Sotomayor Changes Tune on “Wise Latina” Comment
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor made the rounds on Capitol Hill today, meeting with Senators of both parties. According to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy (D-VT), Sotomayor addressed her controversial “wise Latina” remarks from 2001 during their meeting. Leahy would not say whether the nominee acknowledged that she misspoke when she made the comments, but her attempt to explain them only adds more confusion.
Sotomayor, Obama, and the Felon Vote
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is an advocate of allowing felons to vote. “Advocate” is a loaded word when referring to a judge, and with good reason. Judges are not supposed to allow their personal preferences influence their interpretation of the law and the facts at issue in a given case. But their really is no other way to describe Sotomayor’s dissenting opinion in Hayden | Read More »
Sotomayor- Obama’s Stealthy Mirror
While the pundits and talking heads on both sides of the Sotomayor niomination “draw lines in the sand,” it becomes increasingly obvious that this has the potential to become some compelling television come July. But, if you are going to get your news from the likes of Sean Hannity, Tom Tancredo, Glenn Beck, Rachel Maddow or Chris Matthews, then you will be somewhat misinformed. While | Read More »
Poor Judgment as USSC Qualification. What’s Next?
If poor judgment is acceptable and the primary qualifications for a justice are instead diversity and empathy, obviously then justice is not a main concern nor will it be served
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Walking Sotomayor Back into a Corner
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs yesterday began the Obama Administration’s walkback of controversial comments made by Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. At the daily press briefing, the perpetually over matched Gibbs attempted to explain away Sotomayor’s comment that a “wise Latina” would necessarily make better judicial decisions than a “white male” judge because of her gender, ethnicity, and life experience. But Gibbs never learned | Read More »
Unprofessionalism at the Boston Herald: White Men Attacked
Margery Eagan of the Boston Herald has done it again. She’s unleashed her deathless prose filled with soaring rhetoric and high concepts all revealing her infinite sagacity. OK, that was just sarcasm. In truth, Eagan has given us another example of the sort of low-end, guttural, sputterings that we have become so used to seeing drip like sour milk from her pen. Her latest Boston | Read More »
Sotomayor a Perfect Liberal Activist Judge
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has been deservedly criticized for two of her public statements: one in which she labels herself a “wise Latina” and declares that her judgement is necessarily better than a “white male” judge because of her gender, ethnicity, and life experience; and another in which she says that “policy” is made in the courts. As shocking as the first sentiment is, | Read More »
Democrats and Sotomayor Have a Bolton Problem
Jeffrey Rosen, writing in The New Republic, highlights President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s entry in the Almanac of the Federal Judiciary, which lists federal judges and rates them based upon the reviews of lawyers that have argued before or worked with each judge. Sotomayor, it seems, has a bad judicial temperament. “Sotomayor can be tough on lawyers, according to those interviewed. “She is | Read More »
Perhaps the White House doesn’t *want* Sotomayor confirmed.
Look who they’ve farmed the prep work off on: Cynthia Hogan, chief counsel to Vice President Biden, will lead the White House team, with assistance from several other Biden aides. Former Obama campaign adviser and transition spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter will handle message and communications, two administration officials tell CNN. The vice president, a veteran of Supreme Court nominations from his time on the Judiciary Committee, | Read More »
Sotomayor and Baseball
An attempt will be made throughout the Sotomayor nomination process to connect her to the common man. This will undoubtably be done through her connection to her baseball ruling. In Obama’s introduction, he stated: During her tenure on the District Court, she presided over roughly 450 cases. One case in particular involved a matter of enormous concern to many Americans, including me: the baseball strike of 1994-1995. | Read More »
Evidence of a Biased Mind
“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” Unlike the Obama media, the most important thing we must examine in a Supreme Court candidate is not the color of the person’s skin, their racial or ethnic background, their economic roots or | Read More »
Of Racial Politics and Supreme Court Nominations
I have two early observations about today’s announcement of Sonia Sotemayor as President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Headline: “First Black President Nominates First Hispanic SC Justice.” Unfortunately both parts of this statement are inaccurate. Our president is not black but of mixed race. Sotemayor is not the first Hispanic nominee. FDR nominated an Hispanic justice (a Spanish-American). One broadcast journalist made the | Read More »
Obama’s Supreme Distraction
President Barack Obama nominated Second Circuit appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor as his first nominee to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor, when she is confirmed, will become only the third woman and the first Hispanic to serve on the Court, replacing the retiring Justice David Souter. No word yet on the reaction from Pyongyang. Pyongyang? Yes, Pyongyang. North Korea test fired not one, not two, not even | Read More »
BREAKING: Obama Picks Sotomayor
Conservatives rejoice. Of all the picks Obama could have picked, he picked the most intellectually shallow. Even the New Republic has been rather scathing about her. It’s like Obama decided he wanted a Souter to replace Souter.
Quote of the Day, Supreme Court edition.
Via Hot Air Headlines: “Conservatives itching for SCOTUS fight.” Remove the snide tone (which, to be fair, is much less than usual), and this Politico article pretty much sums up the GOP base’s attitude: it’s time to go waltzing Matilda. “The other side does not agonize about whether they are going to give a Republican Supreme Court nominee a difficult time, they just do it.” | Read More »