Can Republicans Sink Sotomayor?

By Adele

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.

12 Responses to Can Republicans Sink Sotomayor?

  1. Bob says:

    Well put I have actually been watching the Neo Cons fall all over themselves trying to sling mud at this appointment..

    Honestly Obama could have picked Jesus Christ for the position and the Republicans would have been saying that he was for the sandal wearing, tree hugging left/anti big business left.. Just no pleasing some people..

    The thing that I don’t get about American politics is how divisive it tends to be. The left and the right have become so far apart on the map that there tends to be no middle ground in Congress. From what I saw of Obama’s election run I hope that he sticks to his guns and keeps up with policy’s that stick to the middle of the spectrum and benefit the majority of the people..

  2. catsworking says:

    Bob, you are so right. No matter what Obama does, the Republicans line up against him, just because they think that’s what they’re supposed to do. Don’t consider the merits of the matter. Just obstruct because it wasn’t your idea.

    The Bush years were the worst. Before 2000, it didn’t really matter if someone was a Democrat or a Republican because everybody was fairly sane and civil. But put an idiot in the White House surrounded by right-wing extremists and all hell broke loose. Now it’s considered acceptable behavior.

    It’s going to take years to get everyone headed back toward the middle again so they can all play nice together.

  3. Adele says:

    Adele, there’s an article in today’s Salon that summarizes nicely. After all, the Republicans did have a nominee, who, unlike Sotomayor, was a mediocre product of affirmative action — none other than Clarence “Long Dong Silver” Thomas. Apparently, even Clarence wondered if he was the most qualified nominee, at the time. I’ve also heard that RNC now stands for Rush, Newt and Cheney.

  4. catsworking says:

    Adele, it’s really quite amusing to watch the Republican party implode in chaos. The only strong mouthpieces they have (Cheney, Rove, and Limbaugh) are standing on the edge of treason, so all the macho patriotic chest-thumping rings pretty hollow. Newt’s a joke, and Palin’s all but forgotten.

    But it’s kind of sad that this whole country can’t come up with one decent, honest person to lead the party out of the wilderness. They’re so extreme and consumed with bitterness — over what? — they just had 8 YEARS to make the world bow to them — they just uselessly churn.

  5. MorganLF says:

    Right-wing conservatives are frothing at the mouth. It is with glee I watch them get hoisted by their own petards, defending the blatant criminality of the Bush administration while turning a deaf ear to the overwhelming disdain of the world for the sheer obtuse stubborn stupidity of the Bush years.

    It is amusing to me that some of the right wingers I know were once liberals but aged into ditto-heads which are nothing more than thinly veiled racists.

    Scratch a conservative and it’s right below the surface. Especially those who in middle age are middle class. They see any attempt at equalization as socialism and socialism as the attempt to take away “theirs”.

    Funny these same “conservatives” have had unmarried sex, abortions, children out of wedlock, divorce, infidelity, and think nothing of stuffing their pockets with pension money funded by tax dollars. Nor do they see anything wrong with manipulating the system by faking illness to retire early while collecting free benefits and salary for life or faking incomes to take advantage of grant money and other government provided freebies.

    To paraphrase Bill Maher, who commented on a speech Bush recently gave at a high school commencement, the ex-president mentioned that life after the White House is just normal stuff like walking the dog and picking up dog poop. Maher summed it up by stating “the ex-President spends his days picking up crap left by a mindless creature; guess he knows what President Obama must feel like.”

  6. catsworking says:

    We love Bill Maher. Just last night I watched his documentary, Religulous. Anybody who doesn’t see the wisdom of that flick is an idiot.

    Karen also just had a brief brush (through online dating) with a guy who, until recently, was a conservative talk radio host in Northern Virginia. Talk about a right-wing nut job! He’s got this paranoid fantasy that Obama is turning the U.S. communist by advocating equality (we all know that’s the one thing neocons can’t stomach because it would unmask their myriad shortcomings as caring human beings), and that the U.S. should EXPAND its efforts to invade and occupy every country on earth to maintain its status as a superpower forever.

    The typical “my way or the highway” mentality. It did no good to point out that no civilization has ever been able to accomplish this, although many have tried. As you know, facts mean nothing to these people.

    It’s so easy for them to talk about sending OTHER PEOPLE’S kids to the far reaches of the world indefinitely, or getting them killed.

    Of course, this guy ignores the fact that it was his own fearless leaders who reduced us from superpower to Third-World status in the rest of the planet’s eyes by employing that exact same strategy.

    It almost goes without saying that Karen listened to as much of this tripe as she could endure, hoping for some glimmer of sanity, but then had to put this acquaintance to a swift, yet painful, death.

  7. Bob says:

    Tripe did someone mention tripe…… According to Bourdain… This still is a Bourdain Blog after all..
    Tripe smells like “Wet Dog” maybe that’s what republicans smell like…. How is Barack going to get that stink out of the carpets… EWWWWWW

  8. Adele says:

    Adele, I hope you cleared it with Karen that it was okay to talk about her dating, even if it was only online. I’ve always trusted my cats to keep my dating secrets.

  9. catsworking says:

    Bob, Karen’s grandmother used to cook tripe — cow’s stomach — with tomato sauce. Actually, she doused everything but her chicken soup in tomato sauce. Karen says the stench of tripe was so unbearable, she could never bring myself to eat it. Ditto for pig’s feet. They smelled exactly like FEET. Yuk!

  10. catsworking says:

    Don’t worry, Adele. Karen didn’t mind me talking about that jerk. We all had a good laugh about him. What a pompous buffoon. He wrote her this long e-mail basically telling her for the umpteenth time how stupid she is and how he requires any woman he knows to worship him as a novelist (although he’s written 5 and never submitted any of them for publication even once). Then he demanded she reply to him at length.

    So she did. She dissected him into tiny little pieces, as only Karen can do. And then she blocked him from her e-mail account so he can NEVER have the last word, which he’d told her he always gets.

    We were so proud of her.

  11. Bob says:

    Ottavia spotting….

    Just watching the Hawaii episode last night, shes in the last 10 seconds or so of the episode, watching the Luau from a Table in a building sitting with a woman. I am thinking one of the producers, Probably Linda???

  12. catsworking says:

    Bob, great catch! I just saw the scene you’re describing recently and didn’t notice her. I’ve got it on DVD. Will have to check again.

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