Last week, Matt predicted that Senators Hutchison and Cornyn would need to concoct lines of reasoning against the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, and that they would need to vote against her for political reasons. Well, this morning, John Cornyn officially put himself in that “I'm going to vote against this person purely for political reasons” column.
Just look at his rationalization, too:
In the end, Cornyn said he believes “the stakes are too high” for him to support a nominee who might approach important constitutional issues like gun and property rights “from a liberal, activist perspective.”
That's been one of the dumbest explanations against the qualifications of a judge for years, and it still is.
Update by KT: Statement from Houston Mayor Bill White, candidate for U.S. Senate:
Senator John Cornyn acknowledged that Sonia Sotomayor has an excellent background, the right temperament, and a record of mainstream decisions. Her life has been an inspiration. Texas' Senator should do what is right for our state and our mainstream values. Senator Cornyn's “no” vote on Sotomayor represents political posturing for one wing of one party, politics as usual. As our next Senator, I will do what's right for Texas.