Thursday, August 6, 2009

Sotomayor, Si! GOP, no!

Judge Sonia Sotomayor was easily confirmed by the US Senate for her seat on the Supreme Court. The outcome was never in doubt. Democrats have 60 votes and all 59 healthy Democratic Senators voted to confirm, including 91 year-old West Virginia Senator Byrd. Only Ted Kennedy, who is too ill, was unable to cast his vote. It wasn't needed. A tiny handful of Republicans joined the Democratic majority, but 31 Republican Senators went on record by voting against Judge Sotomayor.

That's great news for Democrats. In politics, you may run but you cannot hide from your record. Every Republican Senator running for reelection in 2010 voted against the first Hispanic and only the third female to become an Associate Justice on the nation's highest court.

The GOP "Death Wish" has never been more apparent. For Democrats - who could ask for more?

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