Committee for Justice Responds to Lindsey Graham’s Support of Sotomayor

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm

I emailed Curt Levey, director of the Committee for Justice, after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced that he would support Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court, therefore guaranteeing her a bipartisan vote out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“I can’t say I’m surprised,” said Levey. “Anyone who listened to Graham during the hearings knew he was going to wind up voting for Sotomayor. Nor can I say that Graham’s vote is very significant. For one thing, it’s difficult to draw any broad conclusions from his decision given that he’s a maverick just like his close friend John McCain. Moreover, I’m less focused on what the members of the Judiciary Committee do than on the vote people remember, namely the confirmation vote. I’m particularly focused on whether any red state Democrats vote against Sotomayor because of her hostility to the Second Amendment.”

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Comment posted July 23, 2009 @ 4:54 am

Oh, Okay.

Comment posted July 23, 2009 @ 9:40 am

Hey wait. How can Lindsey Graham vote FOR Judge Sotomayor?

Didn't he go on and on (and on and on) about how concerned he was about her “temperament?” Didn't he read all those anonymous lawyers' comments about how mean she is? Didn't he tell her to go away and “reflect” on what he said to her about how she is a “bully?”

Maybe he talked to his good friend John McCain, whose anger issues are the stuff of legend in the Senate. Maybe he realized he really likes bullies. Or maybe he was never sincere about any of his questioning of Judge Sotomayor and just got drafted to do his share of the dirty work of laying a foundation for the GOP in 2012 by playing the race card over and over again from the bottom of the deck.

Your guess is as good as mine.

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