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Sotomayor wins backers after smooth hearings
Associated Press ^ | July 17, 2009 | Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Jesse J. Holland

Posted on 07/17/2009 6:12:31 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor won her first public pledges of support from Senate Republicans and one prominent GOP opponent, after a smooth performance at her confirmation hearings that has placed her firmly on track to become the high court's first Latina and the first Democratic-named justice in 15 years.

Three centrist Republicans announced they'd support Sotomayor even as the Senate's minority leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said he'd vote no. The split was a vivid reflection of the divisions in the GOP as the party faces a tricky vote on Sotomayor, wary of alienating its conservative base but equally afraid to anger Hispanic and women voters.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 111th; scotus; sotomayor

1 posted on 07/17/2009 6:12:31 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

The Republican Party is absolutely useless.


2 posted on 07/17/2009 6:14:33 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (ALSO SPRACH ZEROTHUSTRA)
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To: neverdem; justiceseeker93; ExTexasRedhead; nutmeg

Oh, well, it was never in any doubt. Republicans don’t have the numbers and they are so discouraged at how outnumbered they are, they decided to let this one go so they could fight on other fronts (like health care). it sucks, but I never expected anything different. And it’s not like confirming Sotomayor will change anything all that much, as David Souter was also a lefty.


3 posted on 07/17/2009 6:14:58 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued

“Smooth hearings” are what happens when people wet themselves any time they think the race card will be played against them for saying what needs to be said or asking a question that needs to be asked.


4 posted on 07/17/2009 6:16:25 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey America! How's that "hope and change" thing working out?)
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To: Clintonfatigued

There was doubt?


5 posted on 07/17/2009 6:21:40 PM PDT by doc1019 (YO! You are also half white … recognize it, deal with it.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

What I learned from the hearings: Wise Latina — Intellectual unqualified.


6 posted on 07/17/2009 6:22:41 PM PDT by Tarpon (You abolish your responsibilities, you surrender your rights.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Another tragedy for the American Republic (what is left of it).


7 posted on 07/17/2009 6:22:46 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Clintonfatigued
Did anyone expect Snowe, Collins, Lugar, etc. to vote ANYTHING but with the Liberals? These are RINO's of the highest order, and can be counted on by the Democrats to vote with them.

Lindsay Graham and others will cave, also, and it has NOTHING to do with "the Hearings"; those were for TV facetime and show only.

8 posted on 07/17/2009 6:23:28 PM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gots to worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gots to buy no gas...Obama gonna take care o' me!")
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To: Clintonfatigued

(Three centrist Republicans)

Oh ..Isn’t that the way. We get stabbed in the back by our own people.


9 posted on 07/17/2009 6:25:13 PM PDT by mirkwood (no summer in maine..just rain)
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To: Clintonfatigued

10 posted on 07/17/2009 6:26:46 PM PDT by Kukai
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To: Tarpon
What I learned from the hearings: Wise Latina — Intellectual unqualified.

You aint shittin, did you hear the exchange between her and Coburn today regarding the right to self defense. A conservative nominee would not have survived another day and their career would be over if the were this inept at answering such a simple question.
11 posted on 07/17/2009 6:27:28 PM PDT by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: doc1019

“There was doubt?”

There was hope that Sotomayor would reveal herself accidentally during testimony, or that the firefighters/witnesses would offer more dramatic testimoney. But the firefighters didn’t get enough air time, and Sotomayor stuck to her prepared script.


12 posted on 07/17/2009 6:27:54 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: traditional1; indylindy

I look forward to Lugar’s retirement. He’s been in DC for way, way too long.


13 posted on 07/17/2009 6:28:38 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Over the years, Luger has claimed he was not a professional politician. Election, after election, after election, after election …


14 posted on 07/17/2009 6:37:15 PM PDT by doc1019 (YO! You are also half white … recognize it, deal with it.)
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To: TheRedSoxWinThePennant
Yeah I did ... Wise dumbass loudmouth Latina.

She talks like she is trying to impress you with her sub-par room temperature intellect. Obviously the most unqualified SC candidate ever.

In fact I think she was chosen because she is so dumb. All they want is her ideological vote.

15 posted on 07/17/2009 6:38:56 PM PDT by Tarpon (ualified SC Justice in my time.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Over the years, I have toyed with the idea of joining the Libertarian Party. Because of their stance (on none stance) on abortion I have hesitated. I have finally given up on the Republican Party and will give the Libertarian Party another look.

I know they (Republicans) couldn’t have stopped this nomination, but most didn’t even try and several even gave her praise. IMHO

(As for the abortion thing … the Republican platform is moving more and more in the direction of Pro-Abortion.)


16 posted on 07/17/2009 6:40:55 PM PDT by doc1019 (YO! You are also half white … recognize it, deal with it.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

You are exactly right, republicans are useless..worry about the hispanic vote for G sake.. not about justice to the American people..


17 posted on 07/17/2009 6:42:23 PM PDT by JoanneSD
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To: Tarpon
In fact I think she was chosen because she is so dumb. All they want is her ideological vote.

that about nails it. The only thing I wish the repub senators would do is what schumer does to every repub nominee. Schumer asks them flat out if they think roe v wade is settled law? Why dont we ask her flatout if the dc v heller(I think that was the name) case upholding the 2nd amendment is now settled law?
18 posted on 07/17/2009 6:50:49 PM PDT by TheRedSoxWinThePennant
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To: Clintonfatigued

I know that Supreme Court appointments are lifetime appointments and short of impeachment, justices can’t be removed. Is the office of Chief Justice under the same restrictions … can he or she be demoted?


19 posted on 07/17/2009 6:51:57 PM PDT by doc1019 (YO! You are also half white … recognize it, deal with it.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
“Then my sneeze shot and upstairs to a meeting with Justice Thurgood Marshall. I'd asked for a meeting because of his public statement to Carl Rowan that I was a racist.”
—RR,”The Reagan Diaries."

Thurgood Marshall—The first and,so far,last black racist on the Supreme Court.

“Wise Latina woman...”
—Sotomayor

The first and,by the grace of God,LAST racist hispanic on the Supreme Court.

20 posted on 07/17/2009 6:54:17 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("If every man who swore to uphold the US Constitution actually did so...")
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To: doc1019

Is the office of Chief Justice under the same restrictions … can he or she be demoted?

The Chief Justice cannot be demoted, just impeached. The last Chief Justice, William Rehnquest, had been Associate Justice for 14 years before being promoted to Chief Justice, but still had to go through confirmation hearings. However, the Chief Justice position is more ceremonial than anything else.


21 posted on 07/17/2009 6:55:30 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Ah, she’s slick as glass and wait until the Republicans need her to vote on some policy that’s important to our nation. A bunch of idiots.


22 posted on 07/17/2009 6:58:33 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Thank you.


23 posted on 07/17/2009 7:03:54 PM PDT by doc1019 (YO! You are also half white … recognize it, deal with it.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
It seems that America will go the way of the Roman republic, which the Founding father tried to prevent. They gave us a republican form of government, and it was up to us to preserve it. The republic is dead, and the Supreme Court drove the stake through the heart of the Constitution. Three things killed our republic: (1) the Supreme Court abandoned strict originist interpretation; (2) the usurpation of state's rights by the federal government; (3) the acceptance of multiculturalism.

No matter which party is in office, there is no realistic way to reverse these republic killers. At some point, demographics will make reform impossible. This country will be overrun with Hispanics and Latinos who do not have a tradition of democracy nor any intention of becoming “Americanized.”
Socialism will destroy the economy and the society. Personal liberty, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, and the freedom to bear arms will be suppressed by a socialist/fascist central government. All media will be controlled by the government, and those that fail to fully support the government will be considered terrorists.
Thomas Jefferson believed that revolution was needed from generation to generation in order to grow the tree of liberty. It's been a long time since we had a full blown revolution, and maybe it's long over due.

24 posted on 07/17/2009 7:04:28 PM PDT by Nosterrex
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To: doc1019

Glad to be of help.

I just hope this is Obama’s last chance to appoint a Supreme Court justice.


25 posted on 07/17/2009 7:04:46 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Sotamayor can win this one seat.
BUT the next two, especially after 2010 Senate elections, better go to honest conservative originalists.


26 posted on 07/17/2009 7:09:22 PM PDT by Aroostook25
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To: Clintonfatigued

I’ve never been one of those conservatives who like to rail about the Republican Party, but I’m getting closer to being peeved at the party. They’ve got to start fighting for conservative principles.


27 posted on 07/17/2009 7:13:24 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Clintonfatigued
The hearings were not "smooth." To the contrary, Sotomayor lied, and lied, and lied again, claiming that her repeated words did not mean what they clearly meant.

Congressman Billybob

Latest article, "Judge Sonia Sotomayor: Liar?"

28 posted on 07/17/2009 7:17:46 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (www.AmericasOwnersManual.com)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

The Republican Party is absolutely useless.


It also doesn’t help that its numbers suck, as well.


29 posted on 07/17/2009 7:17:57 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Impeach President Soros!!!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Is anyone else infuriated that a Republican (Bush I) was the first to appoint her to the federal bench?


30 posted on 07/17/2009 7:33:36 PM PDT by Fast Ed97
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To: Fast Ed97
I pointed it out earlier along with that George the first also appointed Souter. Some Bushbot didn't like it. I wasn't even addressing him.
31 posted on 07/17/2009 7:35:16 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: Clintonfatigued

She refused to answer a yes or no question on the Second Amemdment from Coburn today. And there are “Republicans” who will support this person. We really must be near the end.


32 posted on 07/17/2009 7:35:58 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (You're either in or in the way.)
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To: Fast Ed97

Bush I was playing ball with the Democrats. He agreed to Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s urging to appoint Sotomayor in exchange for the latter’s supporting Bush I’s choice for another judgeship.


33 posted on 07/17/2009 8:02:51 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued
it could be worse... it's simply a RAT filling a RAT seat and they all vote the same way, worng, but at least she's a buffoon that will be taken as such and not losing a Right minded judge.
34 posted on 07/17/2009 8:09:04 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: Clintonfatigued
I look forward to Lugar’s retirement. He’s been in DC for way, way too long.

They all have been in DC too long. Next election (or sooner) out they ALL go. The first 535 names in the Tucson phone book could do a better job!

35 posted on 07/17/2009 8:12:55 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: doc1019
Have you heard Sodomayer’s ramblings on the Second Amendment?
What she didn't say is important.
36 posted on 07/17/2009 8:32:07 PM PDT by ANGGAPO (Leyte Gulf Beach Club)
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To: ANGGAPO

What she didn’t say is “most” important. This woman is so strongly against the 2nd amendment, it is pathetic … and no one pushed it. A strong opening for the Republicans … alas no spine there either.


37 posted on 07/17/2009 8:36:31 PM PDT by doc1019 (YO! You are also half white … recognize it, deal with it.)
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To: ANGGAPO
Sorry about the flub.....Sotomayor.
38 posted on 07/17/2009 8:38:43 PM PDT by ANGGAPO (Leyte Gulf Beach Club)
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To: doc1019

I’m trying to take comfort in the fact that her lack of gravitas means she won’t be effective in persuading others to side with her on important rulings. But it’s cold comfort.


39 posted on 07/17/2009 8:40:21 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Of course, she is able to anticipate Sen. Al Franken’s question about Parry Mason, even before he completes it. Outstanding intellect. An intellect we obviously can’t waste. /s


40 posted on 07/17/2009 8:45:12 PM PDT by doc1019 (YO! You are also half white … recognize it, deal with it.)
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; Impy
Told ya they'd roll over.

Republicans will never "Bork" a RAT judicial nominee (the last time the GOP defeated a RAT judicial nomination was during the Cleveland administration!) RATs will stoop to ANYTHING to derail a GOP nominee, even sinking to looking up Robert Bork's video rental history to try and find something "embarrassing" on him. Republicans, on the other hand, don't even have the spine to vote against a RAT judge on the Senate floor -- let alone go after them in a committee hearing.

Even normally staunch conservatives like Jeff Sessions and Tom Coburn are now saying she'll win confirmation easily.

41 posted on 07/18/2009 1:05:44 AM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: BillyBoy
Sessions words on Sotomayor explained.
42 posted on 07/18/2009 6:26:41 AM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Smooth when compared to the Bork hearings; when a truly good and wise judge was vilified, maligned, and excoriated. When Soto is on the bench, she will be herself again: a left-wing, activist judge.


43 posted on 07/18/2009 6:40:41 AM PDT by windsorknot
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