Sotomayor introduction lacking in substance

So President Barack Obama has nominated a liberal woman judge to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter on the nation’s highest court. Clearly no surprise there. A careful analysis of Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s judicial record will follow in a few days, but first, allow me to offer comment on yesterday’s public event at the White House at which the president formally announced his choice of Judge Sotomayor.

One of the first interesting things to note was the presence, for no apparent reason, of Vice President Joe Biden at the ceremony. Importantly, the veep said nothing audible to those present, and if the president and his staff are smart, they will do everything in their power to keep Biden from saying anything about the judge and the confirmation process until she is sworn in, robed, and ensconced in her office in the Supreme Court Building.

The president’s remarks in introducing Sotomayor were remarkable for what they did not say as well as for what he emphasized. Completely lacking was any reference, other than in passing, to the criteria most important for a nominee to sit on the High Court. The president’s remarks contained nothing about the judge’s views of such vitally important matters as will certainly color her decisions as a Supreme Court Justice if confirmed — her understanding of the Constitution, of the concepts of separation of powers and limited powers, and of judicial limits, were left unmentioned.

What we did discover in the president’s effusive introductory comments is that Judge Sotomayor had a tough childhood in the Bronx, has a wonderful mother, has had a solid career in the practice of the law, read “Nancy Drew” mysteries as a child, suffers from diabetes, and has a “common touch.” All this is perhaps interesting, and might even be of passing relevance were the president introducing the new secretary of health and human services. But these bits of information — other than discussion of the nominee’s legal career — are irrelevant (or ought to be) in determining whether a person is fit to serve on the highest court in the land.

The president attempted somewhat awkwardly to interject humor into what should have been a serious event; referencing baseball twice — first in referring to Judge Sotomayor’s role in a case involving the 1994-95 Major League Baseball strike, and then drawing attention to the fact she grew up near Yankee stadium in the Bronx. Again, information utterly irrelevant to what should have been the task at hand.

All this was followed by an admonition by Obama that the Senate conclude the confirmation process before its summer recess. The implied message is, why take time to uncover additional information or analyze Judge Sotomayor’s prior works, when the president has told us everything he believes is important in selecting a Supreme Court justice.

Except, of course — we haven’t been told even close to what we need to know to decide whether Judge Sonia Sotomayor is truly and fully qualified in intellect, temperment and understanding of the law to serve on the Supreme Court for the remainder of her life, and to pass judgement on perhaps the most intimate aspects of our life in America. We have been told, quite irrelevantly, that she is possessed of “empathy” for the “poor.” What we don’t know yet is whether her empathy with the Constitution is as profound.

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Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
9:46 am

Copyleft, check your grammar, moron.

Let’s have a look at the current situation in America.

1: Obama and the democrats are well on their way to bankrupting the USA.
2: GM and Chrysler are dead because of unions and democrats.
3: Unemployment is at its highest in 28 years.
4: Obama is not bringing the troops home.
5: North Korea may nuke LA or San Fran before Obama does anything to stop them.
6: California is going bankrupt.
7: Obama has yet to keep any of his campaign promises.
8: Corporations are leaving the USA.
9: Democrats are going to raise taxes even more.
10: China owns us.

Now, tell me what anyone should be happy about?

Oh, and by the way, yes W nominated some people that you hate BUT at least they all paid their taxes.




May 28th, 2009
9:48 am

CopyLeft – There are no “winners” when the Republic is usurped by a Globalist agenda (& the populace is largely duped by the smokescreen of the “Left vs. Right” paradigm/control mechanism). As I’ve stated innumerous times, the GOP & DNC “leadership” are two sides of the same coin…controlled by the Globalist Elite. Globalism (anti National sovereignty) needs two legs on which to stand; a “right” & a “left”. While appearing to be in complete opposition to one another, they both march in the same direction!

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
9:48 am

Copyleft, also, I highly doubt you have always been on the winning side. Especially since the GOP was in charge for 14 years. But then again, your comments are that of a person who never attended college.

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
9:52 am

SaveOurRepublic, that site is hilarious. Especially the article about how America and Israel are murderous countries. I guess they felt the need to leave out Iran, Iraq, China, Africa etc……..

Go sell stupid somewhere else Michael Moore. BOO! Did I scare you Ms. Paranoid?


May 28th, 2009
12:32 pm

Che was a homicidal maniac – InfoWars isn’t a partisan nor “liberal” site. They’ve taken Moore to task for his “Leftist” propaganda many times. Alex Jones does an outstanding job of exposing the Globalist agenda and controls. As far as the article re America & Israel, I’d imagine it’s to accentuate the fact that the governments are controlled by the Globalist Elite (as are most). Our Founding Fathers (such as Jefferson) never intended us to engage in these foreign entanglements (for Globalist empire building). Don’t be deceived the “Left vs. Right” paradigm/control mechanism. For further (paleo) conservative insight, checkout the following sites as well…

M Anthony

May 28th, 2009
2:24 pm

Isn’t it amazing how you have all these great comments from people who think their opinions really will make a difference in whether or not this lady will get approved. Some comments are just plain hate for the woman because of her heritage. Other hate is for the President who has a little darker hue to his color. And the rest hate because they cannot do anything else. Listening to Bob for anytime more than 3 minutes brings out his skewed direction of life and thought. Problem with all these folks and Bob is they are not the President and they are not in Congress. So their words and opinions mean literally nothing. What a great country this is.

GodHatesTrash, Superstar

May 28th, 2009
2:40 pm

This woman is eminently qualified to be on the Supreme Court. She graduated from Princeton and Yale Law school, for God’s sake. She was a Manhattan ADA and has been a federal judge for seventeen years. So your mewling and whining, Mr. Barr, is not really about her qualifications – she is the best qualified nominee in probably the last quarter-century. No, you just are jumping on the bandwagon with all the other losers, in fear of losing your conservative “street cred”.

Shame on you.

Obama is playing rope-a-dope here, like he did with Hillary Clinton and John McCain. By not saying anything the least bit controversial about Sotamayor, he allows the minions of morons to attack him and his people like a pack of rabid jackals. The first ones on the scene are Limbaugh, Hannity, Newt, and their related clowns from the right. They attack with everything they can dig up, and the more lies the better, the more fearmongering and sheer stupidity, the bigger the appeal to the base of the GOP, populated as it is by the stupid, the superstitious, the angry, and the racist.

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
2:54 pm

GodHatesTrash, Superstar aka retarded butt monkey, you’re the biggest racist to ever grace the AJC blogs.

Get your GED before spewing pointless garbage.


May 28th, 2009
2:57 pm

And here we see the living proof of what GHT was just saying.

Nothing to offer, Maniac? Nothing but hatred and ad-hominem lies? What a huge surprise.

Now, tell me I “have no life” for posting here, when you post even more frequently on the Barr Blog than I do! That’s always good for a chuckle. Dance, monkey, dance!

Michael H. Smith

May 28th, 2009
4:05 pm

CopyLeft wing nut needs to check more than grammar. Find a brain you jerk. People can read through you, just as I did.

GodHatesTrash, Superstar

May 28th, 2009
4:48 pm

The stupid, the superstitious, the ignorant, the cowardly, and the racist.

The core of the anti-Sotamayor mob. And the backbone of the GOP.

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
5:49 pm

Copyleft nazi communist butt pirate, I posted several facts but you can’t handle facts. That’s why you never finished high school. Also, I have not been a blogger on AJC as long as you have. You blog on three different blogs every single day, hypocrite.


Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
5:51 pm

GodHatesTrash, Superstar nut job baby killer nazi appeaser,

Judge Sodamizer is a hack that has been rejected by the high court 70% of the time. She is a an affirmative action jackson yankee who only claims to be Latino when the media comes a callin.

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 28th, 2009
5:53 pm

GodHatesTrash, Superstar, I love the hypocrisy from you and copyleft. Always claiming to be innocent little girls when in fact everyone has seen and tasted your goodie box. Get my drift Hitler?

You guys trashed Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice, Sarah Palin and many other republicans all while claiming to be tolerant of other races and genders.

Fact: You’re a closet butt pirate who hates black people.

Michael H. Smith

May 28th, 2009
8:37 pm

Only people of “weak minds” must depend on RACE. For them – these people of weak minds – race is a “social crutch” they must lean on for support in order to functionally live without mentally collapsing; thereby having the world as they know it implode upon them. They are the weak, the stupid, the superstitious, the ignorant and the cowardly.

Race has no place in America or in the law.
~ President John F. Kennedy

“The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”
~ Chief Justice John Roberts

Fact: Modern science has declared there is not enough difference between any us – homo-sapiens – to require the need for a category of race.


May 29th, 2009
7:38 am

And here again we see it–Maniac is positively OBSESSED with gays and sex. To him, there’s no possible greater insult than “yur a faaaggg!”

Which illustrates the backward, neanderthal-level mentality of the deranged nuts on the far right. Sheesh, join the 1970s willya? The rest of America is living in 2009, but it would be a huge accomplishment for you to even reach Watergate.


May 29th, 2009
9:13 am

Che was a homicidal maniac – InfoWars isn’t a partisan nor “liberal” site. They’ve taken Moore to task for his “Leftist” propaganda many times. Alex Jones does an outstanding job of exposing the Globalist agenda and controls. As far as the article re America & Israel, I’d imagine it’s to accentuate the fact that the governments are controlled by the Globalist Elite (as are most). Our Founding Fathers (such as Jefferson) never intended us to engage in these foreign entanglements (for Globalist empire building). Don’t be deceived the “Left vs. Right” paradigm/control mechanism!


May 29th, 2009
9:47 am

The PR/media spin on this nominee would make Paul Joseph Goebbels proud. This judge’s disdain for the 2nd Amendment is enough for me to oppose her nomination, and the ruling opposing hiring based on objective test scores is just icing on the cake.

Government officials take the oath of office pledging to support the ENTIRE Constitution, not just those parts of it they agree with. Any government employee who does not support the ENTIRE Constitution should be removed from office – period. This judge should be thrown off the bench instead of being nominated for the SCOTUS. Unfortunately, that would require impeachment by Congress…and most of them have violated their oaths of office in the same manner…so keep dreaming.

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 29th, 2009
9:53 am

Copyleft, I love irritating you. Nothing funnier than seeing a bed wetting pansy liberal pee her pants and cry foul. Don’t fall off the short bus today.

SaveOurRepublic, I despise the GOP and the DNC equally. It’s just that the DNC is in control right now so they are an easier target.


May 29th, 2009
10:10 am

Just set aside the U.S. Constitution & let her legislate from the bench…That is what the Left wants. They are seeking an ACTVIST judge. Pure & simple.

Turd Fergusen

May 29th, 2009
10:54 am

Stuperstar loves being a democrat…all it takes is short-sighted thinking.

PS…*POOT* <<—-A gift for your Stuperstar. Get a job ya loser.


May 29th, 2009
12:53 pm

“Irritating,” Maniac? Nah; closer to “amusing me” with your antics, doing irreparable damage to the far-right causes you hope to champion.

You’re such an easy puppet! You know you can’t compete with your betters on the level of actual debate, so you scream and rave and hurl insults to make yourself feel better. Obviously, it isn’t working, since you have to keep repeating it over and over, and louder and louder….

What a sad little child. But do continue–it amuses your betters throughout the workday!

Che was a homicidal maniac

May 29th, 2009
1:24 pm

Copyleft, there is no debate with you. You’ve said absolutely nothing intelligent about anything. You blog day in and day out yet you bring nothing to the table. I bet your pet rock thinks you’re smart.

Bottom line: It must truly suck to be you.


May 29th, 2009
2:37 pm

Che was a homicidal maniac – To have utter disdain for the “leadership” (ie – top puppets) of the 2 coin flipsides (DNC & GOP) is very understandable & justifiable. The “Demoncraps” are more in-line with the Marxist agenda, whereas the “Republicruds” carry forth the quasi-Trotskyite, Machiavellian, Globalist agenda. I’m fully inclined to estimate Sotomayor will be another oligarch who fails in full Constitutional adherence.

*** PS – You may want to watch “The Obama Deception” documentary (free on YouTube or Google Video), as it’s very insightful.


May 30th, 2009
10:00 pm

It’s sad when the Russians have to warn us about Obama Hussein and his communist ways.

American capitalism gone with a whimper

It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.

True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists.

Those lessons were taken and used to properly prepare the American populace for the surrender of their freedoms and souls, to the whims of their elites and betters.

First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather then the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas then the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their “right” to choke down a McDonalds burger or a BurgerKing burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our “democracy”. Pride blind the foolish.

Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different “branches and denominations” were for the most part little more then Sunday circuses and their televangelists and top protestant mega preachers were more then happy to sell out their souls and flocks to be on the “winning” side of one pseudo Marxist politician or another. Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the “winning” side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power. Even our Holy Orthodox churches are scandalously liberalized in America.

The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been a record setting, not just in America’s short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe.

These past two weeks have been the most breath taking of all. First came the announcement of a planned redesign of the American Byzantine tax system, by the very thieves who used it to bankroll their thefts, loses and swindles of hundreds of billions of dollars. These make our Russian oligarchs look little more then ordinary street thugs, in comparison. Yes, the Americans have beat our own thieves in the shear volumes. Should we congratulate them?

These men, of course, are not an elected panel but made up of appointees picked from the very financial oligarchs and their henchmen who are now gorging themselves on trillions of American dollars, in one bailout after another. They are also usurping the rights, duties and powers of the American congress (parliament). Again, congress has put up little more then a whimper to their masters.

Then came Barack Obama’s command that GM’s (General Motor) president step down from leadership of his company. That is correct, dear reader, in the land of “pure” free markets, the American president now has the power, the self given power, to fire CEOs and we can assume other employees of private companies, at will. Come hither, go dither, the centurion commands his minions.

So it should be no surprise, that the American president has followed this up with a “bold” move of declaring that he and another group of unelected, chosen stooges will now redesign the entire automotive industry and will even be the guarantee of automobile policies. I am sure that if given the chance, they would happily try and redesign it for the whole of the world, too. Prime Minister Putin, less then two months ago, warned Obama and UK’s Blair, not to follow the path to Marxism, it only leads to disaster. Apparently, even though we suffered 70 years of this Western sponsored horror show, we know nothing, as foolish, drunken Russians, so let our “wise” Anglo-Saxon fools find out the folly of their own pride.

Again, the American public has taken this with barely a whimper…but a “freeman” whimper.

So, should it be any surprise to discover that the Democratically controlled Congress of America is working on passing a new regulation that would give the American Treasury department the power to set “fair” maximum salaries, evaluate performance and control how private companies give out pay raises and bonuses? Senator Barney Franks, a social pervert basking in his homosexuality (of course, amongst the modern, enlightened American societal norm, as well as that of the general West, homosexuality is not only not a looked down upon life choice, but is often praised as a virtue) and his Marxist enlightenment, has led this effort. He stresses that this only affects companies that receive government monies, but it is retroactive and taken to a logical extreme, this would include any company or industry that has ever received a tax break or incentive.

The Russian owners of American companies and industries should look thoughtfully at this and the option of closing their facilities down and fleeing the land of the Red as fast as possible. In other words, divest while there is still value left.

The proud American will go down into his slavery with out a fight, beating his chest and proclaiming to the world, how free he really is. The world will only snicker.

Stanislav Mishin

The article has been reprinted with the kind permission from the author and originally appears on his blog, Mat Rodina