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|May 28, 2009|
The statement, and her follow-up comments after she remembered that she was being recorded, leads us to believe that, not unexpectedly, Obama has nominated an activist judge to a lifetime appointment on the United States Supreme Court.
At this point, little has surfaced regarding Judge Sotomayor's attitude toward the social and cultural aspects of American society. Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee should fulfill their responsibility to the American people by conducting a thorough examination of her record both as a judge as well as in every aspect of her life and career. The seriousness and complexity of the cases that will no doubt be considered by the high court in the years to come demand nothing less.
Sonia Sotomayor was first nominated to a District Court judgeship by former President George H.W. Bush in 1991. Questions have been raised as to why President Bush would nominate a self-described liberal to a federal bench. Reportedly, at that time the New York Senators J. Patrick Moynihan, a Democrat, and Alphonse D'Amato, a Republican had forced on the White House a deal that enabled a senator not of the President's party to name one of every four District Court nominees in New York. Sotomayor was Moynihan's "pick." (National Review On-Line, Bench Memos, 5/26/09) Apparently, Bush nominated her in order to move along the other nominees that Moynihan was holding up.
Much has been made of Sotomayor's "compelling personal story." The media are having a fine time speculating on whether Republicans will lose Hispanic votes if they exercise too much scrutiny in considering this nominee. The answer to that is — give us a Hispanic nominee whose record is totally clear of any inclination toward judicial activism.
In a 2002 speech at the University of California, Berkeley, Judge Sotomayor said, "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." Citing that quote, Gary Bauer, writing in the May 26th edition of Politico.com said, "Senators must fully examine Sotomayor's judicial philosophy. The American people deserve to know whether once agin we are putting someone on our highest court who thinks her job is to remake America to reflect her left-wing prejudices. They deserve to know whether a judge would remove the blindfold of justice in favor of identity politics.
"Republican senators have an opportunity to explain the attributes of judicial restraint and ask the nominee whether she still holds these views.
"In the judicial oath of office, judges swear that they will 'administer justice without respect to persons and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as a Supreme Court justice under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.'
"But the Senate has a duty that's just as solemn: to advise on and consent to the president's judicial nominees. Senate Republicans must do their constitutional duty and determine whether Sotomayor would be a justice who would subordinate her own feelings to the written law, precedent and the plain text of the Constitution. If not, they must vote ‘no.'"
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