Reality Check: Sotomayor NOT “A Radical”

Posted by – May 29, 2009

The Reality: Sotomayor is a moderate, who sometimes makes liberal decisions that anger conservatives and sometimes makes conservative decisions that anger liberals, like ruling against abortion clinics in the “global gag rule” case, and the loathsome ruling that public schools can punish a student for free speech written on a blog off campus.  My beef with that is the freedom-crushing precedent it set, opening the door to much more freedom squashing in the future.

But overall she’s a moderate “pragmatist,” in the Obama mold.

Sonia Sotomayor LOLz

Sonia Sotomayor LOLz

The Far-Right Crazy Land Place: As I reported yesterday, Glenn Beck suggested that empathy is bad and can lead to Naziism, so Obama’s “empathetic” judicial nominees should be rejected.  Sean Hannity called  her a “radical.” Rush Limbaugh compared her to David Duke.   Some are concerned how “platos de arroz, gandoles y perni,” her Puerto Rican foods, will affect her judging, and Jeffrey Rosen in The New Republic allowed an anonymous source to attack Sotomayor as “not that smart” (because, obviously, doofuses can graduate summa cum laude from Princeton).

The corpse-esque visage of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell takes the podium (alongside Sen. Ensign and Sen. Cornyn) to demand that Supreme Court appointees only show empathy for state authorities and multinational corporations

The corpse-esque visage of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell takes the podium (alongside Sen. Ensign and Sen. Cornyn) to demand that Supreme Court appointees only show empathy for state authorities and multinational corporations

With the public opinion of Sotomayor high (polls show 45% of likely voters saying the Senate should confirm her, and only 29% who say they should not) this process will be more about trying the Republicans than her. How badly will they shoot themselves in the foot?

Bush holding his phone upside-down, and the caption Youre Doing It Wrong

Bush holding his phone upside-down, and the caption "You're Doing It Wrong"

  • And anyway, it's platos de arroz, gandules, and pernil. Mmm. I know it's not your thing, but I love me a good pernil.

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  • I'm not to worried about Rush and Hannity have to say – they were going to smash whomever the pick was. On the other hand, if the reports about her Puerto Rican diet are true – that is simply racist (and hypocritical)! Everyone knows Americans eat the worst processed crap in the world. I doubt any country could have it worse. And anyhow, once you get in the territory of disqualifying someone on their cultural habits and preferences you've left the realm of the rational and put yourself squarely in the discrimination area.