Viva Sotomayor!

How Republican Senators Voted on Sotomayor

Judge Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed by the Senate in a 68-to-31 vote on her nomination to the Supreme Court. All Democrats and independents present voted yes (Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who has been battling cancer, was not present for the vote). They were joined by 9 of the 40, or 23 percent of the Republicans in the Senate. This is less than the proportion of Democrats and independents that voted for John G. Roberts Jr. — half of Democrats and independents supported his nomination to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 2005. But it is more than the proportion that voted for Samuel Alito in 2006 — just 9 percent of Democrats and independents supported his nomination to the Supreme Court. Below are details on how Republicans voted on Judge Sotomayor.

The Times has a very good spread sheet on the confirmation vote, click on the above link to view it.



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19 responses to “Viva Sotomayor!

  1. dnd

    For a little insight into the majority of those who voted “no,” check out an excellent piece by Kathleen Parker:

  2. 247,000 Jobs Lost in July; Rate Falls Slightly to 9.4%

    A flicker of light at the end of the tunnel?

  3. Breaking News Alert
    The New York Times
    Friday, August 7, 2009 — 10:41 AM ET

    Gillibrand Rival Reportedly Won’t Run in Primary

    Representative Carolyn B. Maloney is expected to announce
    today that she has changed her mind and will not enter the
    primary race against Kirsten E. Gillibrand, New York’s newly
    appointed senator.

    Damn I really wanted to see her go for it.

  4. nannymm

    Good morning. Thre repug position on Sotomayor is interesting. I think they will be hurt by it in the long run.

  5. Nanny in the short run too! The 2010 election is going to prove to be fascinating to watch as repugs are forced to pander to their whack job base in order to secure nominations.

  6. nannymm

    Good point, Brian. We can just sit back and enjoy the show.

  7. dog's eye view

    “Republicans Propagating Falsehoods in Attacks on Health-Care Reform”

    Steve Pearlstein, Pulitzer-winning Washington Post business columnist and one of that declining paper’s few remaining bright lights, begins:

    “As a columnist who regularly dishes out sharp criticism, I try not to question the motives of people with whom I don’t agree. Today, I’m going to step over that line.

    The recent attacks by Republican leaders and their ideological fellow-travelers on the effort to reform the health-care system have been so misleading, so disingenuous, that they could only spring from a cynical effort to gain partisan political advantage. By poisoning the political well, they’ve given up any pretense of being the loyal opposition. They’ve become political terrorists, willing to say or do anything to prevent the country from reaching a consensus on one of its most serious domestic problems.”

    And concludes:

    “… Health reform is a test of whether this country can function once again as a civil society — whether we can trust ourselves to embrace the big, important changes that require everyone to give up something in order to make everyone better off. Republican leaders are eager to see us fail that test. We need to show them that no matter how many lies they tell or how many scare tactics they concoct, Americans will come together and get this done.

    If health reform is to be anyone’s Waterloo, let it be theirs.”

  8. TempeBev

    Hopefully McCain, too!

  9. dog's eye view

    Jenny Sanford (Mrs. Mark) moving out of the South Carolina Governor’s mansion.

  10. Bev are there any Dems running who possible have a chance of beating grandpa cranky pants?

  11. Things are getting hot in Denver.

    Pelosi’s visit a lightning rod

  12. dnd

    Mike Littwin on Pelosi’s visit:

    Lenin had a term for those who want to shout down rather than debate issues: “useful idiots.”

  13. Check out a timeline of Sotomayor’s life: Still room to add! Anyone is free to contribute.

  14. TempeBev

    Brian – I haven’t heard of any yet but I’m crossing my fingers.

  15. eProf2

    That makes two of us, Bev. Pederson came close to beating Kyl last time. We are just way too red. Even my new Congresswoman, Ann Kirkpatrick, is a blue dog, clinging to the second amendment NRA types and is, in MHO, a DINO, Democrat in name only.

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