Sonia Sotomayor’s appointment to the Supreme Court has just been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee en banc. All the Democrats (Herb Kohl, Dianne Feinstein, Russell Feingold, Chuck Schumer, Benjamin Cardin, Dick Durbin, Al Franken, Sheldon Whitehouse, Amy Klobuchar, Ed Kaufman, Arlen Specter, and Chairman Pat Leahy) and Republican Lindsey Graham voted for her; all the other Republicans (Jeff Sessions, Orrin Hatch, Charles Grassley, Jon Kyl, Tom Coburn, John Cornyn) voted against. Highlight: “If you see me dab my eyes, I’m not sad, it’s chemotherapy” (Specter). The nomination will go to the full Senate next week, where her confirmation is expected. Misty watercolor memories of the Sotomayor Hearings here.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 28, 2009