July 16, 2009
The NRA Comes Out Against Sotomayor
The statement can be read here.
This announcement is encouraging because of its potential to impact the votes of Democratic senators from red and swing states, who are especially wary of upsetting gun rights advocates in fear of the group's ability to thwart their hopes for reelection.
July 15, 2009
Poll: Plurality Oppose Confirming Sotomayor
Inherent Physiological Differences
Quote of the Day
"Speaking only for myself (I guess that's obvious), I was completely disgusted by Judge Sotomayor's testimony today. If she was not perjuring herself, she is intellectually unqualified to be on the Supreme Court. If she was perjuring herself, she is morally unqualified."Update: GOP staffers question the truthfulness of Sotomayor's testimony.
"After a night of studying Sotomayor's testimony, Republicans will have more questions about what they view as her misrepresentation of her record. GOP senators know that Democrats are committed to confirming Sotomayor, and, with a 12-to-7 advantage in the committee and 60 votes in the full Senate, they don't need any Republican support to get it done. But they are troubled by her answers, by her attempts to deny the clear meaning of her words from the past. And that could result in growing, rather than diminishing, Republican opposition. 'We heard a lot of things that were not factually buttoned down,' the senior GOP aide said. 'If that's because she and the White House think she has the votes and doesn't have to answer, then some Republicans are going to be troubled by that.'"
July 14, 2009
CFJ Ads Debut
PRLDEF: Sotomayor vs. the Facts
“[Sotomayor] played an active role as the defense fund staked out aggressive stances on issues like police brutality, the death penalty and voting rights. The board monitored all litigation undertaken by the fund’s lawyers, and a number of those lawyers said Ms. Sotomayor was an involved and ardent supporter of their various legal efforts during her time with the group.” – NY Times, May 28, 2009
“I served … in the following capacities: Member and Vice President, Board of Directors; Chairperson, Litigation and Education Committees for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund.” – Sotomayor’s Senate questionnaire
Abortion and Firearms as Civil Rights Issues
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Sotomayor on “Inherent Physiological” Differences of Minority Judges
“Whatever the reasons why [judges of color] may have different perspectives, either as some theorists suggest because of our cultural experiences or as others postulate because we have basic differences in logic and reasoning …” (emphasis added)
“Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, a possibility I abhor less or discount less than my colleague Judge Cedarbaum, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.” (emphasis added)
Even Senator Feingold
Note to Self
Where’s Her Empathy?
DiFi Dead Wrong
I got a kick out of Feinstein’s remark that the Court shouldn’t put any teeth in the limits on the scope of the Commerce Clause because it gets in the way of Congress doing its job of legislating. Call me naive but I thought Congress’s job was to legislate only within the bounds of the Constitution.
Also, it’s good to hear that Feinstein is bothered by all the calls her office is getting expressing concern that Sotomayor is a judicial activist. Sounds like us Sotomayor critics are having an impact.