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McConnell to oppose Sotomayor nomination
U.S. Senate ^ | July 17, 2009 | Office of Senator Mitch McConnell

Posted on 07/17/2009 10:36:37 AM PDT by EveningStar

Friday, July 17, 2009

- Senate Republican Leader will deliver remarks on the Senate floor Monday outlining his opposition to Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court -

‘If, however, Judge Sotomayor were to become a Supreme Court Justice, there would be no backstop. Her rulings would be final. She’d be unencumbered by the obligation of lower court judges to follow precedent. She could act more freely on the kinds of views that animated her troubling and legally incorrect ruling in the Ricci case. That’s not a chance I’m willing to take.’

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell will formally announce his opposition to Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court in a floor speech on Monday, July 20. The following are unembargoed excerpts from his prepared remarks:

"From the beginning of this confirmation process, I’ve said that Americans expect one thing when they walk into a court room, whether it’s a traffic court or the Supreme Court — and that’s equal treatment under the law. Over the years, Americans have accepted significant ideological differences in the kinds of men and women that various presidents have nominated to the Supreme Court. But one thing Americans will never tolerate in a nominee is a belief that some groups are more deserving of a fair shake than others. Nothing could be more offensive to the American sensibility than that. Judge Sotomayor is a fine person with an impressive story and a distinguished background. But above all else, a judge must check his or her personal or political agenda at the courtroom door and do justice even-handedly, as the judicial oath requires."

"Judge Sotomayor’s record of written statements suggest an alarming lack of respect for the notion of equal justice, and therefore, in my view, an insufficient willingness to abide by the judicial oath. This is particularly important when considering someone for the Supreme Court since, if she were confirmed, there would be no higher court to deter or prevent her from injecting into the law the various disconcerting principles that recur throughout her public statements. For that reason, I will oppose her nomination."

"In her writings and in her speeches, Judge Sotomayor has repeatedly stated that a judge’s personal experiences affect judicial outcomes. She has said her experiences will affect the facts that she chooses to see as a judge. She has argued that in deciding cases judges should bring their sympathies and prejudices to bear. She has dismissed the ideal of judicial impartiality as an ‘aspiration’ that, in her view, cannot be met even in most cases. Taken together, these statements suggest not just a sense that impartiality is not possible, but that it’s not even worth the effort."

"Judge Sotomayor’s record on the Second Circuit is troubling enough. But, as I said, at least on the Circuit Court, there’s a backstop. Her cases can be reviewed by the Supreme Court. This meant that in the Ricci case, for example, the firefighters whose promotions were unfairly denied could appeal the decision. Fortunately for them, the Supreme Court sided with them over Judge Sotomayor. If, however, Judge Sotomayor were to become a Supreme Court Justice, there would be no backstop. Her rulings would be final. She’d be unencumbered by the obligation of lower court judges to follow precedent. She could act more freely on the kinds of views that animated her troubling and legally incorrect ruling in the Ricci case. That’s not a chance I’m willing to take."


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Kentucky
KEYWORDS: 111th; gop; mitchmcconnell; scotus; soniasotomayor; sotomayor
I don't believe it's necessary to excerpt a press release, but I could be wrong.
1 posted on 07/17/2009 10:36:37 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Is there a ram among the sheep?

2 posted on 07/17/2009 10:40:00 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: EveningStar

I agree with him.


3 posted on 07/17/2009 10:41:36 AM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: EveningStar

Hurray for Sen. Connell, the second time in just weeks. A man of courage amoung a congress of mostly lost.


4 posted on 07/17/2009 10:42:57 AM PDT by veracious
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To: veracious

If we can get over 25 nay votes I think that sends a message.... You’ll never get all the republicans to follow suit.

He’s right...He’s totally right.

She is offensive.


5 posted on 07/17/2009 10:44:19 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: EveningStar
"Judge Sotomayor’s record of written statements suggest an alarming lack of respect for the notion of equal justice, ...

That is why NoBirthCertBarry appointed her.

6 posted on 07/17/2009 10:48:31 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: EveningStar

It’s really sad that both sides know who and what she is and they would sacrifice their own country to vote for her.

There is simply no other way to look at it. I just wish once our Congress would do the right thing and not pass her. If they think secretly or out in the open Obama is bad; wait until she starts legislating from the bench especially her people for her people, La Raza. Even Obama may be scratching his head. He should remember she will be the law of the land and she could do as he does and take over the country through the courts.


7 posted on 07/17/2009 10:49:25 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: nikos1121

“If we can get over 25 nay votes I think that sends a message.... You’ll never get all the republicans to follow suit.”

I think if anyone on the Republican side votes for this woman, they should never get another vote...for anything...


8 posted on 07/17/2009 10:50:20 AM PDT by jessduntno (Obama claims to be a White Sox fan- calls Comiskey Park "Cominskey Field." 'Nuff said.)
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To: jessduntno
Good for Mitch. I just found out McCain and Kyl voted against the latest hate crimes fascism, as did most of the GOP senators from the south and west. Mitch voted against that abomination also.

Every day we sink deeper into the tar and ooze.

9 posted on 07/17/2009 10:54:01 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: freekitty

What’s Obama going to do when La Raza takes over?


10 posted on 07/17/2009 10:54:27 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: EveningStar

Excellent.


11 posted on 07/17/2009 10:54:51 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: EveningStar
Sotomayor’s core philosophy is a disgrace, especially for a Supreme Court Justice and Sen. McConnell will put it on the record on the Senate floor.
12 posted on 07/17/2009 10:56:13 AM PDT by FreeReign
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To: jessduntno

I think you have Spector and Sessions going for her. Spector of course is not on our side anymore...


13 posted on 07/17/2009 10:57:05 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: freekitty
What’s Obama going to do when La Raza takes over?

He'll carve up the USA, giving them their Reconquista victory as they bring us back to the 1836 borders...


14 posted on 07/17/2009 11:02:09 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Big government more or less guarantees rule by creeps and misfits.)
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To: nikos1121

“If we can get over 25 nay votes”

I’d be surprised if there are that many who have spines.


15 posted on 07/17/2009 11:03:03 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like what you say))
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To: nikos1121

Spector of course is not on our side anymore...

You mean he was?


16 posted on 07/17/2009 11:05:14 AM PDT by jessduntno (Obama claims to be a White Sox fan- calls Comiskey Park "Cominskey Field." 'Nuff said.)
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To: NativeNewYorker

In this case-a ram among the “wethers”.....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wether


17 posted on 07/17/2009 11:07:06 AM PDT by Mac from Cleveland (How to make a small fortune in the Obama era--first, start off with a big fortune....)
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To: COBOL2Java

Nah, Obamba will be back in Kenya, if he is lucky.


18 posted on 07/17/2009 11:21:04 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: freekitty

Poor Kenya......


19 posted on 07/17/2009 11:23:54 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

LOL


20 posted on 07/17/2009 11:27:05 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: jessduntno

no


21 posted on 07/17/2009 11:33:22 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: EveningStar

Her answers to the committee indicated someone who is either a racist and liar and, therefore, unfit to be a member of the Supreme Court or someone too stupid to consider her remarks and writings and, therefore, unfit to be a member of the Supreme Court. Either way, she disqualified herself from serving.


22 posted on 07/17/2009 11:36:04 AM PDT by mak5
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To: EveningStar

Senator (RINO) Lugar has pledge to support her, I was protesting at his office today (against Natn’l healthcare and Tax-and-Cap), we need 2 new senators in IN-both Bayh and Lugar need to “Go”.


23 posted on 07/17/2009 11:40:58 AM PDT by JSDude1
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To: EveningStar

I don’t know if it has been done before, but she could be impeached at a later date, when the conservatives are in control.


24 posted on 07/17/2009 11:46:41 AM PDT by chainsaw (If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -- P.J..)
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To: Mac from Cleveland

Excellent word!


25 posted on 07/17/2009 11:47:39 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker (Freepin' Jew Boy)
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To: COBOL2Java

It might be better this way. The revolution would start in the south west.


26 posted on 07/17/2009 11:51:38 AM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: EveningStar

A Supreme Court Nominee, soon to be a sitting justice , says Democrats have no right to self defense.

So it well help to start of the 2nd American Revolution.


27 posted on 07/18/2009 5:59:51 PM PDT by NoLibZone (North Korea? The only buildings in Hawaii at risk of destruction are those housing Obama’s records!)
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To: NativeNewYorker

Mitch has a set. He’s from my state and Im proud that he has made a stand against this twit.


28 posted on 07/18/2009 6:04:30 PM PDT by Snurple (VEGETARIAN, OLD INDIAN WORD FOR BAD HUNTER.)
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To: NativeNewYorker
LEST WE FORGET


29 posted on 07/21/2009 2:37:29 AM PDT by Vidocq
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To: NativeNewYorker
LEST WE FORGET


30 posted on 07/21/2009 2:39:13 AM PDT by Vidocq
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To: NativeNewYorker

31 posted on 07/21/2009 2:42:20 AM PDT by Vidocq
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