June 5th, 2009
05:36 PM ET
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McConnell: Filibuster option was set as a precedent by the Dems

 McConnell emphasized there will be plenty of time to read over Sotomayor's other writings and opinions before the Supreme Court reconvenes in October.
McConnell emphasized there will be plenty of time to read over Sotomayor's other writings and opinions before the Supreme Court reconvenes in October.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In a roundtable with radio reporters Friday, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell wondered if Sonia Sotomayor's backpedaling on her now famous statement about a "wise Latina woman" possibly coming to better decisions than a white male was genuine.

"If it was a bad choice of words, it was a bad choice of words repeatedly [offered].... leading one to believe that it probably wasn't just anisolated statement, but a core belief," McConnell said. Past comments by Sotomayor regarding ethnicity are being circulated by her supporters to show that Republicans didn't raise objections when she was nominated as a federal judge and then for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

The GOP backs off some of its criticism of Sotomayor



On whether the judge's supporters would have to get 60 votes to move her nomination to the floor, McConnell did rule out a filibuster.

"The argument over whether judges should be filibustered was ended" when Democrats blocked President Bush's nomination of Miguel Estrada to an appeals court repeatedly, to the point where Estrada gave up and had his name withdrawn.

McConnell said he arged against that then. "I still think it's a bad idea; and I'm not in any way suggesting it's going to happen this time." But he called a filibuster option a "precendent that's been firmly established by the now-majority."

The GOP may not have the votes to sustain a filibuster - but could try to put up a roadblock. McConnell emphasized there will be plenty of time to read over Sotomayor's other writings and opinions before the Supreme Court reconvenes in October. But the vote on her nomination may not come before the August recess, as President Obama has said he would prefer.


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soundoff (83 Responses)
  1. Jimmy the Greek

    Yes – let's not look at her "poorly" chosen words.... all that is needed is to review her poorly written decisions as a judge!!

    Eight of her decisions were appealed to the Supreme Court.

    SIX were overturned.

    ONE was upheld but not for the reasons she cited.

    ONE is under current review.

    How can anyone think this represents a GOOD choice for SCOTUS?

    June 5, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. Bob of Lompoc

    Typical two faced Republican. I guess he REALLY isn't too busy to be the " Speech Police".

    June 5, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Okay how about BETTER THAN YOU Sen McConnel? Does that make you feel better??

    June 5, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. Imarriedmy sister in TheOleSouth

    Poor little rebel without a cause.I feel sorry for the poor little turtlehead.

    June 5, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. McConnell is a poor abused white man

    I am sick and tired of the whinning coming from the rushpublican party losers.

    "I'm a poor, abused and persecuted white man."

    June 5, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. be reasonable

    is this a new more reasonable GOP

    I don't believe it

    even though their behavior is better, I still think the world would be better with out the GOP

    bye bye, and I hope the independant rise from your ashes

    June 5, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. Canaman

    Vote against her if you want to, GOP. Stop all this whining. Choose the filibuster option and the Latino would reserve their own "filibuster" when election periods come. Simple as that.

    June 5, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    This dude is the epitome of FUDDY DUDDY.

    June 5, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. Mitchell from MS

    Three Comments

    1. New evidence is showing and you will see more in the coming days this racial outburst has been a pattern of hers over the years so I guess RUSH IS RIGHT!

    2. If I were the Dems I would be concerned THEIR PORKULUS BILL HAS NOT WORKED. UNEMPLOYMENT IS THE HIGHEST IT HAS BEEN IN 26 YEARS!

    3. I think fair minded Americans are growing impatient and the excuse of everything being Bush's fault no longer holds water.

    June 5, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  10. LacrosseMom

    What else is new, different, surprising about the GOP??? They will obstruct, demean, name call, lie, do whatever it takes to make news or stop the Democrats from succeeding!

    Considering, that only 21% of Americans actually admit to be Republican, its time for McConnell & his pals, to wise up to America's move.... to the moderate-middle-leaning-Left!

    June 5, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  11. Florida Joe

    After McChinless's performance on John King last week, nothing he says should surprise............
    He commented that a part of a case she heard "troubled him" but when John asked which part of the case troubled him most he had to admit "he had not read the case".............Programmed replies by the Rebubs.....Object to EVERYTHING no matter what

    June 5, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. wishing

    The Dems filibuster was implemented because the Whitehouse and GOP refused to release documents, as they refused at every turn, on every topic, during the past eight years.

    The 'pending' filibuster by the GOP, going hand in hand with calling her a racist, is detestable.

    June 5, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. michaelam

    I can't take anything this man says seriously. Clown!

    June 5, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  14. Walter

    The Republicans are really grasping at straws, and it's making them look even more foolish than they already did.

    Someone should remind them that, while its rare, its possible two loose three elections in a row. They are certainly well on their way to that result.

    They have to stop emphasizing what (and who) they are against and figure out something to be for.

    June 5, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  15. David Evan

    The Republican party has been diminished from the big tent party of Reagan to the factional tea party of ideological fools.

    The Party of No has refused even to acknowledge, let alone provide, the reforms that Americans need.

    How many Republicans does it take to change a light bulb? Why ask? According to them there is no light bulb crisis.

    June 5, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. Christian

    I love how uneducated and uninformed the liberals posting comments on CNN are. You could sum all of these comments up by saying 'waaah...Republican's suck', even though they really have no foundation for their believes besides the bandwagon of 'I hate GW'.
    Get a perspective please.

    June 5, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. Lisa in Alabama

    A Republican blaming the Democrats. They started the filibuster!!!
    Yawn.

    June 5, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. John-New York

    mitch mcconnell looks like mickey mouse

    June 5, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. Berda

    Is it just me, but is all the uproar about Sotomayor's "wise Latina woman" comment only proving her right? The White men are so out of touch, that they just don't GET IT !!!!

    June 5, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  20. Carlos

    All you dum dem lemmings enjoy your raisin in the sun moment your having because it will be over soon enough, I remember when your party was the laughing stock and it will be soon again.

    June 5, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  21. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    My McChinless may remeber this rally cry from gold g.w. himself....Ju8st an up or down vote, thats all we are asking for. So shut up and vote already Mitch!

    June 5, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. Tom in CA

    I just love the Grand Obstructionism Party! Don't you?

    June 5, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  23. Lauren

    Double standard,,, that is what this whole issue is.

    If a white male judge had made a comment that he can understand a case better than a black female or latino judge, his head would be wanted on a platter. Sotomayer makes her comments over and over again, and she will for sure be voted in. Double standard all the way.

    Yea, what about her rulings? Like the one where she said black firefighters WITHOUT the proper knowledge should he hired over white firefighters who passed the test with ease.

    This woman is a racist, but the liberal white house will scoot her right in,,,,,

    June 5, 2009 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  24. Wolves 4 Palin Charlotte, NC

    Just looking at the picture above; is that a wax figure? Does this man's face always look as if he has just eaten a sour pickle?

    June 5, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  25. Independent from PA

    I find nothing wrong with this statement. Diversity adds to richness of experience in interpreting the law. If not why don't we have an all white male supreme court? Or better still why not a bunch of robots?

    June 5, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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