GOP Can't Stop Her, But They Can Look 'Silly'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2009 6:12 PM CDT
Sonia Sotomayor in 2004.   (AP Photo/Brooklyn Law School)
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(Newser) – Sonia Sotomayor can take these numbers to heart as she awaits her Senate confirmation hearing. When she needed Senate approval for her current post in 1998, she got it by a vote of 67-29 (with not a single Democratic nay). Forty-six of those senators are still in office, and they approved her by a comfortable margin of 35-11, notes Nate Silver of

"It seems to me that with this pick, Obama may be trying to carefully calibrate the amount of Republican resistance: enough that there's a chance that they'll do something that makes them look silly, but not enough for them to seriously threaten Sotomayor's nomination with a filibuster," writes Silver.