The initial Republican reactions to the Sotomayor nomination are mostly nocomittal, though they tend to emphasize the Senate’s role in the confirmation process. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Sens. Jim DeMint, Richard Shelby, and Saxby Chambliss have already weighed in. So has Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. Since I don’t see his brief statement online, I’ll reproduce it here: “It is the Senate’s responsibility to give the president’s Supreme Court nominee both respectful and rigorous scrutiny. The nominee should neither be pre-confirmed nor pre-judged.”
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