On Sotomayor, Senate Republicans Should Follow John McCain
In the coming days, the Senate will debate the nomination of Judge Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, culminating in a vote later this week. It appears that a majority of Republicans will oppose her nomination, but in doing so, they must have a consistent message explaining why. Interestingly, they need look no further than John McCain. Yesterday, in announcing his intention to vote against | Read More »
Lamar Alexander to Support Sotomayor – A Knife in the Back of Republicans, the Constitution and Conservatism
Next week, the U.S. Senate will vote to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. We know this will happen – and it is, as her supporters like to remind us, expressly because elections do have consequences. Democrats have 60 Senators and the President is a Democrat. But how Republicans handle the vote is critically important – both with respect to their ability to | Read More »
Senate Judiciary Committee Votes Sotomayor Out Along Party Lines… Oh, except for Lindsey Graham…
Several years ago in a Senate Judiciary Committee Mark-Up, in a very different time, Sen. Lindsey Graham made a wise-crack to his Democrat colleagues along the lines of “well, one day, when Democrats get back in power… I mean, not in my lifetime… (laughter).” Well, it didn’t take long, Senator. Here we are. And in a moment of clarity – you remind us, yet again | Read More »
The Sotomayor Hearing Begins – A Test for Republicans…
The Confirmation Hearing for Judge Sotomayor has begun in the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. We will hear a series of opening statements – and then, likely, a couple of days of questions for the aspiring Supreme Court Justice. This is a real test. But the test is not for Ms. Sotomayor. The test is for Republicans. In the 1990′s, President Clinton had two opportunities | Read More »
Backers of Sotomayor: “Let’s Get the Firefighter!”
In preparation for the upcoming Senate confirmation debate, supporters of Judge Sonia Sotomayor are stooping to a new low… According to McClatchy Newspapers, they are going after the Connecticut firefighter at the center of one of the nominee’s most controversial rulings – the one recently overturned by the United States Supreme Court in Ricci v. DeStefano. This is not unusual. It is the M-O of | Read More »
Question(s)of the Day for Soto – Will She Answer?
Below are the last four pre-hearing “daily” questions offered by Senator Cornyn. These, and all those offered to date, are critically important questions for someone seeking confirmation to the United States Supreme Court. She should answer them. Next week, we will find out if she will. July 10, 2009: What is Judge Sotomayor’s judicial philosophy? July 9, 2009: What is the proper role of judges | Read More »
NRA Expresses “Dismay” over Sotomayor Nomination
While a little late and lacking an official position against her, the National Rifle Association has expressed its “very strong concerns” with the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court. In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and Republican Ranking Member Jeff Sessions, the NRA used particularly harsh language for an organization often hesitant – to say the least | Read More »
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Question of the Day for Soto – Guess the Answer…
Senator Cornyn continues to put out a question of the day for Judge Sotomayor in anticipation of the hearing to begin next week. The following question was put out yesterday – my apologies for the late posting – but it is particularly important given recent judicial interference with punishments chosen by the people through the democratic process… for example, overturning the death penalty for child | Read More »
Question of the Day for Soto – Will She Answer?
Today, Senator Cornyn asks the question of Judge Sotomayor to which an increasing number of Americans seem to be interested in knowing the answer… what with her recent slap-down by the Supreme Court and her past comments on the issue of race. What say you, Judge Sotomayor? Sen. Cornyn’s Daily Question for Judge Sotomayor Question 15: Thursday, July 2, 2009 Is the Constitution color-blind?
Questions for Soto – Will She Answer Them?
Senator Cornyn has been sending out a “Daily Question for Judge Sotomayor” for the last several weeks and will do so up to, and possibly through, her hearing that is scheduled to begin on July 13th. These questions are very good – and her answers to them would be enlightening… that is, IF she answers them fully and honestly. We shall see. To see the | Read More »