To all Republicans in Congress who are afraid to oppose Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor because she is a Latina....
Are you kidding me ?!?! Grow a pair.
Sotomayor's ethnicity has nothing to do with her qualifications (or lack thereof) for the Supreme Court. Sure, the Democrats will play the race card (as they always do) if you oppose her, but those same Democrats had no problem opposing a Latino Bush nominee, Miguel Estrada, to the D.C. Appeals Court in 2001. The Democrats filibustered Estrada's nomination, and Sotomayor's own legal group helped sink Estrada. Somehow, the Democrats opposition to Estrada didn't alienate the entire Hispanic vote, which is what some GOP wimps fear if they oppose Sotomayor.
I'm not even saying Sotomayor shouldn't be confirmed. It's too early to make that judgement, but, as I outlined in a previous post, there are some significant questions that must be asked of Sotomayor during her confirmation hearings, and if Republicans don't ask them, nobody will.
The Washington Examiner describes the alleged "box" the GOP is in regarding Sotomayor:
Some Republican operatives fear that GOP senators will dig through Sotomayor’s past but do little about it during the nomination hearings out of fear that heavy criticism will paint them as insensitive. Sessions in particular has a problem. He lost his 1986 bid to become a federal judge after Judiciary Committee Democrats accused him of being a racist, citing past statements about the American Civil Liberties Union and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Democrats and especially the liberal blogosphere are watching Sessions closely, looking for any move they could label a racial attack, and their scrutiny could undermine his ability to go after Sotomayor on her record.
“Unless a shoe drops, I think there will be limited discussion and then her nomination will pass,” one GOP operative said.
Complicating matters for the GOP is that Sotomayor is not just a minority, she is Hispanic. Hispanics represent a fast-growing segment of voters whom Republicans hope to win over.
“Republicans want to placate their base, but they aren’t going to want to alienate Hispanics,” Soper said.
What a crock that is. What, because Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions was accused of being a racist by Democrats 23 years ago, now Sotomayor gets a free pass, even though Sotomayor has made her own race-based comments that need further clarification ? I don't think so.
For whatever reason, the Republicans have never confronted Democratic Supreme Court nominees with the same level of bloodlust in which Democrats have gone after Republican nominees (think Robert Bork or Clarence Thomas). Bork's nomination was so hostile that it even gave rise to a new verb - to get "borked." It's worth listening to "Liberal Lion" Ted Kennedy's disgusting attack on Bork one more time:
"Robert Bork's America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens' doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is -- and is often the only -- protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy... President Reagan is still our president. But he should not be able to reach out from the muck of Irangate, reach into the muck of Watergate and impose his reactionary vision of the Constitution on the Supreme Court and the next generation of Americans. No justice would be better than this injustice."
Democrats are even warning Republicans not to go after Sotomayor, she of the inspiring story, who went from a Bronx housing project to the Supreme Court. President Obama referred to Sotomayor's "extraordinary journey," as if she is Sojourner Truth or something. Do you remember anyone ever talking about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas like that ? Thomas journey was every bit as extraordinary as Sotomayor's, if not more so. Here's a bit of it:
Clarence Thomas was born in Pin Point, Georgia, a small, impoverished African American community. His family are descendents of American Slaves in the American South. His father left his family when he was two years old. After a house fire left them homeless, Thomas and his younger brother Myers were taken to Savannah, Georgia, where their mother worked as a domestic employee. Thomas' sister Emma stayed behind with relatives in Pin Point.
When Thomas was 7, the family moved in with his maternal grandfather, Myers Anderson, and Anderson's wife, Christine, in Savannah. Anderson had little formal education, but had built a fuel oil business that also sold ice. Thomas calls his grandfather "the greatest man I have ever known." When Thomas was 10, Anderson started taking the family to help at a farm every day from sunrise to sunset. His grandfather believed in hard work and self-reliance; he would counsel Thomas to "never let the sun catch you in bed."
Yet, the centerpiece of the Thomas confirmation hearings was a pubic hair in a Coca-Cola, because, you know, you can't have an inspirational story if you're a conservative. If you're a conservative, you get the "high-tech lynching of a black man."
Republicans have to get over this fear of being called racists, especially when it's coming from loons, such as MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, who said the following about Republican opposition to Sotomayor:
"I think that she’s [Sotomayor] going to have to defend everything that Republicans choose to attack her on, that’s the nature of the adversarial process at this point. In fact I think that it is, it’s rich to have Rush Limbaugh, he of Barack The Magic Negro fame, attacking people for being racists at this point. I mean, certainly the attack on Sotomayor, to the extend that it is based on her race, to the extent that the attacks on her are based on the idea that she was an affirmative action choice – I think that’s probably the weakest ammunition they’re going to have against her. I mean you don’t get to be summa cum laude at Princeton on the basis of some sort of favoritism, you don’t get to be Phi Beta Kappa on the basis of somebody trying to do you a favor or trying to redress some past wrong. So if they want to lead with attacking her on the basis of race and affirmative action, I think it means she’s going to have a pretty easy confirmation process."
Notice how Maddow erects a straw man by saying Republicans will attack Sotomayor based upon her race, when, of course, Republicans will do no such thing. Republicans don't care about Sotomayor's race any more than they cared about the race of Clarence Thomas, Miguel Estrada, Alberto Gonzales, Condoleeza Rice, Michael Steele, or a host of others. It appears only liberal nutjobs like Rachel Maddow care about race, and who fricking cares what they think ???? The race card is about the sorriest card in the deck these days.
To the fearful GOP'ers - do your job and ask the tough questions. You don't have to act like the vile Ted Kennedy did with Bork, but this is important. A Supreme Court nomination is for LIFE. You don't get any do overs.
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