Stand-up, take a position!

Is he acting "stupidly"? (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)

Is he acting "stupidly"? (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)

Life is not without its little surprises – and thank goodness for this one. Some of our more esteemed elected officials have decided not to cave-in but rather stand-up and at least take a position.

Sourcing an article in USA Today, senior Republican member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Jeff Sessions, says he’ll vote against Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions says he doesn’t think Sotomayor has the convictions to resist the pull of judicial activism once she becomes a justice.

His decision comes the day before the Judiciary panel is to vote on President Barack Obama’s first high court nominee. In addition, Republican Sen. John Cornyn, the head of his party’s Senate campaign arm, said Friday he’ll vote against Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, siding with GOP leaders and conservatives who are lining up against President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the first Hispanic justice.

Sens. Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Bob Bennett of Utah, like Hatch, say they’ll oppose her this time around. Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, who also voted to confirm Sotomayor previously, has not said what he will do this time.

Sotomayor is virtually certain to be confirmed by a vote of the full Senate by the end of next week, becoming the first Hispanic justice. At American Age we wonder if “…becoming the first Hispanic justice…” is perhaps carrying more clout than either Sotomayor’s intent on legislating from the bench as well as her previous decisions that are marred by her inability to resist the pull of judicial activism once she becomes a justice.

Most conservative Republicans are lining up against Sotomayor, but a handful of GOP senators are siding with majority Democrats to back her, such as Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine and Richard Lugar of Indiana are among those who have said they’ll back Sotomayor.

The staff at American Age would simply like to ask Sens. Collins, Snowe and Lugar why? From Gallup to Rasmussen their polls are decisive as to the nation’s acceptance of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. So what are your reasons for backing her?

More later…

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