July 28th, 2009
10:41 AM ET
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Obama Supreme Court nominee faces Senate Judiciary vote

 The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote Tuesday on Judge Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote Tuesday on Judge Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor faces her next hurdle Tuesday morning, as the Senate Judiciary Committee votes whether or not to confirm her.

At least nine Republicans have said they will vote against Sotomayor, 55, Obama's first nominee to the nation's highest court. Five mostly moderate GOP lawmakers announced their intention to back her.

Republicans are not expected to be able to block her approval by the Judiciary Committee or the full Senate, which will vote on her nomination if she gets the green light from the committee.

She will become the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice if she wins full Senate backing.

Obama's Democratic Party holds an 11-7 majority on the Judiciary Committee and a 58-40 edge in the full Senate, with two independents leaning towards the Democrats.

Two key Republicans on the committee announced their opposition to her on Friday, a sign the party's conservative base is uniting against Obama's choice.

Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah - the former chairman of the committee - and Sen. John Cornyn of Texas - head of the party's Senate campaign committee –announced on the Senate floor their intention to vote against the federal appeals court judge.

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. AJ

    Perhaps we Democrats should now play the "rule change" game that the republicans played when they were in the majority.

    July 28, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  2. This Just In

    And so the "party of No" continues to live up to their aptly earned moniker by voting "No" yet again. Obama could nominate Jesus himself and they would find some reason to vote against it.

    Except for those five, who if recent history is a guide will be excoriated by the right wing smearcasters , subjected to promises of retribution from the GOP leadership, and attacked by the goose-stepping jackals of the right wing-nut political militia.

    July 28, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Larry

    Republicans are playing politics with our lives. They think that their seats and the gifts they get from special interests are much more important than the common good.

    Ms. Sotomayor will be confirmed, with or without the support of the Republicans.

    July 28, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Dan Holiday

    Just say no to Sotomayor. She, like Obama, is a racist. I cannot understand why people want to ignore this. If she were white and male, people would be asking for her to step down. This country is built on such double standards. It is sad. I hate to break this to you, but people that are not white can be racist too. And in my experiences, they tend to be more racist, more often. Say no to this racist judge. Obama can pick someone else. Unfortunately, I think he would pick someone just like her since he tends to gravitate toward racist...Rev. Wright, Prof. Gates, Judge Sotomayor, his wife...are you starting to see a pattern? This is not coincidence, this is pathological. Face it; we have a racist President. Funny how our most racist President ever is black...lol.

    July 28, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Annette

    Congratulations! Judge Sotomayor...soon-to-be Associated Judge for the Supreme Court. We women across the nation are proud and I like to consider your appointment to the high court another crack in the ceiling.

    July 28, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. James M. Holmes

    The party of "NO" is gonna vote "NO"? Big suprise there... but let them.

    The Republicans continue to make sure their party is nothing more than a southern, old, white man's party... Thanks NeoCons! Just keep pushing away EVERY other American from your dying party! It can't become completely irrelvant quick enough!

    July 28, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Obama: A change U can beleive In

    Got
    nO
    Plans

    except to act as the party of no and hoping that President Obama fails.

    July 28, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. donttreadonme

    I find it interesting that Obama is comfortable nominating someone who has made offensive racist comments. The Political gain of nominating a Hispanic female trumps the possibility of offending voters.

    Since the racist comments were aimed at white males and Obama doesn’t get support from the majority of white males he is making a sound “political” decision.

    July 28, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. Steph

    She will be a great addition to the Supreme Court. And...the republicans opposing her are wasting precious political leverage. If/when the next seat opens up, they will have a much harder time not looking like complete obstructionists when they vote against that nominee.

    They political games are getting old. She is clearly qualified. She answered all of their questions honestly (and repeatedly). I just wish they could put politics aside and do what is right for this country.

    July 28, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. Sharon Kitchen

    Anyone who may be a racist will vote against her. Some in the good ol' boys club of the little gop are proving themselves just this.

    She will get in.

    July 28, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. Back to Simple Life

    Hmmm – Sessions and McConnell seem to have left their white sheets at home today - brought the attitude, just not the sheets. And Hatch can't be bothered with this nonsense - he has to get the BSC ruling thru Congress.

    Working for US, folks (NOT)

    July 28, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. T

    How can we expect our elected U.S. Senators and Representatives to solve the serious problems facing our nation? Though they hold higher office, some of them engage in petty ,obstructionist behaviors that are reminiscent of a high school student instead of intelligent and educated men and women.

    Certainly, Sonia Sotomayor will be confirmed because of her undeniable qualifications, despite the playground mentality of the people (people we should expect more from) who oppose her. Hopefully, the large Latino population in Texas will remember this when Cornyn is up for re-election.

    July 28, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. Irma in North Carolina

    If the republicans are not going to vote to confirm her, I wonder how many of them are up for relection. They sure must realize that not many of the hispanics will vote for them. The same goes true for the general election. I think the republicans stepped into something they are going to regret. Well as far as i am concerned they deserve it.

    July 28, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. phoenix86

    Don't worry Sonia, hypocracy reigns in the democratic party. You'll be confirmed in no time.

    July 28, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. seebofubar

    No one should vote for her...she's just a bad judge, look at her record. Pick another hispanic woman that is a good judge...she'll fly through.

    July 28, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Lola

    It is too bad that the Republicans are just not using common sense and it is politics as usual. Trying to work together in Washington would be so much better for our country. I sometimes sit back and watch the news, and I wonder after listening to it all, is our country any better than others. I don't think so. It is just sad to watch how our people in government act, I really wonder what the other countries think of us. We can not help the other countries, when we can't even work together over here and help ourselves.

    July 28, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. Deborah/Kansas City

    The Southern White Male Republicans embarassed themselves before the Nation, with their irrational obsession, condesending attitudes, and trumped up outrage in defending the most helpless of all groups in America, the white male. I hope that all minorities, women, and Americans who are truly interested in empathetic justice for all; see them clearly for who they are. I just didn't get all that outrage over empathy. If, justice is not tempered with mercy, what do we have?

    July 28, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  18. ANGIE

    OLD WHITE MEN, get over the fact that there are minorities that are more qualified then you. but for some reason (probably for the last 200 yrs) you have this notion that minorites have to go above and behond tO prove themselves worthy of a job,. people are sick and tried of the OLD SOUTHERN MENtality. WE ARE ALL CREATED EQUAL!!!!

    July 28, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. Michigan mom

    I'm so glad the Republicans are showing their true colors here. They have no intention of working on ANYTHING in a bipartisan manner all this year or next. There is nothing wrong with Sotomayor that should keep her off the Supreme Court.
    And gee, with the stock market up, home prices UP for the first time in 3 years, and the economy slowly recovering, whatever will they complain about next? Bush's wars still going on, the ones they blindly voted to fund for 7 years? The TARP money, which they also voted for, and is now being repaid?
    Guess all they have left is the garbage about Obama's citizenship. Buh bye, repubican party.

    July 28, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Today is a historic day. Congratulations Justice Sotomayor.

    July 28, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. JLS

    Geez, I don't remember all these Dems pushing for Alito and Roberts to get in, now do I? All we heard then was their rhetoric, bias, and whatever else they tried to throw up against the wall to stick. And let's not forget how Joe Biden smeared Alito's reputation on the air, and could care less how he looked, when he was on the confirmation committee.
    People, what goes around, comes around. Let's not try to forget that, huh??

    July 28, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. Glennis

    One word: unqualified.

    July 28, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. Accountant Guy

    Can't wait until she in confirmed! Congratulations!

    July 28, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. RR

    She said she wasn't sure the 2nd Amendment applied to the states.

    Maybe there are other parts of the Bill of Rights she is not sure apply to the states!

    That should = NO votes!

    July 28, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  25. Billy J in Texas

    I can't wait for Corny Collins to run for re-election here. Too bad senators have such long terms. When he runs I for one will be going out of my way to get him booted from the primary and failing that work as hard as I can to get the Dem or Libertarian elected, cause this guy is the ultimate in LAAAAAME! You can thank him for being on the wrong side of just about everything for the last two years.

    July 28, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
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