June 19th, 2009
06:40 PM ET
12 years ago

Republican senator won't meet with Sotomayor

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/19/art.inhofe.gi.jpg caption="Inhofe has said he will vote against Sotomayor."](CNN) - As Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor continues to make the rounds on Capitol Hill, at least one senator is refusing to meet with her.

Sen. James Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican who previously voted against Sotomayor's current post as a federal appeals court judge, told the Tulsa World Thursday it is a "foregone conclusion" that he would not support Obama's pick for the high court.

"If you voted against anyone on the circuit [court], I have never been able to see how you turn around when the bar is actually higher and support it at a higher level," Inhofe also said.

So when it came time for Sotomayor to meet with Inhofe to discuss her judicial philosophy, the Oklahoman declined.

"The reason is he already knows how he is going to vote and it's probably best not to take up her time, she's very busy," Inhofe communications director Jared Young told CNN.

Meanwhile, fellow Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, also a Republican, met with Sotomayor Thursday, having what he described as a "philosophical discussion" with the high court nominee.

"It was more a philosophical discussion [about] life, problems in our country, difficulties we face," Coburn said.

Inhofe isn't the first Republican to explicitly proclaim his opposition to Sotomayor. Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts - who also voted against Sotomayor's nomination to the appeals court 11 years ago - said late last month he would again oppose her. A spokeswoman for Roberts did not know if the Kansas Republican has plans to meet with the nominee.

Sotomayor has met with more than 70 senators since Obama tapped her for the Supreme Court late last month.

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  1. Rondell

    I am not surprised. Yet again politics in the way of getting things done. Republican better hope Norm Coleman retain his seat..60-40...then they will complain

    June 19, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    So now the Liberals will try to say that just because Inhofe refuses to speak with her or even consider her nomination he's close-minded! Hey, he made up his mind about her years ago, and once your mind is made up, what's the point of listening to other viewpoints?

    June 19, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. lou

    racist pig..enough said

    June 19, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Gigi

    ... and they say Sotomayor is the racist...

    June 19, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Realistic

    Republicans are a bunch of angry people. Most of time a republican comes in here they are angry, frustrated and have no real ideas.
    Republicans are on the PALIN/RUSH kool-aid which have side effects: anger, mouth constipation, bitterness.
    I guess the small minded republicans are easy prey for the likes of Rush and his hate machine. And of course they love Bush, I mean the guy was not happy with one war but he needed two. Think about it, 2 wars that will reach trillions of dollars, could not finish one of the wars, was in charge when the economy went bottom-up and so on.
    The real fools are the republicans who still think Bush was a good president and the republicans can offer any real solutions.
    The real fools are the small minded people are the ones who listen to Rush, Palin,Newt....And yes Bush is to blame for the economy he left Obama to fix. If it was good when he left, he would of took all the credit so he now must accept the blame.
    Obama will need time to fix what the republicans did and no one can fix eight years of Bush/Republicans screw ups in 6-7 months.

    June 19, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Justin Smith

    Young White Male–

    Unfortunate comma splices on sections 2 and 3, as well as a misuse of "your" on section 3, all while lambasting "white female" for grammatical errors."

    Go back to high school.

    June 19, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Ken

    "So you voted against her and she went on to do such a fine job that she is now being considered for the Supreme Court. Sounds like your judgement stinks senator."

    So very true!! – But, Senator, don't allow yourself to be confused by the facts or any information that would be gained by speaking to her. That woud be counterproductive to the Repulican cause!

    June 19, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. mw

    He's another repug jerk. So many of them out there.

    June 19, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Ermando Chavez

    Here, this Senator has the opportunity to prove to himself whether his opposition to her in the past is valid or not. To just turn her away and miss an opportunity to question her and get answers proves his ignorance. He won't talk to her because he's afraid that he'll either like her or do something he'll regret more than not talking to her.

    June 19, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. independent

    OH NO!!!!!!! he's going against "the chosen ones" decision, quickly democraps, crucify him. its a free country for crying outloud, everybody dont need to see eye to eye with nobama

    June 19, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Mike in Oahu

    In keeping with the tradition of the GOP, one can never reconsider ones position once a stance has been taken, regardless of the circumstances.

    Good leaders keep their ears and minds open.

    June 19, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. mun

    He is not alone. If you Imagine he's a peoples' representative of some constituent, you wonder how they do their pics. Evidently he won the constituency and as such has followers. A scary deal ah? What a uncivilized idiot? Cant even agree to disagree!!! God help us all.

    June 19, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  13. Patricia, Thousand Oaks, CA

    Young White Male:

    People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones! Re-read your comment. The "correct English/spelling" is .....you're (meaning you are. Your is possessive.

    June 19, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  14. Nicole

    I know little about Sotomayer, and frankly I don't really care. (It must be that 20-somethings apathy kicking in), but I have to say that Inhoffe is entitled to his own opinion. I know most liberals only think it's their own opinion that's correct, but if you listen to the ideals you push, EVERY PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY is entitled to stand up for what they believe in, whether they're black, white, hispanic, asian, or all of the above. I've lived in Oklahoma for 6 years now, and I have to say that while the people are generally very conservative here, we are not all "backwater racist bigots". Are you kidding me? Why do you feel justified flinging insults at people you don't even know, living in a state you don't live in, just because we have different views and values than you? Just because we're a predominately white, religious, conservative area of the country? That makes us DIFFERENT from you, not bad people. Get over yourself. We're allowed to have whatever views we see fit without being called names from a bunch of "blue state" people with pre-school attitudes.

    June 19, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. Paul Riendeau

    It seems to me it would be polite for him to meet with her and listen to her pitch. He obviously is going to vote against her for Political Reasons but he should at least listen to her side of things should he. This is the state of american politics today.

    June 19, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. kishen c.rao

    good for him....

    June 19, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. Brad - TX

    To Linda from Minnesota:
    Your comment shows what type you are, those racist WHITE people? Yeah, cause only whites are racist, minorities never are. Whatever, seems to me I meet mire racist minorities than I do whites. Don't know if that is true, but it is something to think about.

    June 19, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Oklahoma must be so proud of its Fascist senator.... he sounds like such a reasonable man.... NOT

    June 19, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. Free and Thinking in Las Vegas

    Has anybody else noticed that everyday the republicans seem to take yet another step towards their extinction?? Has it always been this way?

    Yet another move that proves the right is made up of backwards, bible thumping bigoted racists.

    June 19, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. Grecoaussie

    I guess the good senator believes that he is never wrong and people never grow to surprise us. A reasonable person, even one who had previously reached a contrary conclusion, would take another look in case he had erred or Judge Sotomayor had grown and improved (in his re-estimation) into a better jurist than he previously thought likely. Regardless of Oklahoma politics, the people of that great state should kick the senator to the curb for his over-inflated ego and for his refusal to be fully (and contemporaneously) informed before making a decision.

    June 19, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. geecee

    What's up with Oklahoma electing this lout to be their Senator? What a jerk. One would think he would at least give her the courtesy of an appointment, if for no other reason than to agree to disagree. A real low-class creep.

    June 19, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. Wes

    Racist, rednecks and Republicans.

    The three amigos strike again.

    June 19, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Lissa in Houston

    To Young White Male:
    How funny you would criticize another post for bad spelling and punctuation, and then you yourself have bad spelling and punctuation! You just wanted to say Obama hasn't done anything. (Although that is so shockingly opposite of the truth it isn't worth responding to). And in your hurry to criticize, you showed your own lack of spelling and grammar. I find there is a pattern to conservative posts – poor spelling, lots of complaining, and no solutions. You would rather be part of the problem than part of the solution. Very mature.

    June 19, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. Matt

    1) He's already carefully reviewed her once, he knows her judical views have not changed. And he doesn't want to waste time.

    2.) He's a racist.

    Clap like the good little obama seals you are guys. I know you think it's 2, blah blah, use your normal remarks about republicans and their intellgience.

    Good work! Seal treat!

    June 19, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. Ron

    Considering some Dems did the same thing to Miguel Estrada when they filibustered his nomination, it's more than a little hypocritical for Dems to now be saying that it is rude not to meet with Sotomayor. Oh well, I guess it's hard to expect different from the Dems.

    June 19, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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