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ABC News’ Jonathan Karl reports:
Republicans are prepared for a major confirmation showdown over the Sotomayor nomination. At the start, Senate Republicans will likely make innocuous statements about the need to thoroughly review her record, but make no mistake, GOP leaders, with a big assist from outside conservative groups, will wage a vigorous campaign against this nomination.
In fact, key Senate Republicans are already on record voting against Sotomayor. When President Bill Clinton picked her for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit in 1997, Republicans blocked her nomination for more than a year. Ultimately she was confirmed, but 29 Republicans voted no, including Mitch McConnell (now the Republican leader) and Jeff Sessions (now the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee.
“President Obama could have chosen a consensus candidate,” says a top Republican Senate leadership aide, “but he did not.” For Republicans, Sotomayor was the most controversial of the names widely reported to be on Obama’s short list.
Senate Republicans don’t expect to defeat the Sotomayor nomination. But they hope to raise enough questions about the nomination to make it a tough vote for Democratic Senators in more conservative states. They will also use the confirmation battle as an opportunity to motivate a demoralized Republican base.
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