GOP Split on Sotomayor, Confirmation Still Expected

Some Republican Senators are weary of confirming Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, but most lawmakers say it won't make much of a difference when the issue is put to a vote in the senate. Although GOP senators do intend on blocking a panel vote which was originally scheduled for today, it is likely that doing so will only serve to delay a full senate vote until July 28th.

Senator Jeffrey Sessions (Alabama), the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee conceded that the Senate is likely to vote on Sotomayor's confirmation by early August. Sotomayor currently enjoys solid support across the board from Democratic senators and at least three Republican senators have also indicated that they intend on approving President Obama's choice to secede Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court.

However, Sotomayor's nomination is still being met by resistance from some of the senate's most conservative members. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota and Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky both announced their intentions to oppose Sotomayor, bringing up the same old arguments with regards to empathy and bias. Taking a page out of President George W. Bush's book of eloquence, Sen. McConnell attempted to explain his opposition to Sotomayor's nomination by saying, "If the judge has empathy for you, great; but if she has it for the other guy, it's not so good."

In any case, it is clear that the Republican Party has no intention of filibustering Sotomayor, which would only serve to alienate the Latino community even further.