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 »
It’s Common Sense to Select a Conservative for SCOTUS
Although I’m a conservative, I’d like to argue for a concept here not on the basis of a political agenda, but more on the basis of supporting the logical strands the Founding Fathers used to establish our Constitution. I think it is easily supportable that those original Framers intended to set up the framework of the constitution to be self-supporting, and internally protective. | Read More »
PCAOB and Sarbox In The Dock
The Supreme Court this morning granted certiorari in Free Enterprise Fund and Beckstead and Watts, LLP v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, et al., No. 08-861 on the Court’s docket. The case will be briefed over the summer, heard in the Fall (after, among other things, Justice Souter’s retirement, assuming all goes on schedule) and decided some time between next December and July 2010. Given | Read More »
Obama yanking Granholm out of Michigan?
I note with some interest (via a post from The Other McCain) that there are some Democrats still out there that are apparently seriously contemplating supporting the nomination of Governor Jennifer Granholm to the Supreme Court. Granholm seen as possible fresh face DETROIT, May 17 (UPI) — Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm would provide a fresh perspective to the U.S. Supreme Court if she is nominated | Read More »
Sears nomination could de-rail un-Hatched GOP strategy
DeVine Gamecock Law (pictured) recently made clear his loathing of past GOP strategies concerning Supreme Court nominees made by Democratic Party presidents. Yes, the president is elected and election have consequences, but senators are elected too, and the Constitution is written. Supreme Court nominees should not be affirmed merely because an elected President nominates a judge that hasn’t been convicted of a crime. They must | Read More »
How Republicans Should Oppose Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee
At this writing, we do not know who President Obama will nominate to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court, and so it’s impossible to anticipate precisely how much Republican opposition his pick will meet with, or for that matter whether any Democrats will be opposed. Nonetheless, of this much we can be sure, from Obama’s own history and prior statements as well as that | Read More »
Did Sessions Say Abortion is Not a Problem for Judicial Candidates?
Michael O’Brien over at The Hill reports that Senator Jeff Sessions (R, Ala.) told Fox News recently that he had no litmus test on abortion for judicial candidates and that a judge that had pro-abortion views could get his vote for confirmation. This might alarm anyone that is vehemently anti-abortion. It should also alarm all those conservatives that pushed for Senator Sessions to be made | Read More »
Could Obama Stack The Supreme Court
With the announced retirement of Supreme Court Justice David Souter, the pundits and Senators are making speculation as to who is on Obama’s short list to become the first SCOTUS appointment for the 44th President. According to Utah GOP Senator Orrin Hatch who met with Obama on his pending appointment, the nomination could come before weeks end. Whoever Obama picks will obviously be of the | Read More »