WATCH LIVE: Judge Sotomayor’s Senate Confirmation Hearing (UPDATED X5)

[Live video moved to more recent thread]

UPDATE: Question for Sen. Jeff Sessions, who seems to have a problem with the notion that judges are influenced by their background and experiences. Who said this:

When I get a case about discrimination, I have to think  about people in my own family who suffered discrimination because of their ethnic background or because of religion or because of gender. And I do take that into account.

Those words were spoken by Judge Samuel Alito during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

And yet, every Republican on the Judiciary Committee–including Jeff Sessions–voted to advance Alito’s nomination to the full Senate. Jeff Sessions then voted to confirm Alito as a Supreme Court Associate Justice.

Funny how that works.

UPDATE II: Glenn Greenwald makes a good point:

Two weeks ago, Alito cast the deciding vote in Ricci v. DeStefano, an intensely contested affirmative action case.  He did so by ruling in favor of the Italian-American firefighters, finding that they were unlawfully discriminated against, even though the district court judge who heard all the evidence and the three-judge appellate panel ruled against them and dismissed their case.  Notably, the majority Supreme Court opinion Alito joined (.pdf) began by highlighting not the relevant legal doctrine, but rather, the emotional factors that made the Italian-American-plaintiffs empathetic.

Did Alito’s Italian-American ethnic background cause him to cast his vote in favor of the Italian-American plaintiffs? Has anyone raised that question?  Given that he himself said that he “do[es] take that into account” — and given that Sonia Sotomayor spent 6 straight hours today being accused by GOP Senators and Fox News commentators of allowing her Puerto Rican heritage to lead her to discriminate against white litigants — why isn’t that question being asked about Alito’s vote in Ricci?

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Again, funny how that works.

UPDATE III: Also, keep in mind that one of the plaintiffs in Ricci v. DeStefano, Lt. Ben Vargas, is Hispanic–meaning that, in ruling the way she did in Ricci, Judge Sotomayor ruled against a fellow Hispanic.

That kinda pokes a hole in the idea that Judge Sotomayor would let her Hispanic heritage unfairly bias her decisions, huh?

UPDATE IV: Lindsey Graham’s questioning of Judge Sotomayor is just appalling.

Judge Sotomayor has been a federal judge for 17 years, giving her more judicial experience than any other sitting Supreme Court Justice. She has written hundreds of decisions and participated in hundreds more, yet what is Sen. Graham and the GOP asking her about?

  • Her “wise Latina” remarks.
  • Her membership in a Hispanic-rights organization.
  • Her “temperament.”

Someone claimed that watching the GOP’s behavior during the Sotomayor hearings is “watching demographic suicide.”

Looking at Lindesy Graham’s bizarre, condescending handling of a competent, qualified and accomplished federal judge, I can’t help but agree.

UPDATE V: I pretty much agree with Craig Crawford here:

Watching Lindsey Graham’s gotcha grin as he needled Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor with disingenuous and rhetorical questions you had to wonder what was so funny.

Does the Republican senator think it is amusing that he and his party’s condescending tone toward the Hispanic woman was costing them ethnic votes with each passing hour of Tuesday’s Judiciary Committee hearing?

[…]

Even if they vote for her, the fallout for Republicans could reach well beyond Hispanic voters. They are coming across as a bunch of snarky and bitter old white men who cannot bear the thought of their kind losing power.

The impact of this story on the political scoreboard should give Democrats much more to smile about.

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One comment

  1. Devoirs · July 19, 2009

    SONIA SOTOMAYOR SHALL BE AN ASSET TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT.

    SOTOMAYOR IS BRILLIANT.
    _____________________
    SCANDALS! SCANDALS! SCANDALS!

    DANGER! DANGER! DANGER!

    GEORGE W. BUSH IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CRIMINAL STALKER!

    “In her suit, Margie Schoedinger states that George W. Bush committed sexual crimes against her, organized harassment and moral pressure on her, her family members and close relatives and friends. As Schoedinger said, she was strongly recommended to keep her mouth shut. . . . Furthermore, she alleges that George Bush ordered to show pressure on her to the point, when she commits suicide” (go to Google, type “blog of drizzten Margie Schoedinger,” and hit “Enter”).

    “George [Bush is personally complicit] in the death (murder to be precise) of my friend Margie Schoedinger in September of 2003. Determining the exact whereabouts and contacts of . . . George Bush on September 21 thru 22, 2003, should be entirely lacking in difficulty” (Leola McConnell—Nevada Progressive Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate in 2010).

    McConnell is correct: Bush applying pressure (continuously criminally stalking Margie Schoedinger) purposefully to force Schoedinger to commit suicide does in fact constitute murder where it culminated in her death.

    Bush’s method of murdering Schoedinger cannot exist in a vacuum: he must have murdered other people in the same way.

    During Bush’s presidency, of course Bush would have desired to kill people whom he hated or get them out of his way. Insofar as Bush was clearly capable of murdering Schoedinger—even in “broad daylight”—and is clearly capable of getting away with it, in consideration of common sense and the laws of human nature, Bush of course murdered numerous people in the disgusting way he murdered Schoedinger. One can examine public information; in various situations where people who sought to oppose or disadvantage Bush ever so frighteningly ended up “committing suicide”—specifically—Bush murdered them just like he murdered Schoedinger. For example, Bush murdered James Howard Hatfield by continuously criminally stalking Hatfield to the point that Hatfield could not get away from it—purposefully to force Hatfield to commit suicide—and Hatfield committed suicide in desperation to escape. However, the vast majority of such scandalous cases will never come out (the grisly details are typically hard to substantiate). A prosecutor really can lawfully charge a former president with murdering one or more people in the disgusting way Bush murdered Schoedinger. The American people unfortunately live in a world where evil presidents can murder any number of people—figuratively—with a wave of a magic wand and get away with it.

    (There are thousands of copies of the information above on the Internet. Please feel free to go to any major search engine, type “GEORGE W. BUSH IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CRIMINAL STALKER” or “George W. Bush continuously criminally stalked Margie Schoedinger to the point that she could not get away from it, and she committed suicide in desperation to escape: he murdered her” or “George W. Bush applying pressure (continuously criminally stalking Margie Schoedinger) purposefully to force Schoedinger to commit suicide does in fact constitute murder where it culminated in her death” or “George W. Bush murdered James Howard Hatfield by continuously criminally stalking Hatfield to the point that Hatfield could not get away from it—purposefully to force Hatfield to commit suicide—and Hatfield committed suicide in desperation to escape,” hit “Enter,” and readily find hundreds of copies.)

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    _____________________
    Andrew Wang
    (a.k.a. “THE DISSEMINATING MACHINE”)
    B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1996
    Messiah College, Grantham, PA
    Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA, 1993

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