Bond, R-Mo., decried the effects of partisanship “infecting” the political system and said that nothing had emerged in Senate hearings that cast doubt on her capacity to serve on the high court.
If Republicans want conservative justices, he said, then they need to work harder to win presidential elections.
Here is a text of Bond’s remarks delivered before Sotomayor’s confirmation:
“Mr. President, I rise today to speak on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States.
“Few positions carry more honor, or solemn duty, than becoming a Justice of the highest court of the greatest democracy.
“Few duties carry more honor, or solemn responsibility, than giving advice and consent on who should become a Justice on the highest court of the greatest democracy.
“The walls of that Supreme Court form the vessel that holds the great protections of our liberty.
“Those black robes give life to the Constitution’s freedoms and the flourishing of our ideas and beliefs.” Read more