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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 1:11 pm 
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I don't know if this is true, but I just saw a comment that made me laugh. (not in a funny-haha way, but in a don't-lose-your-sense-of-humor-or-else-you-have-nothing-way)

"It took the President 4 months to pick the right dog, but 3 weeks to pick a Justice."

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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 1:27 pm 
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I don't know if this is true, but I just saw a comment that made me laugh. (not in a funny-haha way, but in a don't-lose-your-sense-of-humor-or-else-you-have-nothing-way)

"It took the President 4 months to pick the right dog, but 3 weeks to pick a Justice."


And he still hasn't picked a congregation in which to worship.

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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 3:48 pm 
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And he still hasn't picked a congregation in which to worship.


Well, the stuff that Obama worships, you can do that at home. :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 4:29 pm 
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She will get confirmed; but this is an opportunity for the Republican party to start drawing some contrast, distinctions and exposing the ideology of Obama. I still hear today that Obama is a moderate or centrist. Well, we will see if his court pick prove otherwise.


Let me just follow up by stating that the Republican party has the potential to DESTROY themselves based on how they handle this nomination.

Remember, ever since the election, the Democrat talking heads and some Republicans has been warning that the GOP is loosing Hispanic voters. If you noticed, this criticism has ticked up the last few weeks. So, what does Obama/Emanuel/Axlerod do? They appoint a Hispanic as a way to finish off the GOP. This is very, very clever on their part and may work; but if the Republicans are smart, they can raise their objections without destroying the party.
the only way I can respond to this quote is by echoing Huckabee, "NEVER sacrifice my principles for ANYBODY's politics"...especially the GOPs! Why are we even considering supporting the nomination of this kind of jurist-biased and racist (against white males at least), just so the GOP can reach out to so called minorities? I can't believe the rationale for this. Why are we resigned to just let it go? Why aren't we encouraging calls to our representatives? Why are we losing, from even respected sources, the will to fight for what is right? And not for what is politically expedient? Trying to salvage the GOP which is all but dead anyway.


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PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2009 5:28 pm 
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I don't know if this is true, but I just saw a comment that made me laugh. (not in a funny-haha way, but in a don't-lose-your-sense-of-humor-or-else-you-have-nothing-way)

"It took the President 4 months to pick the right dog, but 3 weeks to pick a Justice."


And he still hasn't picked a congregation in which to worship.


Sure he has:

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2009 3:05 pm 
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The liberals attempt to claim they are "healing" the racial/gender divide, but at the same time attempt to ostricize their enemies by throwing the racism charge out there like it's candy. Often they don't realize they are the ones who are racist, preferring any color over white regardless of qualifications, any gender over male regardless of qualifications.


If the race card doesn't work, the sexism card is next.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 2:44 am 
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I find judge Sotomayor words as facially disturbing as anybody. But, David Brooks has an interesting analysis of her life and career.

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The New York Times

June 9, 2009
Op-Ed Columnist
Cautious at Heart
By DAVID BROOKS

Sonia Sotomayor had bad timing. If she’d entered college in the late-1950s or early-1960s, she would have been surrounded by an ethos that encouraged smart young ethnic kids to assimilate. If she’d entered Princeton and Yale in the 1980s, her ethnicity and gender would have been mildly interesting traits among the many she might possibly possess.

But she happened to attend Princeton and then Yale Law School in the 1970s. These were the days when what we now call multiculturalism was just coming into its own. These were the days when the whole race, class and gender academic-industrial complex seemed fresh, exciting and just.

There was no way she was going to get out of that unscarred. And, in fact, in the years since she has given a series of speeches that have made her a poster child for identity politics. In these speeches, race and gender take center stage. It’s not only the one comment about a wise Latina making better decisions than a white male; it’s the whole litany. If you just read these speeches you might come away with the impression that she was a racial activist who is just using the judicial system as a vehicle for her social crusade.

And yet her history and conversations with her colleagues suggest this is not the main story. If you look at the whole record, you come away with the impression that Sotomayor is a hard-working, careful-though-unspectacular jurist whose primary commitment is to the law.

When Sotomayor left Yale, she didn’t take the route designed to reinforce her ideological dispositions. She became a prosecutor with District Attorney Robert Morgenthau in Manhattan. She told The Times in 1983 that in making this decision, she faced “a tremendous amount of pressure from my community, from the third-world community at Yale. They could not understand why I was taking this job.”

In the years since, she has not followed the easy course. More than any current member of the Supreme Court, she worked her way up through the furnace levels of the American legal system. And when she reached a position of authority, she did not turn herself into an Al Sharpton in robes.

She is quite liberal. But there’s little evidence that she is motivated by racialist thinking or an activist attitude.

Tom Goldstein of Scotusblog conducted a much-cited study of the 96 race-related cases that have come before her. Like almost all judges, she has rejected a vast majority of the claims of racial discrimination that came to her. She dissented from her colleagues in only four of those cases. And in only one of them did she find racial discrimination where they did not. Even with what she calls her “Latina soul,” she saw almost every case pretty much as they did.

When you read her opinions, race and gender are invisible. I’m obviously not qualified to judge the legal quality of her opinions. But when you read the documents merely as examples of persuasive writing, you find that they are almost entirely impersonal and deracinated.

My Times colleague Adam Liptak has reported that Sotomayor’s opinions reflect “diligence, depth and unflashy competence.” They are, as he noted, technical, incremental and exhaustive.

To my eye, they are the products of a clear and honest if unimaginative mind. She sticks close to precedent and the details of a case. There’s no personal flavor (in the boring parts one wishes there were). There’s no evidence of a grand ideological style or even much intellectual ambition. If you had to pick a word to describe them, it would be “restraint.”

Looked at in her totality, Sotomayor seems to be a smart, careful, hard-working judicial professional, who along the way picked up a patina of 1970s race-, class- and gender-consciousness.

It’s interesting to compare Sotomayor’s thinking with Barack Obama’s. On the grand matters of race in America, they are quite different. Sotomayor has given a series of speeches arguing that it is not possible or even desirable to transcend our racial or gender sympathies and prejudices. During the presidential campaign, Obama gave a speech in Philadelphia arguing for precisely that, calling on America to move beyond the old categories and arguments.

Sotomayor sometimes draws a straight line between ethnicity, gender and behavior. Obama emphasizes our multiple identities and the complex blend of influences on an individual life.

Yet in practice, they do have a lot in common. In practice, Sotomayor is a liberal incrementalist. Her careful opinions embody the sort of judicial minimalism that Obama and his aide Cass Sunstein admire most.

In short, Sotomayor’s career surpasses the crude categories she sometimes articulates. Despite the ideas she picked up while young, she has, over many years, chosen to submit herself to the discipline of the law, and she has not abused its institutions. I hope she’s confirmed.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:33 pm 
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Keep an eye on Senator Jeff Sessions-ranking minority member on the judiciary (replacing Spector there). He will be the point man on the Republican side. I have met him, and he is the real (conservative) deal.

He is fiar, and sharp, well prepared and will ask good questions. The best man for the job I think.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:34 pm 
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Keep an eye on Senator Jeff Sessions-ranking minority member on the judidciary (replacing Spector there). He will be th epoint man on the Republican side. I have met him, and he is the real (conservative) deal.

He is fiar, and sharp, well prepared and will ask good questions. The best man for the job I think.


And if Republicans decide they think they've got enough reason to block Sotomayor, he'll be the one to make the call. Obviously they can't filibuster, but in order for her to come up for a full vote on the Senate floor, she has to get out of the judiciary committee first. In order to do that she has to get at least one vote from a Republican. Typically that would have been Spector, which would have been a given. Now that he's switched aisles, though, that's not such a sure thing...especially if anything else comes out in the hearings.

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