Sotomayor out of Judiciary; Heading to the Senate
Along largely partisan lines, the Senate Judiciary Cmte backed SCOTUS appointee Sonia Sotomayor, Pres. Obama's first high court pick, this morning by a 13-6 vote.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was the only Republican to support Sotomayor. The Senate cmte's Dems voted unanimously for the Bronx native.
The full Senate will vote next, but with the Dems' 60-vote majority, Sotomayor's confirmation is all but a done deal. She will be the first individual of Hispanic heritage to sit on the SCOTUS.
We knew the moment she was nominated that she was a shoo-in. Yes, she's biased. Yes, she tends to rule based on race and other factors that have no bearing in legal proceedings. No, she's not the intellectual heavyweight Democrats claim she is. (Forget the malprops, folks. She just isn't that sharp.) And no, nothing can stop her in the Senate.
Our prediction? She'll be confirmed along mostly party lines with just a handful of Republicans (hopefully) voting for her. Final vote? 65-33 with two not voting in Sens. Kennedy and Byrd.