Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor: A Battle Worth Fighnting?

One must always pick the battles to fight, especially as a minority. Some probably feel the Republicans should go all out against Obama's Supreme Court nominee: Sonia Sotomayor. I don't. Why? Because it is a battle that cannot be won.

She has been confirmed twice: first as a U.S. District Court judge for the Southern District of New York and then as for her current role on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York (since 1998). First, nominated by GHW Bush (despite the circumstances) and then by Bill Clinton. Why would senators that confirmed her one or twice before, not confirm her a second time? They wouldn't unless some huge skeleton appears. They don't have the votes to even make it close.

As a Latina of Puerto Rican decent, raised in a Bronx housing project, educated at Princeton and Yale Law School, she'll be a slam dunk.

A similar Republican cannot get away with race, upbringing, education -- there's a long history of that prejudice.

At best, the Republicans would be best served if they spent bulk of the nomination proceedings focusing on the role of the Supreme Court: constructionism vs activism.

Lose the battle this time. Save the ammo for the next one -- one that is winnable.

1 comment:

Rachel Hauck said...

How can the next one be winnable? He'll do the same thing... pick someone we can't argue against. No?

Look what they did to Clarence Thomas. But we have to be silent.

This woman has had like ... 4 of her courts decisions over turned by the Supreme Court.

It's sad... She's getting ahead because of her race, not because she's a good justice.