Senators warmed up for the effort on their return to the Capitol Monday, as both sides readied their version of Nomination Events.
"Justice Sotomayor has a very extensive record, and we have the right to scrutinize it," said Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell.
A few feet away on the Senate floor, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid had just described the Judge as "terrific and tremendous."
Along with chasing Sotomayor through the halls of the Senate office buildings, another interesting part of the day will be sampling opinion from Democrats in more red states, and what they think of the Judge.
Some of those would include Sen. Mark Pryor and Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas; Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska; Sen. Byron Dorgan and Sen. Kent Conrad of North Dakota and others.
I'm not saying they are ready to break ranks or anything. But those are a few of the Democrats who could feel some heat over Sotomayor.
How she deals with Senators in these face-to-face meetings will go a long way to telling us what's next in this nomination battle.
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