Sonia Sotomayor is the
most qualified judge nominated to the Supreme Court in many years;
possibly more so than anyone in my lifetime.
The woman has at least 15 stellar years as a judge, and there is really
nothing for Republicans to smack her on. Okay, they really do; she's not a white man, and she's not a right wing
tool. Of course, it would be rare for a female right wing tool to become a judge;those who don't stay home and obey their rich right wing tool husbands while they sleep around with their mistresses, tend to make more money as pundits on Fox News. Right, Michelle? Ann? Monica?
So, the wingnuts in
the Senate, at least the ones on the Judiciary Committee, have been outstanding
with their idiocy. In a previous post,
you saw Jon Kyl essentially parrot a right wing talking point in front of
everyone watching these hearings, even though, as a former lawyer, one would
assume he knew better. The Supreme Court only reversed 1.27% of Sotomayor's
But there is no greater hypocrite on the Republican side of the Senate than avowed racist Jefferson Beauregard
Sessions of Alabama, the senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee. Isn't it ironic that a racist Senator would be named after George and Weezy?). Listen to this right wing scumbag dissing the good judge during his opening statement:
a speech 15 years ago, Judge Sotomayor said, ‘I willingly accept we who judge
must not deny the difference resulting from experience and heritage, but
attempt continuously to judge when those opinions, sympathies and prejudices
are appropriate.” And in that same speech she said, ‘My experiences will affect
the facts I choose to see.’ Having tried a lot of cases, that particular phrase
Come on, Jeffy. Or may I call you "Beau"? Here's a woman being assessed as a candidate for the Supreme Court. With a 15 year judicial
record and hundreds of written opinions under her belt, the best you can come up with is a
line from a speech 15 years ago? What the hell is wrong with just acknowledging
that she's a hell of a judge, and there isn't much negative to say about her,
but we'll see what comes out at the hearing? Isn't that how it's supposed to
work, Jeffy Beau?
Of course, anyone who
knows anything about Jeffy Beau Sessions knows about his strong racist
streak. Plus, one of the reasons he's sitting in the Senate, and serves on that committee in the first
place is because he was up for a District Judgeship in 1986, but it was killed
in committee when it was discovered that he had once expressed an admiration for the Ku Klux Klan,
and described the NAACP as "un-American." and "communist." Yes, that's right; an organization with a history of killing people because of their skin color or ethnicity deserve admiration, while those who fight for the civil rights of those people are "un-American" to Sen. Jeffy Beau.
Sessions also tossed
this verbal turd into the pile yesterday:
it empathy, call it prejudice, or call it sympathy, but whatever it is, it's
not law. In truth it's more akin to politics. And politics has no place in the
will not vote for — no senator should vote for — an individual nominated by
any president who believes it is acceptable for a judge to allow their own
gender, prejudices, or sympathies to sway their decision in favor of, or
against, parties before the court.
Politics has no place
in the courtroom? I'm pretty sure Jeffy Beau was there in 2000, when the
Supreme Court handed the presidency to George W. Bush. Yet, I can't seem to find anything in the news or the Congressional Record in which Jeffy Beau stood before the body to declare a travesty because politics
had entered that courtroom. I've never seen him stand and object to the ranting
of Antonin Scalia, and if ever a judge should be impeached for making political
statements and ruling on cases in which he has a personal interest, it's
And what I'd like to
know is, what has caused the 180-degree turn away from people with empathy in
the last three years? The reason I ask is, during the 2006 hearings that put
Samuel Alito on the Supreme Court, Alito made the following statement:
I get a case about discrimination, I have to think about people in my own
family who suffered discrimination because of their ethnic background or
because of religion or because of gender. And I do take that into account.
Now, call me crazy,
but that sounds amazingly empathetic to me. In fact, it's similar to the
statement the Republicans have been beating like a dead horse in the months
since Sotomayor was nominated by President Obama. Perhaps Alito being a "wise Italian" is more acceptable to Jeffy Beau than Judge Sotomayor being a "wise Latina, because Jeffy Beau didn't even hesitate
to vote for Alito. What's his problem this time?
Is it because she was
nominated by a Democrat, or because she's a "wise Latina"? The
problem with a tool like Jeffy Beau Sessions is, we can never know for sure, because he
has such a racist background.