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Posted: May 26, 2009 - 2:30pm

So will it be standard operating procedure to shout "racism!" and/or "sexism!" at the folks who oppose her appointment?
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Posted: May 26, 2009 - 12:27pm

 Lazy8 wrote:

You want irony? Here's some irony: Jeff Sessions is the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

 
Yep, as it says here:

The Washington Post: “The ascension to the top minority post on the Judiciary Committee brings Sessions full circle from his own nomination fight 23 years ago. Appointed a U.S. attorney in Alabama in 1981, Sessions was nominated to become a U.S. District judge by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. A career Justice Department lawyer testified that Sessions had once called the NAACP an ‘un-American’ group, while another raised issues about remarks Sessions made about the Ku Klux Klan.”

“In conversations with Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, another Republican in line for the Judiciary Committee job, Mr. Sessions said he had agreed that he would serve as the ranking member through 2010 and then relinquish the post to Mr. Grassley,” the New York Times adds.




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Posted: May 26, 2009 - 12:18pm

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As the Rude Pundit* noted:

So gird yer loins. Remember: Republicans have no sense of irony and the attention span of spastic five year-olds. Even when they should just walk away from this battle, they're gonna have to toss some meat to the very few constituencies who still support 'em. And it's gonna be big fun in Confirmationville.

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You want irony? Here's some irony: Jeff Sessions is the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Posted: May 26, 2009 - 12:10pm

As the Rude Pundit* noted:

So gird yer loins. Remember: Republicans have no sense of irony and the attention span of spastic five year-olds. Even when they should just walk away from this battle, they're gonna have to toss some meat to the very few constituencies who still support 'em. And it's gonna be big fun in Confirmationville.

*Reader Beware: The usual cautions about bad language apply.

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Posted: May 26, 2009 - 7:48am

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Beware the Rove Talking Points claiming she is a "judicial activist" because at a conference in 2005 she stated that the Court of Appeals is where policy is made.  I'm sure Hannity et. al. will cut the clip there, but she continues "Having said that, the Court of Appeals is where, or the Supreme Court, makes the final decision, the law is percolating; its interpretation, its application."  Realizing how our process works and grows is important to be able to discern that the facts of each case will impact the outcome, but the outcomes can impact laws as written, and therefore create changes. If our legal system (and the Constitution via the Amendments we have added) does not grow, breathe, and change, then it stagnates and we have no real reason to seek recourse though the courts.
 
We have a mechanism for the growing and breathing and changing: the legislative branch. Judges don't get to rewrite the law, as much fun as that takes out of the process for them.

Obama made his statements about what he would look for in a judge during the campaign, and that alarmed a lot of people. Me included. Having said that he's going to have to deal with the scrutiny to his nominees that it will cause. That may be hard to distinguish from the usual partisan gutter fight, but Obama has only himself to blame.

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Posted: May 26, 2009 - 7:27am

Beware the Rove Talking Points claiming she is a "judicial activist" because at a conference in 2005 she stated that the Court of Appeals is where policy is made.  I'm sure Hannity et. al. will cut the clip there, but she continues "Having said that, the Court of Appeals is where, or the Supreme Court, makes the final decision, the law is percolating; its interpretation, its application."  Realizing how our process works and grows is important to be able to discern that the facts of each case will impact the outcome, but the outcomes can impact laws as written, and therefore create changes. If our legal system (and the Constitution via the Amendments we have added) does not grow, breathe, and change, then it stagnates and we have no real reason to seek recourse though the courts.
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Posted: May 26, 2009 - 6:26am

Scott nailed it.

Obama to name Sotomayor as Supreme Court pick

  • Story Highlights
  • NEW: President Obama to nominate federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor
  • NEW: Sotomayor, 54, would be the first Hispanic justice if confirmed
  • Obama announcing Supreme Court pick at 10:15 a.m. ET
  • Nominee to replace retiring Justice David Souter

WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Obama has chosen federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, two sources told CNN on Tuesday.

Sotomayor would be the first Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court justice if confirmed.

Obama plans to announce his nominee at 10:15 a.m. ET Tuesday, sources told CNN.

Sotomayor, a 54-year-old judge on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, was named a district judge by President George H.W. Bush in 1992, and was elevated to her current seat by President Clinton.

Supporters say that appointment history, along with what they call her moderate-liberal views, would give her some bipartisan backing in the Senate.

A senior White House official said that Sotomayor was "nominated by George Bush — then Bill Clinton — more judicial experience than anyone sitting on the court had at the time they were nominated."

The official noted that she has had "99 percent of her decisions" upheld by a higher court.

But she has suffered through recent stinging criticism in the media and blogs from both the left and right over perceived — some defenders say invented — concerns about her temperament and intellect.

Some Hispanic groups expressed concern after a skit last week on "Late Show With David Letterman" compared Sotomayor with a noisy Spanish-speaking judge on a popular TV courtroom show that settles petty legal disputes.

Obama said Saturday he wants intellectual firepower and a common touch in the next Supreme Court justice and said he doesn't "feel weighed down by having to choose ... based on demographics."

Obama's nominee will replace retiring Justice David Souter, who announced this month he would step down when the court's current session ends this summer.

There had been wide speculation that Obama would name a woman to the court, which has one female justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Obama also had been under pressure to nominate a Hispanic justice to the court.

Obama's nomination will have to be confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate.

The nominee is not expected to have difficulty being confirmed in the Democratic-controlled Senate in time for the new court session in October.

The president has said he hopes to have hearings in July, with the confirmation completed before Congress leaves for the summer.

CNN's Bill Mears contributed to this report.

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Posted: May 26, 2009 - 6:20am

BREAKING NEWS
Obama picks Sotomayor for Supreme Court


Obama picks Sotomayor for Supreme Court

President Obama wants federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, two sources told CNN today. Sotomayor would be the first Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court justice if confirmed. Obama will make an announcement on his nominee at 10:15 a.m. ET. developing story



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Posted: May 1, 2009 - 3:34am


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Posted: Apr 30, 2009 - 11:27pm

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Bush the 1st appointed him but he's been a great disappointment to the Bushes et al.
 
 I understand that he swung to the left, but I'm cynical enough to believe that was a diversion so he could be a wild card that could be pulled out at will.
 

 

 


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Posted: Apr 30, 2009 - 11:16pm

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One less Bush machine vote on the  SC.
 
Bush the 1st appointed him but he's been a great disappointment to the Bushes et al.

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Posted: Apr 30, 2009 - 11:07pm

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One what?
 
One less Bush machine vote on the  SC.

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Posted: Apr 30, 2009 - 10:46pm

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

...of the judges just sticking around until there was a new president.
 
Oooooooooooooooooooh

K.

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Posted: Apr 30, 2009 - 10:45pm

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One what?
 
...of the judges just sticking around until there was a new president.

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Posted: Apr 30, 2009 - 10:43pm

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That's one.
 
One what?

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Posted: Apr 30, 2009 - 10:33pm

 ScottFromWyoming wrote: 
That's one.

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Posted: Apr 30, 2009 - 10:29pm

Justice Souter to Retire ?
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