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. white female

    All you OLD ASS WHITE MEN, with your closed minds should go home to your states, and shut the hell up, because you just sit around on the hill taking the taxes payers money while doing, and saying NOTHING TO HELP ANYONE.
    Please let's get on with the business of feeding, helping, and passing laws to help the people of this country Sirs. This is not going to make anything that has happen in the pass change. we have made history, women, blacks, latinos,and all other mankind has the same rights as you as a human mankind. get over it you are not the cats meow anymore old men. If you would move over others would have some jobs, because you don't seem to know what it means to SOLVE CONFLICTS- constuctively. Listen up this 2009, not 1909, get over yourselves the Horse is out of the barn. President Obama and this Admin WON, WON, WON. REPEAT, SAY PRESIDENT OBAMA, A BLACK MAN OF USA IS PRESIDENT OK.

    June 19, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. economist

    Has the "esteemed" senator bothered to consider that maybe, just maybe, his circuit court vote was in error? Maybe he should stop considering himself infallible and *do his job*. I guess this will still win him votes among the stupids.

    June 19, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Earl

    Inhofe is stupid, yes. But how about those that elected him? Oklahoma (OK) = Not OK.

    June 19, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Eric N

    Sotomayer is a bad person, let alone she's not fit to take the seat on this GREAT Nation's highest court. Thanks affirmative action. BTW, all you bleeding heart liberals are idiots. This Senator is the only person with any sense.

    June 19, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. GOP4Life

    Real mature.

    June 19, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. hahahaha

    Wow, a right-wing Republican who refuses to meet with Judge Sotomayor. Who would've thunk it? Certainly not I. Hey, GOP, there's a reason why your party ID is down to 21%. It's nonsense like this. Enjoy your status as a second party for the next 30 years.

    June 19, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Don

    Yet ONCE AGAIN another Republican suffering with Rectal Cranial Inversion!

    June 19, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. Jim McCall from Tennessee

    Is that guy really a US Senator?

    June 19, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Once she is confirmed, I hope Sotomoyer sends this chump a big card with KMA in it.

    How do sane people elect such jerks?

    June 19, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Nero

    Dan C, you have no clue what you are talking about. Just spouting out BS doesn't make it true. But you repubs are good at spouting BS. That's all you are good at. That and the destroying our economy!

    June 19, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  11. Matt

    Love it!

    June 19, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  12. Hey Jude

    What a disgusting and racist man. So the lady was not good enough for him and after so many years she did such a great job that is being considered for the Supreme Court! Shows the hatred these republican have for everyone else.

    News Flash: You Jerks LOST!!!!!

    June 19, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  13. Bill

    Dave B June 19th, 2009 3:50 pm ET

    I don't think Inhofe has the intellect to meet with anyone. How did he every get elected?


    He's from Oklahoma. His views reflect the majority of his constituents. Unfortunately.

    June 19, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. Andi

    How can Congress allow him to even have a vote if he doesn't participate...oh, wait, that WAS a silly question

    June 19, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  15. Luke Brown

    Oklahoma is the state with the single. most ineffective, and ignorant representation in the Senate.

    June 19, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  16. dan

    Keepy it classy GOP.....

    June 19, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  17. Ted

    To many of us, this is a true example of a Republican in Name Only. What's Inhofe afraid of, that he may change his mind?

    June 19, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. Nathan from Atlanta

    Inhofe should have met with her for 5 minutes. It kind of make him look smug. Its totally fine that he may disagree with her positions but at least take the meeting if she is willing to meet him.

    June 19, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. Gary

    Ha – I love Inhoffe.

    I guessed it was him before reading the story.

    That dude is craaaaazy.

    June 19, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  20. Laurie in Spokane

    Oklahomans – you sure you want someone as close-minded as Imhofe representing you? Sure, he may intend not voting for her confirmation as a Supreme Court justice, but at LEAST he owes her the courtesy of meeting with her. What arrogant ass he is.

    June 19, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  21. Coloradem

    What a complete waste of time. Sotomayor should have only met with the democrats and the two Republicans from Maine-Collins and Snowe (the only Republicans in the Senate with any sense anyway). That would have been enough to get her through...

    June 19, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Somewhere in the middle

    Please, Senator, can you at least make an effort at to think seriously about the duty you and your colleagues have: it's to provide "advice" and "consent," not "disrespect someone who disagrees with my Bible-quoting, science-doubting political agenda." Even if you don't vote for her, you could at least have a modicum of professionalism and maturity.

    And Mississippi Mike: – Have you actually read any facts? SCOTUS has "a habit of striking down her rulings"? In 11 years on the 2nd Circuit, 5 of her 232 opinions have been reviewed, and 3 of the 5 were overturned. That's a meager 66% compared to then-Judge Alito's 100% beack in 2005. The Supreme Court overturns about 75% of the cases it hears, so she's actually better than average if you want to look at those numbers.

    I vote GOP in every state and local election, and I will continue to do so, but I can't accept the national-level GOP's insistence on plowing ahead with parochial, disrespectful, uninformed views.

    June 19, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  23. Independent_me

    The epitome of the Ugly Republican.

    June 19, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. Eli

    Why would they need to waste their time to dicuss or debate the Constitution? Sotomayor's legal opinions are inherently superior since she is a Latina. Right?

    June 19, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. Andy

    I think we all know that the ONLY reason why Sotomayor (pronounced Sot-o-my-a, not however it's being reported) was put forth was that, due to poltical correctness gone wild, there HAD to be a woman of non-white ethnicity. Far be it to appoint someone with better qualifications!

    June 19, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
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