No major gaffes in her testimony, so the Republicans really don’t have much choice at this point. Sure, they may not agree with her politics, but they have to save their strength for bigger fights.
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor won virtual assurance of rapid confirmation yesterday when Senate Republicans announced that they do not intend to block a vote that would make her the first Hispanic on the nation’s highest court, concluding three days of intense questioning.
Sotomayor’s path to becoming President Obama’s first Supreme Court appointment was enhanced by a two-pronged strategy: During more than 15 hours of questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, she revealed little about the type of justice she would be, declining to disclose her views on the most significant and polarizing legal matters working their way through the courts. In addition, she deflected critics’ allegations that her public speeches showed a bias based on her sex and ethnicity, assuring the committee she is a moderate jurist and not a liberal judicial activist.
By the time she stepped out of the witness chair, Sotomayor had earned the grudging respect of even conservatives on the committee who are not likely to support her. “Thank you for giving us such a cordial response, and I am mightily impressed,” said Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).
The only question now is which Republicans will vote for her confirmation and which ones will vote against it.