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With Sotomayor Vote, Parties Position for 2010

By Ben Pershing
The largely newsless confirmation saga of Sonia Sotomayor will make news today, as the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on sending the first Hispanic Supreme Court nominee to the full chamber for consideration.

Among committee Republicans, only Lindsey Graham is expected to vote "aye," meaning the tally will likely favor the nominee, 13-6. (John Roberts' panel vote was 13-5, while Samuel Alito's was 10-8.) Charles Grassley and Orrin Hatch both plan to cast their first-ever votes against a Supreme Court nominee today, and they attribute their opposition as much to the changing partisan atmosphere in the Senate as they do to Sotomayor's record. "I think it's a whole new ballgame, a lot different than I approached it with [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg and [Stephen] Breyer," Grassley told the Los Angeles Times.

Will Republicans remain similarly unified on the Senate floor? And will their opposition matter in 2010? Politico mines today's Daybook in a way that will please the Democratic National Committee, noting, "Republicans' dilemma in connecting with the growing Hispanic electorate will be on vivid display Tuesday," as GOP senators will be voting against Sotomayor while Tim Kaine will be speaking -- partly in Spanish -- at the annual conference of the National Council of La Raza. But conservatives believe the tally will work in their favor. "Republicans can reap significant political benefits by voting against her confirmation and making her an issue in key races next year," Ralph Reed declared in a memo to his allies. The full Senate is expected to vote on Sotomayor by Aug. 7, but the political winners and losers may not be clear until next fall.

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By Ben Pershing  |  July 28, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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Today's vote will kill Republicans chances of winning back Hispanic voters and will also disgust independents and moderates who are generally supportive of Sotomayor's nomination (check the polls).

Dems gave Roberts, a similarly qualified and controversy-free Bush pick, half of their caucuses votes. Only a handful of GOPers will cross the aisle for Sotomayor. Outrageous...

Posted by: parkerfl1 | July 28, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Why is it always about positioning for the next election instead of what's best for the American public?

Posted by: eldergent | July 28, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I have NO doubt that Judge Sotomayor is a new member of Supreme Court.
Historical moment.
Congratulations and good luck.

Posted by: MILANZM | July 28, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse


The Obama administration's willingness to embrace the Bush era's "extrajudicial targeting and punishment network" -- in the absence of aggressive action to reverse Bush administration policies that have eroded civil and human rights -- makes a mockery of the right of due process under the law.

A federally-funded vigilante army continues to use covertly implanted GPS tracking "beacons" to stalk and persecute unjustly "targeted" American citizens and their families.

And microwave radiation "directed energy weapons" degrade the minds and bodies of their "targets"... "American Gestapo" hiding in plain sight, the creation of a "multi-agency" coordinated array of secret federal programs spawned or expanded under Bush-Cheney.

Is Team Obama naive, misinformed as to the mission and methods of this nationwide, neo-brownshirt apparatus...

...or is the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice surrendering to the iron will of "Dr. Strangeloves" within by refusing to investigate victim complaints?

The subject should be raised during Sotomayor's confirmation hearings.

Please, Team Obama, read this: RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 28, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

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