Before leaving on their August recess tomorrow, the Senate is scheduled to vote on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. The vote will take place about 3 p.m. Eastern Time or about noon for us on the West Coast.
Sotomayor’s confirmation is expected because many Republicans are breaking with their party to vote for her, probably a smart move in this politically hot climate, to look more moderate to their voters.
Sotomayor, if confirmed, will replace liberal Justice David Souter and, politically will be a parallel replacement, not bringing much idealogical change in that respect. Sotomayor, however, will make history with her expected confirmation because she will become the first Latina on the high court.