Skip to comments.Sotomayor wins backers after smooth hearings
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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The Republican Party is absolutely useless.
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.
“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.
There was doubt?
What I learned from the hearings: Wise Latina — Intellectual unqualified.
Another tragedy for the American Republic (what is left of it).
Lindsay Graham and others will cave, also, and it has NOTHING to do with "the Hearings"; those were for TV facetime and show only.
(Three centrist Republicans)
Oh ..Isn’t that the way. We get stabbed in the back by our own people.
“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.
I look forward to Lugar’s retirement. He’s been in DC for way, way too long.
Over the years, Luger has claimed he was not a professional politician. Election, after election, after election, after election
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.
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) couldnt have stopped this nomination, but most didnt 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.)
You are exactly right, republicans are useless..worry about the hispanic vote for G sake.. not about justice to the American people..
I know that Supreme Court appointments are lifetime appointments and short of impeachment, justices cant be removed. Is the office of Chief Justice under the same restrictions can he or she be demoted?
Thurgood Marshall—The first and,so far,last black racist on the Supreme Court.
“Wise Latina woman...”
The first and,by the grace of God,LAST racist hispanic on the Supreme Court.
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.
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.
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.
Glad to be of help.
I just hope this is Obama’s last chance to appoint a Supreme Court justice.
Sotamayor can win this one seat.
BUT the next two, especially after 2010 Senate elections, better go to honest conservative originalists.
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.
The Republican Party is absolutely useless.
It also doesn’t help that its numbers suck, as well.
Is anyone else infuriated that a Republican (Bush I) was the first to appoint her to the federal bench?
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.
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.
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!
What she didnt 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.
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.
Of course, she is able to anticipate Sen. Al Frankens question about Parry Mason, even before he completes it. Outstanding intellect. An intellect we obviously cant waste. /s
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.
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.