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  1. believecommonsense

    believecommonsense said, over 5 years ago

    oh the outrage of a president choosing a qualified nominee with judicial experience …

  2. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 5 years ago

    I observe ANandy listens to Rushbo, who hilariously called her an “affirmative action” appointment. If so, then we should appoint more. Look up her qualifications, which are rather superior to any of those three on the right side of the picture. She’s got more judicial experience than all the other justices (a Republican demand, incidentally), she’s “Summa bleeep Laude” and Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton, was an editor of the Yale Law Review, and was a corporate litigator and prosecutor. Not exactly a wild-eyed radical, wouldn’t you agree? Too bad she’s not a white guy, Repubs. Deal!

  3. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 5 years ago

    Drat, they changed the censor. The “bleeep” is inappropriately inserted instead of the actual Latin word.

  4. Kylop

    Kylop said, over 5 years ago

    Motive, it wouldn’t matter if Jesus Christ was available and selected by Obama. The repubs would still consider him a bad choice because Obama picked him.

  5. Gary Kleppe

    Gary Kleppe said, over 5 years ago

    “I did read Will this morning who correctly describes identity politics for what it is, for which this nominee qualifies.”

    Of course she does. If we rejected identity politics we would have to appoint yet another white guy.

  6. tpenna

    tpenna said, over 5 years ago

    Sorry, ANandy. One thing: Under no circumstances should “Limbaugh” and “brilliant” ever be uttered in the same sentence. The guy is a one-man obstruction to civilized discourse in America whose childish ravings are more on par for sixth grade bully than for “brilliant”.

    I know that’s off topic, but I just had a gut reaction to your admittedly hypothetical statement.

  7. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 5 years ago

    ANandy, the conservatives are playing the “identity politics” game, too, by implying that only people from nonwhite backgrounds vote to support their constituency. And rich white (or black) folks don’t? It’s a blatant attempt to claim that a woman of a non-middle-American background is biased, whereas the usual suspects are not. Everyone is biased. The question is how hard they work to overcome it, and whether we can correct for it through multiple perspectives. The Supreme Court has nine justices, not one, for just that reason. Meanwhile, the Republicans are trying desperately not to alienate the millions of Hispanic voters who correctly turned from McCain and the Republican party which demonized anyone with an accept…

  8. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 5 years ago

    By the way, ANandy, i wasn’t assuming you were white or a Republican. The latter seems rather likely.

  9. jkshaw

    jkshaw said, over 5 years ago

    After many years of hearing cases Judge Sotomayor had a grand total of three of her judgments overturned on appeal.

  10. dwill

    dwill said, over 5 years ago

    Payback hasnt even started yet, wingnuts

  11. nomad2112

    nomad2112 said, over 5 years ago

    Just “Bork” her …

  12. Gary Kleppe

    Gary Kleppe said, over 5 years ago

    Here’s a quote from an actual judge. How many think the attitudes expressed herein should disqualify him or her from a seat on the SC?

    “When 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.”

  13. nomad2112

    nomad2112 said, over 5 years ago

    President Obama has promised to nominate liberal judicial activists who will indulge their left-wing policy preferences based on “empathy” instead of neutrally in applying the law. In selecting Sonia Sotomayor as his Supreme Court nominee, President Obama has carried out his promise.

    In a speech as a Court of Appeals judge, she said, “The court is where policy is made.” Her opinions have followed that approach. What she was referring to was that public policy was made by the Court of Appeals, not by the Legislature.

    In a recent case, Ricci v. DeStefano, Sotomayor ruled that reverse racism was to be used in making decisions. She ruled in favor of a city that used racially discriminatory practices to deny promotions to firefighters. In Ricci, an applicant to be a firefighter scored the highest on the test but was denied the job because he was not black.

    According to Judge Jose Cabranes, Sotomayor’s colleague, Sotomayor’s opinion “contains no reference whatsoever to the constitutional claims at the core of this case,” and its “perfunctory disposition rests uneasily with the weighty issues presented by this appeal.” Even the liberal Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen expressed disappointment with the case, stating, “Ricci is not just a legal case but a man who has been deprived of the pursuit of happiness on account of race.”

    Sotomayor readily admits that she applies her feelings and personal politics when deciding cases. In a 2002 speech given at Berkeley, she said she believes it is appropriate for judges to consider their “experiences as women and people of color,” which she believes should “affect our decisions.” She went on to say in that same speech, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

    The poor quality of Sotomayor’s decisions is reflected in her record of reversals by the Supreme Court. Sixty percent of her decisions have been reversed by the Supreme Court.

  14. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 5 years ago

    Nonsense, nomad. Read this post by someone who knows: http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/05/27/sotomayor/

    Note also that her record and statements are strikingly similar to…Sam Alito. Let’s boot him off, then!

  15. Anthony 2816

    Anthony 2816 GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Just find a nice white male fundie christian conservative NRA member homophobe, who will “legislate from the bench” for those causes, and the Republicans will congratulate Obama for making a fair and balanced choice.

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