On the Hill

GOP Warms Up to Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor appears to have made herself a few fans on the Hill this week: Even as Republicans prepared to call to the stand Frank Ricci, the Newhaven firefighter from the discrimination lawsuit she presided over, they praised her. “You have been very reassuring here today and throughout this hearing that you’re going to try to understand the difference between judging and whatever political feelings you have about groups of gender,” said Lindsey Graham. Texas Senator John Cornyn said Sotomayor’s rulings were “pretty much in the mainstream.” Even her greatest foil throughout the confirmations, Jeff Sessions, more or less acknowledged that she would be confirmed, saying “I will not support and I do not believe anyone on this side will support a filibuster against your nomination.”