May 31st, 2009
09:49 AM ET
9 years ago

Hutchison: Filibuster against Sotomayor not likely

(CNN) - Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison suggested Sunday she doubts Republicans will press for a filibuster to prevent Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor from receiving a confirmation vote.

"I don't think that the need for filibuster will be there unless we have not had a chance to look at the record fully," Hutchison told CNN's John King on State of The Union. I have voted for [cloture] sometimes even when I voted against the nominee if I felt that I knew enough about the nominee. I think it will be determined in that way."

Hutchison, who has established an exploratory committee to run for governor of Texas, also said members of her party need to adopt a "solid respectful tone" while examining Sotomayor's record.

"I definitely think we need to have the respectful tone and we need to look at the record. We need to be just very - we need to have the responsibilities that have been put on us by the constitution taken very seriously," Hutchison said. "And I think that having a solid respectful tone, arguing the facts, not trying to label someone, I think is important. And I think going forward that's what you'll see from the senators who are involved in this process."

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soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. Champly

    Barry supported a filibuster of Alito. Was it because Alito was white ? Probably. There is no other rational explanation. Except that perhaps Alito was not into the horrific business of baby killing that Barry supports.

    May 31, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. katiec

    Do not think the republicans know the meaning of the word respectful, Have not seen any respect, integrity, intelligence coming from this party for several months.
    To have a goal wanting our president to fail and in the process, our country, to obstruct, distort, put party over our survival has taken away any "respect" an intelligent person might have for them, consequently, you reap what you sow.

    May 31, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. mk

    I find it very disturbing that the Republican Party has to be reminded to be respectful. I recall doing that with my children when they were in grade school. How does this party expect to regain any kind of respect when it has lost its ability to respect others?
    Until this party severs itself from Rush Limbaugh and those who behave in the same disgusting, childish manner they will continue to be the party of NO, no respect, no dignity, no ideas, they are just the NO party in my book.

    May 31, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. annie for Palin

    Are there no demmies left who have NOT been brainwashed by soro's obama puppet? Are they being blackmailed, threatened or are they totally brain dead? Are there any demmies out there who still love our country and are not so blinded about being in power that they cannot see how soro's obama puppet is destroying our country? If there are any honest, hard working, USA loving demmies out there and they are on this blog please reply!

    May 31, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. if I felt that I knew enough

    thats fine, now apply that to the rest of legislative business

    May 31, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. The Unshrub

    As long as Rush and Newt and out there mouthing off the republicans are NOT having a respectful discussion. People are tired of republicans having one side spread lies and then the other half act like they are shocked by those comments.

    And this is to Champly and his comment "Barry supported a filibuster of Alito. Was it because Alito was white ? Probably. There is no other rational explanation. Except that perhaps Alito was not into the horrific business of baby killing that Barry supports."

    THe only rational explanation for your comment is "You are an idiot."

    May 31, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. mk

    Define baby killing? Is it when we are lured into a war based on lies where thousands of people are killed?
    Is it when we torture? Or is it when someone like you, a person who hides his hatred behind the veil of morality , starts spewing vitriol and insults?
    Sorry pal, we all see you for what you are. Try something new.

    May 31, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. Very tired to Democrat hate mongers

    katiec once again either intentionally mispresents facts or is ignorant of the world around she/he/it. We who hope Barry fails want his Marxism to fail. His arrogance and loathing of us simple people showed through last night as he took his Vladamir Lenin express to NY to hobknob with the smart set at taxpayer expense. He should tatoo on his forhead the phrase "Egalitarianism for thee, but nor for me".

    May 31, 2009 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. Very tired to Democrat hate mongers

    We detect a vast lack of knowledge and history on the part of MK. Hate doth no one good MK. You need to work on that.

    May 31, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. phoenix86


    Champly is correct. Americans have killed millions more infants in the name of "pro-choice" than in any war the country has ever fought.

    You seem caught up in the mass-hysteria and total intollerance of the liberal left in the US, where anyone who holds a different opinion than you is quickly attacked as racist, hateful, etc. Until you and your friends learn to have a civil discussion without immediately dropping into elementary school prose, you simply sow the seeds of continued ignorance.

    I would question whether you or "the Unschrub" have even read or tried to understand what your leader is proposing, and the ramifications of his plans. I think not.

    May 31, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. jason, tx

    Is there anything respectful about Republicans anymore? I don't think so.

    May 31, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. Champly

    Baby killing is when you support efforts to allow full term babies to die that were suppose to be killed by the physician as it emerges from the birth canal. Barry supported and worked for that while a state legislature.

    May 31, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. Champly

    The great unwashed Obamots are out in force this morning. Hurling insults when facts are laid in front of them.

    May 31, 2009 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. GA Peach

    Way to cover your ASSets Kay! Wouldn't look good for a candidate for governor of one of the states with a huge Latino population to vote against the first Latino Supreme Court Justice.

    May 31, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  15. truthsayer

    As usual most Repub ditto heads follow GOP talking points and dont think for themselves let alone read and research. If they did, they would know this is the most qualified nominee to sit on the Supreme court in a 100 years.
    To say she isnt qualified is bogus at best

    May 31, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Equality for all

    To annie for Palin: I am a "demmie," as you, so insultingly label half of your fellow American citizens, and I work very hard for the money I make. Many in my family are republicans, and we can have respectful disagreements without reverting to middle school name calling, as you do. Just your call name "annie (note the lower case letter) for Palin" shows how "brain dead" and "brainwashed" you are. Your posts are filled with hateful, ignorant rhetoric, that you regurgitate after getting your talking points from talk radio. BTW, my taxes will most likely go up, because I am fortunate enough to earn in the top 1 percent, but I realize these are tough times and we need to sacrifice to get our nation back on the right path after the disaster of the last administration.

    May 31, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. Gumboz1953

    From "Annie for Palin" (Annie - if you're for that brain-dead bimbo, you need your head examined):
    "Are there any demmies out there who still love our country and are not so blinded about being in power that they cannot see how soro's obama puppet is destroying our country?"

    Where were you six years ago when Bush and Cheney were blinded by power, starting a war we didn't need, destroying our country, spitting on our constitution, letting economy go to hell, so that now somebody else has to pick up the pieces?

    And who is "soro"? Is that the guy in Lord of the Rings?

    May 31, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Charles

    This is a good tone for the Republicans to take: Sotomayor isn't their ideal pick, but she's not the worst Obama could have chosen. On top of all that, they'd need to be incredibly organized to filibuster the nomination (and I can think of 2 ladies from Maine who would just vote however they wanted anyways).

    Also, abortion is wrong. Step back and be a person: it's a horrible thing to do.

    May 31, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Texan

    Kay Bailey Hutchison said a few days ago that she was troubled by Sotomayor or that she found certain comments by Sotomayor troubling. What changed over the past few days? What specifically prompted the initial comments, and why has KBH backed off of them now?

    May 31, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. J S Ragman

    To Annie for Palin. Anyone who thinks that Palin is qualified for anything other than first grade gym teacher doesn't deserve to have their comments posted.

    May 31, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. Kevin B

    Mrs Hutchinson will not support a fillibuster because she knows that the republicans risk utterly destroying any possibility of winning any national or boarder state elections by thier mean spirited attacks on the nominee.

    Mr Gingrich and Limbaugh have already alienated hispanic voters with thier shrill and xenophobic rhetoric.

    When will the GOP figure out that hate and fear don't play with most americans anymore?

    May 31, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. truthsayer

    President Obama= 65%

    May 31, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. ib

    I see a lot more hate coming from the left than I do from the right and have for some time. This country is so divided I'm not sure we can last as a country. Obama seems blind to all of this. He just keeps pushing his far left agenda without looking at the harm he is doing to this country. He ran as a moderate but he is governing from the far left. Why can't people realize where this country is headed instead of spewing all this hate and try to work toward the middle for the sake of our country????

    May 31, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  24. JT

    The GOP filibustering Sotomayor would be an insanely bad move for the Republicans. She is a stellar nominee. The people will be watching her hearings with great interest. If the GOP attacks and/or insults her, it is going to come back on them in a very bad way in many of the upcoming election cycles.

    May 31, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. Skyview

    The Repubs and their minions are at it again, trying to scare the unaware, mislead the gullible, and theaten and dare the responsible. They know nothing of Exodus 21:22-25, yet they fight against a woman's choice. They litmus test their candidates for ideological purity, yet they castigate others for using secular logic . And to veil their own mis-guided racially based philosoph, they play victims at any mention a race of people other than their own. Advice: you will get over it.

    May 31, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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