With the exception of Lindsey Graham’s “yes” votes, the vote to send Sonia Sotomayor’s SCOTUS nomination to the full Senate was strictly partisan:
The Senate Judiciary Committee this morning endorsed Sonia Sotomayor to become an associate justice of the Supreme Court on a largely partisan vote that sends her historic nomination to the full Senate for a final decision on her confirmation.
The 13 to 6 vote came nearly two weeks after the committee’s members grilled Sotomayor for 2 ½ days, eliciting answers that betrayed little indication of how the nominee, an appellate judge for the past 11 years, would rule on the most significant issues that come before the nation’s highest court.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), a conservative, was the only Republican to join the committee’s dozen Democrats in supporting Sotomayor. Two of the veteran GOP senators who voted against her, Charles E. Grassley (Iowa) and Orin Hatch (Utah), have never before opposed a Supreme Court nominee.
Given this, it appears that my initial prediction of 10-20 Republican “yes” votes was way off. At this point, Sotomayor will be lucky to get any Republican votes other than Graham’s and those of Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins.