Pat Roberts just says ‘no’ to Sotomayor
Pat Roberts called “first!” today. Roberts is the first senator to pledge a “no” vote to Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor.
Earlier today, Roberts told KCMO Talk Radio 710’s Chris Stigall that no way, no how would he vote for her:
“I voted no in 1998. I did not feel she was appropriate on the
appeals court. Since that time, she has made statements
on the role of the appeals court I think is improper and incorrect.
“I think that we should be judging people not on
race and gender or background or ethnicity or a very telling
story. There are a lot of people that have that. My goodness, Clarence Thomas had that, and look what he got.
“I think that you should be judging people on
their qualifications, whether they will follow the Constitution, and if
they do that and they follow the Constitution and they don’t make laws,
they simply follow the Constitution and interpret it, I will support
“With all due respect to the nominee and nothing personal, I do not plan to vote for her.”
Old habits die hard.