ACT.


32 posted on 08/03/2009 4:16:26 PM PDT by webschooner (First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win -- Mahatma Gandhi)
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To: Gaffer

There is not, nor will ever be, a credible challenge to McCain in AZ. The job is his for life, like Ted Kennedy. There is no heat on him.


33 posted on 08/03/2009 4:26:14 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: Nonstatist

His base is Democrat. Think about that.


34 posted on 08/03/2009 4:27:03 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: cvq3842
The battle was lost in the primaries, somehow.

I have two words for you: Open. Primaries.

35 posted on 08/03/2009 4:29:56 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: goat granny

Nah, he’s up for DEFEAT in 2010.


36 posted on 08/03/2009 4:35:31 PM PDT by Trod Upon (Obama: Making the Carter malaise look good. Misery Index in 3...2...1)
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To: Trod Upon
One can hope, but Gramnisty got reelected, and we are stuck with him for another 5 years....Damn RINO
37 posted on 08/03/2009 4:45:15 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: RobinMasters; rabscuttle385; fieldmarshaldj; Impy; Norman Bates; ExTexasRedhead; justiceseeker93; ..

This helps some. If there were more Republicans in the Senate and Lindsey Graham hadn’t supported her, it could have made a difference.

I applaud McCain’s decision, but still support his primary opponent. A loud protest vote in the primary will get his attention.


38 posted on 08/03/2009 6:44:34 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Cyber Liberty
His base is Democrat.

He has to get through the Primary first (prior to the Fall). Its that base that he's worried about, I would guess.

39 posted on 08/03/2009 8:49:23 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; rabscuttle385

He should call off his apprentice, Lindsey Graham then.

Could McShame be scared of his primary challenger or something?

“By contrast, GOP Senate Conference Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said he will vote to confirm Sotomayor.”

*whistles


40 posted on 08/04/2009 3:23:49 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: RobinMasters

Forgive me but, are you really Higgins? ;)


41 posted on 08/04/2009 3:24:40 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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