Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) yesterday complained that some senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee have already decided to vote against Alito:
I do think that there are those who have already decided to vote against your nomination and are looking for some reason to do so.
But not a single senator in the hearings has said he or she plans to vote against Alito.
Instead, Cornyn should look toward the four senators (including himself) who have already pledged support for Alito:
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX):
Judge Alito, the reason why these groups are trying to defeat your nomination because you won’t support their liberal agenda is precisely why I support it.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC):
It’s possible you could talk me out of voting for you, but I doubt it. So I won’t even try to challenge you along those lines. I feel very comfortable with you being on the Supreme Court based on what I know.
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ):
These are the standards for a Supreme Court justice, and you plainly meet these expectations. As a consequence, I view your nomination with a heavy presumption in favor of confirmation.
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS):
I will be supporting your nomination in front of the committee and on the floor. I think you’re an outstanding nominee, and I have appreciated your thoughts that you have put forward here.