One Step Closer for the First Latina Appointed to the Court

Written by Robert Justin Lipkin on July 28th, 2009

As reported in the NY Times: “The Senate Judiciary Committee voted, 13 to 6, on Tuesday to endorse the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, easing her path to likely confirmation as the first Hispanic member of the tribunal.”  The question now is just how many total votes Judge Sotomayor will receive. Senator Lindsay Graham was the only Republican on the committee to vote in favor of Judge Sotomayor. Why? Is it plausible to believe that she wouldn’t get a yes vote from other Republicans in a fair and impartial procedure.  Judges, of course, must be fair and impartial, but Senators Grassley and Hatch do not. What a system?

Will these “fair and impartial” senators and their kin suffer electorally in the next election?  Should they?


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