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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Obama Plays Race, Sex and Ideology Cards with Supreme Court Pick

Will Republicans be able to oppose the first Hispanic woman for the court?

Obama played the race card, followed by the sex card and the liberal card today when he picked federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor as the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice on Tuesday.

Was his choice a person to serve ALL Americans on the court or one specifically selected to advance the rights and agenda of specific groups and ideology? You decided:
  • Curt posted the video of Judge Sotomayer declaring that courts are where "policy is made." That will be news to the Senators who review her qualifications.
  • Sotomayer believes women are better judges. She said that women, particularly Hispanic women "would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male."
  • Carrying that theme further she insisted that "gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging." She went on to add that "I wonder whether by ignoring our differences as women or men of color we do a disservice both to the law and society." So much for equality before the law!

This is only the start of what we know about her and there will certainly be more to come, both good and bad, in the days to come. For Republicans in the Senate the question will be: does she have the judicial temperament and qualifications to serve on the court? If so, most will likely vote for her. If not, they must oppose her vigorously.

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