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Collins Adds Another GOP Vote for Sotomayor

By Ben Pershing
Maine Sen. Susan Collins announced Tuesday that she will support Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court, making her the fourth Republican to line up behind President Obama's pick.

"Judge Sotomayor has impressive legal experience, has excelled throughout her life, and is a tremendously accomplished person," Collins said in a statement, adding that while she knows she won't agree with all of Sotomayor's decisions on the court, " I believe she will serve our country honorably and well on the Supreme Court."

With Sotomayor's confirmation all but assured, the administration is hoping to run up the score by attracting as many Republican votes as possible. Collins' decision was somewhat expected, given that she hails from the GOP's moderate wing and because fellow Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) is already backing Sotomayor. GOP Sens. Richard Lugar (Ind.) and Mel Martinez (Fla.) have also signaled their support for the first Hispanic Supreme Court nominee, while Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Republican Policy Chairman John Thune (S.D.) plan to oppose her.

None of the seven Republicans on the Judiciary Committee has said how they plan to vote on the nominee. The panel is scheduled to vote on her nomination Tuesday, but Republicans plan to use their ability to postpone the roll call by a week. A vote by the full Senate is expected before the chamber goes into recess Aug. 7.

UPDATE 11:56 AM ET: The Judiciary Committee just announced an "executive business meeting" for next Tuesday, July 28th, at 10 a.m. That's when the panel will vote on Sotomayor.

UPDATE 12:31 PM ET: Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker (R) just announced he would oppose Sotomayor, primarily because of her comments on the Second Amendment. "I have great respect for Judge Sotomayor's life story and professional accomplishments," Wicker said in a statement. "However, this appreciation does not change or hide the flaws in her record and judicial philosophy."

By Ben Pershing  |  July 21, 2009; 10:27 AM ET
Categories:  Senate , Supreme Court  
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Of course she voted for Scrotumayor. Collins would vote for Lenin.

Posted by: F-4Phantom | July 21, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

susan collins is a traitor to the constitution,the country,and the people who voted for her. she was one of the fool repubs who voted for the intercourse bill called stimulous,and she needs to be ousted if this country is to survive,people like traitor collins and snow need to go away.

Posted by: silusdogood | July 21, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Collins is just another dumbo weak minded RINO. Sickening to see her called a Republican.
About as sickening as it is to see her ugly mug on television making her unbelievably witless statements.

Posted by: LarryG62 | July 21, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, the only weak minded here are the three masturbators who call themselves F-4Phantom, silusdogoog, and LarryG62. Or are they all the same person?

Posted by: pookiecat | July 21, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Ha Ha - all these dumb a$$ republican morons posting is absolutely hysterical. Here a little advice for all you moron Bush/Hitler/Hannity/Rush supporters - get back in your pickup, throw your beer cans out the window, go hunting and call it a sport, and finish your GED. America is for LIBERALS...get used to it you dopes!

Posted by: KevinDunne | July 21, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow, if someone opposes a conservative they are guilty of treason. I didn't know that. Most of the votes in the Senate will be due to political philosophies not reasoned looks at judicial opinions. That's the way it's been as long as there have been votes on justices (just since the start of the 20th century). I wonder if Wicker can even quote the Second Amendment-- not just the second part, which is emblazoned on the NRA building, but also the first part, saying the reason for the right to bear arms is a well-regulated militia.

Posted by: Sutter | July 21, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

As a democratic voter from Maine, I would LOVE for the republicans to give Collins or Snowe a far-right challenger in their next primary. It would guarantee that a democrat would win that Senate seat, because hard right conservatives cannot win state-wide public office in Maine.
As an example, during the last gubernatorial election, our incumbent democratic governor had about a 39% approval rating; he was eminently beatable. So the next governor was a republican, right?
Wrong. There were 2 candidates running in the GOP primary. Peter Mills is a social moderate and fiscal conservative, Chandler Woodcock a hard right social conservative--prayer in schools, make all abortions illegal--the whole wingnut playbook. If Pat Robertson was for it, so was Chandler Woodcock.
Mills was the choice of mainstream republicans and the state GOP power structure. But the crazy wingnut right would not be denied. They showed en masse in the primary and got Woodcock the nomination, despite the fact that the majority of Mainers found his divisive culture war nonsense completely unacceptable.
This inspired two independent candidates to get in the race. They split the Repulican vote, none of the Democratic vote went to Woodcock, and Democratic Governor John Baldacci is in his second term as Governor of Maine.
So please, please someone primary either Snowe or Collins.
The preceding has been a short primer on Maine politics.

Posted by: katn1084 | July 21, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

SOTOMAYOR SERMON ILLUSTRATIONS FOR PASTORS

Consider getting the scissors from the Children’s classes this Sunday and put them in a big pile in front of the Pulpit. Don’t mention why they are there.

Then during the sermon read Leviticus 18:22.

Then ask if that verse is in THEIR Bible. Ask several people by name. Ask them to read the verse out loud.

Look at the piles of scissors.

This verse has been BANNED and CENSORED on Billboards in the United States by Obama Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor. Okwedy vs. Molinari is the Court Case name.

Will the COURT BAN or CENSOR the vilest pornography?? No, of course not, First Amendment doesn’t allow CENSORSHIP of filth, the Courts tell us.

BAN and CENSOR Bible verses?? No problem says Sotomayor in her Official Court Decision.

Unfortunately, our own Senator (NAME) has announced SHE/HE is GOING to CONFIRM Sotomayor.

The Senate hasn’t voted yet. Maybe Senator (NAME) didn’t know, maybe SHE/HE will decide NOT to BAN and CENSOR the Bible.

Or use these scissors to cut Leviticus 18:22 out of your Holy Bible, to save Senator (NAME) the trouble. Like Sotomayor ruled as a Judge.

Posted by: JaxMax | July 21, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

A SENATOR VOTING FOR SOTOMAYOR.........

is a Senator voting to BAN the Bible.

Bible verses (no other text added) have been BANNED and CENSORED on Billboards in the United States by Obama Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor.
Okwedy vs. Molinari is the Court Case name.

And voters still understand this in flyover country. Fits nicely on a bumper sticker too.

BAN THE BIBLE--VOTE FOR SOTOMAYOR

ps--Some Senators are not worried because they are not up for re election for 3 or 5 years.

But rest assured Justice Sotomayor would author some really oppressive opinion by then and your vote will be an issue.

Posted by: JaxMax | July 21, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

What a shocker!

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | July 21, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

big whup.

Posted by: bmschumacher | July 21, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

katn1084 - Just a minor correction about the last Maine gubernatorial election. There were three primary candidates: Woodcock, Mills and David Emery. Emery and Mills split the vote.

Woodcock beat Mills by 2,394 votes, most of them garnished by registering people in the trailer parks of Franklin and Oxford counties. Woodcock's bible thumping foot soldiers had a short sales pitch: Chandler Woodcock doesn't believe in evolution and thinks marriage should be restricted to heterosexual couples. They registered enough new voters as R's with that approach and secured him the nomination.

Within a week of the primary the DNC started running commercials on local TV in Maine of Woodcock walking backwards in a parade. The voice-over was simple: "Chandler Woodcock doesn't believe in evolution". It was all downhill from there for his campaign.

The fools that worked to get Woodcock the nomination did an amazing job. They should be commended. However, they still believe they had a real shot at winning the general election that year. That's a symptom of the real underlying problem with the Republican party in this state. They truly believe the B.S. that they spew.

I am frequently thankful that the majority of Mainers are smart enough to keep electing Snowe and Collins, two of the most widely respected and capable Senators to ever serve the State of Maine. Unfortunately 'party purity' is all the rage amongst the party elite. It will only further push the R's down the path of becoming a regional political cult.

Posted by: RufusT | July 21, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

JaxMax,
Did you actually read Okwedy v. Molinari? If you do, you will find that the case actually finds that city officials are not allowed to censor speech or even threaten to do so.

The Okwedy case says nothing about allowing censorship. In fact it does very much the opposite of what you claim.

Posted by: AaronR | July 23, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

There is no doubt in my mind about Sonja Sotomayor's intelligence. However, I'm not a liberal/progressive like she is; I'm quite conservative in my interpretation of the Constitution. I feel that she would creatively twist and turn the meanings of words in the Constitution; to suit her/or President Obamba's extreme liberal agende. The Constitution is a document that is so well-worded, that we can live by the SPIRIT of it's wording, since there are situations in which our country has changed since the Constitution was signed.

Posted by: teamrn | July 27, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

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