May 28th, 2009
05:15 PM ET
5 years ago

White House aides on Hill to coordinate Sotomayor strategy

WASHINGTON (CNN) - White House aides went to Capitol Hill Thursday to begin coordinating with Senate Democrats on strategy for Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

White House Counsel Greg Craig and White House aide Cynthia Hogan held an "initial check-in meeting" with the chief counsels for Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee, according to a Senate Democratic aide involved in the confirmation process. The hour-long closed meeting "to go over the anticipated timetable," and other matters, was held in the committee's hearing room in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, the aide said.

Sotomayor will go to Capitol Hill as early as next Tuesday to meet with senators who will vote on her confirmation.

Her first meetings are expected to be with the top two Senate leaders from each party, as well as the Democratic chairman and ranking Republican of the Judiciary Committee.

After that, the White House will schedule meetings for Sotomayor with other members of the Judiciary Committee and other senators who want to talk to her in person.

The Judiciary Committee has not announced when the confirmation hearings will begin.

The aide said Democrats are pleased with the initial response from Republican senators to Sotomayor's nomination, saying it was "a good sign" that GOP senators have not adopted some of the harsh language coming from conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

"If the fire breathing rhetoric is contained to the far right element it doesn't jeopardize the nomination," the aide said.

Democrats were also relieved Wednesday when Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said he did not think a filibuster was likely.


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Teleprompter of the U.S.A.

    The GOP isn't opposing this because they have no backbone. This owman isn't fit to be dogcatcher. They should be opposing this from the very beginning.

    May 28, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Alfred E. Neumann

    Won't it be nice when this process is completed.

    One wonders what skeletons will come leaping from her closet.

    May 28, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    @ Teleprompter of the U.S.A.

    She's the most credentialed and educated judge among the sitting Justices already including the Chief Justice.

    May 28, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Kelby In Houston, TX

    Teleprompter of the U.S.A. May 28th, 2009 5:19 pm ET

    The GOP isn't opposing this because they have no backbone. This owman (woman) isn't fit to be dogcatcher. They should be opposing this from the very beginning.
    *********
    What do you base this statement on? What, in your opinion, disqualifies her?
    Or was it your intent to make a baseless statement?
    Come on guy! challenge our intellect. Say something meaningful. And back it up with facts and quotes

    May 28, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. Dawn in Pa

    Wow, I hear all the Right wingnuts all complain about here from being racist to uneducated, Going to two well respected ivy league colleges, and on the Yale Law review. Well I guess she needed to go to five colleges and just have an associate degree in Journalism....

    May 28, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  6. Peter (CA)

    Kelby–

    Now you have gone too far. You are asking the right wingers to use thought and logic??
    Haven't you been reading these posts?

    May 28, 2009 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. Peter (CA)

    Kelby–

    Now you have gone too far. You are asking the right wingers to use thought and logic??
    Haven't you been reading these posts?

    I'm guessing that if the Republican senators are not working hard to discredit her, they must have a better understanding of who she is than the wackos out here.

    May 28, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Kim

    This isn't news, this is standard operating procedure for a SC nomination.

    May 28, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. Sharon

    Obama arranging schedules–taking Sotomayor (BEHIND THE SCENES) to meet with members of Congress–and others in the judicial system without any cameras. Will the nomination process be done "live" so everyone can hear (after-all WE ARE THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY). Let see if this is anothe "RUSH JOB" by our lawmakers.

    The pattern of appointing minority women to "KEY" positions makes you wonder why! Well, the set up is excluding the WHITE MEN–WHITE WOMEN!

    Other than Hillary, how many white women or white men have been appointed by Obama?

    I am concerned citizen!

    May 28, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. Hammer

    The sales job begins. Bill Clinton did not have sex with that woman and Sotomayor did not say what that she can made better judgments than white men.

    May 28, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. Matt

    Ok Kelby here are some facts that are not in dispute about Sotomayor. 65% of the time a higher court overturns her judgements. That means she only gets it right 35% of the time. This is not baseball so getting it right only 35% of the time is not a good thing it is a bad thing. If it is a test and she only got 35% of the questions right she would fail the test.

    So if these are facts and are not in dispute, this is her record, how exactly is she more qualified than any other canidate since Race and Gender are NOT qualifications.

    May 28, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  12. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    United we stand! Calling all good Democrats and empathetic Congresspersons everywhere. Now is the winter of our discontent...

    One for all and all for Sotomayor!

    May 28, 2009 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. Peter (CA)

    If there are skeletons, they will come out and it will be dealt with. Until then, there is no sense in all this bleating about what she may or may not do. No one can be sure how she will vote on all issues...just look at the guy she would replace.

    May 28, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  14. Jeff Spring

    Why isn't anyone concerned about the racial statement she made about being better as a latina woman than a white male. Can you imagine how the Democrats would have responded to a conservative nominee that said "I could much better as a white male than a latina woman" Let's be honest about this. This is an enormous dubble standard.

    May 28, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  15. DaBird

    Instead of just yelling at the GOP, has anyone even looked at her LaRaza connections? Don't lie to yourself. Everyone should be examined closely, including liberal judges.

    May 28, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  16. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    They'll probably be successful. If they were able to get an inexperienced, incompetent marxist lighweight elected president, getting a racist woman on the supreme court should be no problem.

    May 28, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  17. Willy Brown

    Play the race card and blame Bush. got it!

    May 28, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. ANONYMOUS

    How about the fact that her background doesn't give her empathy, it makes her biased. She sees everything in the context of race, it defines her. That is not the rationale a judge should use to make decisions. They are supposed to make decisions based on the constitution, which she admits she doesn't when she says that the appeals court determines policies in this country, which is fundamentally wrong. She's just another Obama appointed radical.

    May 28, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  19. REGGIE

    How about the fact that her background doesn't give her empathy, it makes her biased. She sees everything in the context of race, it defines her. That is not the rationale a judge should use to make decisions. They are supposed to make decisions based on the constitution, which she admits she doesn't when she says that the appeals court determines policies in this country, which is fundamentally wrong. She's just another Obama appointed radical.

    May 28, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  20. Matt in CT

    "She's the most credentialed and educated judge among the sitting Justices already including the Chief Justice."

    Hey Dutch/Bad Newz, VA, do yo have any lines that you weren't spoonfed by the New York Times or MSNBC? Obama could have nominated Perez Hilton and you'd be singing hosannas even then.

    May 28, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  21. Pat, CA

    So they're perfecting her "teleprompter" technique. Nice !!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 28, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  22. GuyInVA

    Strategy: Talk about her "compelling" (the new "historic"?) life story. Dismiss talk of her comments about white males as just a "distraction". Warn anyone who disagrees with her how dangerous it may be to oppose a Latina. Call anyone who questions her record a racist. Done. Strategy complete.

    May 28, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |