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Sotomayor Is Obama’s Pick for the High Court

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Posted on May 26, 2009
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President Obama introduces Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his nominee for the Supreme Court in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday.

President Obama on Tuesday nominated federal judge Sonia Sotomayor to join the Supreme Court to fill the seat being vacated by Justice David Souter. Sotomayor would become the first Latino and only the third woman to sit on the high court. The nomination is certain to set off Republican grumbles in the Senate, with some considering her too much of a “judicial activist” for the job.

In 2001, referring to her cultural and socioeconomic background—Sotomayor grew up in a project in the South Bronx—she said, “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 male who hasn’t lived that life.”

You go, girl!

The Los Angeles Times:

President Obama today nominated federal judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York for the Supreme Court, positioning the longtime federal jurist to become the first Latino and only the third woman on the nation’s highest court.

[...] Obama, who has said that he wants a new justice with “a common touch” and a measure of “empathy,” also is offering a measure of ethnic diversity to a court dominated by white men in his replacement of the retiring Justice David Souter. The nine-member court includes just one female justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and one black justice, Clarence Thomas.

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For a summary of some of Sotomayor’s opinions in civil cases, check out the Supreme Court blog here.

 

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By Inherit The Wind, May 26, 2009 at 8:06 pm Link to this comment

AFriend, May 26 at 10:09 pm #

Questions: How is it possible there people in America that don’t inherently understand that every U.S. President’s choices for the Supreme court is always supported by the sitting president’s party and the opposition always make attempts to block said choices? Is this not as universal as the need for water?

The notion that one political party is somehow more obstructionist than the other seems foolish to me.

Is it too strong a statement to suggest such an understanding of politics is best left to children?
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Perhaps you are thinking of Bork.  But before Bork there was Fortas, and the job done on him.

Yet I would STILL agree with you that all’s fair if it wasn’t for one thing:

The Republicans’ threat to use the ‘nuclear option’ and have President Cheney (his title as President of the Senate) declare that the Senate rules were null and void and there would be an immediate vote on nominees, bypassing the filibuster rules.

This was a game-changer and the idiot spineless Dims should have MADE him do it and then made sure the Senate had to vote on EVERYTHING—even buying more paper-clips for their clerks.  I doubt if that ‘nuclear option’ was even Constitutional, but the USSC they have would, of course, said it was for a Re-thug Senate (but not for a Dim Senate).

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By Big B, May 26, 2009 at 7:11 pm Link to this comment

It is high time that the Facist supreme court of the US is abolished. How can we have lifetime appointed judges with no accountability in a free society?

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By AFriend, May 26, 2009 at 7:09 pm Link to this comment

Questions: How is it possible there people in America that don’t inherently understand that every U.S. President’s choices for the Supreme court is always supported by the sitting president’s party and the opposition always make attempts to block said choices? Is this not as universal as the need for water?

The notion that one political party is somehow more obstructionist than the other seems foolish to me.

Is it too strong a statement to suggest such an understanding of politics is best left to children?

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By ardee, May 26, 2009 at 4:42 pm Link to this comment

(of course I’m being sarcastic—for those who may take me seriously).

Not to worry IHW, nobody does! grin

Let the bloodbath begin, and it already has. I seem to recall, when confirmation was underway for a Bush appointee to the SC (Alito), the GOP preached about a President deserving to have his nominee appointed. Now we shall see.

Elections have consequences, appointments to the Court being one such. Lets see how big a fool each Senator can make of him/herself. Grumbling about “judicial activism” means it aint my guy. Arent Roberts and Alito activists? Is it not activism to interpret the law?

Its going to be a long 74 days…..

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By Inherit The Wind, May 26, 2009 at 1:59 pm Link to this comment

mulattomilitant, May 26 at 3:49 pm #

well, try explaining impartiality to the african americans in new orleans, or to the gays in california, or to the native amer…i mean mexican “immigrants” in texas.
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What’s your problem? It works GREAT for us straight White guys! (even better for those of us who are Christian!)
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(of course I’m being sarcastic—for those who may take me seriously).

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By mulattomilitant, May 26, 2009 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment

well, try explaining impartiality to the african americans in new orleans, or to the gays in california, or to the native amer…i mean mexican “immigrants” in texas.

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By rico, suave, May 26, 2009 at 11:38 am Link to this comment

dr wu: We European invaders are responsible for killing well over 500 million native Americans. If you spent more time reading Democracy Now! you’d know that. Get your facts straight!

I can imagine the howls of rage were Sam Alito to have said, “I would hope that a wise Italian man with the richness of his experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a Latina woman from the Bronx who hasn’t lived that life.”

But, since it’s all about sticking it to the white guys, she’s a brilliant pick. As far as impartiality goes though…

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By dr wu, May 26, 2009 at 10:39 am Link to this comment

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I wanted Pastor Wright. Oh well, Will she stand up to the four horsemen of the apocalypse?—Thomas, Roberts, Scalia, Alito

Oh, America, you warped vessel—when will you be worth your million Trotskyites or 10 millions dead Indians ?

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