May 27th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

GOP dare to vote against 1st Hispanic woman nominated to Supreme Court?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Republicans are in yet another tough spot – this one when it comes to the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States. Chalk up another brilliant bit of political strategy to our new president.[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/27/art.sotomayor052709.gi.jpg caption="Judge Sonia Sotomayor would be the first Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court justice if confirmed."]

President Obama's nominee would be the first Hispanic justice - and only the third woman justice - in the history of the nation's highest court.

Conservative critics are branding her as a liberal activist judge, and are pointing to her past comments. In 2001, Sotomayor said, "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."

Rush Limbaugh calls Sotomayor a "reverse racist" and "an affirmative action case extraordinaire” who puts down white men in favor of Latina women.

But the White House is defending the judge's comments, saying taken in context, what she says is "very much common sense in terms of different experiences, different people.”

Another comment getting attention came in 2005 when Sotomayor said, "a court of appeals is where policy is made.”

Republican senators say she will need to prove her commitment to impartiality, but RNC Chairman Michael Steele warns that if his party hopes to include more Hispanics, they have to be careful about how they approach Sotomayor.

The bottom line here is barring some unforeseen scandal, Sotomayor's confirmation will likely sail through the Senate with Republicans afraid to challenge it for fear of alienating Hispanic voters.

Here’s my question to you: Will Republicans dare to vote against the first Hispanic woman nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Nat writes:
Jack, Republicans have no choice but to confirm this exceptional jurist as the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. If for some insane reason they choose to follow their leader Limbaugh into the wing-nut world of the conservative base, they can assume a permanent minority status.

Allison from Vancouver writes:
This is going to be fun to watch! Although I believe that Obama has recommended Sotomayor for the right reasons, as of course he would, it was a brilliant move. How can the Republicans oppose her without alienating yet more Hispanic voters? Yet if they don't, they could lose much of the only support they have left, the far right. Which will they choose? Checkmate!

John writes:
Yep, the ol' political correctness bug bites again. It has gotten to the point where one can't even have an honest disagreement without race or gender being brought into play and then risk being labeled a racist. Obama says she's qualified. We should take his word for it? Did she attain her position based on merit and qualifications or was she simply another product of an affirmative action quota system?

Paul from Hurst, Texas writes:
Unfortunately, they will and it will further alienate the GOP from the mainstream. It has already started with the accusations of racism. As a Republican, I am disheartened. My party is dying, right before my eyes.

Sarah writes:
Identity politics isn't "brilliant," Jack. It is a divisive step backward. It is no wonder that the race situation is perpetuated in America. It seems to be helping one political party tremendously.

Tom from Avon, Maine writes:
They dare to go out in public without aliases, without plastic surgery, without apologies for the past 8 years. They have often raised stupidity to an art form. They dare, Jack, believe me they dare.

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soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Sean, Atlanta, GA

    Jack: Like you, I happen to have been born a white male as were many horrible criminals and exceptional individuals...and the distraction that the Reich Wing wish to furnish here instead of debate is baffling. Laura Bush herself pushed for a woman justice after O'Conner resigned and my guess is that if you asked WWLBD, you'd get somone very close to Sonia Sotomayor.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  2. Jane in CA

    Of course they will. Especially since they are now advocating just the reverse of everything they espoused when Justices O'Connor, Alito, and Thomas were nominated. The Republican party has already decided that they would rather be far, far right rather than a majority party. If you don't plan to win elections there is no down side to alienating Hispanics and women.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  3. jcc

    Love the words the Republicans are throwing around to discribe Sotomayor. LIBERAL – so what, only thing worse than a LIBERAL is a CONSERVATIVE! ACTIVIST – all of them are activists just depends on which side they come down on & if you agree with them. RACIST – most of these OWM (old white men) caller her this should be careful as there are unflattering words that could be used on them (in the case of Gingerich – ADULTERER). Lawrence, KS

    May 27, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  4. alexander

    since huispanics are the fastest growing minority in this country, republicans had better not oppose her in any way if they wish to still be a party in twenty years

    May 27, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  5. Wilson Plowman

    To indicate that your personal experiences do not influence your judicial decisions is in and of itself a lie. I would rather have someone who is honest about the fact that their personal life experiences influences their judicial rulings than someone who denies that reality. Justice Sotomayor brings a much needed diversity to the high court. This white man believes that Obama made one of his best decisions so far nominating Justice Sotomayor to the high court. And the reason this white man supports both Obama and Sotomayor is because of my own personal experiences growing up in a racially bigoted environment.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  6. Raoul New Orleans, La

    Of course they will. Some of them will have to face their financial backers for reelection in 2010, and the "Club for Growth" won't stand for who they feel is an affirmative action Justice. Ideological politicians see black and white in a multicolor America.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  7. Joe in MO

    No, not in such a way as to keep her from sitting on the court. Their present plan seems to be to let the non-elected Republicans, Gingrich, Limbaugh, Romney, Huckabee trash the lady. Then they let the elected officals say, "We need to go slow," without trashing her in other ways.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  8. JC

    Some will most will not thay'll pick who will vote against her. It'll be a sentor who's safe from the hispanic voting block.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  9. Chuck

    Daring and Stupidity are often unrelated characteristics.
    But knowing the nature of these republicans, they won't be able
    to resist embracing both.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  10. Jake

    Yes this is a briliant move by the president. But why is race a question when someone appointed to a high position is not white? This briliant woman has more experience in the courts than the Chief Justice, who couldn't even perform the simple Oat of office right. Way to go on a GOP appointment.
    I guess it wouldn't have mattered to Rush Limbough and Gingrich who President Obama picks. Even if he picks Mother Theresa or the Pope , they've both made up their mind that this president or whomever he picks fails. By the way can someone remind these "Say No" Republican folks what Bush senior saw in this woman when he appointed her to the courts.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  11. Chris from Buffalo, NY


    I sure hope you're not implying that this was a brilliant political strategy by Mr. Obama because he's "sticking it to republicans!" The goal of the President when making a Supreme Court nomination is to pick the most qualified individual for the position, not to place the opposition party into a politically difficult situation.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  12. Ange from Wickliffe ohio

    No, they have no logic to back it up.
    I believe she meant ' where precedents' take place. She will be setting precedents.
    The GOP has been advocating compassion for 8 years....they need to prove it by nominating this woman.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  13. Dave in Nevada

    Thank goodness for the party of NO. It is so hard these days to be a bigot without being too obvious about it as the Republicans are finding out. The right wing of the Senate won't be able to resist running Sotomayor through the ringer. It will be one of those priceless moments that will assure her successful confirmation.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  14. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    Some will listen to Rush Limbaugh and cut the`re nose off to spite the`re face. Some will vote for Sotomayor and beg Rush for forgiveness. Pitifull, isn`t it ?

    May 27, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  15. mary stewart,arlington texas

    the repubs never cease to amaze me......absolutely rude and hateful.....lets see cheney,hannity,palin and lets don t forget gingrich,.......need i say more ..ooops and then libaugh,...tallk about the dems.having a shoo-in in 2012....they like to disagree even if they agree.....they don t seem to pick their battles they see what the dems r doing and go opposite.....they will vote against her because they cannot get past the hate for the centrist point of view

    May 27, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  16. Frank222

    Noisy elderly sour grapers making rude comments about a competent judge with a good reputation....Roberts' record was worse in context of opinions of record

    May 27, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  17. Nathan

    These Republicans are kidding right? "Republican senators say she will need to prove her commitment to impartiality". Apparently these white men who have been in power in the Senate and House since the dawn of this country and even to day have had to prove thier commitment to impartiality to serve the people, right? Wrong, and history proves that. What pisses me off is every other nationality in this country is supposed to "prove" something if they are not white, and it is automatically assumed whites automatically do the right thing by people. Better read the history books again.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  18. vijay prathap

    Republican are in a in what I call a "quick sand". They are being dragged down slowly and steadily.

    Ruch Limbaugh has pretty much thrown everybody under the bus including Tom Ridge, whom many people including Democrats will call a good man a responsible man.

    Not only Obama is changing the very foundation of the country, he is also lecturing Republicans on "Chinese Art of War" strategy 101 in politics by re-drawing the electoral voting map....whether you call this identiy politics, gender, race, age etc, Obama is setting the Democratic rule for the next 2 decades if not more.

    In the next 10 years, I envision a 3rd party that will emerge which will likely house moderate Democrats and Republicans. That is the next logical option for moderate Republicans. The current tent is going to slowly fade into a regional party much similar to Hindu National Parties in India which recently heard a loud and clear message from the electorate....we do not want regional representation rather a national representation...which is what Republican party is going to become...

    Good Luck.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  19. NC Mom

    Some will, some won't... Overall it won't matter because she will be approved, and the fall out from the negative comments will do significant damage to the already in trouble Republican party.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  20. Matthew

    I think that many Republicans will have harsh criticism for Sotomayor during her confirmation hearings, but that few will want to cross the line and have to deal with a Hispanic backlash by voting against her nomination.

    St. Louis, MO

    May 27, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  21. Randy from Salt Lake City, UT

    Well, of course, Jack. The Republicans will do whatever Rush Limbaugh tells them to do.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  22. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    Kit Bond of Mo. is not running for re-election so he probably will and the Senators that don't have too many Hispanics in their state might also, especially the ones that cowtow to Limbaugh.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  23. Ken from Monte Vista, CO

    Yes they will. The Republican base will demand it. Gingrich, Steele and the rest of the "GOP leaders" lack the intestinal fortitude to oppose their de-facto leader. They will rally around the Limbaugh drain, alienating a few more moderate Republicans and a whole lot of Hispanic voters. If you're a Democrat, Rush is the gift that keeps on giving and Sonia Sotomayor will be our next Supreme Court Justice.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  24. Lee from La Verne, CA

    "Twas heard all over late night TV that the Republicans were " ready to fully attack the President's nominee's competence... as soon as they know who it is!".
    Leave it to the court jesters to speak the truth.
    Go Sonia!

    May 27, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  25. Bill

    Hey LIb,

    Everything about Sotomayor deals with her judicial philosophy and only the Left is making emphasis that she is Hispanic. That has nothing to do with it, so quit pandering .

    May 27, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  26. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    They dare to go out in public without aliases, without plastic surgery, without apologies for the past 8 years. They have often raised stupidity to an art form. They dare, Jack, believe me they dare.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  27. John

    Unlike the Democrats who dared to stop Miguel Estrada from making it on the Court of Appeals. Unlike the Democrats who dared to try and destroy Justice Thomas. Come on, the difference between Democrats and Republicans are that Democrats can get away with charater assassinations and the media will never call them on it. If a Republican tried to make a logical point against the nominee then he or she would be destroyed by the media. Lets face facts Democrats can get away with anything, Republicans can't. So to answer your question, no the Republicans will not dare oppose the nomination of the first Hispanic woman. But a Democrat would if she was nominated by a Republican.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:52 pm |

    I sure hope they do.................It would be another nail in the Republican party if they do.

    Topeka, ks

    May 27, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  29. Zack Canton michigan

    Yes jack, People in power don't willing give up power.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  30. Ann from Charleston, S.C.

    One of the illustrious senators from SC will likely dare to vote against her, if not both, and for reasons that no thinking person will be able to comprehend. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are very talented when if comes to creative ways to misrepresent what the other party has done or said. Republicans will dare to vote against Sotomayor if they can find a way to spin her statements and/or judgments to their advantage.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  31. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    The ones that live in "Appalachian" states (who aren't planning on running for president) might vote against her since the majority of their constituents are most likely as ignorant as THEY are.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  32. Jonas in Atlanta

    Considering they were already saying no before the nomination came out to anyone the President might pick, I would they hope they would stay consistenet and just say no.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  33. Brian in AZ

    Jack, If the Republicans do, they'll lose some votes among the hispanic community for this, but they'll gain independents. They poll very well on judicial activism and it's corollary: relative interpretations of the constitution (64% agree with the republican line of the constitution being interpreted as it was originally intended). If they can peg Sotomayor, and thus Obama as radical on this issue they'll knock a lot of independents off the Obamawagon who were hanging on just because they thought he was a centrist.

    But yes, the republicans would lose their salsa.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  34. Paul Martin

    Hurst, Texas

    Unfortunately they will and it will further alienate the GOP from the mainstream.

    It has already started with the accusations of racism.

    As a Republican I am disheartened.
    My party is dying, right before my eyes..

    May 27, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  35. J Atlanta

    I certainly hope so. They're dumb enough, and it'll be very entertaining.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  36. Bernard Clark

    Not only will Republican's vote against her, they will initiate a bill to force Hispanic Immigrants out of the country in their next breath.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  37. wanda j brown

    of course they will vote against her. Lou Dobbs was animate about her comment about white men being so racist. which that is to be expected from him, along with his super slanted poll question. But even so racism will be the primary reason they vote against her. She
    was right, white men having run this country in the ground. It is time for a woman, any woman to clean up their mess. And by the way, tell
    Lou Dobbs all hispanics are not illegal. I knew he would jump on this.


    May 27, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  38. Thomas Edwards

    For once I agree with McCain – elections have consequences. And this is one of them, a nominee to the "left", but no different from those to the "right" that McCain would have nominated had he been elected president. But he wasn't. Obama was. So now I can be amused as I watch right-wing Republicans squirm, my own O. Hatch in particular, given he voted for her twice before, as they search for an issue – any issue – to try and derail this nomination. Sure, some will vote against her, but they represent the same thoughts and philosophies that brought the Republican Party to its knees in the last election.
    Thomas Edwards
    Logan, UT

    May 27, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  39. Salih From Philadelphia

    I don't believe that Republicans will vote againist her but i do think that they will use stall tactics to buy more time to look for something earth-shattering againist her. Every single person who is to become our next supreme court judge should be throroughly examined whether republican or democrat. There is a lot we still don't know where she stands on abortion, gay rights, The thing thats strange is that if you look at some of her cases she's not that liberal and sided a lot with republicans in her cases.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  40. Jay in Texas

    Of course, Jack, the Republicans will vote against her confirmation. My bet is that they will do so by a large majority too. They know that voters have a terribly short memory and they will not even think about this vote when they go to the polls again in 2010.
    Brownwood, Texas

    May 27, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  41. Caleb

    They have to ride the party line, since most of them will have to depend on their far-right constituencies to get through a primary or general election, so of course they will vote against her. While they may please the die-hards, they will continue to alienate the moderates, who will continue to switch sides. What the Republican Party needs is a purging of its stubborn purists – Limbaugh, Gingrich, Cheney – if it wants to have any hope of ever again holding the White House or a majority in Congress.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  42. Lou from CT

    I imagine there will be those who will vote against her nomination, but the backlash against them will likely be swift and very damaging to their future campaigns.

    May 27, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  43. Roderick

    Tell me when is this great country is going to band together, everything have this great opposition ,are we the USA ?The election is over it now time to build our country , can somebody tell our leaders that. Sotomayor is a great pick.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  44. Charles from Greensboro, NC

    Obama is demonstrating that he can play hardball with the Republicans. Given the fact that hispanics make up the fastest growing ethnic group in the US, If Republicans block Sotomayor's nomination, it will lead to a backlash from hispanic voters and Republicans will loose the 2010 and 2012 elections. Hopefully some of them are intelligent enough to realize that, but with Rush and Newt out there speaking for the party on a regular basis, I have my doubts.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  45. Alan - Buxton, Maine

    Republicans are idiots and will certainly harm themselves further by opposing her but that is all right. They have had their chance, blew it big time and are fading away fast. Good riddance!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  46. David

    Nope, hahaha! Except maybe that racist idiot Limbaugh or Gingrich. But they're foolish. I don't think even Cheny is stupid enough to fool with this – the RNC Chairman certainly isn't/

    May 27, 2009 at 4:00 pm |
  47. David

    As a professional hispanic, I am proud of this nomination. Yale and Princeton graduate, it doesn't get any better than that. She is extremely qualified. Go ahead republicans, vote against her and make sure to maintain hispanics out of your party. The party of NO.

    Birmingham, AL

    May 27, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  48. Annie, Atlanta

    In the self destruct mode they find themselves of late, of course. Then they'll blame it on the "Democrat Socialists" when they suffer greater losses in 2010.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  49. Suzy

    I think that they will. They don't think that they need minorities in their party. Michael Steele is just their "Token Black Man" which will also fail.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  50. kdubyaf

    Of course they will. Not doing so would be considered weak among their base – which seems to be the only support they have left. They will vote against her and they will make a big deal about it being about her judicial philosophy. Her credentials will take a back seat.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  51. Mike in SA

    If the Republicans publicly and vocally offer up some moderate Hispanic alternatives to her candidacy, I don't see why they wouldn't be able to viably vote against her. There have been 50 Federal judicial posts that have had Hispanics appointed to them over the last 16 years and a racist, sexist jurist who thinks the Legislative and Executive branches are mere trophy wives to the Judiciary is the best Obama could come up with??? I refuse to believe that. So should the rest of America.

    Hispanic America would be behind the Reps if they vocally promoted the better Hispanic options. I would love to see what this candidate thinks about things like the Conscience Clause and how much support she gets from the Catholic Hispanic community if she is for rescinding it or on the other side the liberal community if she is for keeping it. You know...because the courts are where policy is made.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  52. Connan Jacksonville, FL

    Her quote about the court of appeals is unsettling. Unless I've misunderstood the Constitution, it is the courts role to interpret the law, not create it. If she feels the need to create policy, maybe she should run for the Senate or House of Representatives, or God forbid, local council.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  53. thinker

    Why does anyone still find the Republican party relevant?

    May 27, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  54. Understanding both sides

    From I understanding of the quote, she's asking people to try and live in "other people's shoes."

    However, if you were to take the word Latina and the word male, it becomes a man woman issues.

    I would hope that a wise woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a male who hasn’t lived that life.

    If you insert white males first, and latina woman second, it akes on another meaning.

    I would hope that a wise white male with the richness of his experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a latina woman who hasn’t lived that life.

    It's all about understanding both sides

    May 27, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  55. Vicki, Halifax, NS

    Of course they'll dare to, Jack. Just look at their track record.

    (Was this question meant to be rhetorical?)

    May 27, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  56. joec

    Yes, they dare to vote against her. And that's why the GOP has set loose the "dogs of war," Gingrich, Steele and Limbaugh, none of whom is holding elected office, to do the dirty work of tearing down her candidacy, hoping that the dirt will begin sticking to her before there is any vote. That seems to explain their desire to slow the process down, to give the slimers plenty of time to do their work. Al Franken, where art thou? If ever there was a time for Democrats to unite to get the job done, this is it.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  57. Brian, Albany NY


    The Republicans will most certainly oppose Sotomayor's nomination. They're perfectly content to sit on the sidelines hurtling insults while the adults (Democrats and independents) fix the mess they've made.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  58. Ed

    Any Republican with guts and integrity will not be coerced into voting for her! Any Republican nominee that said some of the things she has said, that border on racism, would have the likes of Schumer,Kennedy, and other liberals calling for their nomination to be withdrawn immediately! Republicans don't cave in to this form of extortion, that the liberal Democrats are dishing otu!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  59. Ron from Pennsylvania


    Didn't you notice? When the president left the room after announcing Judge Sotomayor, he left a Hari Kari knife on the table. The only question was which disgraced Republican Samuri would be the first to pick it up and start dis-embowling the GOP. It looks like Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich are fighting over that "honor". By the time these two get done and Cheney shuts up, the Republicans will be down to 5% of the voting public.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  60. drJ

    The republicans find themselves in a shrinking minority with 2010 coming up on the horizen,, I believe it would be political suicide for them to even attempt to split hairs when considering to appoint or oppose this fine young intelligent woman who is just the right balance needed in the supreme court.. I predict the "Colin Powell" good cop republicans to show up and confirm, amidst the "Rove/Rush bad cop media pundits,, to rack up much needed political points to begin to deflect and disguard this "party of no" direction that will eventually be the demise of the party if not soon corrected.. Prepare the base for the full left turn back to center,, and back to power! AMEN!!
    DrJ Cinti

    May 27, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  61. Carole

    Jack the Repubs are the Scorpion that the Frog gave a ride to across the pond. Why did the Scorpion bite the Frog? Because he is a Scorpion!!!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  62. Paula in the middle of the country

    in a word....nope....!!!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  63. Liz Roland

    I live in NYC, and am absolutely thrilled to see such an exceptionally gifted and well-qualified person being nominated. And yes, I am thrilled that she is an Hispanic woman. ( Not to mention being a New Yorker!) It should be obvious to anyone who isn't a neanderthal, that we desperately need more diversity on not only the Supreme Court but in our entire judicial system.
    As to the comment by Rush Limbaugh, consider the source, a hypocritical racist bully who simply cannot stand any diversion from the all-white-male antediluvean network he so cherishes.
    My husband and I hope that Sotomayor is swiftly approved, and can begin her much needed work ASAP.
    My husband is 80 & I am 73 & both Ohio-midwestern raised. We've indeed come a long way Baby!
    We rarely miss your Cafferty File, keep up the good work Jack, & we especially like the wonderfully sardonic & usually witty way you respond to some of the negative comments hurled at you.
    Thanks, Liz R.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  64. Jason, Koloa, HI

    The republicans in states that don't have large hispanic populations will probably vote against her, and the republicans in states with large hispanic populations will just quietly squirm while watching the inevitable. We can talk about how evolved we are as a society all we want, but when it boils right down to it, things still come down to what is the color of the nominee's skin and is voting for or against her going to offend people of the same color or other colors.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  65. dave

    They are going to have to do what Boss Limbaugh tell them. After his yesterday performance my guess is they will vote against.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  66. Roland(St George,UT)

    Jack, I hate to sound so generalized, but for the most part, it seems like ever since the end of the Reagan era, you can usually bet on the Republicans to do the wrong thing. So, yes.
    (Roland/St George, UT)

    May 27, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  67. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    I'm sure there will be some Republicans (who aren't planning on running for president) who will vote against her and their constituents will applaud them for it. Think "low information voters."

    May 27, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  68. Diana

    If they do, then they rebrand their party Good Old Stupid White Men Only.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  69. Arlene-- Roselle, Illinois

    As a woman I think its wonderful that another woman is
    going to the highest court. As for the grand old party of NO
    the Republicans better tread lightly on this issue and not follow
    comments of Limbaugh and Gingrich who use the term "racist",
    and remember women always out vote men in the elections.

    Maybe if she has white hair and a southern drawl they might like

    May 27, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  70. h.G.wells at the History museum

    Yes they will, to understand why, just look at the 2 Parties.
    The democrats are the Party of the 40 acres and a Mule.
    The Republicans just want their Slaves back.
    So even if it is against their self intrest they will vote
    with the "Audacity of Nope".
    just as many democrats Voted against their self intrest before
    the "Audacity of Hope".

    May 27, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  71. Stefan- Hayward, CA

    They better not oppose Sotomayor's nomination. They lost the latino vote to President Obama in last year's election. It would be smart to let this one go if they want any hope in regaining that demographic. However, I don't think that they have learned that lesson yet and they will indeed oppose Sotomayor.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  72. Linda in Arizona

    A Latina woman saying something about white males is not racist or sexist for the simple reason that the positions of the two entities are unequal. Women and Latinos have been discriminated against by white males, NOT the other way around. There is a HUGE power differential between white males, and absolutely everybody else on the planet. To be the oppressors, and now to whine that they are the victims is NOT allowed. If he says it, throw it in the sewer. Oh, will the goopers "dare to vote against her"? Who knows? They'll do what they're told.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  73. Sheila

    If a white person had said that they knew better than a Latino woman, can you imagine the outcry? Why are minorities allowed to get away with this kind of thing but whites are held up to a different standard?

    May 27, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  74. Micky In West Orange

    Why are people so up in arms when someone who is “different” from them is elected to any position in this country? Its it a form of racism—a learned misconception that the “other” person is totally void of intellect and capability to serve justly in a particular capacity? Racism, Political Dogma, or Racism Disguised as Political Dogma, dose nothing but stifles progress until that progress is slowed at the least, stopped at most. Here is a novel Ideal: Someone, who is not white, who is not male, and who was raised with that proverbial Silver spoon, could love this Nation just as much as anyone? I remember that immediately following the attacks of 9/11 there was a sort of air of goodwill and exaggerated sense courtesy towards one another. No matter what we thought of the “: other” in this country “WE” were under attack. You see, the Enemy of America doesn’t differentiate between a male American, A woman American, a White American, a Black America or a Hispanic American. The Enemy wanted to kill us ALL—because we were all AMERICANS. Tragic as that period our nations History was, it was one of the very few time that America and Her enemies were both on the same page: no matter what color, religion, social/economic/sexual status, we are ALL AMERICANS!

    West Orange, NJ

    May 27, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  75. DAME-O / TEXAS

    They vote against everything else, why not? "The party of NO".

    May 27, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  76. Marty Ward

    Sure they will, Jack. It would hardly be the stupidest thing they've done recently.

    Springfield, IL

    May 27, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  77. Tom Ryan

    Sure, some will vote against her. But except for the Rush Limbaugh loudmouth types, the criticism will be relatively muted.


    Can you say...New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and Florida?

    I knew you could.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  78. Don

    Harriet Myers was proposed... momentarily... by Bush, and some Republicans came out to defend her. Now here is a woman who is truly qualified (whether you agree with her or not) and they are taking these cheap shots at her? No, they will vote for her, if they are smart. They can not afford to look any more foolish than they do already.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  79. TjInSanJuan

    This is GREAT! Let the Repubs show their true colors and oppose, denigrate and otherwise turn off every hispanic voter for the next 40 years!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  80. Elliot Baron

    If the Republicans go after Sotomayor, they'll lose both Hispanic votes they received last election

    May 27, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  81. Zac - Atlanta

    Aside from the moderate Senators from Maine, ALL of the remaining Republican Senators are stupid enough to vote against her. But they'll have only themselves to blame when their numbers dwindle to about 35 in 2010.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  82. Anne

    Sonia Sotomayor sounds racist to me in one comment. She stated that a Latina woman with the life experiences she has would make a better decision that a white man who has not lived that life. What if you turn that statement around and let a white male say that about an African American or Latina? His career would be over.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  83. Bill Davis

    Why not? What's left of the G.O.P. has proven that rational, well-thought-out decisions aren't important to them. I've come to expect about anything from them. It's possible they see themselves as martyrs. Whatever.

    Bill D
    Champaign, IL

    May 27, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  84. William

    There will be republicans Senators who will have to vote againts confirming Sotomayor because of their constituents, but that will be to their detriment. Latinos of all backgrounds are together and they are not alone in this nomination!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  85. Scott, Scottsdale AZ

    Of course they will Jack. The GOP has already proven they are a party that could care less about inclusiveness and diversity. Acting irrationally and against their own best interest is what they do best. They are a party of white, tired, scared, old bigots. Anything that might breath new life into their party will be summarily dismissed.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  86. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    Some ultra-conservative Republicans, goaded on by Limbaugh and Hannity, will vote no and talk tough trash, but in the end I believe Ms. Sotomayor will be confirmed–and she should be, she's a great choice. She'll bring a new, fresh voice to the Supreme Court.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  87. Thomas Cargo

    Well jack if they find good reason to deny her confirmation then so be it!! A far left wing liberal judge on the United States supreme court oh my God just we need!!! Thomas Meadville pennsylvania

    May 27, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  88. Jake From Philadelphia

    I don't think republicans will vote againist her for reasons you have stated its a political venus fly trap. I have no problem with the senate reviewing her resume and ask where she stands on abortion, gay rights, etc. Every potential supreme court nominee should go thru a rigorous process since they will be there for quite a while. The other problem republicans got is that she not liberal nor conservative that irks the extreme sides of both parties but it makes for a great judge on the bench.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  89. Yosef

    TR, SC

    Some will of course. If it is agreeable to their home voters, and they want some face time, then yes. But the cost of losing the election is this kind of SC Justice.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  90. Kathy

    Of course some of them will vote against her because they won't be able to control their own blatant racism and sense of inadequacy. Ultimately, there will be nothing they can do to stop this so voting against her might make some of them feel like they're actually DOING SOMETHING. .

    May 27, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  91. allen

    If it is determined she is not qualified based on her previous performance the Republicans have a responsibility to vote against her. There are too many Americans who are unfortunately basing their selection criteria on popularity rather than truly looking at a persons qualifications. Her remarks/performance make me doubt her qualification....and I'm pretty sure she is not the "Best Qualified."

    May 27, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  92. FredinWhiteRock

    Of course they will oppose her nomination. It's party politics first and only. The Rebublicans will oppose everything and everyone that the Democrats propose!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  93. Keith

    Hopefully they will. And stay true to the republican message and not flip flop for the sake of votes. That party is in so much need of help, it will do whatever it takes to get people on their side. It is nice to have an administration that seeks the best for the job and not the best for political gain.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  94. Eileen Peabody MA


    If the Republicans vote against Judge Sotomayor for any reason other than being a Yankee Fan (I'm from Boston), then they are proving beyond a shadow of a doubt they are the party of exclusion.

    That's it.


    May 27, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  95. Adam -- Alabama

    No... they can't afford to alienate any more people. Especially Hispanics and women.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  96. Stephen from California

    I'm proud to live in a nation that can celebrate its diversity, but on the same token we still have a long way to go. Merit MUST outweigh all other variables when it comes to filling a position like this. Fortunately, I think Sotomayor has amazing qualifications, her heritage and upbringing are a happy coincidence.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  97. Sue K

    Yes, because as they have demonstrated over and over again, they are just that stupid.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  98. Jim Blevins

    Some Republicans certainly will vote against her. They have such a skewed view of reality that they certainly regard her as evil. They are the very people that have given Democrats such a majority. Rational Republicans will vote for her, however.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    May 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  99. Liz Roland

    I hope that the Republicans wil not try to vilify her, but, given their track record, they just might. My husband and I, both New Yorkers, are thrilled at the idea of an Hispanic woman being nominated. It should be obvious to anyone who isn't a antediluvian racists, that we desparately need more diversity in all our Judiciary levels. As for Ruch, consider the source. Keep up the good work Jack!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  100. barb

    Yes Jack they are stupid enough to vote against her. I hope they do, then we can vote the rest of them out of office in 2010.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  101. Tim In Dallas

    In the entire history of the Supreme Court there have been eleven Roman Catholic Justices, five of whom are sitting on today’s court presently. Sotomayer would make a total of six. In potential cases involving abortion rights, prayer in schools, gay rights or any case having to do with the separation of church and state her confirmation would be a nightmare for this gay liberal atheist. To me, any mention of “religious liberty” is code for Christian Theocracy. It’s a shame the Republicans will vote against her for all the wrong reasons.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  102. Glenn George

    Senate Republicans may be wiser but I am sure Dems would love for Republican Big Dogs to pounce on her nomination.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  103. Lucie Henriette

    Nope. They're terrified and so-called "minorities" have this country in a stranglehold. G#d forbid that anyone dare to not vote for someone who is brown; that would "prove" that she/he were racist, imperialist and behind the times.


    Haven't you heard? We white people are the enemy and should hang our heads in shame, all the while paying for most taxes, giving most generously to charities and supporting affirmative action that allows everyone except for our own kids to thrive.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  104. nat

    Considering her comments, she's a racist in reverse, but that's ok, that's how Obama likes it, Racists and tax evaders.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  105. lvasquez

    even the party of NO knows where not to go.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  106. Rochelle in NY

    Will Republicans dare to vote against the first Hispanic woman nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court?

    The Republicans who are not in th Senate will be the loudest opposition to her nomination. However, many republicans currently in the Senate, will bark, but not bite when it comes time to vote.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  107. Micky In West Orange

    Why are people so up in arms when someone who is “different” from them is elected to any position in this country? Its it a form of racism—a learned misconception that the “other” person is totally void of intellect and capability to serve justly in a particular capacity? Racism, Political Dogma, or Racism Disguised as Political Dogma, dose nothing but stifles progress until that progress is slowed at the least, stopped at most. Here is a novel Ideal: Someone, who is not white, who is not male, and who was raised WITHOUT that proverbial Silver spoon, could love this Nation just as much as anyone? I remember that immediately following the attacks of 9/11 there was a sort of air of goodwill and exaggerated sense courtesy towards one another. No matter what we thought of the “: other” in this country “WE” were under attack. You see, the Enemy of America doesn’t differentiate between a male American, A woman American, a White American, a Black America or a Hispanic American. The Enemy wanted to kill us ALL—because we were all AMERICANS. Tragic as that period our nations History was, it was one of the very few time that America and Her enemies were both on the same page: no matter what color, religion, social/economic/sexual status, we are ALL AMERICANS!

    West Orange, NJ

    May 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  108. Rob Toronto

    Hard core Republican senators will vote against anything proposed by President Obama even though it makes all the sense in the world because they hate him for taking away their power.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  109. Linda in Connecticut

    Are you referring to the same republicans that thought Barack the Magic Negroe was funny or that think" drill baby drill "is the answer to our national energy plan? Of course they will ,Jack.Because stupid is as stupid does.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  110. John Armstrong

    Oh YES, there will be some Republicans who will vote against her honors confirmation. Though those same senators had no problem voting for a republican nominee who pulled the RACE CARD.
    Sotomayor will be confirmed, and she has some of the best cerdentials.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  111. Karl from SF, CA

    The dumb ones and those not running again will and we know pretty much who they are. Of course Limbaugh will keep blabbing endlessly, but with the hispanic and women votes in most states and districts at risk, the smart ones will just sit down and shut up.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  112. Seve Lara

    Of course they will. Shoot first ask questions later is the republican way.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  113. Bruce - Ontario, CA

    Yes of course they will because as they have demonstrated time and time again that if you are not with us, then you are against us. With these totalitarian guys they cannot change or moderate their views... ever.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  114. Lyn Lindstrom, Rocklin, CA

    If the Republican Party would please allow the younger, more in tuned members to have a say so, this question would be easy to answer. The new Republicans have common sense, the oldies but not so goodies, are as pompous and bias as ever. As long as the ancients who insist on business as usual are still running this ...be prepared for still more biting off their nose to spite their face.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  115. LC in Minnesota


    Of course the Rush die hards will vote against her. They are in self destruct mode and they do not even realize it. Only the sane can think outside the small world of Rush. Fact is she has more experience than any other Supreme Judge at the time of nomination. The NO party is eliminating itself. Even you and I Jack could direct the party better. Of course it would be moderate and common sense and represent the people.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  116. Derrick

    Lebron James knows more about basketball than her. Wolf Blizter knows more about Journalism than her. Whites know more about European history than her why can't they believe she knows more about the poor and minorities. It came out harsh but you have to judge her by her actions. Where is evidence of racism in her day to day life. They know they can't stop him they just want to stir up dissention, fear, and suspicion against him. Rush Limbaugh has spewed out worse crap than anything she ever said.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  117. Jim Gillum

    Yes, the Republicans will vote against her because they are that stupid. I was a Republican for 65 years, no more, and I am a 69 year old white male. The party of NO is choking on its own gorge. These guys are committing suicide and I say the sooner the better. The face of America has changed, get over it.....

    Avon, Indiana

    May 27, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  118. Graham

    The premise of your question today proves Obama did not select the best qualified person for the Supreme Court. Rather, like most of his decisions, this one is totally calculated to benfit Obama – politically – not to benefit the country.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  119. CNN MAN

    I think that the Republicans are going to vote against her. Due to the fact that they're going to say she votes with her heart more then her head and the law. If the republicans win this though they might lose their votes from the hispanics.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  120. Norm pope - Long Beach, CA

    Republicans are running scared as they should be. They will tread carefully with Sotamayor and she will win confirmation easily. About the only thing the Republicans are passionate about is (1) reversing Roe v Wade (2) railing against embryonic stem cell research (3) denying homosexuals equals rights and (4) restoring school prayer.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  121. Robin in Maryland


    The party of no will vote no on Sotemayor. A zebra doesn't change its stripes and the Republicans will not change their mind and do what's best for this country. Judge Sotemayor is eminently qualified for this job more so than the two judges George Bush nominated. She has the both the scholarly background and practical experience we solely need on the Supreme Court. Good on President Obama for nominating her. I am very proud of this selection

    May 27, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  122. Silver Boulevard

    An opposing GOP to Sotomayor will be a public viewing of the GOP body before the final nail hits the coffin of their demise. At this point the GOP can't afford to lose not another vote.....as a African American replublican, I'm starting to see that the GOP doesn't care too much for "difference".......send Limbaugh, Newt, Boehner, & Cheney to space to mind the Hubble Telescope!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  123. John, Fort Collins, CO

    It is very likely a large number of Republicans will vote against Judge Sotomayor blindly following instructions from Rush Limbaugh, their Mother Ship.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  124. Jim Nelson

    Jack, According to their Boss, they got a "Thumpin" in the last two elections, The Republicans have to get with the program or they will get their A-- handed to them in the next two.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  125. gambo

    i dont think so jack, hispanic vote in last election was 67% to 30% democrats. if the GOP want hipanics to vote for democrats, the way african americans voted for obama, then the GOP can go ahead and dare vote against sotomayor. that is 99% to 2% in the next election.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  126. Chris D., NYC

    She will be confirmed on her merits!! The elected officials within the GOP will vet her properly, and she'll be confirmed.....However, Rush, Newt, & others are already smearing her name, throwing red meat at their shrinking base........It's getting really hard to take the GOP seriously.......I've tried to hold this opinion in for months, but the race baiting, and the like that is ramping up is ludicrous.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  127. Steve in Louisville, Kentucky

    Jack, the Republicans will vote against her in the same mindless way that an addict hits on crack. They just can't do otherwise. But, as they do, they'll drive away Latino voters and become more and more distilled as the party of old white folks.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  128. Pat, Pa.

    I believe that they will grumble and carry on about her. They will use delay tactics hoping that something drops out of the sky that they can use against her. In the end they will appoint a couple of their group to vote " yes " and the rest will vote " no ". They will only allow enough votes of " yes " so that she gets in to pacify America. Their leader, Rush Limbaugh, will never allow them to let America think that they overwhelming put one of Obama's choices on the Supreme Court.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  129. helenmills

    Yes Jack, the extreme right wingers will vote against her. They will also take every opportunity to distort her words and record. Taking things out of context is their specialty. Her comments about white males is only an acknowledgement that for centuries white males in this country have been at the top of the block sometimes by merit but more often by privilege. I don't think she has any yearning to take white males down a notch. However, I do think she and many others would like to convince white males that they should share the pedestal in the interest of fairness.

    I think many white males have willingly tried to bring about equality in this country and are urging their brothers to not be afraid of change. But change does not come easy. The GOP is far and above the party of "no change" and they see Sotomayor as a threat to their status quo.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  130. Jerry C

    Jack, Obama is a genius Limbaugh and Gingrich are playing robust by talking tough... if Republicans have two bain among them they would not touch this one with a ten foot pole. But guess what Jack they will and curiosity will kill those cats.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  131. Bob T. Southfield, MI

    No – the spineless obstructionists can't do it this time without losing more of their precious base which is now less than 30% of the electorate. Its a good thing too since Justice Sotomayor is extremely well qualified and will be able to stand up to Chief Justice Roberts on points of law and justice. Well done Mr. President – well done.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  132. Barry, Fredericton


    One of the articles I regularly give students in my course on corporate governance is entitled "The Cesspool Syndrome: Why Dreck Rises to the Top of Declining Organizations." Sub-categories of the syndrome include "why those who can go, leave" and "why turkeys hire turkeys." The GOP's decay is an illustration of the syndrome. So, yes, the party will oppose After all, both Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh have already tried to smear Judge Sotomayor as a old-style liberal and a racist (remember the turkeys?), not as a highly qualified candidate with whom individuals might respectfully disagree on issues. Principles are best expressed through thoughtful discussion, not stereotypical sound bytes.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  133. Bill

    Jack, Of coarse the Republicans will vote against her. They are the NO party now and besides they are going in so many directions now that they won't figure this one out until the 2010 elections. Watch Rush Limbo. He will direct them in the NO direction, no matter what, until they all stop floating on the top of the cesspool. This one is a no brainier.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  134. Tim Hendon, Hammond, LA

    Of course there will be at least one republican that would vote against the confirmation. The lone vote will come from Senator David Vitter of Louisiana, who is posturing himself for re-election next year and is back on that holier than thou approach. If Sotomayer were a few years younger, Vitter would probably try to hire her for "personal services".

    May 27, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  135. John - Mesa, Arizona

    Yes Jack, they will vote against her thinking that the public still believes anything they tell them. The Republican Party has yet to figure out that the last administration has destroyed all their credibility. They will vote no, she will be confirmed, and the Republicans will look even more out of step with post Bush era America.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  136. Andrew

    Wow, how brilliant the President picked someone on the basis of her sex and skin color and God for bid the Republicans vote against because of her sex and skin color. I mean seriously folks listen to yourselves.

    We are suppose to judge people on their actions and deeds not skin color and sex. She has said that she believes that a hispanic women would come to better descicions then a white male. RACIST REMARK!!
    She has said that it is in the judiciary system that policy is made. What the....? That is not how our government is suppose to work. WAKE UP!! WAKE UP!!!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  137. Bob Brundin

    To Democrat and Republican Pols: Isn't it a pity that we'd select ANY appointee based on race, creed, or color, rather than ability to do the best job?

    May 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  138. Justo Gonzalez II

    Some republicans will vote against her simply as a nod to their base. The fact that she is well qualified, has exceptional credentials, has served on the district and appeals court is irrelevant. This is politics. She's nominated by a moderate Democratic president. Therefore, she's a "liberal activist judge." And you and I are suppose to be so stupid to believe all the nonsense that is being stated. In fact, we're so dumb that the talking points were in place before anyone was nominated. Make her a a high strung, emotional Latina woman who hates men and destroy her. It's time for the Republican right to realize their limited world view does not work in mainstream America. Judge Sotomayor has earned her stripes and this nomination.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  139. Lawrence from Solvang

    The fact that Sotomayor believes courts should be setting policy disqualifies her from the Supreme Court. President Obama shoud withdraw her nomination.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm |

    Sure they will vote against her. They have voted against President Obama on everything. This Lady is what we need in the Supreme Court. She won't be afraid to go up against Scalia. Let Republicans show their true colors, as usual. Rush will tell them what to do.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  141. Rose


    May 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  142. Debbie, Florida

    It's hard to say, Jack. The Republicans have been put on a great comedy show for the past four months. Loved their budget with no numbers in it and their call to investigate Pelosi until the America people let it be known we wanted "everyone" investigated. Then we saw the "Pelosi Galore" video. Also loved their attempt to rename us the Democrat Socialist Party. They'll probably do their thing one more time and I'm so looking forward to it. You couldn't pay for entertainment this good.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  143. Eleanora Feucht, Mt. Laurel, N.J.

    Maybe, maybe not. She is a Roman Catholic and therefore will vote Pro Life with them. However, unlike the Republicans, she will probably be Pro-Life across the board. She will not vote with them on the death penalty. (Hush, don't tell the GOP)
    Personally, I think she's a good choice and should be easily confirmed.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  144. Muyanzi Reid

    The conservatives jumping all over Sotomayor is a terrible move. She has great experience, a great american story and she represents a groups of people that the Reps desperately need to win elections in the future. The conservatives need to shut up and be cool!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  145. Tomas

    The Republicans won't dare challenge. This is blackmail for sure!!! Like the election of a black president, if you dare go against a person of color, you will be alienated and called a racist. Being a Caucasian, and a life long Democrat, I'm really upset that the possibility of a more distinguished Caucasian, Asian man or woman or a person of any race are being overlooked because of partisan politics. We need to step back and ask ourselves as a country of people, regardless of race and gender, are we picking the right person or are we just playing games with our future? I support Obama on just about everything, but if this woman is not the best choice and only chosen because of her race, I hope he fails. Please don't degrade our country!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  146. Tiffany Carter

    As a African American woman I am against affirmative action. I think it is unconstitutional. Liberals are always playing the victim. Sonia Sotomayor shouldn't be on the Supreme court just because she is a Hispanic woman.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  147. Susan atkins

    As long as that out of touch party continues to march to the tune of white men, they will stay out of touch (and out of office). They'll vote against her purely on race and gender because that is who they've been for the last 16 or more years.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  148. PAUL - Ventura

    If they have any intestinal fortitude Republicans will vote against Sotomayor.
    Has anyone checked to see if Sotomayor has any illegal employees or has hired illegals in the past? Let's hope someone digs up some dirt on her so we can see her go away!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  149. ross berg- buffalo ny

    My guess is that the Repubs will flub this as badly as possible and be effectively painted by the media as a bunch of old white racists???

    Seems clear that she'll be confirmed no matter what, so all they'll accomplish at the end of the day is to further drive themselves into obscurity!!!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  150. Mike

    They better. We should want a Supreme Court Justice that will SWEAR to judge by our Constitution – not by their past history!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  151. reg


    Isn't it interesting there were no male candidates on the short list, only females and a female Hispanic. It;s no wonder we never get the best qualified candidate anymore. Yes, the Republicans should definitely challenge this candidate. When are we going to learn that best qualifications always trumps gender and race based selections. If we just look at her record and her judgments and comments we will conclude she is not the best candidate for the Supreme Court. There are more qualified folks to fill this position.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  152. Michael Bartlett

    Whatever happened to "qualified." She appears more than simply qualified. She appears and is ready to serve in the highest court. We should be happy Obama picked a woman for the job. Why does some people "have to have a problem with a hispanic/female?" I wonder if the complainers could fill her educated shoes? DOUBT IT.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  153. Jim (San Jose, CA)


    Some Republicans, who come from safe (read "white") districts will vote against her, while moderates, like Olympia Snowe, will sensibly vote for her.

    Any Hispanic group with it's salt, will be recording the Republican votes and in districts with a sizable Hispanic population, the Republican candidate will be dead meat, even if they voted for her.

    So keep talking Newt, keep talking Rush. Your foot is in your mouth. Have a good meal while chewing up your party's chances in 2010.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  154. Paul T

    I certainly hope they do. It will hasten their demise as a political force in this country, and none too soon. Given how clueless they seem to be (still thinking that they represent the average American) and how nasty and hypocritical their rhetoric has been as of late (have they forgotten Bush's right-wing Supreme Court nominations?) they'll make a big deal over this and further alienate female and Hispanic voters and anyone else with a brain. Personally, I'm finding the self-destruction of the Reps highly amusing and entertaining, and they're obviously too stupid to realize that they are cutting their own throats with all their "party of no" shtick.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  155. Randall

    I hope so Jack! I am an Independent. I voted for Obama. However, I don't like a lot of what this woman's said. I am a white male and born in America. It seems nowadays I am to feel guilty for this. She should walk a mile in my shoes. "Different people, different experiences" applies to white males too. We all [white males] don't live our lives according to some template. Why is that I have to carry the burden of hundreds of years of white oppression? I can be just as fair and impartial as any Hispanic woman. She should be judged on her merits, actions, statements, and nothing more.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  156. Adam

    If Republicans had any guts, they would bring forth a fact that is already well-known here in Canada: Sonia Sotomayor has, for several years now, employed a white woman from Nova Scotia as her housekeeper, and said woman is an ILLEGAL ALIEN! SHE DOESN'T HAVE A GREEN CARD! OH DEAR GOD WHEN WILL YOU AMERICANS WAKE UP AND RECOGNIZE THE DANGER THAT WE CONNIVING CANADIANS POSE TO YOUR COUNTRY???

    Mt. Pearl, NFLD

    May 27, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  157. Melissa

    I don't see them letting her sail through. The Republicans seem to have decided that protesting just to protest without offering any alternative solutions is the way to do absolutely everything. They have alienated everyone else but hardcore Republicans, why wouldn't they alienate Sotomayor too? Its in the Republican mindset to just make noise about nothing.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  158. chapter house fontana, ca

    Some in the GOP will certainly vote against her, the die hard Republican base have been pursuing a “scorched earth” policy, as if they don’t even care if they ever get back on top.

    Bitter grapes, if you ask me.

    But let’s face it; the woman is bullet proof to such attacks.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  159. Darlene

    I find it hard to believe that a Princeton & Yale graduate, who also happens to have been the President of the Yale Law Review would have to prove her competency, especially since didn't our last President barely make it out of Yale???? The Republicans nor the RNC seemed to question his competency and he graduated no where near Summa, Magna or just plain Cum Laude.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  160. Mark Schoonmaker

    The smart and moderate repubs will probably challenge her on a number of things but eventually will vote to confirm her.The radical
    limbaugh won't care what the Hispanic community thinks because they never have.The'll vote against her so they can go home and say I did my best but those heathen liberals had the fix in,but I stood up to them for you anyway,so elect me again.
    Montgomery NY

    May 27, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  161. Fay

    What has happened to our country. I would hope that if the Republicans find something in her background that they feel would do more harm to our rule of law that they would vote against her. Her sex or race should have nothing to do with their vote.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  162. RM

    She is a racist! Ask this simple question... If a conservative had said exactly the same thing that she said, the nominee would have already withdrawn. Liberals are hypocrits!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  163. Jon, Atlanta Ga.

    The real RNC Chair Rush Limbaugh and Co-Chair Gingrich will force the scary Republican to vote against her. The Repubs will be controlled robots until 2010 on thier way out of the "House of Shame".

    May 27, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  164. Liz, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

    If the Republicans care to have a hope in h*ll to not alienate the Hispanic vote, they will definitely allow her nomination to go through. But she will go through based on her merits and experience, not on her sex and racial background, and from what I've heard, she's got what it takes to be an excellent Supreme Court Justice.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  165. Al

    Of course Republicans will dare! After all, Dick Vader, pardon me, Dick Cheney is the head cheerleader of the Republican Dark Side. The Dark Side of the force can only be appeased by a frontal attack on this nominee. Why would this group, with its motivation to maintain lock-step behavior, fail to seize upon an opportunity to take a light saber to the Supreme Court nominee of a Democratic President. No doubt so one from that side will manage to suggest that our first Hispanic Supreme Court nominee will be insisting on taking her oath in Spanish!


    May 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  166. Donna Sims

    The GOP are going to vote the opposite of Obama no matter what, even if he maybe wrong or right . The GOP have already proved that they have no interest in working with the president....period.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  167. jsilver2th Central Oregon

    Sure- the old Confederacy and Utah will line up.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  168. michael armstrong sr.

    mike armstrong sr. sherman tx. Oooo! Jack you can bet your horse on it and do you know why well heres the reason republicans are strong and brave like an elefant and democrats are lazy and stupid like a coward mule .............................................................?

    May 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  169. Gigi

    Republicans have a way of jumping into things Angels would fear to tread. So I would never doubt that the Republican party will continue to mess in their nest.
    Yes they will vote against her.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  170. don dean bradenton fl

    Yes because they are that dumb

    May 27, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  171. Dick Higgins

    The Republicans will most certainly vote against Judge Sonia Sotomayor because of who she is not what she has done and her great American story. That is why I left the Republican party because I am tired of hearing "daily" the whinning and racist comments that they come out with towards anyone that does not agree with them. Shame on my has been party.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  172. Ken in Mt

    They will vote against her because they are Republicans and that is what they do. It dosen't matter who was named, they would have opposed them in any circumstances. That it is so obviously not in their long trem interests to oppose her but will anyway, just goes to show that they have not learned to pick their battles.
    The only way that the Republicans can come out of this with anything even as good as a draw is letting her in. Any other course of action makes it wins by Obama on about five levels. so yes they will oppose

    May 27, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  173. Ken in NC

    Lawyers Republicans and Politicians are scared to death of anyone they fear might have more power education and or control than they do. This woman already has all three. Think about it Jack. They do not argue with their wives at home because they know who has the power and now they are going to find themselves having to come to work and find the same type of woman they left at home. Oh yes they want to vote her down in the worst kind of a way but they also know their survival depends on her getting confirmed. They will never admit it but on 05-27-2009, that is the way it is in CONGRESS.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  174. Megan

    No but will CNN DARE to stop being a tool of every GOP (disgraced and otherwise) ranter that thinks anyone CARES what they say? STOP IT CNN!!! Gingrich, Limbaugh, etc. are IDIOTS not newsmakers...

    May 27, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  175. Janice from Collingswood NJ


    Let's face it, the Republicans would vote against her even if she was the Virgin Mary !

    May 27, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  176. Tom Berry,Murray, Ky.

    With this decision we will find out whether Republicans have the moral compass to stand by their ideals or throw them away to win the next election. Getting re-elected is what its all about for the GOP; nevermind the good of the country.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  177. Rick - Denver, CO

    From the party of 'NO' you can guess what the answer will be. Will the repubs be around next election? NO.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  178. John Hulse

    Yes Jack, they would dare to vote against her. They are just that stupid. They are too afraid of what Rush thinks to disobey him. One reason the party of Bush/Limbaugh/Cheney is slowing going down the drain. Good riddance.

    Anderson, Indiana

    May 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  179. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    since republicans must feel that they are caught in a box this should be interesting to see and hear how they will try to wiggle themselves out of that box! Already, on The View today one of the host Elisabeth showed how quickly judgment day has come for the new judge when she said how can we nominate a supreme court judge when she is purely going to make decisions according to her emotions...along these lines...of course she was referring to the empathy expressed by President Obama as a quality he was looking for in a judge. Already, this is being used as if the new judge will be purely using her empathy...God forbid America will choose a person with some empathy and how not surprising to see such streching of the reality from day one...we could call it republicans strech mark...ready set go!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  180. Allen L Wenger

    Are you kidding? This is the party that wants Colin Powwell to leave because he's not pure enough, this is the party that still thinks Vice President Cheney is on the right track, and this is the party that thinks diplomacy and compromise are for wimps. The Republican Party can't wait to attack, attack, attack.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  181. JB - NYC

    Those that stand for nothing fall for everything.
    -Alexander Hamilton

    Keep fighting the good fight. Lady justice wears a blindfold for a reason.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  182. Bill in Michigan

    Her qualifications and resume are one of the best ones suited for the job. There are very few reasons for Republicans to attempt to disqualify her other than for their own political agenda. That will really make them look like partisan idiologues instead of public servants, and also alienate many Latinos. "Adios Republicanos" just might be the new slogan for th Latino community.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  183. John Galt

    I know RIGHT! The only thing crazier than that would be if someone like George Bush tried to appoint a Hispanic to the court and the Democrats filibustered him forcing him to withdraw...oh wait.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  184. Bruce Greer

    The democrats treated Miguel Estrada and Alberto Gonzales like garbage

    May 27, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  185. Dh

    Jack, where were you when the Democrats in the Senate would not allow a vote on Miguel Estrada to the D.C. circuit? A son of Honduran immigrants, born into Poverty and worked hard to become one of the Country's most well-respected legal minds. He wasn't even allowed to become a circuit court judge.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  186. Ray Lawson from Danville, VA

    This woman can't even take the oath of office unless she lies about it.
    She will be very biased in her opinions and she will ignore the Constitution.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  187. Wilson from Alabama

    It took six rounds of voting for Michael Steel, who is black, to be elected as the RNC chairman. He said, "As a little boy growing up in this town , this is awesome!"...."for those who wish to obstruct, get ready to get knocked over." Hmmm. With Rush leading his pack, and Boehner on board, I believe Sotomayor has already been shown she cannot be knocked over. They better think twice about their positions on the baseball field. She reminds of Rodan. And The Thinker.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  188. Bethea

    I think the republicans need to go some where and sit down an stop
    acting like sore losers.I guess they got somebody else to pick on now
    after all the Obama bashing we hear on the news .I guess it is time for some Sotomayor bashing by the republican sore losers.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  189. Horn Lake, MS

    Hopefully, Liberals voted against better people whether they were women or Hispanic. This one is racist, sexist, ill-tempered, not real bright and does not follow the constitution. She is an obamaster. Probably hand picked by George Soros, ACORN and the unions.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  190. Kenny Rodgers-Macon, GA

    Unfortunately, GOP scare tactics (abortion, taxes, gays, immigrants) will prevail over party advancement (inclusion, equality, civil rights). Truthfully, I'd much rather see a GOP that would just flat-out say, "hey we only like people that think, look, and act like our hard-liners."

    This keeps any of the possible naive voters from falling for the okey doke! Simply put, if I know they don't like me, I won't be fooled into giving them the time of day. Pretending to embrace Hispanics and any other minority (women, gays, blacks, etc.) is not what many of the hard-line GOP members care for...oh by the way, Michael Steele is yet another underhanded attempt at the GOP to appear to embrace others; their ultimate goal is to regain control of as many branches of government as they can by making poor attempts to embrace the non-traditional hardliners (including Hispanics and blacks) and push the agenda of the far right for more tax breaks for the rich and more burden on the middle class...don't walk into the light people...

    May 27, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  191. James

    Down with the white males!!!

    Because I was around 150 years ago to get the benefits they had?? A white male and a hispanic woman going for the same job with the same credentials...that company hires the white male they are getting sued. Fair to me right? Hypocrytical people abuse the system and this country is going to be Mexico in no time

    May 27, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  192. Jpck20

    The same talk about the demise of the GOP was exactly the same talk 8 years ago, but about the DNC. Please. It all goes in cycles. If you think otherwise there are a lot of you here who will be in for a very rude shock next year and in 2012.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  193. Charlotte - Pa

    We need the GOP to stop voting republican and start voting
    for America. These are tough times and the Pres is trying to
    do a good job. This women has been thru more than a lot of these
    GOP guys. She knows what hard times are and how to fight
    for what she wants. And look where she is. Dosen't need Rush to tell her how to
    stand up and neither should the GOP. They do not have to be sheep
    and follow the leader. Lets get to work senators. Lets get America back on track.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:28 pm |

    Don't care.
    If she meets all the qualifications, more power to her, but if it's an affirmitive action thing, it's just another selling out of America and shame on us.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  195. Jay In Anaheim California

    Why is Rush Limburger even throwing his 2 cents(i'm surprised he has any)into this debate.Doesn't he and other ultra concervative republican radio nutz realize what would happen if the Republicans opposed her nomination to the supreme court. Calling her racist and activist judge only fuels the fire the dems have going for the opposing party.President Obama has grabbed the proverbial rebound and has slam dunked it in the face of the republican party. They should have seen this coming

    May 27, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  196. duane

    the republicans will vote the same way as the did for the economy rescue plan. there will be a few that will vote for her and perhaps they will switch parties to the left center where most of the dems are, very smart move by the president....

    May 27, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  197. Rahn Hasbargen New Brighton, MN

    Republicans should dare to vote against Sonja Sotomayor as much as Democrats dared to vote against Linda Chavez, Alberto Gonzalez, and Samuel Alito when their names came ujp for congressional votes. Enough said.....

    May 27, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  198. Ed Reno, Nevada

    Republican Senators will grumble and complain about her, her record, her desire (real or perceived) to legislate from the bench, and etc. to no end, but when push comes to shove most of them will vote for her rather than lose the Hispanic vote they so desperately need.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  199. EugeneWiese Midlothian,Va.

    It would be politically incorrect to vote against judge Sotomayor,but the voc iferous minority running the Republican party today will say anything and do anything to bring down the Democrats. Gene

    May 27, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  200. AJ Brown-Ohio

    The Republicans,even with Russ Limbaugh,as their leader,are not totally stupid.So I expect a lot of smoke ,a little fire and then..she will rightfully take her seat.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  201. Derek (Havre de Grace MD)

    Would she be able to give an impartial judgement in a case of a white man vs. a latina woman?

    May 27, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  202. True American GA

    You people are complete idiots for believing the worst type of politics that Obama is trying to play, which is the race card.

    Did you forget about Miguel Estrada that the Dems blocked from becoming a Supreme Court Justice a year or so back, so doesn't that make them racist? The answer is NO they didn't agree with his views and that is the same things Republicans are going to do. I have an idea how about we put the best person up for the job!!! When was the last time you wanted an engineer who designed an airplane you road in to be an affirmative action hire. I am pretty sure you would choose the best qualified person for the job because race doesn't matter. Period. If I agreed with this judges views I would say lets get her in, but I don't so SUCK ON IT LIBERALS and the media is just plain racist for even bring this to a racial issue.

    Honestly lets get things straight most Liberal Americans are idiots that don't deserve to vote!!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  203. Greg Mechanicsburg, PA

    Man is the head of the household, as the priest is to his congregation. My right-wing genes are anxious to wrestle this "she-judge" from the bench. And there's your solution. Gather 'round all us right-wingers to see Sonia Sotomayor and Sarah Palin head to head in a mud wrestling contest. Best two out of three matches win the "Judgeship".

    May 27, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  204. Mike

    I'm sure there are many other qualified hispanic and female candidates for this post. Others who would not cast a vote based on personal feelings and their own political agenda. Those who vote based on law. Those who don't use racist banter to prove a point. If this had been a white male who said these things he'd be run out of town by the same people who are supporting this woman's nomination.
    SHAME on Sotomayor for her comments. She should know better. Her divisive attitude is not what this country needs.
    And this is how Obama plans to be bi-partisan?
    So far Obama is about as bi-partisan as the last guy we had as President. Not a good start in my opinion.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  205. Mark (from new york)

    Yes Jack. They can't tolerate anyone not like their core so I'm sure they'll use a few of those antique confederate cannons full of slime in the way of her nomination.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  206. S.Higgenbottom

    I should hope not if they want to get their republican back.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  207. Lee B

    How about we stick to the relevant facts.

    Her comments are odd and perhaps important but only as to how they impact her work.

    Sotomayor has had six decisions brought before the Supreme Court and decided. In five of those cases the court struck down her decision, three of them by a significant (non-political) majority. In the six case the court upheld the decision but unanimously stated that her reasoning was faulty.

    Or in other words, in every case brought before her "supervisors" on matters of fact and law it was determined that she was wrong. In two thirds of those cases it was by a significant, non-political, majority.

    To me this seems to be evidence that she is not qualified to be elevated. (If you receive negative performance evaluations in every review do you get promoted?)

    May 27, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  208. Jay

    Who cares about her skin pigmentation or her sex. Both issues are irrelevant. The only thing that matters is her brain. She has a record and it should be throughly scrutinized. If a senator feels that she is not fit for the court, then he or she should vote no.

    St Louis, MO

    May 27, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  209. Andi in Grayslake, Illinois

    I think politics has finally made me lose my mind. I'm still having a hard time believing Republicans are actually saying all this and people (albeit, only a few) are lapping it up as gospel. It's very strange, to me. I don't know anyone (personally) that has such extreme opinions and beliefs. I have friends who are Republicans, but they're not total whack jobs like these folks.

    Freedom of Speech is all fine and well, but don't I have the Freedom to be Sane, or something like that?

    May 27, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  210. Cheryl in South Carolina

    Sure they will, Jack – and it will be fun to watch them shoot themselves in the foot once again! – Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    May 27, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  211. Lesley Anne

    I wonder where Hatch will come out on this, remembering his touting of the Hispanic roots of Gonzales in 2005. He gave a very lengthy speech glorifying the historic value of making a person of Latin descent the Attorney General. So now to hear Limbaugh and others talking about racism is downright unbelievable. I don't know exactly what reverse racism is, but I do know what hypocritical is. Evidently most Republicans do not.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  212. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Not if they expect to get one Hispanic vote, I hope they all vote against her, that will guarantee the Democrats stay in power for years to come.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  213. Elisa, Newport Beach California

    Unfortunately for the country, politics is politics and the Republicans have proved through their preparations of smear campaigns leading up to the announcement of Obama's nomination that they don't have the country's interests at heart.

    Speaking as a former Republican woman, the party should have worried about alienating Hispanics and women over the last 4 years. Sorry, boys too little, too late.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  214. Mike Garcia

    This nominee is actually a blessing in disguise for the Republicans. First of all, she is a liberal judge who is simply replacing another liberal judge, so the makeup of the court won't change.

    All the Republicans need to do is expose her bizarre comments (see article) to the general public during the hearings, but politely confirm her regardless, since she will ultimately be confirmed anywway.

    In the meantime, the Republicans will finally have a galvanizing cause, which is something that they badly need, to start a grassroots effort to bring them back into power. In other words, let the nomination go through, but make people aware of who she really is. Everything else will take care of itself.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  215. Fred

    I agree with most of what is being written here. The Republicans will send out safe surrogates to attack the judge. The latest one I saw is that Liz Cheney......as if anyone gives a rat's you know what about what she has to say.

    I do believe the strategy will backfire, it's as if the rethugs think women and hispanics are stupid or something.

    The Republican party is so out of the mainstream at this point what they have to say virtually falls on deaf ears with the exception of fans of Fox News. What puzzles me greatly is why the media listen to the likes of Gingrich, Romney, Huckabee, Cheney etc. They have zero influence or input about what goes on in the Senate, but they are all over the media all the time. The one thing we aren't seeing are the actual Republican Senators who do and will have a potential impact on this nomination.

    Mark Krikorian wrote a piece in the National Review attacking the pronunciation of the judge's name.

    If that's all they've got, it's pretty pathetic.

    Fred in Baltimore

    May 27, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  216. Eric Godfrey

    The republicans are in a tough situation here because the democratic party will use there typical reaction of blaming the republicans of being racist if they even question Sotomayor. They did the same thing during the presidential election. If the democrats slam Judge Thomas during the voting in process that is totally fine because he is a republican. If the republicans even question Sotomayor they are racist I am sure(In fact Mr Schumer already made that assessment without the questioning even starting) I think anybody republican or democrat that is in line to be a supreme court judge should be fair game for questioning. It is not as if they are interviewing for a greeting job at Walmart. The GOP needs to treat her like the liberals treated Alito and Roberts. You can't have it both ways leftists and marxists.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  217. Martin Duperval

    Beautiful choice! (that's all I'm saying – let them think it over).

    May 27, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  218. paul landauer

    Oh those poor Republicans....they would love to rip this nomination to shreds....and, yes the old school attack dogs are already hard at work, ( Gingrich et al.) to sound the "warnings" about Sotomayor ....but if they really do want to be a party of the future...they would be wise to leave this one alone....and pick a fight they can actually win.
    Brilliant pick for the majority!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  219. Jim Sullivan

    Wise Republicans would. –But try to find them!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  220. Gary

    I assume this is still a Democracy and different opinions can be expressed.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  221. Rich Facemire

    I would hope that all Senators vote against Sonia Sotomayor, as she is racist against white men. With her as a justice, my prospects as a white man just went down. Whitey better get to the back of the bus.

    -Richie Facemire
    Pittsburgh, PA

    May 27, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  222. Scott Stodden

    Jack I honestly think the Republicans will try to vote against Sonia Sotomayor because there that stupid. Even though they have no ground to stand on & there putting the Hispanic vote at risk I really do believe the Republicans will vote against her. I also believe Republicans are taking her comments out of context, I dont believe when she said the statement that "Latina women would make a better decision than a white man" is racist, thats her opinion. Sonia Sotomayor deserves this Supreme Court post, she is intelligent, smart, and brings experience to the highest court in the land that no other justice has brought, Republicans are wanting to vote against her because President Obama chose her and they have nothing else to complain about, and thats not only my opinion.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, IL)

    May 27, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  223. Carlos R., NYC

    Judge Sonia Sotomayor is imminently qualified to serve on the Supreme Court much like the Bush nominated Justices Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and John Roberts. She does not suffer from the various shortcomings exhibited by Bush's other failed nominee Harriet Miers. As to the allegations of racism and judicial activism expressed by the opinions of Limbaugh and Gingrich they are without merit and more importantly that road will continue to take any Republicans stupid enough to follow off a cliff amounting to political suicide. If the Limbaugh and Gingrich want to challenge her they should do so in an intelligent way, (i.e. specific, documented and credible evidence) but that would imply that they are still capable of intelligent thought.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  224. steven

    We need her, let her be!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  225. angel

    I just would like to know if it will be ok for a white man to say what she said. By the way, I am a latino but I am just very courious about knowing about the difference if any.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  226. Don

    What's even better is that if the Republicans find a reason to block her, Obama will be free to appoint an even more liberal Hispanic. A second block would be the end of any hope of getting their vote.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  227. cile/fairhiope, al

    Oh yes they will. Stupidity has no limits.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  228. janette tx

    Jack it goes without saying they will....their oversized
    leader Rush has already decided that for them but it
    won't work she's as good as confirmed!!!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  229. Janice

    Can we just stop debating what the GOP will do. You know that if the idea comes from the Dems is an immediate issue – even without knowing what issue they should stand on. It's interesting that 2 GOP party leaders one in the House one in the Senate used the same buzz words in their immedate response to her nomination. What??? Are these folks joined at the hip...oh yeah...they really have no ideas of their own...and it seems no individual thoughts either. So if you heard one GOP leader you've heard them all.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  230. Will from San Jose

    The Republicans will do what all senators do, have their cake and eat it too. The Republicans blasted the stimulus packaged and voted against it while adding earmarks for their states. Senator Feinstein recently did with same thing with closing Guantanamo. Making a big speech about how we could easily hold the prisoners and then she voted not to fund the closing. With Judge Sotomayor they will make a lot of noise and complain, but let her pass through. They get their soundbite for the base, but can point to a vote for her when campaigning to Hispanics.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  231. T-Rex

    Repulicans dare attach Sonia. How can you compare Justice Robert to Sonia. Who has more experience and credentials on the bench than Sonia. I can't wait to see a Latina as president. After all we are all immigrants including white people.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  232. Paul from Charles Town, WV

    Jack, are you implying that Republicans will fear potential fallout from the latino community if they vote against her? I would like to think that Republicans and latinos in general have moved beyond that, but I guess that isn't the case. The question I have is why would they vote against her, and can those that do hold a candle to her enormous accomplishments and tremendous intellect?

    May 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  233. Steve Spence

    Jack – love the show and agree with you most of the time; however this is one I have to disagree with you on. To me, we lose the center point of our two-party democracy when one side is questioned on their motive when engaging into an honest dispute of an appointment....especially to the Supreme Court. There will never be 100% agreement on anyone's qualification for anything, and this country was built on the minority being heard and their opinions appreciated. Regardless of whether or not you / I agree with them, the GOP should lspeak out and not be villified for doing such. And let's hope any opposition isn't viewed as sexist / racist bias. We all should be above that by now – thanks for your always refreshing honesty!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  234. annonymous

    i smell liberal all over this lady. you can say what you want to say but she is a liberal and thats that. "lets not advance any firefighters to officers cuz not enough minorities made the cut." where were they oh yeah thats right their werent any that passed the test. and i know no mexicans took it in new york it was probably puerto ricans and blacks and no i wont say african american because they arent from africa they are black americans.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  235. Pugas-AZ

    It's like a game of chess. Keep moving towards the king where all the votes for reelection are. But don't take the rook or bishop on your way since that will alienate various racial groups and could actually impead your path towards the king. While thats going on, all the general populus pawns are sacrificed for the eternal quest for votes and power to keep wining the game. The Republicans are scratching their heads as to their next move. .

    May 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  236. Richard from Missouri

    I think it is funny how 90% of the press coverage is about how the republicans are going to deal with this nomination and only 10% about the qualifications of the nominee herself and her track record. The press needs to stop creating contraversy and report on what the real issue is.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  237. Leonard

    Everyday the GOP is proving me right. The want nothing but all white males to run this country. How are the going to call her a racist? I laughed my butt off when Rush said it yesterday and when Pat Bucannon sadi it on MSNBC. Come one now. REALLY

    I think the GOP is really triying to destroy thier own party by any means necessary. LOL

    May 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  238. Patty

    Republicans hope they will not have to vote yay or nay. They hope they can wear her down, intimidate her, do a faux expose' on her. They hope she will then withdraw over the political theater that will, in her view, take away from the administration's most important focus of the economy, North Korea, Afghanistan, etc. But, whoa there pardner! This is the Obama Administration. They play by different rules. There will be no flinching on the part of Ms. Sotomayer. So in the end the Repubs will vote nay, a small nay, with a few loud voices.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  239. Bill

    Dare not vote against her? Is this what we have come down too? Who cares her gender or ethnicity? If those are the only qualifications we are banking on here then YES DARE TO VOTE AGAINST HER. We should be voting yes or no on her experience, her record, and her judicial approach not her race or gender.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  240. Mike

    So here goes, Remeber when Sam Alito was being vetted???? The democrates came hard it wasn't easy especially when I watched Ted Kennedy preach morality to Judge Alito after kennedy, swam to shore and called the cops 9 hours later as Mary Jo laid at the bottom of that lake dying. To make sure she is right for the job she should be questioned,!!! I mean let's see Obama had how many screw up's that couldn't get confirmation like Daschele???? Richardson???? Heck the head of the treasury can't even pay his taxes!!!!!!! But got confirmed anyways Jack??? Come on Jack, the Republicans asking her tough questions you know tough questions, is the civic duty of the republicans and the people they represent.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  241. Pat

    What does the nominee's ethnicity have to do with anything? The sole purpose of the justices is to correctly interpret the Constitution. If she understands the purpose of the document then great but if she is partial to a specific group she is unqualified.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  242. Jinny Lee

    Jack the GOP has negative words for anyone with intelligence. Go figure.

    Jinny Lee
    Melrose FL

    May 27, 2009 at 4:37 pm |

    Jack its not another Brilliant move by Obama, "OUR" President. It in fact is another move to distract Americans from what his Dream is with this, ANOTHER LOOK OVER HERE MOVE TO GET OUR EYES OFF THE TRUTH, which is, The sinking of America IN ALL AREAS!! I have American Indian & African Blood, I am married to a 1/2 MEXICAN WOMAN that refuses to be renamed "Hispanic" because of being ashamed of her race, UNLIKE SOME. This will be very bad for All Americans. Jerry in Soldotna, Alaska.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  244. Wayne Steiner, Highlands Ranch, CO

    Has anyone checked to see if she's paid her taxes?

    May 27, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  245. True American GA

    Liberal DBags get a life and a job

    May 27, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  246. vjunior

    Why should they not. Just because she is a hispanic doesn't mean she shouldn't be questioned. If it were a white man or women, they'd be chastised.

    That's what this country is becoming. Catering to minorities. This is not American anymore.

    Go Republicans and enough of Jeff with his BS saying we won't be a part in 20 years. Shows how ignorant he is.

    Republicans stand up and unite.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  247. Susan Frost

    Of course they will. It's part of their ongoing effort to reduce their party to a few grumpy old racist white guys. At this rate, they can have their next national concvention in a phone booth. And by the way, somebody please tell Rush that it's not all white men she thinks she's better than, just hm – and Latinas are not the only women who think so.

    Tuscaloosa AL

    May 27, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  248. John

    Just the fact that you (and everyone else) has to use the term "DARE to vote against" shows the problem with this country. There is no freedom of speech. At least not for the white man anymore. God forbid someone say something negative about a minority and openly discuss her QUALIFICATIONS for the job. If you do, then you are a racist. Maybe the GOP would vote against her because she isn't the best person for the job? Crazy thought. I'm so sick of the PC world we live in more and more and what its doing to our country.
    The only reason Obama put her in office is because of race and because it secures his hispanic vote.
    Don't people long for a day where politicians make choices based on what's best for the country and not their political future?
    yea I know I'm crazy.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  249. George James

    Republicans like Rush,Ginrich and Cheney can never appreciate the qualifications,experience and integrity of Sonia Sotomyers.They act like terrorists.They lack qualities required to appreciate the judge.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  250. Bob fom Greenville, SC

    Sorry to say that most if not all republicans will toe the Bimbaugh line out of fear. They wlll act like Bimbaugh wants just to make life difficult for the new administration, and avoid the other issues that face us - the economy, health care and social security among them. They will be true to their Loser's game plan.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  251. shannon savick


    Wrong question

    Question is are Republicans dumb enough to vote against Sotomayor? Yes they are

    May 27, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  252. Debbie Ortiz

    As a Hispanic Woman, I would not vote for her. I work for, and along side white men everyday, and the majority of them are very nice and considerate. Sonia is just too liberal and radical, and not fit to judge the Constitution properly.

    Debbie Ortiz – Baltimore, MD

    May 27, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  253. miguel

    Democrat voted again Miguel Estrada and Alberto Gonzales and?

    May 27, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  254. Micky In West Orange

    Why are SO people up in arms when someone who is “different” from them is elected to any position in this country? Is it a form of racism, a learned misconception that the “other” person is totally void of intellect and capability to serve justly in a particular capacity? Racism, Political Dogma, or Racism Disguised as Political Dogma, dose nothing but stifles progress until that progress is slowed at the least, stopped at most. Here is a novel Ideal: Someone who is not white, who is not male, and who was raised with that proverbial Silver spoon, could love this Nation just as much as anyone? I remember that immediately following the attacks of 9/11 there was a sort of air of goodwill and exaggerated sense courtesy towards one another. No matter what we thought of the “: other” in this country “WE” were under attack. You see, the Enemy of America doesn’t differentiate between a male American, A woman American, a White American, a Black America or a Hispanic American. The Enemy wanted to kill us ALL—because we were all AMERICANS. Tragic as that period our nations History was, it was one of the very few time that America and Her enemies were both on the same page: no matter what color, religion, social/economic/sexual status, we are ALL AMERICANS!

    West Orange, NJ

    May 27, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  255. Faye

    Jack, if the republicans are smart they would use this to get a conversation going on why they can't attract minorities.........Jack ,the pubs will make a show growl,spit,scream liberal but they won't try to derail her all of them are not stupid.............

    May 27, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  256. Larry Busch

    They will at first, but then realize they need the votes to regain part of the power they lost by their own greed and stupidity for the last eight years.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  257. Maxwell

    I hate the fact that the media and the political word is trying to tell the GOP that they have to decide how to vote based on RACE and GENDER! If they find things in Sotomayor's history that make her look to be unfit to have a lifetime seat on the SCOTUS, then they should be free to vote against her, without be labeled RACISTS!

    The Leftist Media plays the race card.....one again....

    May 27, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  258. George Halifax N S Canada

    Not a snowballs chance if they expect to be even put on the ballot in next election.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  259. SMS

    This will most likely not get posted but President Obama’s move to select her was the smartest move he made since his presidency began!!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  260. jerry

    I've read most ot the comments, and it seems to me that we have a very divisive issue here. Why shouldn't there be questions of concern? The lady has been nominated to a lifetime position. Unlike the Senate or House members, who have to answer to the voters of their respective statels, or not be re-elected.. I am sure that there are people who want to know if Sotomayor has a personal agenda. Obama is very smart for nominating a hispanic. If she is not cconfirmed, he can say, " It's the Republican's ", Any way it goes Obama wins. This should be descided on issues that matter and not issues of the heart or hate.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  261. Gail, Plano Texas

    It is stunning to see the GOP going berserk over the nomination of Sonya Sotomayor. Clarence Thomas sits on the highest court in our land despite serious and disgusting allegations made by Anita Hill. I, for one believed Ms Hill. But I must always take into consideration that Thomas is a Republican. The older I get, the more disillusioned I become. Will the GOP vote against Sotomayor? You betcha!!!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  262. Brian Eubanks, Weaverville, NC

    You betcha they'll vote for confirmation!! But the rest of us will be left wondering if their vote was for what is best for the future of the country or the future of the party.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  263. Nwahs

    It's the same ol song...the repubs has resorted to name calling and labeling. What more do you expect of the party of ID& N. (I DON'T & NO)

    No solutions, but political whole lot of political pollution

    May 27, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  264. norb

    Can anyone explain to me why people like Rush Limbaugh or Newt ttGingrich are relevant? Rush got busted for illegal oxycontin use. Newt has been married three times. I guess Mark Sessions was a former KKK. Strom Thurmond had a baby with a black woman and he was a died in the wool Republican. Gingrich was thrown out of office only to have his fees paid by no other than Bob Dole People are sick and tired of these so called conservatives. They've seen what they're all about. That's why you have a Democratic president and a majority of democrats in the Senate. Obama beat the so called front runner in Hillary and now she's on his team. He's smart and screwed. He's put his money where his mouth is. They can't compete period. The Republican party is fractured and worn out by years of mismanagement incompetance.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  265. Ray

    Look if she was a Republican nominee you and the rest of the enlightend media & liberal elite would be plundering her and anyone related to her. So lets not hear anything about being Latino is sacred. Big Freaking deal. Every other friend we have in south is Latino.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  266. Andi in Grayslake, Illinois

    Good grief. Why is anyone questioning her ability to serve? And the poster who complained that perhaps there were better qualified white men that weren't considered for the vacancy HOW DO YOU THINK WOMEN AND MINORITIES HAVE FELT ABOUT ALMOST EVERY OTHER APPOINTEE>>>>HMMMM??

    If the Supreme Court truly reflected the makeup of the US, 5 of the Justices would be women.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  267. Medina

    Lets get the facts right: Sotomayor is an American, Puerto Rican American. Her parents are American, Puerto Rican American. Puerto Ricans are not immigrants, legal or illegal. They are born American. The island of Puerto Rico is a common wealth territory of the United States.

    Now having said that...Yes, she is latina and as Latina she is as much qualified and more for the U.S. Supreme court as any canadate list or even Chief Justice Roberts.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  268. Ken

    there's only one affirmitive action case on the supreme court. And that idiot is a Republican.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  269. Jackie

    It'll be a shame if the Republicans vote for her just to be politically correct. This country is doomed for the reasons we do things anymore.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  270. SS - NYC

    Jack – the issue is not Judge Sotomayor's race, but her view of the Constitution and the role of the judiciary in crafting policy. Your comments reflect the left's cynical view of race baiting.

    But more importantly, I do not remember you crying race when Senate Democrats filibustered Miguel Estrada, a Hispanic and Janice Rogers Brown, a black woman to the DC Circuit. I also don't recall you complaining Senate Democrats were playing race when Manuel Miranda found documents outlining the Democrat strategy for opposing President Bush's nominees .... on RACE.

    Stop projecting your divisive, cynical politics onto others. The issue is ideology, not race.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  271. drJ

    Obama dealing the cards to the hostage party of "NO" republicans!
    But wait!!

    A comeback plan provided by the black republican leader!
    Will it work? Will it add the missing ingredient? stay tuned!
    The man of Steele has got a plan!!

    What's next? Health care? Free Choice?,,,, it's do or die for the right! 2010 is right around the corner,, Jack..
    If the party don't start reaching back for more of the people,, they're done,, and will never be considered for majority rule ever again..

    May 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  272. Vinny

    Justice should be "blind"...it's in front of every courthouse...how does Obama get away with naming someone that one record has disagreed with that. This is a clear pandering to latino voters...which I think is disgusting and denegrating.
    Obama may be a law scholar, but he obviously disagrees with the principles this country was founded on.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  273. Jim

    I am a Republican and I think she is an AWESOME pick! Please the racisim remark is so last century!

    I will be leaving the Republican party due to its inability to think!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  274. Jason

    We Republicans only win a small portion of Hispanic votes anyway. They vote against us for a number of reasons but none more so than our anti-illegal immigration stance. Obama won 67% of the Hispanic vote in 2008. The 33% of Hispanics that voted Republican did so because they are socially conservative. These social conservative Hispanics are not going to abandon us for opposing a pro-abortion Supreme Court Nominee. The 67% who voted against us aren't going to change their mind just because we do not filibuster Sotomayor. So what do we Republicans have to lose by fighting her nomination?

    May 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  275. Dave in DC

    This very conversation proves this country is racist. Including the very people putting forth this stupid arguement that opposing her nomination over concerns of past statements and rulings, risks alienating hispanics.

    I would like to think that Obama would nominate a person based on what that person will bring to the bench and not what political advantage you may gain over your opposition.

    If that was the reason Obama nominated her, then shame on him.

    That means her race and gender were the sole deciding factors.

    That my friends is very dangerous.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  276. Tony from Torringto

    DARE TO? DARE TO? That's a question you should have asked the libs who voted against Bork, or Alito, or Roberts. What the hell is this? Only Democrats can vote against Republican appointees? Just because she is a woman, shouldn't make a difference. They hate Sarah Palin. That's OK, right? She's Latino.....so what? You can't call any business without having to press "1" for English. She's a liberal judge who wants to legislate from the bench. That's a reason to vote against her JACK!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  277. Mike

    You must be asking for reasons why republican's might legitimately choose to oppose Judge Sotomayer's nomination.

    I think it will take more than the two quotes of her's that you site (regarding latinas vs. white men and judicial activism) to make a real case against her. Some commentators have suggested that there are keener minds on the court of appeals than hers, and so her ascension will bear the taint of affirmative action; but that is difficult to prove.

    Only a simple majority in the Senate is required to confirm her nomination. So her nomination should not be in any great danger. So there is a good chance the Republicans will just throw in their hand on this one.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  278. john jeffers sr

    just a thought ,,i was in korea in 1951 and had not truman pulled mac;arthur out and replaced we wouldn,t have this trouble now with this lunatic..please put this up because i know a lot of we forgotten warriors will rembemer,ty

    May 27, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  279. Richard Facemire

    I would hope that no Senators vote for her. As a white man, I fear the backlash from her against whites. Liberals are bad enough, but a racist is even worse.

    Richie Facemire
    Pittsburgh, PA

    May 27, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  280. Bob Atkin

    The President is right on the money; she will be good for the country, good for the people. She will defend our rights, our future. Great choice!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  281. Larry from Oklahoma

    Of course they will oppose her, because that is what they do. She is not a old white man and being intelligent is not a requirement for being republican. In fact, I strongly believe, that if brains were dynamite, they would not have enough to blow their nose.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  282. Mike

    Before all you Liberals get high and mighty, remember please that your own dear Democrats FILLIBUSTERED Miguel Estrada's appointment to the DC Circuit (Next stop: Supreme Court) by Bush in 2001, specifically because they didn't want him on the Supreme Court and didn't want to skewer a Hispanic during the confirmation process. Bush tried to set up the first Hispanic Justice (just like he appointed the first Hispanic Attorney General) but because he wasn't a LIBERAL Hispanic judge, the Democrats got out the knives. Of course, that was not seen as bigoted or intolerant because they were Democrats, and Cafferty I'm sure didn't mention it.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  283. Jan M. Hollis

    The Senate might as well overwhelmingly approve Sotomayor. She can legislate from the bench since the Senate doesn't even bother to read the bills before them, much less pass meaningful legislation. Let Sotomayor do it.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  284. Juan Rodriguez

    I think that she will be confirmed, but many Republicans will vote against her. They will not cite the fact that they want to oppose President Obama on every single thing, of course. They will not cite the fact that they see the appointment of a minority woman as yet another expression of (quote/unquote) "the encroachment of the other" on American politics. They will probably say that she's an activist judge who's too liberal for the bench, or some other crap of the usual variety. But I say, Who cares. Republicans are so utterly irrelevant these days, and their numbers are so insignificant in Congress, that President Obama can get away with pretty much anything he wants. So viva la Sotomayor!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  285. Terry from Illinois

    Republican Party of white guys will try to embarass Sonia Sotomayor but I got news for Rush Limbaugh and the Republicans, the world is passing you by...while America went backwards under the Republican Congress policies of the 1994 to 2006 rein.
    All the white guys in the southern states and anti-choice people couldn't get you the White House and you've lost Congress.

    Isn't it time to change your policies that have hurt America and the American workers, such as;
    tax-havens so companies don't pay any taxes to America, outsourcing good paying American jobs, tax breaks to Foreign companies to set up shop in Alabama or Mississippi, and preventing raises in the Minimum Wage.....

    May 27, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  286. Gary in Lexington


    Does anybody do the morally and professionally correct thing ever anymore? Meaning, do they way ALL the facts, and and then vote with their "poltically feeble" minds according to said facts. I am more interested in how the eight Republican hold-overs who voted for her previous confirmations, vote this time around. If they vote against her based solely on politics, then they are comitting political suicide against both the women and the Hispanic voters. I hope they are not so foolish as to listen to anything "Rash Limbaugh" has to say.


    May 27, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  287. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    With Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh selling wolf tickets and Michael Steele playing referee I dare say what the Republicans will do. Whatever the Republicans do I'll have a ringside seat watching.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  288. Austin

    I think they would. With the border issue and all the stuff they have said about immigrants bringing diseases and drugs into this country, Republicans have already given up on the Hispanic vote. If they're going to make a splash on this nominee, it won't be that they oppose her, but what they say in opposition. If they continue with this "empathy is bad" and "she's an affirmative action selection" nonsense, they'll offend much more than the Hispanic community.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  289. Darryl Schmitz

    The essential qualification of a Supreme Court judge is to, without bias, interpret the authors' and amenders' intent in writing and amending the Constitution. Any biases render the candidate unqualified.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  290. Rod (ATL Metro)


    Our Supreme Court has been around for 220 years with 110 justices serving it...only 3 of the justices have been non-white males so Republicans should proceed with caution in making a case to deny the first hispanic, especially one that's qualified. Republicans talk about activism as if it started with liberals. Conservative activism has been part of our supreme court for hundreds of years...four amendments in our constitution to uphold voting rights exist because our courts refused to enforce laws that enable the rights for all people to vote regardless of race or sex. Judge Sotomayor should be confirmed!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  291. Big Al

    It's ironic that Obama chose Sotomayor as a "biography" pick when liberals were up in arms about Sarah Palin's nomination for VP. Identity politics have taken over the choice of a position that is supposed to be purely apolitical.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  292. Brian

    It is clearly obvious why Obama has chosen Sotomayor for the bench; she is a female Hispanic. Failure to recognize this is absurd. She clearly is not the best qualified candidate. When will we move past this absurd policy of picking people based on race and gender and not their qualifications? If one of Obama’s daughters needed life saving surgery would he want the affirmative action doctor or just the best damn doctor possible? It is also clear that Sotomayor was able to get into the schools that she did based on affirmative action; not because she had the same test scores as her peers. If we continue to go down this path of choosing based on gender and race and not the most qualified our future is not good. Additionally, this only reinforces the stereotype that minorities are not as smart as Caucasians or Asians. We only need to look at the New Haven Fire list being thrown out to draw this conclusion; why else would the test have to be thrown out. Everyone had an equal opportunity, even the white dyslexic fire fighter. Are we saying that the black firefighter was not given the same opportunity as this dyslexic man? Please!!! You can’t say we are equal and then want preferential treatment!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  293. Chris

    This is all part of the Dem's plan to win Hispanic votes. The real gain for Dems will be when they legalize millions of immigrants to create "instant democratic voters". When there's only one party left, you'll find out that you the voter no longer matters to them and will never have a voice again.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  294. David from California

    Very few people, Republican or otherwise, will dare be so politically incorrect as to oppose the first Hispanic and only third female Justice. But what about her qualifications and philosophy? Is an inquiry into her suitability for the Supreme Court also taboo?

    May 27, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  295. John

    Everyone consistenly talks about 'old white men' as a negative.
    Well these old white men helped build this country from nothing you ungrateful.....well you know.
    Stop being racist.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  296. David M.

    John asks: "Did she attain her position based on merit and qualifications or was she simply another product of an affirmative action quota system?"

    The fact that you ask this question of her, and would never think to ask it about a white male judge is telling. Your question assumes that she IS a product of the affirmative action quota system, and is a priori sexist and racist.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  297. SadDayInAmerica

    Yes, Jack, the Republicans better vote against her nomination. The Supreme Court is about to overturn one of her racist decisions re: the New Haven Firefighters. Her lack of judical restraint along with her constant disregard for the rule of law which should be applied equally for all not just a few, should disqualify her. This was not an intellectual giant pick by Obama it was a giant partisan sexist/racist pick without merit.
    Wayland, MA

    May 27, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  298. tommy young

    The Republicans need to oppose her because she is on record stating the 2nd Amendment doesn't apply to the cities and states.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  299. Ted

    I'm a Republican and my wife is Puerto Rican and we're excited about Judge Sotomayor. However, like the Democrats did with other extremely well qualified Supreme Court nominees nominated by Republicans, her record and position on judicial activism should be reviewed and discussed. Like Democrats who opposed the appointment of Clarence Thomas, shouldn't Republicans be able to question, and if it's the right thing to do, oppose, a Latina?

    I would hope we've grown beyond the identity politics that seem to be so critical to everything Democrats do. Let's judge this nomination on the basis of individual qualifications, not on ethnicity.

    May 27, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  300. Pensacola

    The rate they're going they can't come to a census on pepperoni or sausage!

    May 27, 2009 at 4:48 pm |