Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama’s first nominee for the Supreme Court, is about to face her confirmation vote in the US Senate. She will likely sail through the confirmation process with no serious opposition.
A few prominent GOP Senators have publicly stated that they will vote for Sonia Sotomayor, because of her inspiring story and her credentials. Most Republicans have stated that they will vote against Sonia Sotomayor because they view her as a liberal judicial activist.
All 60 Democrats are expected to vote for Sotomayor. Since a Supreme Court nominee only needs the backing of a majority of the Senate, that is more than enough to get her on the high court. But nine Republicans have stated that they will also vote for Sotomayor. Thus, the vote is likely to be 69-31.
Republicans Voting for Sotomayor:
• Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.)
• Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.)
• Sen. Christopher Bond (Mo.)
• Sen. Susan Collins (Maine)
• Sen. Olympia Snowe (Maine)
• Sen. Richard Lugar (Ind.)
• Sen. Mel Martinez (Fla.)
• Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.)
• Sen. George V. Voinovich (Ohio)
The above Republicans clearly do not see a point in opposing Sotomayor, and are choosing to fight another day.
What do you think? Can any conservative be justified in voting for Sotomayor?