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Friday, July 17, 2009

Confirmation Funnies

Kudos to Mitch McConnell, the Senator from Kentucky and Minority Leader. He came out in opposition to Sonia Sotomayor's nomination today. A senior aide said the senator plans to announce his opposition officially Monday, voicing concern about her respect for the notion of equal justice, and about whether she would let her sympathies and prejudices interfere with judicial decisions. Now isn't that the problem with most minorities, that they are so damn prejudiced?

Here is McConnell's statement:

"From the beginning of this confirmation process, I've said that Americans expect one thing when they walk into a court room, whether it's a traffic court or the Supreme Court -- and that's equal treatment under the law. Over the years, Americans have accepted significant ideological differences in the kinds of men and women that various presidents have nominated to the Supreme Court. But one thing Americans will never tolerate in a nominee is a belief that some groups are more deserving of a fair shake than others. Nothing could be more offensive to the American sensibility than that. Judge Sotomayor is a fine person with an impressive story and a distinguished background. But above all else, a judge must check his or her personal or political agenda at the courtroom door and do justice even-handedly, as the judicial oath requires."

"Judge Sotomayor's record of written statements suggests an alarming lack of respect for the notion of equal justice, and therefore, in my view, an insufficient willingness to abide by the judicial oath. This is particularly important when considering someone for the Supreme Court since, if she were confirmed, there would be no higher court to deter or prevent her from injecting into the law the various disconcerting principles that recur throughout her public statements. For that reason, I will oppose her nomination."

"In her writings and in her speeches, Judge Sotomayor has repeatedly stated that a judge's personal experiences affect judicial outcomes. She has said her experiences will affect the facts that she chooses to see as a judge. She has argued that in deciding cases judges should bring their sympathies and prejudices to bear. She has dismissed the ideal of judicial impartiality as an 'aspiration' that, in her view, cannot be met even in most cases. Taken together, these statements suggest not just a sense that impartiality is not possible, but that it's not even worth the effort."

"Judge Sotomayor's record on the Second Circuit is troubling enough. But, as I said, at least on the Circuit Court, there's a backstop. Her cases can be reviewed by the Supreme Court. This meant that in the Ricci case, for example, the firefighters whose promotions were unfairly denied could appeal the decision. Fortunately for them, the Supreme Court sided with them over Judge Sotomayor. If, however, Judge Sotomayor were to become a Supreme Court Justice, there would be no backstop. Her rulings would be final. She'd be unencumbered by the obligation of lower court judges to follow precedent. She could act more freely on the kinds of views that animated her troubling and legally incorrect ruling in the Ricci case. That's not a chance I'm willing to take."

Brave men like McConnell may be all that are standing between us and the creeping brown menace. And like Pat Buchanon eluded to yesterday, 99% of all the good things in this country that made this country great are the work of white christian males anyway.

Ya, shiftless blacks were too busy lazing away their time picking cotton on massa's plantation to contribute much of anything to the common good. They been keeping the rich white man down too long...


Anonymous said...

If she looked like Rosie Perez in a low cut blouse she wouldn't have so much problems with the good ole republican boys.

NYSTAN said...

almost right. I suspect Rosie is a little too real for even those cats...I mean, she has a brain as well as a great.....errrr...what-evah....
no-somehow, the republican party has suffered a complete and utter meltdown. Even though I am liberal intellectual jewish blah blah, I actually LIKE the two party system. But a party based on hate and fear, no matter the basic philosophy, has no seat at my table. McConnell, Sessions, etc...are terrible terrible blights on the American conscience, PERIOD.