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From: Tom Sturdivant (e-mail him)
Regarding Elizabeth Harris' letter, in 1991, then-powerful New York Senator Patrick Moynihan forced President George H.W. Bush, in a back room deal, to appoint Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
But Bush Sr. likely regrets her choice, just like he later regretted nominating Justice David Souter.
Then in 1998, Sotomayor was narrowly confirmed (68-28) to the 2nd Circuit Court under Bill Clinton. However, seven current Senate Republicans, sensing she might be fast-tracked to the Supreme Court, held up her confirmation for over a year.
A coalition of the dozen Democrats listed by Harris, the seven Republicans I mention above as well as other conservative opposition party Republicans would be enough to kill Sotomayor's nomination.