"I would hope that a wise white male with the richness of his experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a Latina woman who hasn't lived that life."
Wow, who said that, what a bigoted, racist comment. There's no way someone who believes such a thing would ever get 100 miles from the U.S. Supreme Court, let alone be nominated to it.
Again, I'm am guilty of sarcasm, and I changed that comment above, pointing out the incredible double standard in the liberal mind these days. Just switch the "white male" with the "latina woman" and you have exactly what Obama's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sotomayor, said in 2001. What would have happened if a white male had said such a thing; he'd be out so fast his robes would be flapping in the wind like Superman's cape when he was screaming around the earth, saving Lois Lane by reversing the earth's rotation.
What does she have that will make it impossible for her to not get apporved? She has an education, 2nd in class at Princeton, not bad. Yale Law School, Okay. So education, check. Time on the bench. She was nominated in 1991 by Bush 41 to the Federal bench, who also nominated Judge Souter, the jurist she will be replacing. So 18 years on the bench, check. She is considered a "centrist" by the ABA Journal, big whip! But she has made some rulings that should make her seem not so far left.
She sided with the Bush 43 administration in regards to US funding of abortions in Mexico City. And she sited the US constitution in doing so. Sounds good. But that's about it for the positives.
What makes me feel strongly that she will be a disaster on the court is the fact that Obama is nominating her because he wanted someone that will use their "empathy" when making rulings on the bench. What The .......
Being a judge is dealing with weighty questions that can affect us all. A judge can feel empathy for one of the parties in front of them, they can feel compassion and even identify with them. BUT, and again there's always a BUT, applying the law requires that judges put those personal feeling of empathy aside and refer to the law, and in her case, the U.S. Constitution, in providing the reasoning and backing to her rulings. This, the rule of law, is the only thing that can be used in performance of her duties. In the oath taken by Federal Judges it states: “I, __________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as (name of position) under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.”
I've highlighted the parts that will make it very hard for her to rule with empathy. She has made the following statement: “[W]e who judge must not deny the differences resulting from experience or heritage but attempt . . . continuously to judge when those opinions, sympathies, and prejudices are appropriate.” They're never approprate Judge Sotomayor, never!
And one of the other reasons for us to be afraid, be very afraid is this:
32 seconds into this clip she states; "the court of appeals is where policy is made...". Really, that's scary. She goes on, trying to dismiss her statement, but that is very telling of her mindset.
So, it looks like we'll be getting another liberal replacing a liberal, pretty much a wash. I say use this confirmation hearings to show just what kind of justice she will be and make sure the public is aware of what they've bought with Obama as President. And as he said in his speech this morning...."you ain't' seen noth'n yet......" Oh My!