Supreme Irony

From abcNEWS:

The Senate voted to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court today, making her the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice and just the third woman to sit on the court.

The 55-year-old Sotomayor, who was confirmed by a vote of 68-31, will be sworn in on Saturday at the Court.

Despite strong and vocal opposition from some Senate Republicans, nine GOP senators voted for her confirmation, more than the number of Democrats who supported Justice Samuel Alito, but fewer than the number who crossed party lines to support Chief Justice John Roberts.

One of the Rethug votes against was Captain Underpants. One of the Rethug votes for was Lindseypoo. Does this mean the end of the romance? Nah, they don’t know how to quit each other.

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Among them were four Republican senators who will be retiring at the end of 2010, including Sens. Kit Bond of Missouri, Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, Mel Martinez of Florida and George Voinovich of Ohio. Other GOP senators who cast an “aye” vote were Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Richard Lugar of Indiana, and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

All 59 Democrats who were present voted for Sotomayor.

From TOP OF THE TICKET at The Los Angeles Times (August 4, 2009):

He really likes federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Thinks she’s got an excellent resume. An inspiring life story. Heck, he even thinks she has the professional qualifications to be a Supreme Court justice.

But yesterday he took to the Senate floor to explain that he’s voting against her nomination. He suspects she’s one of those activists judges who will legislate from the bench.

“Regardless of one’s success in academics and in government service, an individual who does not appreciate the common-sense limitations on judicial power in our democratic system of government ultimately lacks a key qualification for a lifetime appointment to the bench,” McCain explained.

But if you’re a moron who can’t string 4 words together to form a proper sentence and quit almost every endeavor you attempt, then you’re qualified to be the Vice President of the United States! Would anyone reading this want Captain Underpants working in your Personnel Department in charge of hiring?

McCain is up for reelection next year in a state with an increasing Latino population, so the vote could spell trouble. In fact he went out of his way during Monday’s speech to note that he backed the nomination of Miguel Estrada to the federal appeals court, a Bush administration nomination ultimately pulled because of Democratic opposition.

Some of his best friends are Latino! Well, maybe not exactly friends, but some of his best gardeners at his multiple homes are Latino!

[The] National Rifle Assn. has for the first time weighed in on a judicial appointment, targeting Sotomayor as hostile to the 2nd Amendment and warning senators thinking about voting yes that the NRA will use that vote against them. The powerful gun lobby may have swayed McCain, along with Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, where South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham — ironically a key McCain ally — was the only Republican to back Sotomayor.

From Hotline On Call at National Review:

Pres. Obama said today that he was “very happy” with the 68-31 margin by which Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed to the SCOTUS. Nine GOPers broke to join a unanimous Dem conference — minus the ailing Ted Kennedy (D-MA) — to support the nominee.

But according to a CNN/ORG poll released yesterday, only 27% of GOPers said the Senate should confirm Sotomayor, while 58% of GOPers polled opposed the nomination. And just 22.5% of Senate GOPers eventually voted to confirm her.

How bipartisan was the vote? A closer look at which senators voted yes or no reveals that most who are seeking re-election or election to another office voted against Sotomayor’s nomination — among other interesting facts.


Of the GOP senators standing for re-election next year, all 12 voted against Sotomayor. Sens. Bob Bennett (UT) and John McCain (R-AZ) are facing primary challenges from conservative rivals. Although they have no declared challengers, Sens. Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and David Vitter (R-LA) may wish to preemptively discourage any potential primary opponents.


Of the seven GOPers likely to retire between now and ’10, four — Sens. Kit Bond (R-MO), Judd Gregg (NH), Mel Martínez (FL) and George Voinovich (OH) — voted yes. Retiring Sens. Sam Brownback (R-KS), Jim Bunning (R-KY) and Kay Bailey Hutchison voted no. Brownback and Hutchison intend to run for GOV in their respective states.


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Sens. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and John Thune (R-SD), mentioned as possible WH ’12 candidates, both voted no.


Of the four GOPers left in the Senate from the “Gang of 14” — the bipartisan group formed four years ago to prevent the so-called “nuclear option” from being invoked regarding Bush admin. judicial nominees — three voted for Sotomayor: Sens. Susan Collins (ME), Lindsey Graham (SC) and Olympia Snowe (ME). Only McCain voted no.


The only remaining senators (of nine total) to vote against Justice Stephen Breyer, Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN), voted for Sotomayor. The three senators who voted against Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg are no longer in office.

Senators who voted for Breyer and Ginsburg but against Sotomayor included Senate Min. Leader Mitch McConnell, Sens. Thad Cochran (R-MS), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Bennett, Hutchison and McCain.

Grassley and Hatch, in their long tenures both in the Senate and on the Judiciary Cmte, had never voted against a SCOTUS nominee.

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) holds the distinction of being the only senator to vote against both Robert Bork and Sonia Sotomayor. Shelby, a Dem then, converted to the GOP seven years after the Bork vote.


In states represented by GOPers whose ’08 electorate was more than 9% Hispanic — AZ (16%), FL (14%), NV (15%) and TX (20%) — only one out of six sens. (the retiring Martínez) voted for Sotomayor. Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), Senate Min. Whip Jon Kyl, NRSC Chair John Cornyn, Hutchison and McCain all voted against.

And just to make sure that Rethug heads were exploding across the land…from abcNEWS:

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., was presiding over the Senate chamber this afternoon when the Senate voted 68-31 to confirm Judge Sonia Sotamayor as the nation’s first Latino Supreme Court justice.

Franken was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s choice for the plum opportunity.


Franken, who gave his maiden Senate speech Wednesday in support of Sotomayor, seemed a bit flummoxed by Senate rules as the roll call began. But with some help from the parliamentarian, the vote commenced, and Sotamayor was easily confirmed, and Franken got to make the formal announcement.


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29 responses to “Supreme Irony

  1. jeb

    Kay Baily H decided in the end to go for the angry white guy vote in the Rethug primary in Texas. Guess she figures that’s the only chance she has to unseat Gov. Goodhair.

    I love reading the words the first Hispanic Justice. I lived in fear for so many years that Alberto “The Sleaze” Gonzalez would get that distinction. Instead he got a job at Texas Tech which has caused protests, editorials against his employment in the student newspaper and alumni pulling donations.

    • glad to see you got over your little premature commentation problem, jeb. 😉

      the breakdown at the national review was really interesting. this had nothing to do with sotomayor’s fitness for the supreme court. it was political theater, and the votes were purely political in almost all instances. the one that surprised me more than anything else was lamar alexander. 😯 i couldn’t believe he voted to confirm her.

      • i hope both big hair bailey-hutchison and little dick-cornyn feel the wrath of the millions of hispanic voters is texas – who will be encouraged to go out and vote in 2010

        with kbh quitting in the fall to run against the hairdresser/governor, he gets to replace her.

        that should be interesting

        • it’s all going to come down to voter turnout. gov goodhair has the fundie vote, and they come out for primaries. kbh was stupid for voting against sotomayor, as she could have gone back to texas and rallied the hispanics around her, as well as women. she’s not going to get the fundie white guy vote anyway.

  2. jeb

    I concentrated on baseball statistics while commenting this time.

  3. I was surprised at the Rs who voted for her and was surprised at a couple of Ds who voted for her. Even though I think they got the message loud and clear if they didn’t it could and would be committing suicide…lol

    But Begich, from AK and some of the others from the NRA threatened states were a little concerned but finally came around with a little pressure.

    • i’m not surprised by the dems. begich doesn’t have to run again for another 6 years, and the rest of the dems still need money from the party for their campaigns if they’re running again soon.

  4. Ohhhh I think old Johnny is experiencing SGS-
    Sour Grapes Syndrome. He’s mad about losing, so he’s gonna be a thorn. This is it just makes him seem more out of touch…. which he really really is, my friends.

    • i’m just hoping that there’s a viable dem to run against him now that napolitano is out of the running. the rethug running against him is a real wingnut who would be even worse than capt underpants.

      • “John McCain isn’t a *real* conservative!” If I had a dollar for every time I heard or read that, I could pay my car insurance!

        • i don’t even know what conservative is supposed to mean these days. like princess sarah? lindseypoo? the ladies in maine? it’s really meaningless.

          • Snowe and Collins in Maine may be Republicans, but they’re not conservatives, at least not by the modern definition of the term. They’re the last of the Rockefeller/Eisenhower Republicans in the Senate. Note that even the Rockefeller in the Senate is a Democrat!

            As for conservative, even though she’s really a radical authoritarian, Princess Sarah fits the modern meaning of the term.

      • Yish! Hard to imagine someone ***worse*** than old Johnny. Rich fat cat out of touch, but trying to cut pork– like health care, and infrastructure. The old coot is not going to retire on his own…. he will have to be voted out.

        • believe it or not, fran, the other guy is worse. his name is chris simcox, and he’s one of the founders of the minutemen. he was actually a kindergarten teacher at a school in l.a. for 13 years and was arrested for bringing a gun into a national park and lying to officials about it. there’s more to be found on the internets–accusations by his ex-wives, etc. 🙄

          it’s unreal to me that it’s so difficult to get reasonable, smart, and moderate people to run for office and then to get them elected.

  5. Can we all agree that Lindsey Graham is the douchiest douche to ever be elected? I am generally not friendly to any politicians, except the beautiful Sarah Palin whose radiance transcends politics, but there is something about Graham that I just can’t take. I am starting to gag just thinking about his big, jowly head.

    (Sorry nonnie for my fairly off topic rant.)

    • tannerleah,
      radiance? maybe ignorance.

      not sure if lindseypoo is the douchiest. while he’s pretty douchy, there are others who are much douchier–tom tancredo, trent lott, david vitter, every rethug out of texas, mitch mcconnell. oh, the list is so long.

      good to see you over here, tannerleah! 😀

      • the douchiest senator is no doubt mitch mcconell – i cant even look at his ugly puss without reaching for the michele malkin barfbag

        here is my douchiest ranking

        1. mcconnell
        2. inhofe
        3. bunning (tho retiring)
        4. cornyn
        5. brownback (another one retiring)

        miss lindsey doesnt make the top 5

        • saxby chambliss and jim demint need to be on that list. and jeff sessions and david vitter. and richard shelby. top 5 doesn’t cut it, it has to be at least a top 10. i agree that mcconnell should be #1 on the shit parade.

  6. geez53

    Had to come in and compliment you on this one.
    You’ve got the tightest cropping i’ve ever seen (Straitman R Us) ;}

    • that’s what he said!

      😆 okay, i watch the office a little too much.

      how nice to see you over here again, geez! i was at one of the old posts the other day, and i saw one of your comments, and i was thinking that it would be nice if you stopped by again. you see, telepathy works! 😀

      • geez53

        LOL That (telepathy) explains why my cat dragged me by the pant leg to the puter.
        She’s very sensitive.
        So the next time you need me, her name is Priss and she’s faster than Twitter. ;}

        • funny, but i’m usually more in sync with dogs than cats. priss really must be very sensitive, as well as very strong! not many cats can drag a grown man! 😉

          • geez53

            Yep, i’ve been a dog person most of my life as well, but 5 years ago Priss adopted me and won’t let me out of her sight. She doesn’t bark, fetch or set on command (she is a cat after all), but she comes when i call and is as loyal as my Elk hounds and German Shepherds ever where. She even prods me for our evening walk around the neighborhood and sets my attention to any noise she hears when we’re setting in the yard at night.

            Oh yes …… she’s not that strong, i’ve just lost that much weight. ;}

  7. McCain is a mystery. I’ve never figured him out because just when it looks like you know the “real” McCain, oops! Another one takes his place! It’s like invasion of the body snatchers, and McCain is both the body and the snatcher.

    • he’s a self-centered egomaniac who can’t stand the fact that nobody will even remember his name in a few years, except as the moron who foisted an even bigger self-centered egomaniac, princess sarah, on the american people. he’s lived his life trying to live up to the legacies of his father and grandfather, but he doesn’t measure up.