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July 10, 2009
Did Senate Republicans cave too early on Sotomayor?
According to this CNN poll, it seems pretty clear that GOP senators were running scared a few months ago when they fell over themselves in support of Sonia Sotomayor, that a good two dozen of them would vote to confirm the controversial judge.
The public has a little different take on Obama's far left nominee for the Supreme Court as CNN's Paul Steinhauser reports:
Just three days before the start of Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings, a new national poll indicates that by a narrow margin, Americans would like the Senate to confirm her as the next Supreme Court justice. In a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Friday morning, 47 percent of people questioned would like to see the Senate vote in favor of Sotomayor's confirmation, with 40 percent opposed and 13 percent unsure.
Sotomayor, a New York federal appeals court judge, was nominated by President Barack Obama in May to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter.
The poll suggests a partisan divide, with nearly seven in 10 Democrats supporting Sotomayor's confirmation, Independents split, and nearly two out of three Republicans opposing Senate confirmation.
"Republican opposition to Sotomayor's confirmation is a higher level of opposition from the party out of power than any Supreme Court nominee has faced in the past two decades," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
The GOP base as well as moderate Republicans are making their views crystal clear; they want GOP senators to fight this nomination tooth and nail regardless of any political fallout with Hispanics and regardless of whether she is a shoo in or not. We want to see tough questions, articulate opposition witnesses. We want her record on affirmative action front and center so that the American people are made aware of how radical those views truly are.
Will we get it? Not likely. Instead of trying to sway the undecideds, it appears that a sizable number of senators will go in the tank and meekly go along with Obama. All this when the nominee doesn't even enjoy the support of a majority of voters.