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Obama Supreme Court nominee touted as “moderate liberal”

May 26, 2009 by  

President Obama has nominated Sonia Sotomayor, a current federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice David Souter.

In making the announcement, the president called Sotomayor "an inspiring woman" and said, "[She] has worked at almost every level of our judicial system, providing her with a depth of experience and a breadth of perspective that will be invaluable as a Supreme Court justice."

However, critics have been quick to stress her "activist" record as exemplified by her 2008 opinion supporting the city of New Haven’s decision to annul the results of a firefighter promotion exam because almost no minorities qualified for promotions.

While promising a "fair" treatment during the confirmation process, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said, "[we] will thoroughly examine [Sotomayor's] record to ensure she understands that the role of a jurist in our democracy is to apply the law evenhandedly, despite their own feelings or personal or political preferences."

If confirmed – as is highly likely given the Democrat-dominated Senate – Sotomayor, 54, will be the first Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court justice and the third woman to serve on the high court.

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  • s c

    To call Obama’s nominee a ‘moderate liberal’ is beyond disgusting. The proper term is SOCIALIST (thanks to the CBS quote from yesterday’s news). One of this candidate’s role models is Norman Thomas (the Socialist candidate for president for many years). Odds are that this obscene, one-sided representation in Congress will get this candidate approved – at ANY cost. In that event, let us see a socialist version of what happened to Clarence “you can’t be a conservative because there are no black conservatives in the US” Thomas. Let’s see a socialist version of what happened to Robert Bork. Let us see some backbone in the House and the Senate. Let America see a REAL moderate liberal – I F the White House can find one.

    • Ron F

      You need to stop reading those right wing emails you are getting. They seem to be infecting your ability to think for yourself. If you actually read for yourself you would know that she has actually come out on the side of big business more often than I would prefer.

      Too many right wing wackos are using “Socialist” as a scare tactic when we are no where near Socialism. Look up the definition.

      W did more to bring us closer to Socialism with his wiretapping, abuse of power and getting funding for his religious groups to spread their gospel under the guise of Social Service.

    • Darrel B

      Obviously many if not all of the right wing wackos haven’t bothered to look at the nominee’s record, If they had, they would realize that she is proboably much more conservative in nearly all her opinions than many conservative judges.
      I truly believe Obama could have nominated Limbaugh or Rove and both of them would have gone into apoplexy and found something wrong with the President’s choice. They just can’t get over the fact they are no longer in power and are scared to death of what a few investigations into some of the previous administration’s grevious misdeeds.

    • Jeff

      What is important to note here is her annulment of the New Haven firefighter’s promotion exam. Because there were no enough minorities qualified for promotions.

      Didn’t the 60′s teach these ageing rable rousers anything?

      If you promote based on race, then you also disqualify based on race.
      Thats racism in a nutshell.
      So Sotomayor is a racist. The conclusion is inexcapable…

      In an increasinly diversified America, the last thing we need right now is more “racism. You simply cannot eliminate racism, by practicing racism. Just like you cannot borrow your way to wealth. Obama has a lot to learn…

      There is no history in the US of injustices toward hispanics, like there was with Black Americans. We owe Hispanics NOTHING. to promote them based on race, is just naked racism. I fear Obama will destroy the chances of another Black American ever getting elected to the presidency. He’s blowing it…

      Sotomayer, bad for the bench, bad for America.

      “Judge me not by the color of my skin, but by the content of my character.” MLK
      The message was lost…

      Jeff

      • http://Rasmussen Barbara Pierce

        Jeff, you are so right. This “judge” is not blind like justice is suppose to be. She looks at color first and if you are white you are disqualified. What matters is as Martin Luther King said, content of charachter counts. I’ve got blacks who call me girlfriend, Mom, Latinos who are friends and white people who don’t know our language practice with me. I’m not racist nor should she be. She has not led the hard hard life that Chalrence Thomas did, he is not racist, She sure as hell is. The Dems vilefied Mr. Gonzoles. Was that racist? I would say that Judge Santomayor is, hands down.

      • Ron F

        “There is no history in the US of injustices toward hispanics, like there was with Black Americans.”

        Wow, talk about ignorance being bliss. Maybe not the same as Black, but certainly historical and continued discrimination.

        If you are not white and Christian in this country you are on the outside looking in and have to prove yourself twice as worthy as the average white male.

        • Jeff

          “There is no history in the US of injustices toward hispanics, like there was with Black Americans.”

          Thats right Ron. Hispanics were not dragged here in slave ships. Hispanics were not classified as only partially human. Hispanics were not lynched, or denied their constitutionally guareenteed rights as United States citizens.

          I am not in favor of Affirmative Action. America is now living up to its own standards better now than in the beginning of our history. I say let it go. but what Affirmative Action attempts to do, {wrongly in my opinion} is make up for past transgressions against black Americans.

          What is going on today with hispanics, is that they are being judged by their own behavior.
          Its a totally different situation. If you learn the language and behave, you will be accepted.

          Learning to speak English as Americans do is very important. An accent, or broken English is a second by second reminder that says, “Hey, I am not like you!”
          I cannot relate to “YO YO YO!” And I judge accordingly. We all do it, hispanics too. It does not mean that I don’t like the person, but its a reminder that this person is not one of us. They are a guest in our American house. When someone speaks well, most other superficial differences disappear.

          Unless of course, they are behaving badly.

          So if hispanics don’t feel loved in America, maybe trying to do a better job assimilating into your new and CHOSEN home of America, and respecting OUR AMERICAN traditions, and maybe NOT painting a giant Puerto Rican flag on your car. If you want to be liked, don’t be offensive. Its your choice. People respond to behavior.

          So no, don’t try to get a free ride on the past injustices commited against black Americans.

  • John Kearney

    strong textAs I understand it, she interprets the Constitution the same as Obama.

    God help us all!

    • Ron F

      John,

      What if there is no God?

  • Luvenia

    I would like to know what the true rulers of this country thinks about her. You know the Fed, bankers and the super investors of the world. That way if they like her I know to hate her. You people are a joke at best if you think the people in DC are anything but puppets. As for putting her on the bench, I think it will be done and we can only hope for the best. Again that One World Power is getting closer everyday so either grow up and unite or die with your party. Rep. + Dem. = Puppets, Fed+ investors + puppet masters. Enjoy your freedom for the short time you have left.

    • Robin from Indiana

      Luvenia…
      What you say is true… Too many people here in the United States are in denial. People who are liberal leftists are just not seeing the big picture. I recently heard that the right are right, which is why they are called right and not left! Catchy, huh?

  • Robin from Indiana

    Personally I think from what she has said that she will use her life experiences to make judgments and she seemed prejudiced. Is that the kind of person we want to set on the Supreme Court? I find it ludicrous that minorities can make hateful, racist comments and it is virtually ignored by the media. Is it impossible to find one person in all of the United States that would be qualified and actually use the law to make decisions? We don’t need someone to make decisions on their own personal life experiences. We need someone to interpret the law as it is written. Is she capable of doing that? Maybe that is not the type of judge Obama is looking for. This manner of selection leaves a lot to be desired.
    God help us….

  • s c

    BOHICA! Get ready for more world-class ‘leadership,’ folks. Remember that stimulus package circus? It was so ‘special’ that it got passed without ANYONE reading it [can you say taxation without representation?]. This time, we will see a one-trick pony show (nothing can go wrong when WE’RE at the helm). Think this way – “it’s not like we’re ramming this manna down your throats. It’s just that WE know what’s best. OUR motives and agendas can’t be questioned. You are only mortals, and you must be pulled around by your noses [you can bless us later]. For now, this matter MUST be concluded quickly. Now that we have done away with check-and-balances, you MUST love everything we do to (or for) you. We’re simply EASING this medicine down your miserable, mortal throats.” WE ARE YOUR NEW G O D S !

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