On the Hill

Graham: Sotomayor Is In

Don't hold your breath for confirmation-hearing theatrics: Republican Senate Judiciary Committee member Lindsey Graham said today that Sonia Sotomayor will be confirmed, "unless you have a complete meldown." Other senators weighed in during opening remarks. "Let no one demean this extraordinary woman," said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy. "She's been a judge for all Americans. She'll be a justice for all Americans.” Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, however, set the tone for the opposition. Promising a “respectful tone,” he said, "Call it empathy, call it prejudice or call it sympathy, but whatever it is, it's not law. In truth, it's more akin to politics and politics has no place in the courtroom."