GOP could have Stopped Supremes Kagan and Sotomayor with a filibuster but did not

Looks like the GOP as usual stepped up to the Democrats plate both with Kagan and Sotomayor. No filibuster threatened, and better yet, we gave them the number to push it over the top. 60 votes are required to stop a filibuster. We had the numbers. With Kagan five GOPers sent it over the top, with Sotomayor the number was nine. They didn’t insist for another candidate. So who says fair is fair.

Kagan Confirmed Supreme Court – Vote Count tally Breakdown 63-37  July20, 2010

56 of the 57 Senate Democrats voted to confirm Kagan. The only Democrat who rejected the confirmation was Ben Nelson (D-NE). Both of the Senate independents, Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), voted to confirm Kagan. Additionally, five Senate Republicans broke party lines and voted to confirm Kagan; these were Richard Lugar (R-IN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Judd Gregg (R-NH), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Final count: 63-37. Five Republicans and one Democrat defected.

How Republican Senators Voted on Sotomayor – Interactive Graphic …

How Republican Senators Voted on Sotomayor. An interactive breakdown can be found at the New York Times August 6, 2009.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed by the Senate in a 68-to-31 vote on her nomination to the Supreme Court. All Democrats and independents present voted yes (Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who has been battling cancer, was not present for the vote). They were joined by 9 of the 40, or 23 percent of the Republicans in the Senate. This is less than the proportion of Democrats and independents that voted for John G. Roberts Jr. — half of Democrats and independents supported his nomination to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court in 2005. But it is more than the proportion that voted for Samuel Alito in 2006 — just 9 percent of Democrats and independents supported his nomination to the Supreme Court. Below are details on how Republicans voted on Judge Sotomayor.
HOW THE SENATOR VOTED STATE MARGIN OF VICTORY
WHEN LAST ELECTED
STATE’S WINNER IN 2008
PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
PUBLIC STATEMENT
ABOUT THE NOMINATION
YES Susan Collins Me. +23% OBAMA +17% “I know that I will not agree with MORE»
YES Olympia J. Snowe Me. +53% OBAMA +17% “I was impressed with Judge MORE»
YES Judd Gregg N.H. +33% OBAMA +10% “Although Judge Sotomayor and I MORE»
YES George V. Voinovich Ohio +28% OBAMA +4% “In particular, the one comment MORE»
YES Mel Martinez Fla. +1% OBAMA +3% “Judge Sotomayor’s rise to the MORE»
YES Richard G. Lugar Ind. OBAMA +1% “Judge Sotomayor is clearly MORE»
YES Christopher S. Bond Mo. +13% MCCAIN <1% “If some are saying that a MORE»
YES Lindsey Graham S.C. +15% MCCAIN +9% “I believe she follows precedent, MORE»
YES Lamar Alexander Tenn. +34% MCCAIN +15% “Even though Judge Sotomayor’s MORE»
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