Speed of Descent, Part 3

>> Wednesday, May 27, 2009

"I don't believe we should bend the Constitution under any circumstances. It says what it says. We should do honor to it." -Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, in a 1997 U.S. Court of Appeals nomination hearing

Those words were above the headline of this morning's Daily Herald, which said "Reaching for History", which apparently is more important that reaching for excellence. The early reports are that Sonia Sotomayor has the "empathy" Obama believes is so important in a Supreme Court judge. In addition, she has what it takes because of her life experience, that she is emblematic of the American dream, as if Clarence Thomas isn't. This Thomas Sowell piece explains perfectly the problem with this reasoning. Isn't a nominee's grasp of law all that really matters? There are a couple of examples of her past performance going around, and we're likely to hear more. It will be interesting to see how it all matches up with the quote that leads off this post.

I've never heard of this woman. Neither had Obama. She may be the best thing since sliced bread, but it's looking like her ethnicity (an sense of empathy) is what is driving this selection and not the quality of her work, of which I've seen little that inspires. I hope that our senators dig deeply into her job performance to see if she's truly worthy of the position. The quote at the top ain't enough and if confirmed, she'll be helping or hurting our country for a long time.


Edwin Drood May 27, 2009 at 4:06 PM  

Great another liberal "identity politics" racist. What are the Dems going to do when all the first [black/Latino] positions are used up.

tugboatcapn May 27, 2009 at 5:37 PM  

I'm just glad that the Dems have finally found a minority Supreme Court candidate that they like.

They have hated, opposed, and tried to destroy every single one up until now...

Just ask Clarence Thomas, Miguel Estrada,or Alberto Gonzales about the Democrats' attitude concerning minorities and the Supreme Court.

Northwest Minuteman May 27, 2009 at 8:20 PM  

Great blog!! Another one you might enjoy:


Bloviating Zeppelin May 28, 2009 at 9:03 PM  

I wrote: "Mr Obama, if you recall, wants judges who do naught much more than "empathize." Mr Obama also believes that "compassion" is required to interpret the Constitution."


All you need is to do your job and look for actual precedent. And consider our founding documents.

Oh yes, that's right, that's simply TOO difficult, eh?


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