Having Democrats back in charge has underwhelmed me so far, but it is fun to watch the Republicans flail, now that they lack the clout for obstruction. Take Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, for example.
Republicans have to tippy-toe in trashing this Latina judge for fear of alienating Hispanics, the fastest-growing voting bloc. Without conning Hispanics into voting for them, the neocons couldn’t pass laws to crush what they view as the scourge of Hispanics.
I heard someone say…
Sotomayor’s decisions are going to ruin the Supreme Court.
How? Because she’s female and Puerto Rican, does she get 2 votes that will always trump Thomas and Scalia? How can one justice “ruin” a 9-person court?
Sotomayor’s unpredictable. Her past rulings don’t indicate if she’s pro- or anti-business.
So what? Do we need another justice who’s never swayed by facts? They consider Sotomayor a dangerous wild card because her past verdicts have been based on the merits of each case. God forbid she should do her job instead of pander to special interests.
Republicans are losing sleep over the well-being of Big Business if the Supreme Court stops letting it steam-roll over the rights of individuals.
This comment Sotomayor made in a 2001 speech really has the good old boys in a sweat:
“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”
There’s nothing wrong with a justice who interprets the law with empathy and compassion for fellow human beings. Justice may be blind, but it doesn’t need to be cruel.