Rocks ahead for Sotomayor's confirmation? Read:
On top of that, Democratic Sens. Edward Kennedy and Robert Byrd are both ill and out of town a lot. Their absences have been noted already on other votes.
Plus, Sen. Arlen Specter, who recently switched from Republican to Democrat, said when he switched that he would not "be an automatic 60th vote."
That said, a senior Democratic Senate aide told FOX News: "She's going to be confirmed with more than 60 votes."
The aide said Senate Republicans appear to be less critical of Sotomayor than some conservative groups.
"Groups will hit this hard. It helps with fundraising, but Senate Republicans don't really appear to have the appetite right now," the aide said.
That sounds about right -- lots of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Sotomayor is Obama's first pick, plus she won't really change the balance of the court. She'll be confirmed, and probably pretty easily. So, if the President was looking to put a Silly Putty Constructionist on the court, he picked the right time to do it.
Of course, Sotomayor is still a lousy judge, and I don't expect her to do much quality work, other than conclusively demonstrate that the Peter Principle is overly optimistic.