ALMOST OVER

Sotomayor Clears Judiciary Committee

So much for a bipartisan nomination. Sonia Sotomayor cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, though only one Republican, Lindsay Graham, joined the Democrats who approved of her. The 13-6 vote paves the way for a full vote in the Senate next week. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the committee, reiterated his discomfort with some of Sotomayor's comments and court rulings. The Associated Press reports that the GOP is struggling with the "politically perplexing issue" of how to handle the Sotomayor nomination, as they must avoid alienating both Hispanic voters and the conservative base.