Regardless of how he votes on the Sotomayor confirmation, Cochran’s not politically vulnerable and is free to vote his conscience.
The state’s junior senator, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, is a Capitol Hill veteran but is a freshman in the Senate and faces a different set of political challenges.
In public statements, Wicker seems to be leaning against voting for Sotomayor based on 2nd Amendment concerns. Wicker said: “On 2nd Amendment rights, on the rights of the people to keep and bears arms, she is clearly out of the mainstream – not only of American thought, but of American judges in saying that it probably doesn’t apply to states. And I think that is a real problem.”
One of the real questions is whether Wicker votes to oppose Sotomayor on the cloture vote or on the final vote – or both.
Regardless, Sotomayor is barring some unforseen development going to be confirmed.