Sessions concedes Sotomayor confirmation inevitable

The Judiciary Committee's leading Republican says there won't be a filibuster

By Alex Koppelman
Published July 16, 2009 4:25PM (EDT)

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the leading Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, just admitted reality: Judge Sonia Sotomayor will, almost certainly, end up on the Supreme Court.

"I will not support and I don't think any Republican will support a filibuster or an attempt to block a vote on your nomination," Sessions told Sotomayor during hearings Thursday.

Given the Democrats' overwhelming majority in the Senate, there's no way -- barring some major revelation -- that Republicans could stop Sotomayor from being confirmed without launching a filibuster. The senator's statement is, then, essentially an admission of defeat.

Sessions also said he anticipates a vote before the Senate goes into its August recess -- that is, right on the schedule committee Chair Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt., had wanted.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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