Although he was one of her "toughest questioners during her four-day Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing last week,"—especially around gay rights and same-sex marriage—Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announces his support of the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.
Graham’s support is not entirely unexpected—during her final round of questions to Sotomayor, he all but endorsed her nomination. ... Graham, in a floor speech, said he believes Sotomayor is a "mainstream" jurist who "is bound by the law." He said he was "voting for her because I find her to be well-qualified. Elections matter and those that have served beside her for years find her to be an extraordinary woman."
Graham's support is more or less consistent with his deferential approach toward a president's judiccial nominations. The anti-gay social conservative South Carolina Republican—who boasts a 0% score from the Human Rights Campaign—becomes the fifth GOP Senator to formally endorse the SCOTUS nominee. The others include Maine's moderate Republican Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, as well as Dick Lugar (IN) and Mel Martinez (FL).
Bravo to Graham for being consistent. Unlike his hypocritical colleague from Arizona Jon Kyl, who delivered a floor speech slash rant on Wednesday that criticized Sotomayor’s responses to questions "during the hearing and formally announcing that he would vote against her confirmation."
You go ahead and do that, Jon. Latinos make up a large percentage of Arizona’s voting population. Hopefully you will be rewarded in 2012.