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Re: Sotomayor Hearings

Following Sessions’s remarks, equally tough opening comments were offered by Jon Kyl and Chuck Grassley, and even the normally deferential Orin Hatch. Lindsey Graham made the pitch for “deference” and may be the single Republican “yes” vote for her on the Judiciary Committee. He seems to have an odd standard: Obama won and elections “matter,” he says. Yet if he said what Sotomayor did, he concedes, his career would be “over.” So which is it — deference or some semblance of a uniform standard for nominees? Well, he thinks she’s “in,” barring a “meltdown.”