May 31st, 2009
09:49 AM ET
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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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  1. Kate in SW Fla

    I also lived in Texas for about 5 years, my son graduated from UT, Austin. George Bush was governor at the time. While he is way too socially conservative for me, he was a decent enough governor, all things considered. I have no idea what happened to him when he went to DC, but I suspect his administration was hijacked by Dick Cheney.
    Anyway, Kay Bailey Hutchison would be an OK governor too. She is fiscally conservative, but socially libertarian. I have no problem with that. Rick the nutcase really needs to go and, since no Democrat is going to win, KBH is by far the best choice over there.

    May 31, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. Champly

    The level of bile and hate flung about here this morning from unwashed Obamots tells America all it needs to know. When facts are laid out in front of them they froth at the mouth and begin calling people names. The educated are attacked for informing the Obamots. The Obamots more resemble Maoists every day.

    May 31, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. Terry

    Sen Hutchison is one of many examples I could cite to prove that a woman in a position of power can be just as bad as the very worst of men. Nancy Peloisi would be another. Like Pelosi, Hutchison is a political hack of the worst sort who brings nothing new to the table. Their concerns for their own careers outweighs any concern for principle or any concern for the future of the nation.

    As for Sotomayor, she's going to be confirmed – unless someone produces a photo of her leaving a motel with a high school quarterback. Let's confirm her and get it over with. The country doesn't have time to waste making an already made decision. I am weary of the political posturing of our elected representatives.

    May 31, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  4. John

    Republicns would be incredibly stupid to waste political captial filibustering Sotomayor. They don't have a strong case against her.

    However, stupidity has not stopped Republicans in the past.....

    May 31, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  5. Champly

    Howard is not correct. Race/gender quotas did in fact give her the seat at the Yale Law review as it did Barry at Harvard.

    May 31, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Champly

    Could someone at CNN or one of its worshipers here point me in the direction of where I can find Barry Obama's academic records ?

    May 31, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. me


    i'm going to assume you're an old white guy...well, here's something for you to think about...So is Sotomayor's ex-husband...

    May 31, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  8. Mark C

    *** He ran as a moderate but he is governing from the far left. ***

    If you actually believe that you should probably do the human gene pool a favor and slash your wrists before you reproduce.

    May 31, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  9. me


    i for one don't care much about what the founders thought, with the notable exception of Thomas jefferson, who was actually overruled in most cases by his elitist white brothers. What is relevant today is remote to what was relevant in the 18th century...As a fundamentalist Christian I'm sure you'll recognize the significance of that reality when placed in the context of religion and/or politics

    May 31, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. John K

    Republican: adj; one with a tendency to enjoy poking themselves in the eye and setting themselves on fire; soon to be synonymous with a species that went to extinction because it was too dumb to survive. Known for making decisions based on exclusion and judgementalism – like calling minorities racist.

    May 31, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  11. re: Post by "Party of NO"

    Dear "Party of NO."

    You write "The Party of NO is only “pro-life” so they will be able to kill the “babies” 18 years later as soldiers in an elective religious war."

    So for your reasoning mind, to definitely kill young human being is the same as an eighteen year old CHOOSING to risk their life by joining the service? Wow. Very poor logic in equating a volunteer army with someone being killed against their will.

    Defending a baby's life does not rest on the Bible, by the way. It's a human being! End of story if we say we care about human life. I am a registered Democrat and would think that caring about people is the core of who we are as democrats.

    As to the SC nominee, I hope she too will look out for the well-being of all people- the poor, the oppressed, those in jail, the elderly, the widowed, etc...

    May 31, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. me


    If you consider Jefferson's ideals you would recognize that we are trying to right the ship that the right (many white guys) have let founder on the centuries of bastardization.

    May 31, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. Ken Benedict

    Why bother, Obama and his far left government are able to do anything they want now that they have a majority in congress and the whitehouse.

    May 31, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. Sherry

    Rush should shut his ugly mouth.
    That fat drug addicted b.a.s.t.a.r.d
    is the biggest raciest of them all.

    May 31, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. indiana voter

    What I find funny is how the democrats on here are lecturing Republicans about being respectful, when they themselves didn't practice it during the 8 years of the Bush years. Why should Republicans show any respect to democrats after all the things that are still being said to this day on this post? It is just amazing how many people hurl insults and then expect to be treated with respect.

    May 31, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Lori

    Erik, you conservatives just don't get it. Sotomayor did not say that she would legislate from the bench. She said that the 'court of appeals is where policy is made.' And you know what... IT'S TRUE. The Appeals courts sets precedents and does play a role in making policy. As for Sotomayor's 'Latina woman' comment. You Republicans need to get over this b/c Alito's similar comment about his 'ethnicity' will come back to haunt the GOP. You guys sound ridiculous. HER RECORD SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. President Obama has enjoyed a nice bounce in the polls since Sotomayor's nomination.

    P.S. Affirmative Action 'quotas' that you speak about help WHITE WOMAN like me more than they do ethnic minorities. So if you're white, chances are your mother, sister, etc. has benefited from Affirmative Action. I guess that means the Democrats are sexist too, right?!!

    May 31, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. graphx


    "Rush should shut his ugly mouth."
    That's anti-american, you know freedom of speech an all.

    "That fat drug addicted b.a.s.t.a.r.d"
    I believe President Obama had a big drug problem at one time.

    "is the biggest raciest of them all."
    Please provide backup on this. Don't just parrot back what you hear.

    May 31, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Dave from Jacksonville

    @Ken Benedict(Arnold?):
    And how did they get the White House and Congress?????
    We, the MAJORITY gave it to them....That's how a democracy works...It is the will of the people. We want so called "socialist" reforms,govt. run healthcare, spending to get us out of the recession, etc. That's what the MAJORITY of Americans voted for......Now quit crying and go to bed!

    May 31, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  19. Russell Hammond

    Terry – Even as a Democrat (with Libertarian leanings), I have a lot of respect for Kay Bailey Hutchison. She's not a "hack" politician. Nancy Pelosi is a hack. Had McCain selected Hutchison for his VP running mate, the GOP might (I say "might") have won the White House. Instead, McCain picked a religious extremist and we all know what happened next. Americans are sick and tired of political (and religious) extremism and most of us view ourselves as centrists. However, as long as the GOP allows Rush, Cheney, Rove (and on and on) to be the Republican Party spokespeople, they'll never have a chance.

    But give me a break about Hutchison. She pretty moderate and that's what we need. Pelosi is out of control and couldn't care less about consensus. It's her way or the highway.

    May 31, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  20. Jim

    There is way too much hate in this country. The political left says horrible things about the right and the right says despicable things about the left. What a sad state of affairs. Why can't we debate issues in a civil tone and respect each other while doing so. It is anti-American and anti-christian to do otherwise. If you call yourself a christian and still preach hate, then you are lying to yourself about your own belief system.

    May 31, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. James, Ho. TX

    With Kay Bailey's desired attemp at the "Texas Governorship", the writing is on the WALL ! Politics 101 ! However, she's no Ann Armstrong.

    May 31, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. Babs

    Who cares about all the intellectual ability? If an individual is a bully as some have claimed of this person, then, that is enough to draw an educated conclusion about the person. And again maybe that is what they want on the bench. I live in the south, and that type of individual is often sought out for organizational positions around here to keep "things" in line. Anyway, people who matter will not have their reputations on the line when decisions are improper, so finger pointing will be all that is needed to get all the rest off the hook. What does race, gender, or age have to do with a bully with a character flaw of this nature? I hope this flaw is not true, but I believe that race, gender, and age will be continue to play a mean role in the work place and educational settings in this country, and, of course, that will continue to be the nature of things to come if this type individual is selected, for I do not see any signs that she has made decisions to stop the practice from her past rulings, decisions, and comments. What a shame?

    May 31, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  23. B in DC

    To Howard- Sotomayor was appointed to the bench by George H.W. Bush in a deal with Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York. Senior senators of each state are responsible for making nominations for judgeships to the President. Sotomayor was part of a broa,d package deal in order to get some other Republicans appointed to the bench in New York state. Just because she was originally appointed by a Republican doesn't mean she was ever viewed as conservative or even moderate. But you probably knew all of this, didn't you?

    To everyone else flipping out about KBH's comments about no filibusters- all she is saying is that she favors a straight up-and-down vote, rather than a drawn-out process in which our nation's highest court could be left shorthanded. KBH has not only deft political skills, but is also a true policy wonk. Regardless of your political inclinations, the Senate will lose a knowledgeable legislator who has cultivated positive relationships across the aisle and has put forth some excellent legislative proposals and laws. Our nation could use more KBHs.

    May 31, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Sotomayor is not qualified for the position. It's all politics...

    May 31, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  25. Laorie

    Sotomayor is not qualified for the position,Politics............

    May 31, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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