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The Last Two Times Around


When Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed to the second circuit, she received ‘yea’ votes from Jesse Helms, Rick Santorum, and Orrin Hatch. Of course, as Ed Whelan has noted, much of the controversy over Sotomayor has to do with decisions and statements she has made since then.

A GOP Senate office also draws my attention to a 1992 article in the New York Law Journal regarding the circumstances surrounding her appointment by George H. W. Bush. She was actually the pick of the late Senator Daniel Moynihan (D., N.Y.). Bush chose her as part of a deal in which Moynihan and former Sen. Al D’Amato (R., N.Y.) split up seven of New York’s long-vacant district court seats.