Any initial reaction to Obama’s choice of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court?


  • kristen

    I’m not sure which is more frightening: This woman’s views or the pressure to appoint a Latina woman all in the name of diversity (when she isn’t the most qualified).

  • East of Eden

    I wonder as well, how her views will stack up with the oath of office:

    “I, [NAME], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I 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 [TITLE] under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.’

    (Other oaths of office can be found here: I love this site, used it all the time when I was teaching.

    • Brian H

      I like Ben’s Guide also.

  • Brian H

    As a fan of the sorry Houston Astros I would love to have umpires who share Barack’s and Sonia’s view of interpretation. Because the Astros are so bad I believe that any umpire who believes in fairness and has “compassion” should help call the game in a way that will even the playing field. Perhaps a smaller strike zone when the Astros are batting and larger strike zone when they are pitching would help just nicely. Maybe any close plays should go the Astros way in an attempt to assist them in their efforts.

  • Scott A. Robinson

    These processes are such circuses. The Republicans and Democrats have both already begun to draw their lines, as anyone could have predicted, regardless of the nominee.

    However, the video linked by EoE is the most compelling thing I have seen. Clearly, if this is what Sotomayor believes, she does not believe in the American system of government.

    Unfortunately, this type of appointment was inevitable, as President Obama said “he was looking for a jurist who had ‘a common touch and a sense of compassion.'”

    There is nothing about the duties of a judge, especially in the highest court of the land, concerning a “common touch” or “sense of compassion”. The Justices charge is to interpret the law.

  • Brian H

    Shall I say it again? Elections have consequences.

    The GOP temper tantrum that left the Legislative branch of government in the hands of the Dems and now the Whitehouse in the same hands is….(spinning around)……coming home to roost.

  • Sartho

    It seems like a great set up that if anyone opposes her appointment that either either sexist pigs or racist against hispanics. This could get interesting.

  • Neil Braithwaite

    I have read that her intellect is lacking for someone of her supposed stature. She may have just reached the pinnacle of the “Peter Principle?” I also read that she likes to hear herself talk and writes very week opinions. That she has a penchant for blathering on and speaking before she thinks. Will she be America’s “Biden on the bench?” It will be interesting to have gaffs coming from the highest court in the land.

  • East of Eden

    I worry about her because of that video that surfaced a few weeks back. The one where she starts talking about how it’s judges that really make public policy not the legislatures, then she finished up by saying that she knew she shouldn’t be saying that because it could get her in trouble.

    It’s obvious to me, from that, that she has no regard for the Constitution or the laws of the country — add to that what you posted Jason about most of her decisions being overturned….hmmm why is that? Oh because they are not based in law??!! However, I guess with this pick, you know that Obama gets his wish of having an empathetic person on the court….I just hope she gets Borked.

  • Jason Wright, Editor

    This should tell us something about what’s coming. JCN has already released this an hour before the pick is even announced:


    Wendy E. Long, counsel to the Judicial Confirmation Network, on nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court:

    “Judge Sotomayor is a liberal judicial activist of the first order who thinks her own personal political agenda is more important that the law as written. She thinks that judges should dictate policy, and that one’s sex, race, and ethnicity ought to affect the decisions one renders from the bench.

    “She reads racial preferences and quotas into the Constitution, even to the point of dishonoring those who preserve our public safety. On September 11, America saw firsthand the vital role of America’s firefighters in protecting our citizens. They put their lives on the line for her and the other citizens of New York and the nation. But Judge Sotomayor would sacrifice their claims to fair treatment in employment promotions to racial preferences and quotas. The Supreme Court is now reviewing that decision.

    “She has an extremely high rate of her decisions being reversed, indicating that she is far more of a liberal activist than even the current liberal activist Supreme Court.”