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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor

President Obama made his pick for the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) today and can I give myself props for knowing the pick on May 6, 2009 and posting on it? Not the name but the sex, ethnicity, personality, and credentials. Judge Sonia Sotomayor is a very qualified moderate with liberal leanings and I happen to like the fact that her credentials are beyond question. I don’t think I need to mention the fact that her Hispanic aka minority heritage is a bonus to the President and everyone on the left side of the political aisle.

Republicans are furious and don’t have a clue as to how they are going to go after a first in her class law student from Princeton nominated to SCOTUS. A woman with better credentials then the highest court in the land has seen in over one hundred years. How are they going to attack someone they confirmed to the federal bench under Republican rule? How are they going to smear this woman before America when Michael Steele is trying to sell the GOP to the Hispanic and African American community of voters? Republicans want minority votes, they just don’t want minorities in public lifetime appointments. I certainly wouldn't want to work on commission under those circumstances for the GOP as a salesman!

President Obama just cleaned the GOP clock for 2010 and possibly the 2012 elections. It gets better, Rush Limbaugh and other Republican thugs are calling it “Reverse Racism”? How the hell does it get any better than that? We can have a black Justice on SCOTUS but only if he is a Republican nominee? All you Hispanics, nice try, work hard, get an education, excel in law, but your credentials just are not good enough for the Republican Party to accept you as a Supreme Court Justice. Screw you Limbaugh and John Yoo. Speaking of Yoo…

President Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor shows that empathy has won out over excellence in the White House. Sotomayor has sterling credentials: Princeton, Yale Law School, former prosecutor, and federal trial and appellate judge. But credentials do not an excellent justice make. Justice Souter, whom Sotomayor would replace, had an equally fine c.v., but turned out to be a weak force on the high court.

Obama had some truly outstanding legal intellectuals and judges to choose from—Cass Sunstein, Elena Kagan, and Diane Wood come immediately to mind. The White House chose a judge distinguished from the other members of that list only by her race. Obama may say he wants to put someone on the Court with a rags-to-riches background, but locking in the political support of Hispanics must sit higher in his priorities.
- Memeorandum Link

John Yoo, if you didn't recall, he is the guy that wrote the legal memo under President Bush defining torture and why it was legal. Just a factoid there for ya. Something we wrote about here as well about water boarding. How it just might be torture. Note to self: Don't let John Yoo ever babysit the kids.

Where was I? Oh ya, the Supreme Court!

I think that we can all pretty much assume that if President Obama appointed God to the SCOTUS then the GOP would rail and scream that God was not qualified and just might be biased. This is politics at its worst and I hope that Judge Sotomayor has the guts and toughness to get through it all. Congratulation to you Sonia Sotomayor, you earned this distinguished appointment.

Personal thoughts, I’m glad President Obama chose a woman and a Hispanic, and I’m thinking that he has this site, Papamoka Straight Talk, bookmarked on his Blackberry! Maybe, it could happen ya know!


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a smooth move that's for sure. I am glad he was looking for someone with empathy. Too bad there was no empathy for the car dealerships who's businesses were stolen from them.
Of course it would not be a classy thing for republicans to treat her the same as Alito(that Bigot) and Thomas(that pervert) were treated.
Although I have nothing against his choice myself. I just hope she proves to be fair and not let her "empathy" decide her rulings.

9:06 AM  
Blogger Brian Anderson said...

Very smart political move by Obama, but didn't it take the Senate something like 15 months to confirm her the first time?

11:13 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Definitely a shrewd selection, and definitely not a bad choice, though there's going to be continued rumblings (as we've heard) already.

This wouldn't be the first judge selected in part because of her "empathy," as that word was used to describe Justice Thomas during his nomination by the first President Bush.

I think the nomination brings an interesting perspective to the Court, and that can be a good thing, so long as the Constitution is what leads.

6:56 AM  
Anonymous Infidel753 said...

It's too soon to really tell, but there may be some grounds for doubt about Sotomayor's reliability on Roe vs. Wade.

Personally I don't care about her ethnicity or gender one way or the other. I just want a dependable vote against the relentless conservative campaign to trash our personal freedoms.

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well so far it looks like the democrats are out to kick out anyone who asks her the "tough" questions. They are already threatening before the actual questions are asked so if we are discussing the issue of"personal freedoms" I believe the democrats have already trampled on that one.
Just ask Chucky Schummer.He's on board.

9:21 AM  

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