Thursday, August 6, 2009
History Made: Sotomayor Easily Confirmed
57 Democrats, 9 Republicans, and 2 Independents voted to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, once sworn in, will become the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice and just the third female to serve on our country's highest court.
31 Republicans including John McCain and Kay Bailey Hutchison voted against the nomination of Sotomayor. Ted Kennedy, still being treated for cancer, was unable to be present to vote although Robert Byrd did make it to the floor to cast his vote.
I applaud the nine Republicans that crossed party lines in this bitter debate to support the qualified and extremely dynamic Sotomayor. They are...
Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee
Senator Kit Bond of Missouri (retiring)
Senator Susan Collins of Maine
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire (retiring)
Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana
Senator Mel Martinez of Florida (retiring)
Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine
and Senator George Voinovich of Ohio (retiring)
Snowe and Collins are rather progressive Republicans. Gregg is from New England and retiring as well. Bond, Martinez, and Voinovich are retiring at the end of their terms. That means that the only Republicans taking chances in voting for Sotomayor include Lindsey Graham, Richard Lugar, and Lamar Alexander. Alexander and Graham both will be up for re-election in 2014. Lugar is up in 2012. That means that not one single Republican that is up for re-election in 2010 from a non-progressive area voted for Sotomayor. It also means that since his election is in three years and not six that Lugar took the biggest risk.
President Obama gets 68 votes for his first Supreme Court nominee. That's more than George W. Bush got for Samuel Alito and less than he got for John Roberts.
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