Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Your Sotomayor Spreadsheet


It's pronounced Soto-my-your. With flavor! . . . (Even some of the national anchors are flubbing it.)

OBAMA on his pick: "What Sonia will bring to the Court, then, is not only the knowledge and experience acquired over a course of a brilliant legal career, but the wisdom accumulated from an inspiring life's journey."

She was raised in a Bronx housing project/nominated to U.S. District Court by Bush 41. Served on U.S. Court of Appeals since 1998. Yale, Princeton . . . yadda yadda. No Harriet Miers. Got plenty of experience; some cable chatter that Obama should have went even bigger than 3rd woman/1st Hispanic and also tapped a non-judge.

SOTOMAYOR TV BYTE: "I strive never to forget the real world consequences of my decisions on individuals, businesses and government."

COME BACK TO HAUNT HER BYTE?: "Court of Appeals is where policy is made, and I know, and I know this is on tape and I should never say that, because we don't make law, I know." That was 4 years ago when she was a federal appeals court judge.

She suffers from diabetes, but her health was part of the vetting process.

POLITICO says Obama called Sotomayor around 9 p.m. on Memorial Day to offer the nomination. CNN puts the @ around 8:30 p.m. Axelrod on cable: "(Obama) had an instinct in that direction for some time." Jake Tapper on ABC World News: "Judge Sotomayor was always the leading contender."


BOND out of the gate FIRST with a NON-REACTION reaction @ 10:49 CST: "I look forward to reviewing Judge Sotomayor's record and learning more from her hearings. Judge Sotomayor once said ‘I don't believe that we should bend the Constitution under any circumstances,’ I agree that is how judges should rule and I will expect her to continue that view."

**KC Star notes that Bond didn't vote when Sotomayor was up for her Appeals vote*

GAYS like her: "
Judge Sotomayor has consistently recognized the constitutional right to privacy, first articulated in Griswold, that lays the foundation for fundamental rights for LGBT people," said Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese.

LIBERTARIANS don't: "It is troubling that Obama, who won the highest elected office in the world without racial preferences, would nominate someone who openly admits the government should racially discriminate against its own citizens to serve the needs of political correctness," said William Redpath, Libertarian National Committee Chairman, citing firefighter case in New Haven, Conn.

ROY BLUNT WAVES RED FLAG @ 1:22 p.m (Issues longest response of the big 3): "The most important issue when considering a Supreme Court nominee is their judicial philosophy and whether they are an activist who would attempt to legislate from the bench, or a jurist who respects the authority of the Constitution. Their nominee offers proper professional credentials and a compelling life story. However, her view that judges should make policy raises a huge red flag. The U.S. Senate should neither pre-judge or pre-confirm, but thoughtfully, thoroughly and rigorously examine the record of this nominee to our nation's highest court.

(NO STATEMENT released from Robin Carnahan.)
UPDATE @ 10:34 PM, Spokesman Tony Wyche said, when asked by Jo Mannies, Carnahan provided this statement to the STL Beacon: Carnahan said, "Sonia Sotomayor is an accomplished judge with a long record of experience and a compelling personal history. As someone who has been appointed by both Republican and Democratic presidents and has earned bipartisan Senate confirmation in the past, she’s clearly qualified. I hope that Senators on both sides of the aisle will cut through the partisan bickering and conduct a fair and efficient confirmation process."

MCCASKILL COMES IN at 2:32 PM with reaction: "She has accomplished great things in her life through the all-American values of discipline, hard work, and integrity. I'm especially glad she has experience as a courtroom prosecutor and a trial judge. There hasn't been a person with more experience nominated in decades. She will be a terrific Supreme Court justice."


On MSNBC PAT BUCHANAN cites New Republic piece: "He talked to all of these clerks, they said she was a bully on the bench. That she is not that intelligent. They are concerned . . ."

She'll meet with Senators next week; WH wants confirmation hearings by July, confirmation by August.

1 comment:

Paul Seale said...

As someone who has been appointed by both Republican and Democratic presidents and has earned bipartisan Senate confirmation in the pastThis is very misleading. Bush 41 only signed off on nominating her because of a deal in which Patrick Moynihan (and other senators) got to make a selection in order to free up many other nominations which were being blocked by Democrats at the time.

Did she garner some Republican votes? Yes, but this is a completely different ball game with much higher stakes.

Sotomayor is a purely political chess move. It will be interesting to see how it pans out.