Justice Sotomayor’s first vote on the Supreme Court yesterday was to stay the execution of an unquestionably guilty hitman that even Ohio’s Democratic governor wanted to go forward. (It did; she and the liberal activist bloc ...
Gallup: Hispanic Support for Obama Falls
This Gallup report just out shows that President Obama’s approval rating among Hispanics (not to mention in general) actually went down following Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing.
From the week of July 13–19 to the week July 20&...
I am seeing an incorrect spin being put on the Sotomayor vote by the media and others, who keep saying how she will be “easily confirmed,” she “may get as many as 70 votes,” etc. — as though the unprecedented opposition to ...
Sotomayor Falling in Polls
A new Zobgy O’Leary Report poll finds that American voters who say they have read or heard enough about Judge Sonia Sotomayor to make a decision are split evenly on her nomination: 49 percent in favor and 49 percent against ...
Graham: Of Edginess and Asses
Just one more thing about Lindsey Graham’s performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which was calculated to lay the groundwork for today’s announcement that he is voting in favor of Judge Sotomayor: In one of his many cheap ...
Sotomayor Dissembling on Ricci
I have to follow up on Ed’s earlier post about Sotomayor’s response to Cornyn on her attempt to bury the Ricci case. I do not think that it’s a minor matter.
This goes to whether she is ...
At the end of Day 1:
Senator Sessions was fantastic. He was personally gracious and statesmanlike, yet he made the strong statement that “our legal system is at a dangerous crossroads”: We will either follow the path of the American tradition, ...
Partial-Birth Abortion Questions for Sotomayor
Cathy Ruse at Family Research Council has worked up an exceedingly good line of questioning for the Sotomayor hearings, based upon Judge Sotomayor’s comments from the bench at oral argument during one of the federal Partial-Birth Abortion case appeals ...
Ramesh: Conservative Judicial Activism
Ramesh, conservatives would certainly be guilty of “judicial activism” if they engaged in it.
But it’s just very rare (nowadays) for “conservatives” to do so –because they believe in fighting political battles in the proper (political) arena, win or ...
I’m a little late to the table in the Ramesh-fest, but . . .
I second Abby Thernstrom’s admiration for Ramesh and admit that is precisely why I was mystified that he would willingly jump into the whirlpool of White House ...
Belizean Grove: More Double Standards, More Double Talk
Thank goodness. Michael Kinsley hits the nail on the head this morning in the Washington Post about Sonia Sotomayor’s membership in a discriminatory women’s club:
If Obama had nominated a man who was a member of the Bohemian ...
As Ed notes, press accounts of yesterday’s White House Sotomayor Pep Rally with law-enforcement groups quote Vice President Joe Biden as saying “Judge Sotomayor has your back” and ”throughout this nominating process [sic], I know you’ll have her ...
Judge 'Hang-'Em-High' Sotomayor
This morning, Vice President Biden is staging an Obama administration rally of some law-enforcement groups to try to bolster a weak spot for her Supreme Court nomination. It’s an unprecedented political campaign by a White House for a judicial ...
Of course, pseudonymous blogging could (in principle) be honorable and serve a high purpose.
If it were (in principle) like the essays of The Federalist: an apologia for a great idea, principle, or enterprise. Not a personal attack. For that, ...
"I'm sure she would have restated it"
It emerged Wednesday that Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s infamous 2002 La Raza ’wise Latina woman’ comment was not just inartful, off the cuff, or badly stated.
Sotomayor made an almost identical comment — indeed, an almost identical entire speech — in 1994 in Puerto ...
The Sotomayor Supreme Court nomination got a quick start out of the gate, focusing debate about something very important: How are judges supposed to decide cases? Are they, as Judge Sotomayor says, supposed to rule based upon identity politics, using ...
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 ...
As expected, Justice Souter is retiring, giving President Obama his first Supreme Court nomination just 3 months into his presidency.
Keep in mind:
1. The current Supreme Court is a liberal, judicial activist court. Obama could make it even more of a ...
Leadership by Senator Specter: No on Kagan
Senator Arlen Specter, Ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has just announced that he will vote NAY on the nomination of Elena Kagan to be solicitor general of the United States.
The vote has not yet occured (it ...
Hamilton Does Not Equal Bipartisanship
When he ran for President, Obama said he’d set new and higher standards for bipartisanship in many things, including judicial nominations.
Higher than President George W. Bush, that is, one of whose first acts of federal judicial appointment was ...
Senator Corker Opposing Sotomayor
U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee speaks as the voice of America and gets it exactly right, when he says he’s disappointed that after careful review and deliberation, he will not be able to vote for Judge Sotomayor:
Kay Bailey Hutchison: No to Sotomayor
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, like her Texas colleague Sen. John Cornyn, will vote against Judge Sotomayor.
6 of 7 GOP Committee Votes
It was a historic vote just now in the Senate Judiciary Committee; almost all Republicans voted against appointing Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.
This is the end of Republican deference to judicial activism.
This vote will mark the ...
Senator Hatch's Devotion to the Constitution
Sen. Orrin Hatch, announcing today that he will vote against Judge Sotomayor’s nomination, proved that America is not about identity politics and power plays, as the Obama White House believes.
If anyone has exercised principled deference to a president’...
Graham: More Activist Than Sotomayor
It’s not a great surprise, but still somewhat incredible, that Sen. Lindsey Graham is casting his vote in favor of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Most incredibly, Graham is doing so based upon his apparent ...
Sotomayor: Rhetoric v. Record
Okay, after three hours of questioning, it is absolutely clear that this hearing is all about one thing: Rhetoric vs. Record.
Judge Sotomayor — obviously at the direction of the White House — has decided to follow the path of not just ...
Stuart Smalley in Sotomayor Hearing
Al Franken just said, “I’m not a lawyer but . . .”
He plays one on TV.
He repeated a left-wing canard that it is “judicial activism” when the Supreme Court overturns an act of Congress.
Stuart, I hate to kill the ...
Not a Single Justice Agreed with Sotomayor
Frank Ricci finally got his day in court, despite the judging of Sonia Sotomayor, which all nine Justices of U.S. Supreme Court have now confirmed was in error. She essentially committed judicial malpractice.
That even Justice Ginsberg and the ...
CRS on Sotomayor and Imprisoned Felons
This CRS Sotomayor report, as Ed’s post alludes to, is anything but “objective and non-partisan.” It reads like the anonymous memo put out on Capitol Hill by the White House Counsel’s office labeling Sotomayor a “nonideological and restrained ...
JCN has reviewed Judge Sotomayor’s second crack at responding to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s questionnaire. Given the continued omissions in her responses, one begins to wonder if she cannot follow instructions or simply does not care to.
Noah Webster, Call Your Office
In addition to the problems Matt has summarized (calling Thurgood Marshall “Thurmond,” etc.) in Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s writings and speeches, yet another is that she likes to talk about how she rejects common-sense definitions (indeed, any definitions) of words ...
Sotomayor Senate Questionnaire
This morning on the Senate floor, Republican leader Mitch McConnell joined Republican Judiciary Committee ranking senator Jeff Sessions in noting that Judge Sotomayor’s Senate questionnaire, which the White House produced late last week with a great flourish in what ...
Matt, thanks for the followup on Publius.
You’re right in your fuller explanation, and I didn’t put it very well. I think all of the reasons we both advanced were at work in 1787. I was trying to point ...
Sotomayor Questionnaire Omits Death Penalty-Racism Memo
This morning, I sent a letter to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee members, noting that Judge Sotomayor’s responses and documentary production in her Supreme Court nomination questionnaire are incomplete.
The omission noted concerns a memo that Sotomayor signed as ...
White House Counsel's Office Fiction Piece
Late Tuesday, it came to light that the White House Counsel’s office had produced a memo and given it to Republican Senators as Judge Sonia Sotomayor made her first round of courtesy calls in the Senate.
The novella, ...
White House and Schumer: Deceptions on Sotomayor
White House officials and Sen. Chuck Schumer are deliberately misleading the public, both with their absurd statement, as Ed Whelan has shown, that Judge Sotomayor was following Second Circuit precedent in throwing out the claims of the New Haven firefighters ...
The Myth of Kagan and the Conservatives
President Obama is likely focusing on three frontrunners for the Supreme Court: Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Judge Diane Wood, and Judge Sonia Sotomayor.
All three are hard-left committed liberal activists. This poses a problem for the White House. A CNN ...
What's the Matter with Empathy?
During the presidential campaign, candidate Barack Obama said that “the criteria by which I’m going to be selecting my judges” is whether they have “the heart, the empathy,” for certain groups of people.
Obama Sticking with Lawless Empathy Standard
In defending the first Obama federal appellate court pick at Tuesday’s White House press briefing, spokesman Robert Gibbs cleared up any doubt as to whether the president was sticking with the lawless standard for evaluating judicial nominees that he ...
Obama's First Appellate Court Nominee: Hard Left
As reported by the New York Times this morning, the first Obama federal Circuit Court of Appeals nominee is “moderate” David Hamilton of Indiana, to be nominated this week to the 7th Circuit.
It’s interesting that this is what ...