Apparently even the dinosaurs in the increasingly-irrelevant Republican Party do not find political suicide palatable. Republican senators see little chance of successfully blocking Judge Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination and will not push for a filibuster, according to new reports.
Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, tells Politico: "The nominee has serious problems. But I would think that we would all have a good hearing, take our time and do it right. And then the senators cast their vote up or down based on whether or not they think this is the kind of judge that should be on the court. ... I don't sense a filibuster in the works."
Sessions remarks come at the same time Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said Republicans need to be "very cautious and careful" about criticizing Sottomayor as it could damage their "standing with Hispanics, reports Think Progress.
Meanwhile: Senators and advocacy groups are still girding for this summer's battle, "partly with an eye toward raising money and perhaps preparing for Barack Obama's next nominee," reports the AP.