Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Obama's Supreme Court Nominee

"Of the many responsibilities granted to a President by our Constitution, few are more serious or more consequential than selecting a Supreme Court justice."

So sayeth the Obama this morning. The current Supreme Court is, at present, a plane with one wing--of 9 justices, there are 7 conservatives/reactionaries, 7 of the 9 being Republicans. Their rule has been terrible indeed. So the Obama is not only right; what he said is particularly true in his case. And then he wheeled out his version of a quality U.S. Supreme Court nominee: A former corporate lawyer, appointed to the federal bench by George Bush Sr. and who, in her long judicial career, votes with her Republican-appointed court colleagues 95% of the time. No kidding. From talking points issuing forth today from the administration itself:
"Known as a moderate on the court, [appointee Sonia] Sotomayor often forges consensus and agreeing with her more conservative nominees far more frequently than she disagrees with them. In cases where Sotomayor and at least one judge appointed by a Republican president were on the three-judge panel, Sotomayor and the Republican appointee(s) agreed on the outcome 95% of the time."
I let readers draw their own conclusion about what this says about the nominee, the appropriateness of her nomination and about Obama and offer only a prediction: Republicans will paint Sotomayor as some wild-eyed radical "judicial activist" anyway.


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