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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 Sotomayors 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. Shed 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. Thats not a chance Im 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, Ive said that Americans expect one thing when they walk into a court room, whether its a traffic court or the Supreme Court and thats 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 Sotomayors 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 judges 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 its not even worth the effort."
"Judge Sotomayors record on the Second Circuit is troubling enough. But, as I said, at least on the Circuit Court, theres 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. Shed 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. Thats not a chance Im willing to take."
Is there a ram among the sheep?
I agree with him.
Hurray for Sen. Connell, the second time in just weeks. A man of courage amoung a congress of mostly lost.
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.
That is why NoBirthCertBarry appointed her.
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.
“If we can get over 25 nay votes I think that sends a message.... Youll 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...
Every day we sink deeper into the tar and ooze.
What’s Obama going to do when La Raza takes over?
I think you have Spector and Sessions going for her. Spector of course is not on our side anymore...
He'll carve up the USA, giving them their Reconquista victory as they bring us back to the 1836 borders...
“If we can get over 25 nay votes”
I’d be surprised if there are that many who have spines.
Spector of course is not on our side anymore...
You mean he was?
In this case-a ram among the “wethers”.....
Nah, Obamba will be back in Kenya, if he is lucky.
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