What's Ahead for Sotomayor?

Republicans have indicated that they are not in any rush to wrap the confirmation process up and want to take the time to give Sotomayor's record a "fair and thorough examination," as Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., said.

"Senate Republicans will treat Judge Sotomayor fairly. But we will thoroughly examine her record to ensure she understands that the role of a jurist in our democracy is to apply the law evenhandedly, despite their own feelings or personal or political preferences," said Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

That is fine, says the White House, but that does not mean it will take until September to bring her nomination to the Senate floor.

"I think the president believes there is ample time to get a fair and honest hearing. He understands the important role the Senate plays to advise and consent, especially something as important as a Supreme Court nomination," Gibbs said.

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