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.