Senate Confirms Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court

August 6, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Sonia Sotomayor has won confirmation  for the Supreme Court on Thursday,o n a 68-31 Senate vote. Sotomayor as the 111th justice, becomes the first Hispanic and third woman to serve on the highest court in the land. As the first justice nominated by a Democratic President in 15 years, she was  unanimously supported by the Dems, but only got 9 of the 40 Republicans to cross party lines to vote in the judge’s favor.  A potential concern for Republicans opposing her nomination down the road, is that Latinos carry increasing political influence as the nation’s fastest growing group. After weathering early and intense media attention to her “wise Latina” comments, Sotomayor followed a tradition of recent past nominees, offering  little insight to her personal beliefs in confirmation hearings that had both Democrats and Republicans grousing about the pointlessness of the hearings.  Sotomayor replaces retiring Justice David Souter,  who was named by a Republican president, but regarded as on the liberal side of the bench, so she is not expected to shift the court’s ideological balance for now.

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