Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said on C-SPAN Wednesday morning that Judge Sonia Sotomayor would be confirmed by the United States Senate and become a member of the Supreme Court. Grassley is a member of the Judiciary Committee, which will consider the nomination. The Democratic caucus controls 59 seats; 60 votes are needed to overcome a filibuster.
Grassley voted against Sotomayor in 1998, but he said he would give her a fresh look.
"Evidently I was one of the 27 people that voted against her when she went on the Circuit," he said. "And I don't want anybody to believe that I'm going to have that be a reason for me having my mind made up now. Because quite frankly, I'm going to have to go back and hopefully I gave a speech at the time, or there's something in the record of my rationale for the no vote at the time."
Asked if he thought Sotomayor would be confirmed this time around, Grassley said simply, "Yes."
Ryan Grim is the author of the forthcoming book This Is Your Country On Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America