Will Repubs Go After Sotomayor?

First, before I get started, from by blog post, “Who will POTUS pick for SCOTUS?” on May 4th comes this.

“Based on what I know about her, and the politics of the moment, I’m going with Sonia Sotomayor”


Hah!!! Don’t want to say I told you so, but this time I got it right. Sonia Sotomayor is the right choice for this court vacancy for a whole bunch of reasons. She has, you see, the legal background and life experience to make ann outstanding Supreme Court Justice. Sure, the Mitt Romneys of the world will call her nomination “troubling”. Fortunately for the nation, he’s not president.

Yet the short answer to the question at the top of this post is, “not as hard as you might think”. Republican elected officials, unlike those who carry their water in the media, realize what extraordinary damage the immigration issue did to their party among Latinos. To rake Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina nominated to the highest court in the land, over the coals would doom the GOP among Latinos for years to come.

No, they’ll leave the heavy lifting to their shadow government on talk radio and cable television. Let’s see now, who have we got here? Rush Limbaugh. Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and don’t forget Lou Dobbs and Joe Scarborough, although they’re not as reliable as the first group. These will be the warriors the Republicans will use while members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on camera mind you, tell her how inspiring her life story is.

What shouldn’t be missed is this. Sonia Sotomayor is not a story without substance. Her nomination shouldn’t simply be seen as the first Latina and the third woman in the history of the court. She brings serious chops to the job. She’s been on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals for more than a decade. You don’t get that far being a lightweight.

As I said in the May 4th post, all of those being considered for this job had serious qualifications. We should have expected nothing less from a president who used to be a law professor. What will be interesting going forward is the measure of bipartisan support her nomination receives. If Samuel Alito can be confirmed by a vote of 58-42, Sonia Sotomayor should pass muster no problem.

Unless, of course, you think the conservative echo chamber can kill a Supreme Court nomination single handed. Are they dumb and egocentric enough to think they can?

You tell me.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. sanda says:

    Not if somebody finds something in her writing that suggests she’s antiabortion. Otherwise, yes the Republicans will go after her. I’m not speculating further. My first question upon hearing of the nomination was “she went to parochial schools. How is she on abortion and reproductive rights?”.

    A relative works in a community college and I also said, “It’s great for the kids. At my age, even the adult students with kids are kids. ” It’s a school with many Latino/Latina students, many working and going to school. Judge Sotomayor has been scheduled (long ago) to speak at graduation next week. My relative will have a “ringside” seat.

    A staff member at the school died, early age. Not faculty. Leaves two kids in high school. Grandmother on the scene, luckily. Staff person did not have a high paying job. So this relates to the earlier posting by Mark Riley on city finances. Although there is open enrollment, I suggested to the person I know who works at the school, that the school should do something for the kids education in future. In many colleges, if a parent is faculty, children can attend “free”. It makes up for low salaries.

  2. jammer5 says:

    You know, Mark, I have this feeling if Obama had nominated Jesus Christ, the republicans would have slammed Him for no other reason than Obama had nominated Him. That’s some seriously bad thinking, but I don’t doubt it in the least.

    I’m reminded of the boxer who got pounded, lost to a unanimous decision, and still complained about the outcome, saying he should have won. The Republicans have sunk that low.

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