GOP Senators Snowe, Martinez Announce Support For Sotomayor

U.S. Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) today issued the following statement regarding his intent to support the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.

"Given her judicial record, and her testimony this week, it is my determination that Judge Sotomayor is well-qualified to serve as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. "Judge Sotomayor is knowledgeable of the law, would be a fair and impartial judge, and seems to have a good understanding of the limited role the judiciary plays in our democracy.

"Judge Sotomayor's rise to the Supreme Court is testimony to the fact that the American dream continues to be attainable. As an Hispanic American, I take great pride in Judge Sotomayor's historic achievement. Given her qualifications and testimony this week, I intend to vote in favor of her confirmation."

When I get copy of Senator Olympia Snowe's statement announcing her support for Sotomayor, I will post it here.

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    Mitch McConnell isn't buying it: (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 12:46:17 PM EST

    No danger to him (none / 0) (#2)
    by andgarden on Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 12:48:38 PM EST
    Think he'll be the northernmost "no" vote east of the Mississippi? I wonder what Judd Gregg will do?

    I expect a No (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Big Tent Democrat on Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 01:01:13 PM EST
    He's going to be a Republican lobbyist after he retires.

    Heh (none / 0) (#9)
    by Steve M on Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 02:15:06 PM EST
    The rump of the rump.  May the Lord bless and keep them.

    I am impressed the endorsers of (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 12:52:55 PM EST
    Latino heritage proudly include their pride in Judge Sotomayor's ethnicity in their endorsements.  

    Let the GOP Senators rave on and on about the "wise Latina."  

    75-80 votes? (none / 0) (#4)
    by Carolyn in Baltimore on Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 12:58:22 PM EST
    R -yes
    Lugar, Snowe, Martinez, Graham,
    Anyone else on the committee a yes?
    Other likely yeses - women, states with Latino voting blocks, endangered Rs,

    D - no
    None seen. While some may not like the nomination they are safe to say yes (assuming we keep racking up R yeses)and not likely to anger Obama on this.

    Sen. Hatch is in a "quandry." But (none / 0) (#6)
    by oculus on Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 01:03:51 PM EST
    he is twittering re the nomination and his misgivings, per news reports.

    He helped (none / 0) (#7)
    by Carolyn in Baltimore on Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 01:20:07 PM EST
    get Ginsburg nominated and confirmed.
    Sotomayor is to her right in many areas.

    But I guess times are different.

    I think Hatch may go for her.


    I'm thinking it's going to (none / 0) (#8)
    by dk on Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 01:23:04 PM EST
    be 80-85 yes votes.

    Maybe Grassley (none / 0) (#10)
    by lilburro on Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 03:27:44 PM EST
    has tweeted his decision.

    This would be a good time for the Republican "Yes" votes to throw Gingrich out of their party.


    HAHA (none / 0) (#11)
    by lilburro on Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 03:29:00 PM EST
    well Grassley is certainly chafing under this President.  Maybe Obama should have him over for cocktails so the man will chill out...

    Not sure cocktails would (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by KeysDan on Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 07:53:35 PM EST
    be right for Grassley, unless it is a kiddie koctail.  Although his Baptist background may be overridden by his association with "The Family".

    Grassley is chafing (none / 0) (#12)
    by NewDemocrat9999 on Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 04:16:50 PM EST
    because Obama might pass a health care plan with a public option by going around him using reconciliation.  That is what is getting him worked up.

    Sen. Snowe's press release: (none / 0) (#13)
    by oculus on Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 07:02:38 PM EST
    well, color me stunned! (none / 0) (#15)
    by cpinva on Sat Jul 18, 2009 at 12:34:39 AM EST
    of course martinez is a yes vote, to vote no would be committing political suicide. that was a given. snowe also was pretty much of a given, unless she too had no further aspirations, and was going to retire at the end of her present term.

    i haven't a clue how good a justice judge sotomayer will be, but i apparently have a better grasp of the judiciary's powers than sen. martinez does:

    the limited role the judiciary plays in our democracy.

    i would strongly urge sen. martinez, and all the republicans, wherever they may be, to read the constitution: the judiciary is still one of three co-equal branches of our government. as such, it's role is on par with both the executive and legislative branches. were that not intended to be the case, the author's surely wouldn't have made the glaring mistake of giving it the authority to override both of the other branches.

    i'd hardly call that a "limited role in our democracy". but then, that's just me.