July 28th, 2009
10:41 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama Supreme Court nominee faces Senate Judiciary vote

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/07/24/sotomayor.vote/art.sotomayor.afp.gi.jpg caption=" 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. alvino

    This will be another nail in the right wing nut coffin. They are so out of touch with reality and continue to cling to hatred and divisiveness.

    July 28, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  2. Bill

    Great! The more repubs that vote no are the more repubs who will turn off the hispanic demographic thus keeping the train wreck in motion! You Betcha!!!

    July 28, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. alvino

    She will be confirmed as she is among the most qualified on the Supreme Court.

    July 28, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. Michigan mom

    Sotomayor is not racist. Her comments were not racist...she was speaking the truth. How can a white man understand what it's like to be a woman in this country, let alone a minority woman? You can't. You will never know what is like to be judged by your gender or your skin color. Hillary knows, Sonia knows, even Palin knows. Frankly, most women would make better judgments than men...they are more loving, more understanding, and more thoughtful. This does not mean she goes against the law. It just means she will think through her decisions with a different lens, and that is OK. She is human, just like the white guys on the bench. You're telling me that Alito doesn't see things differently that you do? We are all a part of our pasts.

    July 28, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Randi

    Cornyns an idiot. TX is a minority majority state – with the bulk of the minorities being Hispanic. Judging from the folks in my office here in Houston, they're watching his vote. I guess he figures he's got enough white voters to carry him through the next election – I hope his calculations are off. They're not happy.

    This has nothing to do with Sotomayor and everything to do with the republicans playing political and racial games and shunning everything Obama.


    July 28, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Doug, New Jersey

    It was ok for Obama and other libs to vote against Alito and Estrada for being hispanics who dared not to march to liberalism, and for that reason only, but it is racist and wrong for republicans to vote against Sotomayor who is a radical that admitted that she will be writing law from the bench.

    I know, Democrats can only attack and they are incapable of debate. However, would one lib like to try and justify your partisan, closed-minded double standards? Any taker takers?

    July 28, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Deb

    Sorry Republicans...this Latina is here to stay! Well deserved Judge Sotomayor. You make all Puerto Ricans very proud.

    July 28, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. Billy J in Texas

    Why must senators from both sides drone on and on at these things? It is my understanding they didn't even have these 'hearings' or whaterver they are called, until the advent of radio. It is all about being a GASBAG senator. Complete disservice to the country. Wasting all that time to make sure everyone knows what YOU think instead of the judge.

    July 28, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Congratulations Justice Sotomayor...not just for your impending appointment, but for doing such a good job helping the Republicans make themselves look stupid, uneducated, petty and partisan.

    July 28, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Accountant Guy

    She will do a great job!! The Republicans (Racist) voting against her will only guarantee that Barack gets his 8 years. So go ahead and show your true color Republicans. America has already rejected you all. America is finally taking back its country.

    July 28, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. Carol

    Oh – vote her in, let's be done with this nonsense.
    We have "DUMMY DOWN" just about every aspect of government so what's the difference here?
    obama is putting in as many "minorities" as he can just to show he can do it. Never mind who is best qualified for the job! he's not interested in what's best for the American public but what he can prove he can do to make it look like he's calling the shots. "the I'm the boss" routine. obama sure pulled the WOOL over the eye's of the American public that went for his retoric and voted for him. Unfortuneately, we the rest of the AMERICAN PUBLIC will have to suffer this term out. Hopefully he won't do TOO MUCH damage to our country.

    July 28, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Ben

    Ok, Libs. Bury your heads in the sand like always. Sotomayor is racist, pure and simple. Sadly, she'll be confirmed, and it won't be close.

    All that crap she was spouting at her confirmation hearings was just for show. She's an activist judge all the way. Any fool can see that.

    July 28, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Tatianna

    Of course dems talking point: Reps the party of no! Dems tend to forget Americans do not reside in dictatorship. Reps have the right to voice and vote in opposition. Just like Obama and many dems voiced and voted in opposition to Justice Alito and Roberts. Reps are civil, unlike dems shameful hateful actions in those confirmation hearings. In 2010, 2012 We The People will take back our country from those in power who mislead and lied to majority of Americans, saying they would unite, new tone and direction, smarter plans, bipartisanship, transparency, fiscal responsibility, drain corruption swamp and uphold constitution. We have a run-away govt ignoring, dismissing our voices. They work for us not the other way around. Its suppose to be FOR THE PEOPLE AND BY THE PEOPLE

    July 28, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. sandino

    As a Texan, I can only say I find Cornyn a huge embarrassment for our state. I find it laughable he is trying to thread the needle between the Hispanic voters and the right wing nutjobs in our state!!

    July 28, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Accountant Guy

    It is hilarious how upset the Republicans and backwards thinking are getting upset over this. I am so happy that we are finally getting good people in our goverment and getting rid of this good ole boys network that got our country nowhere over the previous 8 years. We finally have a goverment that is being run by smart people who actually care about this country. America is on its way back up!! Congratulations to her and Barack for picking an amazing person.

    July 28, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. Bored, anonymous, and pathetic

    Obama's next pick should be an asian. Now that the GOP is about to lose every latino vote, it's time to strip them of another bloc.

    July 28, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  17. Alberto, California

    The woman will be confirmed, no doubt. But not because she's the most qualified. She'll be confirmed because she was nominated by Obama; because she's a woman; because the democrats have the votes; and because that's just the way Washington works! "CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN." Actually, this isn't change, it's happening the same way thing's have always happened. She may or may not do a good job, that's yet to be seen. But because Obama nominated her, that's enough reason for me not to trust her. That's like when Fidel Castro selected his own brother to succeed him. Did the Cubans have any choice?

    July 28, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Rick CT

    She's definitely qualified and will be confirmed. It's just amazing that the libs (1) couch every vote against her as racist, and (2) quickly forget that St. Barack himself set the standard by which many of the no votes will be cast.

    July 28, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. T

    I wonder how many of those calling her unqualified are actual judges who were vetted by the administration for a position on the court? Glennis, how about listing your qualifications for determing Judge Sotomayor is unqualified?

    "She is a racist", is the other laughable reason the ignorant and afraid throw around for opposing her. It is hysterical! Now that minority populations are growing faster than caucasian, white men seem to fear racism against themselves. Just like my old white father who feels threatened by a Hispanic woman on the Supreme Court, other intolerant whites are fearful of a future in which their skin color is in jeopardy of becoming the minority. Perhaps it is time to leave skin pigmentation behind as a reason to fear others.

    July 28, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. don't let us down

    you are a sure thing, don't let us down, be who you say you are

    July 28, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. yuri

    Let's see the committee votes translate to senate approval, so some GOP gladiators may gravitate towards some sense of sanity.

    July 28, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  22. Willy Brown

    A liberal who will rule from the bench.

    July 28, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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