Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Fait Accompli

It has now been definitively reported that Sonia Sotomayor will be David Souter's replacement, nominated by President Obama to serve on the Supreme Court. If ever there was a clear case of doubtful qualification, this is it; but will the Republican congressional minority have the guts to stand up to President Obama now?

Says the presumptive apointee:
I would hope that a wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male...
This alone should be enough to disqualify Sotomayor from any serious consideration as a judicial official, but her record is replete with such stark examples of race baiting and sexism, the likes of which would infuriate liberals if it came from the opposite side of the aisle. Sotomayor has not stopped there, however. She has spoken of The Supreme Court as "...the place where policy is made" and her opinions over the years have been rife with sympathy for victimhood, real or imagined.

The fact remains that Sotomayor is still of Puerto Rican extraction, and race is one of many third rails of politics that Republicans are rather loathe to approach. There may not even be much that Republicans can do in the face of an overwhelming Democratic majority.

A filibuster in this instance would certainly be politically explosive, but if Republicans don't even have the will to vote "no" in a simple floor vote, they will ultimately render the whole concept of "advice and consent" meaningless, a process which they started with the near-unanimous confirmation of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Sonia Sotomayor makes Justice Ginsberg look like a piker by comparison.

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