First things first. Unless the Republicans find a literal dead body in her closet, Sonia Sotomayor will be the newest Associate Justice of the Supreme Court when it opens for business this fall.
It’s really a matter of mathematics. There are 12 Democrats and only seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Whenever the mess in Minnesota is sorted out, Al Franken will join the 59-member strong Democratic majority as opposed to 40 Republican senators (though the health of Ted Kennedy and the faltering 91-year-old Robert Byrd bear watching). Barring a major scandal, meltdown or faux pas, Sotomayor should be confirmed relatively easily.
The liklihood (there are almost no certainties in politics) of Sotomayor’s inevitability is not going to stop Senate Republicans for at least trying to present a show of resistance to her. In politics, when you know going in the odds are against you, at least look as if you’re putting up a fight. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee have to make it look good despite knowing the outcome in advance.
But the Unelected Opposition of conservative pundits and talking heads isn’t interested in lightly tapping Sotomayor with kid gloves. The have sharpened the daggers and are looking to draw blood. They know while they can’t beat her, theywill enjoy beating her up.
The opposition has seized upon one sentence uttered by the judge in her 17 years on the bench:
“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white man who hasn’t lived that life.” ~ Sonia Sotomayor/2001
The gates of hell flung open with the thunder of chest-thumping indignation by Angry White Men (and a few token women and minorities) whom suddenly developed a newfound sensitivity toward racism. At least when White men are the ones supposedly being discriminated against.
“Imagine a judical nominee said, ‘my experience as a white man makes me better than a Latina woman’ new racism is no better than old racism. “
“White man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. Latina woman racist should also withdraw.”
— Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on Twitter.
“So here you have a racist. You might want to soften that, and you might want to say a reverse-racist. And the libs, of course say that minorities cannot be racists because they don’t have the power to implement their racism. Well, those days are gone, because reverse-racists certainly do have the power to implement their power. Obama is the greatest living example of a reverse-racist, and now he’s appointed one.”
“She is a hack like he is a hack, in the sense that the court is a place to be used to make policy—not to adjudicate cases, not to adjudicate constitutional law, but to make policy. ”
“I mean do I want her to fail? Yeah. Do I want her to fail to get on the court? Yes—she’d be a disaster on the court.”
~ Comedian and drug addict, Rush “the Boss” Limbaugh
“Unfortunately for her and fortunately for us there are plenty of things that we’ve even talked about her already. I’m telling you, she appears to be a racist. She said things that are racist in any other context…I would continually bring up this quote of hers, I’d like her to explain that. It is incredible to me. There is no one else I can think of who could possibly have said the kind of things she said, if they are reported accurately about the benefits of being a brown woman as opposed to a white man and interpreting the law and nobody can look at that and say that was not a racist, sexist statement that would disqualify anybody else…She is a Hispanic woman and we can’t say anything like this.
~ former Congressman and 2008 GOP presidential candidate Tom Tancredo
“I think she is a racist. I think she decided things based on race. I think she says that a Hispanic woman, with the experience of being a Hispanic woman can make decisions that a white man can’t make. I can’t imagine saying that. That’s like saying Hispanics can’t make money decisions like them Jews.”
— Glenn Beck, Fox News television host/comedian
If the U.S. Seante rejects race-based justice, Sonia Sotomayor wil never sit on the Supreme Court.
Because that is what Sonia is all about. As the New York Times reported Saturday, the salient cause of her career has been advancing people of color, over whites, based on race and national origin.
Like Lani Guinier, the Clinton appointee rejected for reverse-racism, Sonia Sotomayor is a quota queen. She believes in, preaches and practices race-based justice. How can any Republican senator vote to elevate to the Supreme Court, who, all her life, has believe in, preached and practiced race discrimination against white males, without endorsing the Obama-Sotomayor view that diversity trumps equal justice, and race-based justice should have its own seat on the high court?
Down the path Sotomayor would take us lies an America where Hispanic justices rule for Hispanics, black judges rule for blacks and white judges rule for white folks…On principle, Republicans cannot support Sonia Sotomayor.
And polticially, if they do, why should the white working man and woman ever vote Republican again, as it is they who are the designated victims of the race-based justice of Sonia Sotomayor?
Why should white folks vote for anyone who says, “We are against race discrimination, unless it is discrimination against you?”
— MSNBC contributor, failed Republican presidential candidate and occasional Nazi sympathizer Pat Buchanan
“A few more Senate confirmations of judges like Sonia Sotomayor and America will look like the inside of a Mexican prison.”
— Ann Coulter (10-17-97)
“Law professors, former clerks, even respected left-leaning news outlets have all expressed concerns that Sotomayor is not the intellectual heavyweight that Obama would have selected. What she has is legal experience—as a trial judge, appellate judge, and commerical litigator–she seems to lack in scholarly talent…Sotomayor may have been given preferential treatment because she’s a a Latina woman. Let’s hope that if she becomes a Justice she doesn’t do the same.”
— Sabrina L. Schaeffer/Townhall.com
“For those who believe in the rule of law, Barack Obama used the words ‘rule of law’ in introducing his nominee. For those who take his words as gospel even when his own actions are directly the opposite of his words, that may be enough to let him put this dangerous woman on the Supreme Court…The real question is whether the Republican Senators have the guts to alert the public to the dangers of putting this kind of judge on the highest court in the land, so that they will at least have some chance of stopping the next one that comes along.”
“What does it say about her qualifications to be on the Supreme Court when her supporters’ biggest talking points are that she had to struggle to rise in the world? ”
“Bonnie and Clyde had to struggle. Al Capone had to struggle. The only President of the United States who was forced to resign for his misdeeds—Richard Nixon—had to struggle. For that matter, Adolf Hitler had to struggle. There is no evidence that struggle automatically makes you a better person.”
— Thomas Sowell
If you didn’t think the direction of the country could get any worse under the leadership of Barack Obama, you were wrong.
This week, he nominated for the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor – a racist who mocks the notion that judges are merely supposed to interpret the law, not make it, under our constitutional system
Sotomayor is comfortable making such decisions for one reason – she has no respect for the rule of law and the constitutional limits on the judiciary branch of government. In short, she believes it is perfectly appropriate for judges to make policy, legislate from the bench, create new law where none has previously existed.
Need more persuading this woman is an extremist and unfit to be a spectator in the Supreme Court, let alone a justice?
Sotomayor is a member of the National Council of La Raza. What is La Raza?
In reality, La Raza is a racist hate group – a band of “Hispanic supremacists,” if you will, though it is seldom characterized that way…The only real differences between La Raza and the neo-Nazis and the KKK are its wealth, power and level of sophistication.
What does La Raza literally mean? The race. Not surprising that Sotomayor would belong to such a group. Because that’s what she’s all about – race.
— Joseph Farah, WorldNetDaily.com
So there you have it. A vertitable smorgasboard of far-right knee-jerk paranoia and propaganda with little thought and less substance involved. Gingrich, Limbaugh, Tancredo and Beck all warn that Sotomayor is a mean-spirited, hardcore racist. Buchanan claimes Sotomayor is a “quota queen” and “reverse racist” who is waging war from the bench on “white folks.”
As far back as 1997 , Coulter was warning judges like Sotomayor would turn the nation into Mexican prisons.
Townhall.com columnist Sabrina L. Schaeffer suggests the judge isn’t too bright who benefited from being a “Latina woman.” Schaeffer is joined by her Townhall.com colleague Uncle Thomas Sowell who calls Sotomayor a “dangerous woman” and isn’t impressed by her struggle as a young Latina in the Bronx because after all Adolf Hitler and Al Capone had to struggle too. Proving once again there’s no situation that the shadow of Hitler can’t be pimped to make someone look like a real bastard.
The caliber of many of arguments against Judge Sotomayor are short on substance and loud on noise. It appears since they don’t have facts to back them up, race-baiting and distortions will have to suffice. None of these clowns have a vote, but they hope by rattling their cans they might influence a few Republicans who do.
They can’t win this fight, but they will make a lot of noise before they lose.