Bench Memos

Senator Klobuchar’s Questioning

She asks if anybody objected to her “wise Latina” comment in her earlier confirmation hearings, and of course Judge Sotomayor said no. First, implicit in this is, of course, the acknowledgment that this is something she has said lots of times. Second, so what? The stakes are a lot higher now, and the scrutiny a lot stricter. 

I must, however, give Judge Sotomayor props for being a Perry Mason fan and, even more remarkably, her willingness to profess admiration for Hamilton Burger, Perry’s long-suffering nemesis.

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White House

For Democrats, the Party’s Over

If the Democrats are really tempted by impeachment, bring it on. Since the day after the 2016 election they have been threatening this, placing their chips on the Russian-collusion fantasy and then on the phantasmagoric charade of obstruction of justice. The attorney general accurately gave the ingredients of the ... Read More

The 24 Democrats

Every presidential primary ends with one winner and a lot of losers. Some might argue that one or two once-little-known candidates who overperform low expectations get to enjoy a form of moral victory. (Ben Carson and Rick Perry might be happy how the 2016 cycle ended, with both taking roles in Trump’s cabinet. ... Read More