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McConnell, Bunning agree: They'll vote no on Sotomayor
McClatchy Newspapers ^ | Halimah Abdullah

Posted on 07/17/2009 5:37:53 PM PDT by Dubya

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Friday that he'll oppose Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, lending his voice to a chorus of conservatives who've vowed to vote no on making the appellate judge the court's first Hispanic justice.

McConnell's announcement followed several days of Sotomayor testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, during which several panel members tried to unravel Sotomayor's views on race and determine if ethnic loyalty rather than judicial oath would influence her rulings.

A day earlier, Kentucky's junior senator, Republican Jim Bunning, said he also found the jurist "unsuitable to be a member of the United States Supreme Court."

In opposing Sotomayor, McConnell alluded to what he called "an alarming lack of respect for the notion of equal justice."

(Excerpt) Read more at mcclatchydc.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: 111th; bunning; mcconnell; sotomayor

1 posted on 07/17/2009 5:37:54 PM PDT by Dubya
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3 Republican senators say they'll vote for Sotomayor

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor picked up her first Republican Senate backers Friday — Sens. Mel Martinez of Florida, Richard Lugar of Indiana and Olympia Snowe of Maine — virtually assuring her of an overwhelming confirmation vote.

Democrats control 60 Senate votes, and some other Republicans could join them when the Senate votes, probably in early August.

FULL STORY

2 posted on 07/17/2009 5:46:57 PM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: Dubya
...Might be last thing he votes on here in KY, in the senate. If he's going on vacation, might be a good idea to go out of state, folks that I know here in Lexington, KY are looking for him to show up in public. Don't get me wrong, the disgruntled will be peaceful, but loud...
3 posted on 07/17/2009 5:50:17 PM PDT by gargoyle (...Debate is healthy, silence is a waste of time...)
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To: gargoyle

Martinez is doing his impression of Colin Powel.


4 posted on 07/17/2009 5:55:02 PM PDT by tbpiper (How would you define a 'domestic enemy of the constitution'?)
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To: Dubya

"Suckers!"

5 posted on 07/17/2009 5:56:52 PM PDT by IbJensen (If Catholics voted based upon the teachings of the church, there would be no abortion and no Obomba.)
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To: Dubya

She will NEVER get as many votes as Justice Ginsburg who received something like 97 votes. I suspect that Scalia spoke to some Republicans and requested they approve her. Scalia and Ginsburg are really good friends. They even went to Africa together. I guess politics is strange bed fellows.


6 posted on 07/17/2009 6:01:47 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Dubya

Kentucky- I just might retire there. Seems like one of the last sane places around.


7 posted on 07/17/2009 6:04:00 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: gargoyle

The democrook press, and Mitch McRino certainly despise Jim Bunning here in Ky.
After all he was the guy who every day rubbed everyones noses in the economic disaster our banking ,mortageing and insurance genius’s were setting the country up for.
Look, No democrook is going to be elected to the Senate next year here in the Bluegrass.
Not with the mess Ried and Pelosi and Obama are serving up.
Bunning does not need to sell out like McRino.
He will carry the primary because Trey Grayson will let him.
I see six more years for our Obstinant, Honest, in the face of all the crooks in DC’s face NKy Senator.


8 posted on 07/17/2009 6:06:25 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: Dubya

“McConnell, Bunning agree: They’ll vote no on Sotomayor”

Good.

Now they need to get off their butts and lobby every other Senator hard on why they should NOT put politics over country.


9 posted on 07/17/2009 6:06:31 PM PDT by stevestras
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To: nkycincinnatikid

...Got Gov. Beshear, Mayor Newberry here in Lex, KY speaker StDumbo, Chandler, McConnell and all the rest of these incompetent reps, uppp, “Leaders” in the fedgov. Been here two years, KY is the same or worse than VA where I hail from, thinkin I should have moved to the wilds of Australia. I hope to have some time to explore that option...

...Maybe my vote fer Rand Paul will have an affect, effect...


10 posted on 07/17/2009 6:51:36 PM PDT by gargoyle (...Debate is healthy, silence is a waste of time...)
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To: gargoyle

I hope Rand Paul has an illustrious future in Ky politics, also. But I’m happy with the incumbent this time around.


11 posted on 07/17/2009 6:58:07 PM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...

NRA Statement On Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Nomination
To The United States Supreme Court
NRA Newsletter | 7/17/09 | Cox
Posted on 07/17/2009 7:51:15 AM PDT by pabianice
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2294742/posts


12 posted on 07/17/2009 7:03:43 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: truthguy

They have the Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot twice a year.


13 posted on 07/17/2009 7:32:17 PM PDT by wastedyears (The Tree is thirsty and the hogs are hungry.)
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To: nkycincinnatikid
Jim Bunning is a great senator. One of the four best in that body-- the others being Jeff Sessions, Tom Coburn and Jim DeMint. Kentucky should be proud to have him.

Few senators improve with age. Jesse Helms was definitely an exception to that rule. I think Jim Bunning may be another.

14 posted on 07/17/2009 8:23:42 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: nkycincinnatikid

...Help me out, kid, I might have it wrong. Had other issues that have distracted me from politics and I haven’t done my homework. Is Rand Paul running for state office. I know US senators serve six years, but every two years, a third of them stand for election, or re-election. Thought it was McConnell, not Bunning in 2010. Which incumbent, are you happy with? I take a guess that it’s McConnell, Bunning is in his first term? Ahh, sorry, I’m so confused...


15 posted on 07/17/2009 8:26:07 PM PDT by gargoyle (...Debate is healthy, silence is a waste of time...)
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To: Vigilanteman
Objectively, can Bunning win another term? He has had bad press and just squeaked past an unknown last time. Any strong GOP challengers?
16 posted on 07/17/2009 8:56:22 PM PDT by mrsixpack36
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From what I can see Bunning has the opposite problem which Romney and Bush have. Romney and Bush, as you know, try so hard to be polite and decent that their opponents ate their lunch.

Bunning seems to enjoy being despised by the enemy for doing what he feels is right. People used to respect that, especially in the south. But I guess the south is getting wussified just like the rest of the county, just at a slower rate.

17 posted on 07/17/2009 9:09:06 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Dubya

Olympia Snowe of Maine
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SNOWE? what a shocker. I hate those 2 Maine b*tches. They aren’t Republicans. They are liberals that ran as Republicans to get elected and screw the party.


18 posted on 07/17/2009 11:39:51 PM PDT by mojitojoe (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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To: stevestras

WILL PERRY MASON WALK INTO THE SUPREME COURT?


19 posted on 07/18/2009 12:57:43 AM PDT by joydocsusie (ILLEGAL ALIENS HAVE NO RIGHT TO OUR SOCIAL SECURITY MONEY OR ANYTHING ELSE IN THE USA.b. h)
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To: Dubya
McConnell alluded to what he called "an alarming lack of respect for the notion of equal justice.

Well stated!!

The quote makes it clear that the crux of the problem lies in Sotomayor's mindset, not in any bias in her opponents.

20 posted on 07/18/2009 4:38:07 AM PDT by syriacus (Palin the ANTI-OBAMA says, "Only dead fish go with the flow.")
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To: gargoyle

Bunning is up for re election in 2010. His win against Mongiardo in 2004 was honestly not impressive, but remember the congress was trending to the democrats by that time. The big city in Ky hammering him relentlessly. The national RINOs don’t like him anymore than he likes them and are trying to hasten his retirement. Given this uncertainty Rand Paul from Bowling Green and Trey Grayson from Boone County are positioning themselves to run if Bunning walks away. I think both have stated they will not work against Bunning if he is firmly committed to running again in 2010.


21 posted on 07/18/2009 8:09:09 AM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: nkycincinnatikid

that is the big city PRESS, sorry


22 posted on 07/18/2009 8:11:10 AM PDT by nkycincinnatikid
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To: nkycincinnatikid

...Moved to KY little over 2 year ago, from Norfolk,VA. That’s my weak excuse for not knowing the state of the commonwealth. Bunning, don’t know what his voting record is, other than he’s against Sodomayor for the SC. Have some stidyin to do. Like I said before, McConnell has got to go. Here in UK city, lots of liberals that he’s pandering to, but the local talk radio conservatives, WLAP are not supporting him. Thanks fer the update, and I’ll hold judgement on Bunning till later...


23 posted on 07/18/2009 9:51:08 AM PDT by gargoyle (...Debate is healthy, silence is a waste of time...)
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To: gargoyle

Bunning is a good one, I just hope he has got enough fire in the belly to get one more W for his career. I have been here more than 10 years from VA and NC also, (where I was proud to vote for Jesse Helms).


24 posted on 07/18/2009 10:09:30 AM PDT by Piers-the-Ploughman (Just say no to circular firing squads.)
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To: Dubya

My understanding is that if NO Republicans on the Judiciary Committeee voted for her, she would be out. That is the rule.

These Republicans are beneath contempt. I wonder what their constituents will have to say when they start collecting their guns.


25 posted on 07/18/2009 12:46:19 PM PDT by dervish (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself)
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