Supreme Court nominee Sotomayor should not be vilified. She should not be crucified. She should be scrutinized, and verified, to be qualified. At age 54 now, she could easily serve on the court for 20 to 30 years. This is no time to be timid or tepid in exercising diligence. I’m already reading too much about “we don’t want to alienate the Latino voters”. What about alienating the U.S. Constitution for ALL voters by approving a judicial activist judge who said at a conference in 2005 that a “court of appeals is where policy is made…”.
Even the usually liberal-leaning Denver Post had a few pertinent comments in today’s editorial:
“Despite an intriguing tale, Obama’s high court nominee needs to explain controversial past comments in a full Senate review.”
“She also took issue in 2001 with the notion that a wise man and a wise woman would reach the same conclusion in deciding a case, saying: "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."
It will be important to see how Sotomayor explains these statements. Deliberately setting policy from the bench isn’t exactly an appropriate role for a judge. And the second statement is also troubling and merits further explanation. Clearly, a Supreme Court justice needs to be fair-minded.”
President Obama did interview 3 other women for the position, so it’s not like Sotomayor was the only person considered. If I was of gay or lesbian black Asiatic origins then I might be marching in the streets, but I’m not. I just want a fair and balanced vetting of any nominee.