July 13th, 2009
11:56 AM ET
12 years ago

Graham: Confirmation likely barring 'complete meltdown'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/13/art.graham.cnn.jpg caption="Kyl"]WASHINGTON (CNN) - A Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Monday that Sonia Sotomayor is likely to be confirmed as the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Unless you have a complete meltdown, you're going to get confirmed," Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said in his opening statement at the confirmation hearing for Sotomayor, a federal appellate judge.

Graham described Sotomayor as "someone of good character," but he questioned her past speeches that he said expressed the possibility of bias based on gender or race.

In particular, Graham said he questioned Sotomayor's repeated comment that a wise Latina woman could make a better decision than a white man.

"If I said anything remotely like that, my career would have been over," Graham said, adding that "it just bothers me when somebody wearing a robe takes the robe off and says their experience makes them better than someone else."

Filed under: Lindsey Graham • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. B.C.H

    Obviously ones race does affect ones beliefs!!! I am WHITE and because I am WHITE I have certain beliefs based on the fact that I am WHITE!!! SO WHY THE HECK SHOULD MISS SONYA NOT HAVE BELEIFS BASED ON BEING LATIN??????????????????? Anyone who says that their race does not affect their belief is either delusional, completely stupid, or a liar! The fact is that Miss Sanya is a competant and intelligent woman, who is Latin. And my being Latin she will have different views about things. It is just a fact and there is absolutely nothing the heck wrong with it! So get this woman confirmed and move on to fixing the economy and the senseless war!

    July 13, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Ryan Wing

    The accusations of Sotomayor as a 'biased justice' are a little stupid. The Supreme court very rarely decides anything unanimously. There is one law, but multiple interpretations of it – this is why Ginsberg tends to have a liberal slant to her rulings, Scalia tends to be neocon – because it reflects their interpretation of the law based on their ideaology.

    Look at abortion. It's legal, but Conservative judges will tend to rule against it when there is room to. Are they biased? They are interpreting the law as their ideaology allows.

    July 13, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. tennisguypitt

    Sotomayor has shown me she is more than qualified to be a supreme court justice. Also, who doesn't like her background and story?


    July 13, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. R in Maine

    Sonja has character and intelligence. Lindsey has neither. Sonja will be a long serving justice who will bring honor to the country. To the Republicans, go for it. You have the opportunity to lose two space for the price of one.

    July 13, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. roscoe

    jaye ... if you think Lindsay Graham is a CONSERVATIVE republican, then you need to look up the definition of conservative.

    July 13, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. mmg

    I found Senator Leahy comments of the introductions of Sotomayor very biasedat the very least. It has been proven she is biased and does NOT follow the CONSTITUTION!!! Sotmayor is a very intelligent women and has risen above all odds, BUT that doesn't mean you can ignore FACTS!!!!

    July 13, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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