Senate Judiciary Committee to Vote on Sotomayor Nomination Today
After a week’s delay, the Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote this morning on the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor. Although Sotomayor is expected to win the support of a majority of the committee’s members, the vote is almost certain to be sharply divided along party lines.
Except for the support of Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who has said he believes President Obama is entitled to deference for his Supreme Court picks, the rest of the Republicans on the committee are expected to vote against Sotomayor’s nomination.
Whether the full Senate vote will be as partisan remains to be seen. As NPR noted this morning, when it came to President George W. Bush’s nominations to the Supreme Court, many Democrats voted in favor of both Justices John Roberts and Samuel Alito. Then-Senator Barack Obama, however, voted against both of them. Judging from some of the comments at the Sotomayor hearing, the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, at least, have not forgotten.