May 31st, 2009
09:49 AM ET
13 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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  1. sss

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

    all you have to do is google rush's name to find plenty of quotes to support his racist bias. The first that comes to my mind is the obvious McNabb remarks that got him fired on ESPN. And then there is this limbaugh quote:

    "I mean, let’s face it, we didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark."

    May 31, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. philthetruth

    If you truly believe what you've written, you've been duped by 40 years of lib propaganda.

    May 31, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. billbee

    to Mr Holier-than-thou "graphx"
    Read the comment that "Jim" just made....
    That sums it all up as far as I'm concerned.
    Especially this comment
    "If you call yourself a christian and still preach hate, then you are lying to yourself about your own belief system."
    Rush is the most anti-Christian/American person on the radio.

    May 31, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. BillyBob

    Sotomayor is a member of a racist organization and Sen hithison just cant find the stuff within her to push the issue?

    That is truly sad.

    Why is it that GOP leadership is all fire and brimstone when they stand against white racists, like when they turned their backs on Trent Lott, but just have no stomach for opposing minority racism?

    The GOP is more useless than the English language has facility to describe.

    May 31, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  5. Jason

    Sotomayor has basically said that being latina makes her a better choice for Supreme Court Justice than a white person. Hutchison and with the rest of the Republican Party need to quit being afraid to point out racism when they see it.

    May 31, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  6. philthetruth

    One more thing, Sotomayors record does speak for itself. Having a mere 80% of her rulings overturned by real judges would suggest she's incompetent and unqualified. Truth is a bugger.

    May 31, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  7. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Can someone please tell me" "Is CHAMPLY" married to one of the
    moderators? Is that the way to get posted or is intelligence verboten?

    May 31, 2009 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. JT

    @Champly – the racial overtones of your comments make them ALL irrelevant. Seek help.

    May 31, 2009 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. Mark

    Republicans are talking like they are not on the "American Team" anymore. They talk more and more like they want to start a war in our country. All politicians need to remember that we arw supposed to be on the same page.

    It's unfortune the insane voice of Rush is leading the Republican cause instigating hatred within our own ranks.

    May 31, 2009 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Say Goodbye America

    How many of you out there have been to the Smithsonian in DC? Some of you? Did you see the rather extensive exhibit that showed the houses that slaves lived in during the 1800's? These slave quarters had nice wooden floors and solid construction. Flash forward a century later to early 1900's where my father and his 8 brothers and sister lived in terrible poverty in a dirt floor shack. Now flash forward to Sotomayor's comments about "a wise latina." Sotomayor is neither wise nor is she deserving of a seat on the Supreme Court. She's a quota baby from start to finish in a country that elected its first black president. The real racist here is Obama who didn't learn the lesson of his own election to president. There was not a single white male in the group selected as potential replacements for Justice Souter. Racism DOES still exist in this country and it's an entirely white liberal, black, hispanic, governmental and institutional kind.

    May 31, 2009 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Dave in Savannah

    The Repugnantcans rarely debate on issues but instead employ sweeping generalizations, buzzwords and personal attacks to press their cause. When Alito was going through the confirmation process, one of the R senators questioned him about a case involving a poor African American woman. Alito described how his personal feelings about this woman's suffering impacted on his ultimate action. That was fine for a Repugnantcan nominee, but is now unacceptable for Obama's. After years of witnessing Scalia's arrogance (he should have recused himself in the 2000 election case) and Thomas' combination of rightist extremism and mediocre work, any Democratic President has an obligation to appoint people who will provide balance, and hopefully, restore sanity, to the Supreme Court.

    May 31, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  12. TCM

    @ Lori –

    Conservatives don't get it? You mean like putting total trust in a president that's totally unproven, and his proven all critics right about reckless spending and endangering the country? Causing further unemployment by raising tax payments to funnel to inner city corruption cleverly disguised as "Organizing," Perhaps you liberals aren't quite intelligent enough to know when you're being taken for a ride. Sotomayor's a pawn of Obama; plain and simple. Idiot liberals, not Bush (even though he's not my favorite) are the ones that have brought the country to the brink of destruction. Such an ignorant comment you've made.

    May 31, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. william

    Just Look At Some Of The Statements In some of these Blog, It,s No Wonder The
    USA Need To Up Grade Its Education System The White Male Has Been
    In Charge Of This Country For Over 200 years,I Don't Think That Judge
    Sotomayor Mean Any Thing By Her Statement,I Repect Our President,
    It Seen To Me The White Male Want To Keep Control Of This Country
    By Any Means Necessary,O By The Way I'm American, Who Happens To Be Black, You Know What I Would Like To Also See Happen? The Election Of A Native American (The American Indian)They Are The Original People Of This Land,This Goverment Need To Be Shared By
    Every Group ,If Your Congressmen Or Woman,Your Senators Don,t Like It ,Vote Them Out Of Office.

    May 31, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. TCM

    DEMOCRATS, and their liberal agenda are truly the

    PARTY of D'oh! They going to screw things up worse than Homer Simpson.......too bad they're not fiction like he is....

    May 31, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. kevincollins

    Again, it reminds that McCain picked the wrong GOP woman for the VP slot. Even though I'm a Democrat, I'll be the first to aver that Hutchison is one of the smartest and intellectually-honest politicians we have in this great country.

    May 31, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. eddale

    I can only say there is a lot of hate out there. To think this was once a great country. How sad.

    May 31, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Senator Hutchinson's primary opponent will be Gov. Perry. He has some minuses and pluses. Minus – He turned down stimuluous funds to fund unemployment compensation. The legislature is working to overturn this. Plus – A few years back Perry took a total immersion course in Mexico. Now he speaks and writes Spanish fluently. He has also courted LULAC, La Raza, GI Forum and other Hispanic organizations. While he does not have a lock on the Hispanic vote, he has wide support in this bloc even among Democrats.

    Senator Hutchinson is respected in Hispanic circles also. Recently, she received an important award from LULAC.

    The GOP primary governor's race will be brutal and very tough in 2010.

    May 31, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. AlienProphecy

    They -need- to filibuster this one. I agree that they need to take a more respectful tone...but Sotomayor is clearly a proponent of Affirmative Action, and therefore racist.

    As a brown-skinned person of mixed asian descent living in So. Cal, I am completely against Affirmative Action. I don't want handouts, and moreover, I don't want anyone to ever look at me and say that I got where I got simply because of the color of my skin. I can make it on my own.

    Rather than having a policy that says that you have to hire such and such amount of black, brown, yellow and purple people...why not guarantee the chance of a free trial where you can prove that you're better qualified than whoever they passed you over for? Oh, I know...because that's just -too-'s easier to get a job based on your genitalia or hue.

    Affirmative Action is racist, and will continue to exacerbate racism as long as it is in effect.

    May 31, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. Frank

    Heather makes sense. Why are most of you engaging in name calling and labeling, when the truth is that Judge Sotomayor is a gifted federal appeals court jurist who graduated summa cum laude from Princeton and was a law review editor at Yale Law School? She is an extraordinary intellect and legal scholar, and no doubt Kay Hutchinson is correct to play down the rantings of some far right Republicans about Ms. Sotomajor. Judge Sotomajor was also a NYC prosecutor and a private corporate lawyer, which distinguishes her from most of the sitting members of the Supreme Court. Since few of us making comments can compete with her on many levels, let us sit back and appreciate a terrific person whose life achievements deserve our utmost respect, not silly pejoratives.

    May 31, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Pat, CA

    Ex-RepublicanTX May 31st, 2009 12:23 pm ET
    The problem is many can read but few can comprehend. I once substitue as a teacher in a premoninanty white and black/hispanic schools . . .
    YOU are a teacher? The problem is that - in addition to the negatives you want to ascribe to others - YOU also can't spell !!!!!!!! LOL!

    May 31, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Lynn

    As usual, CNN blames the "right wing media" for fanning the flames of voices against Judge Sotomayor when they have been doing exactly the same all week with their pundits giving credence to their remarks and running the endless scroll about her on their screen.

    CNN NEVER takes responsibliity for their mistakes, exaggerations or controversy mongering. Once again as the truth begins to come out about the real content of the essay in question, CNN sways with the wind and passes blame. They keep repeating that they are the best team on television and blah, blah, blah when numbers show a sliding rating for their predictable shows from nin independent Dobbs to constantly "what if", worst case secnario Blitzer, to Republican John King.

    What a bunch of lousy, lazy journalists the whole crew of CNN has become. No research, all hype and journalism replaced by selected comments from viewers which are always balanced by both political sides regardless of the number of comments supporting either side.

    May 31, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. Z.Beeblebroxq

    What a surprise that most of the real hate and bile spewing forth in the comments is coming from the so-called "tolerant" progressives. You hacks are only tolerant of people who share your beliefs. Jerry Falwell showed far more love to his fellow man than most of you.

    May 31, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. J S Ragman

    To Champly. President Obama was not a beneficiary of affirmative action. Our recent Clown President (bush) was. He was admitted to Yale with a C average. Why? Because of his blood-line. THAT is affirmative action but is quietly (in certain circles) referred to as the Good Old White Boy

    May 31, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
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