This line from CNN cracked me up:
The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee announced Monday that he will not vote to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.
In an op-ed published in Monday’s USA Today, Sessions concedes that Sotomayor “will likely be confirmed.” But the Alabama Republican says that “as someone who cares deeply about our great heritage of law, I must withhold my consent.”
I love the fact that he and others felt that he needed to announce the fact that he was voting against Sotomayor. As if there was ever any doubt that he was going to do so? There was less mystery surrounding that decision than there is in the outcome of a Harlem Globetrotters game. I would have bet a year’s salary on Session’s voting against any Obama nominee for the Supreme Court long before Sotomayor was actually nominated. He could have nominated Sessions’ twin brother and gotten a no vote.
By the way, on my radio show on Thursday one of my guests will be Gerry Hebert, director of the Campaign Legal Center. He’s the former DOJ official who testified about Sessions’ long history of making blatantly racist statements in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee when Sessions was nominated for the federal bench in 1986. Sessions became the 2nd judge in a century to be rejected by the committee of which he is now the ranking Republican member.