Republicans Hold Fire on Nominee
By Paul Kane
With their numbers diminished, Senate Republicans today withheld any criticism of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, instead preaching caution in the process to buy time to fully vet her judicial experience and her personal background in advance of hearings likely to be held in mid- to late July.
Republicans promised a tough confirmation process and zeroed in on President Obama's previous assertion that he wanted a nominee who personally understood what everyday Americans' lives, suggesting that an empathy-driven view of the law did not square with more than 200 years of Supreme Court precedents.
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