Skip to comments.Shock: McCain voting no on Sotomayor
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, shell be lucky to break 70. Im honestly stunned, for the same reason Hotline is:
McCain voted against Sotomayors 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 Senates advise and consent role, was the only GOP member of the Senate Judiciary Cmte to support Sotomayors 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 Im 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 Ive said in a few other posts, shes never had a reputation for being a lefty ideologue on the bench; were talking about a former prosecutor, after all.
Its her speeches that raise the prospect of judicial activism, but why should they be taken as more predictive of how shell rule than her actual opinions? Shes closer to the center than any Obama nominee is likely to be, so if shes not qualified, none of them will be which I think is the deeper message McCains trying to send here.
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Is John finally starting to listen?
Even a broken clock is right twice a day.
Go away John you bother me.
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.
Not if it's a 24 hr clock.
He probably only decided to vote “No” after he knew she would pass anyway.
What does he have to lose? The Dems have enough votes to confirm without him.
Meaningless. I’m not impressed.
I voted for McLame, and of course I would do it again, but saying that he’s better than Obama isn’t saying much.
Naah. He’s up for reelection, and his base is going to be furious by next Fall, count on it.
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.
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.
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.
No surprise, he’s up for reelection in 2010
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.
>>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.
Yes isn’t if funny how these repubics get all conservative when their vote means nothing.
TERM LIMITS NOW!
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?
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.
McCain is bipolar.
“Is John finally starting to listen?”
No. He wants to win his senate seat again.
Vote the bum out anyway.
McInsane is posing. Just like his friend Hussein.
I guessed wrong. See now that he will vote for the racists.
Yeah, what a bold move.
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.
No. That will never happen.
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.
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.
His base is Democrat. Think about that.
I have two words for you: Open. Primaries.
Nah, he’s up for DEFEAT in 2010.
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.
He has to get through the Primary first (prior to the Fall). Its that base that he's worried about, I would guess.
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.”
Forgive me but, are you really Higgins? ;)